The early MeLE series of TV box style mini PCs proved very popular with their built-in SATA ports capable of handling a 3.5-inch hard drive. Now there’s new competition in this Jesurun A19 model.
It’s powered by Allwinner’s A20 dual-core Cortex A7 SoC CPU with dual-core ARM Mali-400 MP2 graphics engine, accompanied by 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash storage, preloaded with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system.
However, its the peripheral features that makes this a bit of a standout. For starters, there are four USB2.0 host ports plus an SD card reader, said to be good for up to 128GB cards. There’s even a full-size type-B slave port to connect to your PC.
And on the top is a flip-cover to reveal a full SATA2 data/power port for a 3.5-inch hard drive. The only thing that would concern us would be the AC power brick – handling multiple USB peripherals and a hard drive might be pushing the little power brick a little hard. That will be something that needs further investigation.
Video is as well covered as any mini PC we’ve seen with HDMI output, VGA port and composite video output through a 3.5mm TRRS port. You even get optical S/PDIF digital audio output as well.
As for networking, there’s no Bluetooth but you do pick up 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-FI and RJ45 Fast Ethernet wired networking.
Being a dual-core Cortex A7 design, this won’t be the fastest mini PC on the planet but we’ve seen it on sale on Aliexpress for $80 including shipping. Given the level of portage on this one, that sounds like a pretty decent deal. In fact, this is one of the very few mini PCs that’s versatile enough to not require an external USB hub and with enough video options to plug into almost anything.
|Model||Jesusrun A19 Android TV Box|
|Processor||Allwinner A20 dual-core Cortex A7|
|Clock||Up to 1GHz|
|GPU type||ARM Mali-400 MP2|
|Operating system||Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|External storage||SD card, up to 128GB|
|No./type of USB ports||4 x USB2.0 host|
|HDMI form factor||Yes (inc. VGA and composite AV)|
|Dimensions||245 x 185 x 160mm|
|Announce Date||May 2013|
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