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Rikomagic MK12 Android TV Box Review

Introduction

Shenzhen Rikomagic Tech Corp.,Ltd are pioneers in Android Mini PC business and were the first Android Mini PC provider. Based in Shenzhen, China, Rikomagic aims to revolutionize the digital media player market. Their Research and Development team has extensive expertise in consumer electronics products and the development of network media players. Company core strength remains focused around Android PCs and Android Mini PCs, where they accumulate a great deal of experience.

This review will focus on their latest MK12 model, integrating the latest new Amlogic chipset on the market. Product should provide Better decoding support with max compatibility and experience especially for Kodi Media Player (XBMC) fans. Product can be found in their official Aliexpress store here.

Rikomagic MK12 Android TV Box review will be focusing on the followings:

  • Introduction.
  • General info & Specifications.
  • Package.
  • Unpacking.
  • Items in package.
  • Performance.
  • Design & Quality.
  • System.
  • Operation.
  • Conclusions.

 

General info & Specifications:

  • OS: Android 4.4
  • RAM : 2G , ROM : 16G
  • CPU: Amlogic S812,Quad core ARM Cortex-A9r4, 2.0 GHz
  • GPU: Octa core ARM Mali-450 GPU up to 600 MHz+ (DVFS)
  • Pre-loaded With XBMC (H/W decoding Support).

 

     Networking & Connectivity:

  • WIFI: AP6330 for Dual band 2.4Ghz/5Ghz WiFi, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Expand Memory: MicSD card, up to 32GB.
  • Ethernet: 10/100/1000M LAN Port.
  • Power: DC 5V/2.5A , 3.5mm DC in.
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0

 

    Interface:

  • HDMI Output: 1 x HDMI1.4b to support maximum [email protected] max resolution output
  • Network: 1 x RJ45 10M/100M/1000M
  • USB: 2 x USB2.0 Host,1*USB Host OTG.
  • Power Supply: DC 5V/2.5A.
  • Optical: 1 x Optical output
  • Micro SD: 1 x Micro SD card.

 

     Media Parameters:

 

     Items in package:

  • 1 x MK12 TV Box
  • 1 x HDMI cable
  • 1 x USB Cable
  • 1 x Power supply
  • 1 x Remote control
  • 1 x English User Manual.

 

Package

 

Unpacking

Items in package:

  • 1x MK12 TV Box.
  • 1x IR Remote Control Unit.
  • 1x User Manual.
  • 1x HDMI Cable (Type : Male-Male).
  • 1x 5V / 2.5A Power Supply Unit.
  • 1x OTG USB Cable (Type : Male-Male).

 

Remote Control

The MK12 IR remote control is very compatible to operate. Keys made from silicon rubber, soft on pressing, General feeling is of a high quality item. Rikomagic didn’t include a power button integrated within the box. To Switch device off you need to use the remote ON/OFF button. In this state device enters into a low power consumption mode.

 

Performance

Hardware specs include an Amlogic S812 Quad core ARM Cortex-A9r4 Processor running at CPU clock speeds between 24 MHz-1.99 GHz (Peak speed) for each core. In idle mode, Nominal CPU clock speed is approximately 120 MHz and changes randomly according to consumed system resources.

The Device featured a Mali-450 Octa Core GPU (Graphic Processor Unit) that’s less powerful compared to Rockchip Mali-T764 GPU. Thanks to Amlogic SOC company support, hardware fully compatible playing high bitrate videos through Kodi media player. That being said, my tests will focus on testing XBMC playback capabilities including playing 2K& 4K videos from my personal video samples collection.

 

XBMC Playback Tests

Antutu Benchmark

 

 

 

Notes :

  • Tested with latest Antutu Benchmark tool .
  • Antutu software failed in displaying 3D GPU info for the MK12 Device.

 

Design & Build Quality

All Items came with the package are of high quality. The MK12 Box is lightweight and compact is size, completely made from plastic. On the back side you have all standard ports, including OTG Host Port intended for firmware updating purposes via provided USB cable. On left side there is a Micro SD Card slot with additional two USB 2.0 ports for connecting external devices such as : Hard drive Unit, Flash drive dongle etc..

MK12 With IR Remote Control Unit.

Size & Dimensions

The MK12 Box casing is square shaped, smaller then a standard pen measuring : 116 x 112 x 18.91 mm .

 

Weighting The MK12 Box

System

Latest new Firmware installed is build 201412170917 running Android KitKat 4.4.2 OS with Kernel 3.10.33. First impression is that everything works well and stable. Rikomagic included few additional apps such as: Engadget, MXPlayer, SuperSu (root access), XBMC Gotham Build 13.1. As for UI design, It remains the same Windows 8 Tile style as in the V5 Mini PC TV Dongle.

 

 

Available Storage Space

Operation

After playing with the MK12 Box, It looks like it doesn’t heat very much, Even when playing high bitrate videos sample device still maintained relatively low temperature. WiFi single was also stronger compared to other devices I have tested from the same distance(~6M). Pretty good result for a set-top box without external antenna.

 

MK12 Firmware Updating Steps:

1 – Downloading & Extracting latest firmware archive including upgrade tool & drivers.

2 – Installing USB_Burning_Tool_v2.0.1_x86

3 – During installation, system will prompt to install driver, Selecting : “install driver”

4 – Installing USB_Burning_Tool_v2.0.2_x86, same steps as above.

5 – Opening “USB_Burning_Tool” from Desktop shortcut

6 – Changing to English by selecting second menu option.

7 – Loading image file from menu, File > Import image, browse and selecting the file.

8 – Connecting USB cable to computer USB port first (Not connect with MK12 yet).

9 – Pressing and hold the “restore” button on the device.

10 – Connecting the USB cable to the OTG port of the MK12, pressing “restore” for 3-5  seconds.

11 – When prompted It will install the necessary drivers.

12 – Device be listed under “Device ID” in the USB_Burning_Tool app.

13 – Clicking “Start” to write the image file (3-5 min waiting).

14 – Waiting until update process shows : “100% Burning successfully” and clicking “Stop”.

15 – Closing USB_Burning_Tool app.

16 – Disconnecting The MK12 Box.

 

Conclusions

Excellent Product. Plays fluently wide selection of video formats with Kodi (XBMC) Media Player. The MK12 sales at $100 retail price including shipping, and I Highly recommend it.

 

PRONS

– Best XBMC Support & Compatibility : Plays 1080P , 2K , 4K Videos.

– High Quality.

– Comes pre-rooted.

– Fast & Stable.

 

CONS

– None.

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