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  1. Basically, I just want a mini PC that doesn't use a lot of power to be able to only run an emby server, with an external HDD plugged into it. I'm relatively intermediate with computer stuff, and was looking into the Raspberry Pi, but it doesn't look like that will end up working for me due to transcoding problems. Does anyone have a setup for this? I literally just want a low power pc running 24/7 with all my media, so that i can stream it to various devices. Any help would be awesome. Thanks, all!
  2. I was looking for a low-cost solution for something that would just run 24/7 with low power consumption and ran into the NEXBOX T10. I don't need any transcoding (i think) as most my devices play media through KODI. Thoughts on the hardware? $87 seems preetty decent for a bare bones box with included hdd and windowsOS. About my current setup: Library is on a NAS, livingroom's got a on-24/7-macMini running KODI; bedroom uses FireTV4K with KODI; main PC runs emby server. Started emby on the PC but thought the macMini would be better since it's lower power consumption so I migraged over low and behold OSX has been a pain in the butt, the latest OSX doesn't refresh network directories without unmounting and remounting anymore so when I add new media to the NAS, emby sees it but OSX does not which results in KODI showing the episode but when played it's "missing" pain in the butt I tell you! I've now since migrated the server back to my main PC and everything seems be fine but I'm still looking for a low-power, low-cost, always-running solution. Related question: when I'm streaming my library through the emby app (either on my android phone, my ipad, what have you) does it transcode?
  3. Hi everyone. I hope one of you can help me out here.Can you advice me the best remote control apps for my Minix neo-x7? I'm looking for the apps which can give me an opportunity of controlling my TV-box just through my phone. And after some time standart menu themes became booring for me. Are there additional launchers for my tv box? Any ideas? Thnaks for participating.
  4. Cheesegeezer

    Android Mini PC Quad Core Review

    So my new little box turned up today and I lost my android virginity. So this is the unit i bought http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00GY1B3PU/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 This is the mini keyboard/mouse i bought http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00BX0YKX4/ref=oh_details_o00_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Initial Setup Ok so I opened up the box and got all the bits out (you can see the bits in the link above). I set it up on my bedroom TV (LG 47LN575V) So first things first was to attach the WIFI antenna to the mini pc. I then used the HDMI extension cable that came with it to attach the mini pc to the TV's HDMI port, as the mini pc itself is too wide for a single HMDI slot and if you have other HDMI connections then you'll run into problems. I then connected the USB power to my TV's USB (HDD) socket and hey presto the little thing powered up and saw the boot screen straight away. Within about 10 secs I could see the dash with all the little preloaded icons on there. Now you have to remember that i'm an Android Virgin so all of the little system icons were alien to me at this point. Anyways next step was to connect the mini keyboard to the mini pc. Haha!! Well this was kinda odd. I had a Bluetooth mini pc in the tv, I had a bluetooth mini pc but there was no automatic discovery for the keyboard. I plugged the USB into the keyboard and then into the mini pc in order to try to control the UI via a wired connected, however all it did was charge the keyboard. So i went and got a spare full size USB keyboard I had and connected it, and thankfully I could navigate to the settings. I clicked on the bluetooth setting and paired the mini keyboard. I was now controlling the UI with the little keyboard now. I then connected up the WIFI in the settings. My bedroom is the opposite end of the house and one floor up (on the diagonal), which is pretty much as far as I can get them apart from my router. It's a BT HomeHub3 with 150N wifi capabilities. Anyways this is what the interface had to say about my WIFI strength I went thru each setting header and just checked thru them (as you do when you get something new) and I was quietly surprised that everything else was automatically detected based on the mini pc and what my TV was capable of. The last thing to do in the settings was to add an account and credit card details. Performance I can honestly say that i didn't experience any lagginess in the UI when navigating around. Launching the browser was quick, loading pages seems like my desktop, even sorting out the clock/time zone and Weather was all very snappy. By this point I had multiple apps open and have no idea how to close them, so the performance is absolutely fine. MediaBrowser The google play icon was already on the Home screen so I just clicked that and went straight to the app store where there was one mission in this and that was to acquire @@Redshirt MediaBrowser App. Suprisingly it's easy to find what you want but it wasn't immediately obvious what to click to install the app. but literally 4 clicks and I was there PS YOU HAVE TO CLICK ON THE PRICE TO GET THE APP IN THE SCREEN SHOT BELOW I DID ENABLE THE AUTOMATIC UPDATING OPTION Thats it. MB was installed and I saw the all famous Icon on the Home Screen So Clicking on the MB icon, the app immediately picked up my server and I was away. I experienced no lag when browsing the UI, the artwork updated very quickly and playback buffering only took a max of 5 secs. I really like the fact that the app tells you with audio and video what the app is doing with regards to directstream or transcoding... that's a really nice touch. I played "Prisoners" @ 1080p and 6mb/s stream and to be fair I think my BT HomeHub router is a bit crap so I experienced ever such a slight judder on playback, this was a direct stream. I then played an NCIS episode which was transcoded and this played fine but was only 480p stream. The Mini Keyboard Well it works, but i can't get used to it, the mouse seems to be the focus on this keyboard and even navigating with the directional buttons when pressing the enter key, it actually mouse clicks where ever the cursor is and not on the highlighted item. When using the mediabrowser app (I understand it's designed for touchscreen) but you need to swipe left and right to get to the different collections so you basically hold down the left mouse button and swipe the touchpad, this feels so un-natural it's unreal. I'm going to buy an Air/fly mouse with keyboard and see how I get on with that. I can't say I'm a fan of this handset for keyboard and mouse. however it may grow on me after a bit of getting used to.
  5. A little while ago I posted a little review of this device in @@Cheesegeezer's thread, I thought I might as well start a separate thread now that I've had some time to play with the unit a bit: I originally ordered the RikoMagic MK902 and MK705 AirMouse from AliExpress quite some time ago; as I stated in the other thread, this wasn't exactly a pleasant experience... After waiting 46 days for my device (!!!), it finally arrived. Woohoo! Except for one small problem: The MK902 was D.O.A. That is, the unit wouldn't turn on or anything. Didn't I feel great after waiting for so long. The remote, on the other hand; worked great! I plugged it into my PC to try it out, and it was excellent. The design makes it quite comfortable, and it's heavy enough to not feel like a piece of junk (it only cost $29 if I remember correctly). All the little goodies that came with my order The AirMouse functions much like a Wii Remote, but in my opinion, easier to aim, with smoother movement than a Wii Remote. The remote control functions work great as well. It has a decent amount of programmable buttons on it, which can be accomplished by simply holding the set button and then teaching the remote using an existing remote, much like you do with most programmable remote controls. AirMouse and Remote Control portion of the MK705 Flip the control over, and you have a full QWERTY keyboard including arrow buttons (which are handy for navigating the Android MB App). Keyboard side of the MK705 After many, many emails back and fourth with the supplier I bought my MK902 from, I eventually convinced them to ship me another unit with DHL Express, and I received my replacement unit about a week later (Why they couldn't ship that way from the beginning, I'll never know). And this one WORKS!! First off a few specs on the MK902: Comes loaded with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean RK3188 Quad-Core CPU 2GB Ram Available in 8/16GB models (I purchased the 16GB model) Ability to add an additional 64(?)GB of storage via SD Card RikoMagic MK902 Android Mini-PC with WiFi Antenna I plug the unit into my TV, and it boots up in no time. After doing some research, I managed to find and install a custom ROM which allows for 1080p playback, which is a plus, since I'm using the device on a 50" Samsung LED TV, and 720p just wasn't cutting it (I'm used to the 65" Panasonic in the living room, which has an amazing 1080p picture). MK902 Sitting on top of my TV, sitting at my Home Screen Close-up of the MK902 on top of TV As far as WIFI signal quality goes, I'd say the antenna on this unit works great. It's located in a bedroom in the basement in the North-west corner of the house, and the router is in the South-West corner of the upper-floor, and I'm getting full signal according to the little WiFi icon in my settings menu. I've played a few games, and emulators and what-not on the device, and it seems to be very snappy, so I'm very impressed with the performance of this little box so far. It even has a built in (low quality) camera, in case you're interested in Skype or anything like that. As far as playback is concerned within the MB Android app, I've had to do a bit of a workaround to get it to my liking: I found that no matter how I set up transoding, I wasn't impressed with the quality on my 50" LED TV, so initially I started using the "Remote Play" function to send it to my TV using DLNA, which gave me full quality video (Although, I wasn't able to send 1080p video without an excessive amount of buffering, which made the video unwatchable). And the fact that I have no REW/FF capabilities on my TV with the current DLNA service. Also, I'm not sure what's causing it, but I've noticed when using DLNA, the video seems to end prematurely for some reason (not sure exactly how early, but seems like it could be as much as 30 seconds or more). So far, what I've found to be the best playback method for me is to use an external player. In my case I've found MX Player to work the best, and it gives me on-screen controls for REW/FF, etc. (A little annoying that I need to use the AirMouse, and not the playback controls on the remote) but I'm sure this kind of thing will get figured out eventually. Unfortunately, installing the custom ROM was a bit of a waste of time, because I can't seem to play back 1080p video with either method with a decent loading time, so for now, I can only watch 720p video with the device anyway. I will eventually run an Ethernet cable to the device directly from my modem, and see if this helps at all. All-in-all, I'm very satisfied with this device. For $140CDN (including the remote) I think it's a great deal. Especially for someone that doesn't own a smart TV, since this adds full internet functionality to you television. That combined with the plethora of games and apps available in the Android Market, it's a really fun device, with great performance to boot. Once the 10' UI Android app is released, it'll be even better. I just hope I can get 1080p playback sorted out, I don't think it's the device itself, I think the problem is in my current setup. Here's a few more photo's of the unit hooked up: RikoMagic MK902 on top of my TV, sitting at the Android MB3 App start page Android App details screen The MK705 keyboard works very well in the Android App Same goes for the AirMouse funtion of the MK705 Feel free to let me know if anyone has any questions regarding the device! Take care, Patrick
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