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A Few Very Basic Questions
June 6, 2013
9:52 pm
Zexo

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Hello,

I am a newbie to the mini-PC world. So forgive my really stupid questions.

I have a flat screen TV with built in WIFI. Unfortunately I have access only to mostly paid APPS. I need total access to the internet that I get with my desktop so I am looking at a mini-PC. I also want to be able to use my full qwerty keyboard and mouse. Is this the only way to achieve my goal?

Are all mini PC’s android?

The lower the MK number that older it is. Slower also? The MK809 is better than the MK802?

So there are Mk and UG and MX. What is he diference?

In Androids best to get the 4.2 which includes Miracast. Can I update from a 4.0 to a 4.2?

Are this min-PC still experimental or can a intermediate Windows user can get this to work properly?

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July 10, 2013
5:00 am
rfxcasey

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I think these are good questions. I'm new in the market myself and need the straight rundown. I've been searching min PCs a bit and there is just too much information out there. Add in all the other mini PC like offering, not just the Android pendrive types but Linux devices as well and it can be a bit overwhelming. I'm currently wanting something to replace my PS3 hooked up to my bedroom TV for watching Netflix as one of the latest updates seems to have hopelessly broken functionality. I'm considering getting another Nintendo Wii like I have hooked up to my living room TV (which still works great) but I was in the market for a Linux development board like the Raspberry Pi or the BeagleBone Black and ran across these Android Mini PCs. Was looking at the MiniX as well but there are just so many offerings to choose from and it seems a lot of the current ones all have some issues with them.

Some of my questions would be, which is the one to get? Best bang for the buck right now. Would it be better to wait for the next generation to come out? Would like something with bluetooth and wifi that actually works reliably.

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July 14, 2013
7:20 pm
Tim
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Hi Zexo,

I can answer a few of your questions for you:

1. Are all mini PC’s android?
Most, but not all. You can find some commercially that will run various versions of Linux, and even a couple that run their own specialized OS. But as far as the MK802, MK808 and most of the other ones we discuss on here, they will all run Android.

2. The lower the MK number that older it is. Slower also? The MK809 is better than the MK802?
The MK802 was one of the first Android stick PCs. It is also a single core where the MK808 and MK809 are both dual-core machines.

3. In Androids best to get the 4.2 which includes Miracast. Can I update from a 4.0 to a 4.2?
You can root many of the Android PCs out now (even phones and tablets) and put a new version of the OS on there. It is similar to flashing the BIOS on a PC. In terms of difficulty it is harder than doing a Windows Automatic Update, but not much.

4. Are this min-PC still experimental or can a intermediate Windows user can get this to work properly?
They are still somewhat new, but figure that Android phones and tablets have been out for years. This is exactly the same principal. If you're comfortable with an Android phone, you're going to be fine with this.

If you're interested, I have an info site dedicated to these PC's. Check it out at androidpcreview.com

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August 5, 2013
5:15 am
espressox

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Zexo
They are android operated devices and basically have the same functionality as a tablet
Yes they are new and still very niche
I mainly use mine for entertainment and watching TV and films but you can get apps to do office work
Personally I still cant imagine doing office work on a minipc or android device but that is just me

Dell is bringing out some minpc that will run on android and also run windows apps I think the price is around 100$
There is also the Raspberry Pi which is lynux based but I know little about it

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