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Imito MX1 Review
December 1, 2012
1:25 pm
guardzero

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Hey everyone! I've got the MX1 and just wanted to do a quick review and let everyone here know whether or not it's worth it! I've had it for about 2 weeks and since the latest firmware update (11/29/2012) it's been excellent. Before the new firmware I was initially regretting my purchase, but after scouring the net and finally getting the very first firmware on there (which was a pain because of driver issues with Winodws 7!) it's finally the device I expected it would be. I'm using it to replace my WDTV Live Hub and run HD Movies and TV Shows off of a couple of local hard drives (2TB and 3TB to be exact) using Mizuu Beta (it's in the play store) as the media organizer.

Out of the box it sucked pretty bad, wifi was crappy and hardly worked. After the new update it's far better. I no longer regret my purchase at all. Updating is now painless also. Just drag and drop the img file that the guys at geekbuying put on their forum and android will automatically detect the update and ask if you want to update. usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes. I highly recommend the Imito MX1 to those with patience in getting past the initial update process. After that it's EXACTLY the device you expect. Bluetooth works great, wifi is excellent, and it's speedy. Can run 1080p mkv files without lag. Games are good on it too (although I haven't tried any heavy gaming on it yet).

I'm excited to see technology like this and have high hopes for where it goes in the future. Android is constantly getting better so it'll be interesting to see if these mini-pc's catch on main stream. Everyone on this forum is experiencing the future media and home computing at an extremely affordable price.

If anyone has any questions or needs help hit me up here on the forum. I'll check back often!

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December 1, 2012
3:09 pm
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that makes me feel better. My MX1 is coming this week, from DinoDirect.com.
I will make sure I update the firmware.

what remote are you using? I am wanting to replace my WDTV Live Plus, as it SUCKS when connecting to my Windows Network.... Makes me angry!

Do you have links to the firmware, AND the Win7 Drivers for Android for this device?

Thanks!

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December 1, 2012
7:36 pm
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Yep! You can get the firmware here-

http://blog.geekbuying.com/ind.....-tv-stick/

As for the drivers there's a trick to it on windows 7, but you may not even need to do it depending on what firmware the device ships with. I'm hoping it's already set up to just recognize the firmware you copy to the root of a micro sd card. If it's not though You'll need to find and download and install Moborobo. It's the ONLY way to get the drivers on windows 7 to recognize the update program Imito provides. -

http://www.moborobo.com/

The following link will walk you though the instructions after that-

http://blog.geekbuying.com/ind.....-firmware/

Now remember you may not have to do all that. Try installing the update.img onto the stick via micro sd first before going through all that. If it recognizes the update after booting up then you're golden! Mine didn't and I had a tough time getting it working right, but now that I've done it I can probably save you a little bit of a headache. Just let me know if you have any issues!

They actually provide a useful remote control app for the phone that's actually really good technically, but looks crappy. It's very functional though...one button setup and it's working. You have to email them your order number and they email you the apk for the remote control app. The info for that is in the latest firmware update page-

http://blog.geekbuying.com/ind.....-29th-nov/

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December 3, 2012
8:20 am
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I helped another guy out on the geekbuying blog and did step by step instructions for the first fimrware update, so I figured I'd paste them here as well so no one else has to be searching all over for them. I hope this helps if you run into issues updating the first time!

Step 1- Install Moborobo [ http://www.moborobo.com/ ]

Step 2- Connect Imito MX1 to PC USB Only

Step 3- Go to settings in android on the Imito and choose USB and check Connect to PC

Step 4- Go to storage (in settings in android on the Imito) then in the right corner under USB connection check mass storage

Step 5- Go to Developer options check USB Debugging

Step 6- Run Moborobo and after finding your android device connected to the computer it will promt to install the drivers…choose install driver software anyway

Step 7- Once your device is recognized by moborobo you can close moborobo and open RKBatchTool.exe in the flash tool folder

Step 8- All the text should be in chinese but this is easy to fix. On the bottom rown the very first button, click it and choose the bottom option of the two choices that pop up. Now everything should be in english. Now click the top right button with the dots on it. Find the update.img in the UPDATE_(date) folder. and choose open.

Step 9- This is the tricky part. Choose switch on the bottom row in the middle. The update will fail at first. Open the windows 7 control panel and choose ‘Device Manager’ You will see a new unknown device. Right click on it and choose update drivers, then choose Browse my computer for driver software, and navigate to RockusbDriver\amd64\win7 and choose install. Go back to the RKBatchtool window and choose upgrade on the bottom row. You will see that it is installing. Allow it to completely finish.

Step 10- Once it’s done the device will reboot and start up again. That’s it now the device is update.

For future updates you only need to copy the update.img to the root of a micro sd and it will automatically ask you if you want to update when you start the device. A much simpler way to update from now on. Enjoy.

View the following page if you get stuck (this is where I learned to do it)-

http://www.armtvtech.com/armtvtechforum/viewtopic.php?t=477&p=2660#p2658

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December 3, 2012
3:30 pm
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^ Thanks very much for posting those instructions. Much appreciated.

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December 4, 2012
5:35 am
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Yeah a lot of people were having problems getting the first firmware update on the MX1's. Hopefully this will help people get their MX1's working properly because the latest update makes a world of difference. It's a much better product with the most current update or Finless's ROM (from what I hear).

What the guys at Imito need to do is start releasing the product with the latest update already installed and some online documentation or informative video for how to update for the non-technical people.

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December 4, 2012
1:58 pm
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Ok, finally got my MX1, and it is.... ok. I will update the firmware tonight, and see how things work. I am not impressed.... yet.
The WIFI signal is very poor... and so my streaming of content, say, mkv files is quite terrible.

Also, I do NOT like the RC11 remote that I got. Its the 'Air Mouse' that has the 'android' button in the middle, it is a bit hard to use, and I realize that I really need a backlit keyboard.

What have you been using to control the MX1? All suggestions welcome.

as a side note, the biggest negative I see is that this device has a MALE HDMI port. I thought that it would be a better setup, but after using it... I realized that the best option would be to plug in a standard HDMI cable into the device itself.

I will keep you all posted on how things work after the update.

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December 4, 2012
4:51 pm
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wow0609 I had the exact same reaction when I first got mine. The wifi was waaay to weak. Kept dropping signal, etc. When I loaded the firmware from Nov 29th on the geekbuying blog, it made all the difference. The wifi is pretty strong for me. Doesn't drop. I can stream youtube, hulu plus (modded apk version), etc. I'm using the wedge touch mouse from microsoft and the wedge keyboard personally. Just works really well with everything.

I hope a new firmware will fix your issues with the wifi. I know it fixed mine! Let me know if there's any other info I can help with.

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December 5, 2012
7:56 am
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I was able to upgrade. I went with the finless 1.4 Rom... I am not seeing any improvement on the wireless, but I did move to another TV. Maybe it is farther. I cannot stream any of my movies off the network... yet. I will work on that.

Also, I have to figure out the proper keyboard / mouse. I used a different mouse, one that I had for my old HTPC, it is a GlideTV Navigator. But it wasn't really designed for android, so it sort of worked. Here is a link to it...
http://www.glideTv.com

Now that I have everything upgraded, is it easy to flash a new ROM? Here is the link for Finless:
http://www.freaktab.com/showth.....-d-support

I did purchase an HDMI Coupler (F to F) to make it easier to work with the MX1. It was 10 dollars at Lowes.

So, still working with the MX1 will update again soon.

wow0609

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December 17, 2012
5:21 pm
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Has anyone had a problem with it heating up since there are no vents? Also, If I don't have a TV (which I don't) and don't have a monitor with built-in speakers (which I don't), how can I get sound? Would I have to test my luck with a usb hub and usb speakers?

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December 18, 2012
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It does get pretty hot when playing a really intensive game like Need For Speed Most Wanted (for example) for a couple hours. Watching 720p/1080p movies and TV's it just stays warm and doesn't get very hot. One weekend I watched an entire season of TV on it and it was fine. As for the audio, I'm not sure what to say about that there...I think this thing is meant for TV/monitor with audio output, but the USB speakers or even Bluetooth speakers might be your best bet.

I've had mine for a couple months and it's still going strong, no issues with Bluetooth or WiFi on my end after the most recent update.

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December 18, 2012
2:31 pm
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Thanks for your reply. Do you have an opinion on the MX2? Is it necessarily better?

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December 18, 2012
2:54 pm
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I don't own an MX2, so I can't say whether or not it's better or worse than the MX1. It's basically the same device except it's got a plastic case I believe. So either way is a win. I haven't had any heating issues with the MX1, and I use it daily but only time will tell whether it will be an issue in the future. Go for the MX2 if you're worried about the device over-heating is my opinion. Personally I like the metal casing and look on the MX1 versus the MX2, but that's just my personal preference. Hope that helps!

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December 19, 2012
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Do any face date and time problem? I need to enter the date and time every time I restart the device. Any suggestion. Please...

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January 7, 2013
11:38 am
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No issue with the date on my end. Everything works fine even after I turn off and disconnect. I'm running the stock firmware though if that makes any difference. On another note has anyone tried the Archos Video Player?

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.archos.mediacenter.video&feature=search_result

and also the codec pack?

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.m4rk3t.libcopy2&feature=search_result

Highly recommend!

(may have to search for the archos video player apk...I bought the app without realizing it wasn't released for the MX1, but found it online and installed it. Works perfectly.)

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January 16, 2013
6:25 am
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I can not get full screen youtube with my MX1 as the option to do this is not under the clip. Can this be fixed I wonder ?

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January 16, 2013
7:10 pm
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Don't laugh....this is a probably a really stupid question. But how do you plug this into a computer to root it? I don't think they gave me any cable that allows me to do this. The only usb 2 to micro usb cable provided was the power cable. Can I use that and not have it powered? Do I have to go and buy another cable just for this? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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