There are plenty of different chassis designs for a mini PC these days but it’s still hard to go past the AppleTV-style option and this recent V482 STB mini PC is a reasonable example at a pretty skinny price.
The V482 is powered by Rockchip’s first-generation RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9 SoC CPU – while it doesn’t have the same horsepower as the quad-core RK3188, it does share the latter’s GPU engine, namely the quad-core ARM Mali-400 MP4. The V482 comes with the now-standard cache of 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB of on-board flash, this time preloaded with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system. At this stage, there’s no word on any update to a later release.
Despite its fairly diminutive size (it measures just 76 x 74mm), the V482 still manages a decent list of features. First, it has one USB2.0 host port, one microUSB OTG option plus a MicroSD card slot, good for cards up to 32GB. While we’d have like to have seen another USB2.0 port, there doesn’t appear to be much in the way of spare room inside this one.
There’s a surprisingly good list of network connectivity options too with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and RJ45 Fast Ethernet on the back. The wireless also gets the benefit of that big external antenna on the back.
It’s always nice to see a mini PC that offers more than just HDMI and while there are fewer models with VGA output than we’d like, the number providing composite AV output seems to be growing. The V482 follows the latest trend of squeezing in a 3.5mm TRRS socket for composite AV output.
The package goes for just under $70 on Aliexpress and for your money, you also get a miniHDMI to HDMI cable, DC power brick and the removable external antenna.
Given the price and the general features on board, this one doesn’t look bad at all – particularly with the Bluetooth, external Wi-Fi antenna and composite AV output. It won’t be as fast as any RK3188 quad-core SoC CPU-powered model but it should still prove to be a reasonable gamer, thanks to its quad-core ARM Mali-400 MP4 GPU engine.
|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 (inc. RJ45 Fast Ethernet)|
|No./type of USB ports||4 x USB2.0 host|
|HDMI form factor||v1.4 (inc. composite AV output)|
|Dimensions||76 x74 x 21mm|
|Announce Date||September 2013|
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