The original MK802 mini PC was the forerunner of the myriad of TV stick-style releases we’ve seen over the last 18 months or so, but while the original single-core Allwinner A10 release has seen better days, the chassis itself is still getting a run with updated hardware in a model called the MK806.
However, compared against the original MK802, the MK806 has some worthwhile extras.
It starts with Rockchip’s RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU with its quad-core ARM Mali-400 MP4 graphics engine. That alone should see it deliver considerably more performance than the old Allwinner A10 CPU. The RK3066 chip comes with 1GB of DDR3 RAM but only 4GB of flash, which is a little disappointing. Still, you can expand the storage by MicroSD card, up to 32GB per card. Although we’ve not come across this one before, the fact the MK806 is preloaded with Android 4.1 rather than Android 4.2.2 suggests its not exactly a brand-new release.
But it still has some extras worth considering – the first is Bluetooth. It’s only v2.1 standard but that’s better than v0.0. You also get 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi with what resellers are saying is dual internal antennas. The other surprise is a 3.5mm stereo headphone socket next to the USB2.0 host port on the ‘coloured’ end of the unit. Few mini PCs include a headphone port and even fewer TV stick-style models.
It also looks to be the only TV stick we’ve seen to feature a full-sized HDMI port – usually, you either get the HDMI plug or a miniHDMI port. Having the full-sized port makes it easy to use any standard HDMI cable. As for the kit, it’s quite generous with HDMI cable, microUSB charge cable and AC adapter plus a USB2.0 host extension cable.
We found this one selling for around $48 on Aliexpress, which is about average for a dual-core TV stick these days, but we do like the extra features included in this one that make it stand out a bit from the pack. Rockchip’s RK3066 SoC CPU is also one of the fastest dual-core chips going around, making the MK806 well worth a look if you’d rather give quad-core models a miss for the moment.
|Processor||Rockchip RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9|
|Clock||Up to 1.6GHz|
|GPU type||ARM Mali-400 MP4|
|Operating system||Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)|
|External storage||MicroSD, up to 32GB|
|Wi-Fi connectivity||802.11b/g/n (dual antenna)|
|No./type of USB ports||1 x USB2.0 host, 1 x microUSB OTG|
|HDMI form factor||v1.4 (inc. 3.5mm headphone socket)|
|Dimensions||88 x 32 x 14mm|
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