The Tronsmart MK908 is a small box with a few USB ports, a quad-core processor, and HDMI output. You can plug it into a TV to run Android apps on the big screen. There are a lot of devices on the market like the MK908, but it’s one of the fastest, most reliable devices of its type that I’ve tested in the past year.
Now there’s a new model which features an external antenna which should offer better WiFi performance.
Like the original, the new MK908 II features a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and a microSD card slot. It has 2 microUSB ports, 1 full-sized USB port, and an HDMI port.
The biggest difference between the new model and the original is the adjustable WiFi antenna. Personally I didn’t have any problems connecting the original MK908 to my home WiFi network, but these tiny Android TV sticks are notorious for flaky WiFi performance. So in general I’m a fan of any changes designed to improve WiFi reception.
You’ll have to pay a bit extra for a model with that antenna though — first generation MK908 devices now sell for as little as $60.