Zoomtak M6 mini PC delivers coax digital audio, dual video output

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The Zoomtak M6 is a compact, stylish-looking TV box mini PC powered by Amlogic’s dual-core AML8726-MX Cortex A9 SoC CPU, accompanied by 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash, preloaded with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system.

It’s another unit well stocked with peripheral options, starting with a full-size SD card slot, good for up to 32GB per card. To that, you can add four USB2.0 host ports for a range of peripherals. That’s double what we normally see with most TV box style models at the moment.

There’s 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi plus RJ45 Fast Ethernet and an external Wi-Fi antenna but no Bluetooth.

The unusual features in this one aren’t the HDMI (1.3) output but the RCA composite audio/video sockets. Not only that, this one includes a coax S/PDIF digital audio output, something we’ve not seen on a mini PC before. Something else we haven’t seen before on one of these is the front blue LED clock.

This is a compact model just 25mm high (not including Wi-Fi antenna) and you’ll find it at various retailers selling for as little as $75 including shipping.

The bundle includes a decent 12V/2A DC power brick, remote control, user manual and HDMI cable. Zoomtak also has 8GB and 16GB versions of the M6 according to its website, although we haven’t seen these readily available. The AML8726-MX should deliver performance roughly equal to Rockchip’s RK3066 given similar architecture and clock speed. However, we understand the AML8726-MX only includes a dual-core Mali-400 MP2 graphics engine, not the quad-core Mali-400 MP4 inside the RK3066.

Still, if you’re looking for coaxial S/PDIF output and four USB2.0 ports on a mini PC, that’s still exceedingly rare, making this one well worth a look.

BrandZoomtak
ModelZoomtak M6
ProcessorAmlogic AML8726-MX dual-core Cortex A9
ClockUp to 1.5GHz
GPU typeARM Mali-400
Operating systemAndroid 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
RAM1GB DDR3
Internal storage4GB
External storageSD, up to 32GB
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11b/g/n (inc. RJ45 Ethernet)
BluetoothNo
No./type of USB ports4 x USB2.0 host
HDMI form factor1.3 (inc. composite AV & coax S/PDIF)
Dimensions160 x 108 x 25mm
Weight350 grams
Announce DateMay 2013

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