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Rikomagic V5 Android Mini PC Review

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Product  review will be focusing on the followings :

  1. General Product info & Specs.
  2. Package.
  3. Unpacking.
  4. Items in package.
  5. Accessories.
  6. Design & Quality.
  7. Performance.
  8. System.
  9. Conclusions.

 

Main specs :

  • CPU:  RK3288 28 nm Cortex-A17 Quad core.
  • GPU:  Quad-Core Mali-T764.
  • RAM:  2GB  / ROM: 16GB (Flash).
  • Support H.265 Hardware decoding.
  • Operating system: Android 4.4
  • Language: MULTI Language support.

 

Networking & Connectivity :

  • Bluetooth:Support BT4.0 Module.
  • WiFi: 2.4GHz/5GHz , Dual Band WiFi; 802.11 b/g/n and 802.11 a/c.
  • Built-in Ethernet port (Support LAN 100M/1000M network).

 

Ports & Interface :

  • 1 x HDMI 2.0.
  • 1 x Power DC Jack.
  • 1 x Gigabit RJ45.
  • 1 x Recovery hole.
  • 1 x USB Host, x1 OTG.
  • Micro SD: 1*Micro SD slot,Maximum support 32GB.

 

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Package

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Unpacking

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Items in package:

  • 1x V5 Mini PC Android Stick.
  • 1x User Manual.
  • 1x HDM Extension Cable.
  • 1X USB Cable (OTG).
  • 1x Power Supply Unit.

Rikomagic V5 Android Mini PC (All Items)

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Accessories:

  • 1X OTG Cable (Type : USB Male-Male).
  • 1x HDM Extension Cable (Type : Male-Female).
  • 1x Power Supply Unit (5V / 2.5A).

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V5 Power Supply Unit

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Design & Quality

Product design and quality are superb, What normally expected from Rikomagic products. The casing is made from ABS plastic material with a thin rubberized coating and 45 degrees venting slots (holes) located on both side walls, assuring device gets the proper cooling.

On the back side you have one USB 2.0 Host port along with a built-in Gigabit RJ45 Ethernet LAN Port for wired connectivity. An additional USB OTG port located on the side mainly used for firmware updating purposes.

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Weighting

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Performance

The V5 is equipped with Cortex-A17 Rockchip RK3288 quad core processor working at clock frequencies ranging between 312 MHz – 1800 MHz (Peak Speed) for each core. In general, it works extremely fast and doesn’t heat much.

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AnTuTu Benchmark

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XBMC Support

The V5 Mini PC came pre-installed with Kodi 14.0 Alpha-4 so I have installed the latest stable 14.1 “Helix” release. On my testes 1080P Playback worked well without any lags or slowness playing large size MKV and ISO video files up to 34GB in size.

I did some experimentation with Semper Media Center (SMPC) Build which is a fork of the official XBMC Build that said to have better support for Rockchip hardware. Like before, It played most of my samples, including a few video files encoded in H.265 that didn’t previously work with the official release.

 

2K & 4K Support

2K & 4K video playback is far from being perfect. About 40-50%, depending on video file bitrate didn’t really play correctly and had minor lags or some sudden picture freezes, That’s why I didn’t see any point in adding additional test sheet and just included this note.

 

Test # 1 :

  • Files : 1080P Video samples.
  • Test Type : Local Playback.
  • Storage Source : External Portable Hard Drive (USB interface).
  • XBMC Build : SPMC 13.4.0

 

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Test # 2 :

  • Files : Blu-ray Video samples.
  • Test Type : Local Playback.
  • Storage Source : External Portable Hard Drive (USB interface).
  • XBMC Build : SPMC 13.4.0

Rikomagic V5 media player Blu Ray samples test

System

The device provided by Rikomagic had firmware Build 140613, But I have upgraded It to the latest new build 150112. The V5 Mini PC runs android 4.4.2 KitKat OS and It works very stable and fast, without problems or system crashes. In addition, it comes with pre-root access via pre-installed “SuperSU” app.

 

  • Installed firmware : RKM V5-eng 4.4.2 K07 49H eng.zz.20141204.test-keys
  • Latest firmware :     RKM V5-eng 4.4.2 K07 49H eng.zz.20150112.test-keys

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UI – Windows 8 tile style UI (User interface), very user friendly and easy to operate.

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Storage Space

Internal flash storage space in total is 16GB. Actual real available free space, excluding system file and apps is approximately 11.44GB.

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Operation

Updating V5 Firmware procedure:

1 – Extracting archive file which includes firmware and OS drivers.

2 – Loading RKBatchTool (recovery tool Batch Tool) app and selecting the firmware image file.

3 – Connecting the OTG cable on one side to the USB (OTG) host port.

4 – Pressing the recovery/update button (Hole) with a paper clip. While Still holding it with the paper clip connecting the other side of the OTG cable straight to the P.C .

5 – Releasing the update button after 3-5 seconds.

6 – There will pop up a guide window to install new driver.

7 – Now a greed square indicating device is connected.

8 – Final step : Clicking the “Upgrade” button.

 

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Conclusions

Excellent product in terms of performance & quality. Focusing on XBMC video playback issue,  Playing 1080P works very well, including large Blue-Ray Rip files up to 34GB in size. Speaking in a home user prospective, you don’t need higher resolution than that. If you’re still very keen on playing 4K videos I recommend checking Rikomagic MK12 Box based Amlogic S812 solution. The V5 Mini PC sale at retail price of $100-107 (Including shipping).

 

PRONS

– High Quality.

– Root Access.

– Excellent Built design.

– XBMC Plays 1080P videos smoothly (Note : Without lags).

– Great For Gaming – Equipped with Powerful GPU.

 

CONS

– Partially XBMC support Playing 2K & 4K videos.

 

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