Dan Blair - Addicted To Technology

RKM MK12

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The Rikomagic MK12 arrived yesterday morning. I like these devices, Rikomagic has made some interesting stuff in the past like the MK802. This device is like a tiny PC with some pretty good specs. It runs Android and is ready for your TV.

RKM MK12 Technical Specifications

  • Operating System: Android 4.4
  • Chipset: Amlogic S812
  • CPU: Quad core ARM Cortex-A9r4, 2.0GHz
  • GPU: Octa core ARM Mali-450 GPU up to 600MHz+ (DVFS)
  • Memory: 2GB DDR3
  • Internal Storage: 16GB + Micro SD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Connectivity: AP6330 for Dual band WiFi, 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4GHz, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Audio/Video Output: HDMI 1.4, SP-DIF
  • Interfaces: 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB OTG
  • Power Supply: DC 5V/2.5A
  • Other: Google Play Store installed, IR Remote

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What’s in the box?

The box is nice a clean and inside you will find a few items:

  • 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

Build Quality

The device is a lot lighter than you would expect and I am a little afraid of the power adapter. The build quality over all is fine, the plastic feels a little cheap but this thing is going to sit in your media center and never leave. The device has a single blue LED which indicates power and a wack of ports, which is awesome. The ports are all generally pretty good however the HDMI felt a little loose to me.

The remote supplied with the unity is great, it is one of the better IR remotes I have received with this kind of device in the past.

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Software

The MK12 is running Android 4.4 KitKat with a custom UI which makes it easy to navigate with the IR remote that is bundled with the device. Android functions as you would expect but it is a little unresponsive if you are running a lot of apps at once, but what device isn’t. The Google Play store is available on the device so you will have access to all of your previously purchased games unlike Android TV.

Games run as you would expect, which is well considering the specs are not terrible. Over all you get what you expect and that is a really good little media device which runs all your favorite Android media consumption apps. There is a down side to being on the TV though without Android TV’s UI. The apps which are not optimized for TV are terrible to use. The IR remote helps but it would be easier with a large touch screen display.

Final Thoughts

The MK12 is a good device. I like it for what it is and that is a tiny game emulator system. I was surprised with how small it actually is, and how light the device is. I had a difficult time with the initial setup because I tried connecting it to one of the monitors I use for the Banana Pi and the HDMI connection on that is ancient. Once I got it connected to my TV, the experience was easy. I have not been able to get the WiFi working yet, but the ethernet port works as you would expect.

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