MK802 IV Linux mini PC giveaway

People have been loading Ubuntu and other Linux distributions onto Android TV sticks for about as long as these cheap ARM-based devices have been available. But the Rikomagic MK802 IV LE is one of the first models to come with Ubuntu pre-loaded.

That basically makes the MK802 IV LE a small desktop computer. How small? You can fit it in the palm of your hand, slide it into your pocket, or plug the whole thing into the HDMI port of your monitor or TV.

But it’s powerful enough to run a full Linux desktop environment and handle desktop apps including Firefox, GIMP, or office software.

The folks at Rikomagic UK sent me a demo unit to test recently, and now that I’m done, it’s time for another giveaway!

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This contest is for one MK802 IV LE mini-computer with a custom version of Ubuntu 13.04 called PicUntu. The device features a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor, Mali 400 graphics, 2GB of RAM, a microSd card slot, WiFi, an HDMI connector, a full-sized USB port, and 2 micro USB ports (one of which is reserved for the power adapter.

RikoMagic UK sells these miniature Linux PCs for £79.99 and up, (about $130 US).

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Here’s how to get one for free:

Leave a comment on this article by 6:00AM on Sunday, 12/29/2013

That’s the hard part. Here’s a bit of fine print:

  • A winner will be selected randomly from the pool of valid entries.
  • The contest is open to residents of the United States (or anyone with a valid US shipping address).
  • If you’ve won another Liliputing contest in the past 30 days, you’re disqualified from winning this giveaway, so please don’t bother trying to enter.
  • Liliputing writers and close friends or family members thereof are also disqualified.
  • Make sure to use a valid email address, Twitter, Google+ or Facebook account to leave your message so that we have a way of contacting you — and make sure to check your messages after the conclusion of the contest.
  • Once notified, the winner will have 48 hours to respond. If we don’t hear back within 2 days, we’ll pick another name.

Thanks again to Rikomagic for providing us with the MK802 IV LE!

Update: Congratulations to our winner, blacksmith_tb!

  • Pablo

    Sure would like one

  • Paul Kehle

    Would be great to use this for an embedded Linux design skill refresh.

  • Michael Thompson

    Most Splendid!

  • otis

    without bad luck i’d have no luck at all

  • Delgado Delbarrio

    Thanks in advance!

  • trapexit

    Yes, please.

  • blazingwolf

    Would love to get one of these. Thanks for having the give away.

  • antonio cortez

    Another give away awesome

  • Jason13L

    Looks like a great toy to play with!

  • Francisco


  • Franklin


  • Alan

    Hope I get picked.

  • manuti

    Lo quiero, por favor tiene que ser mio. Gracias Liliputing

  • Dave Gibbs

    That looks like an awesome device

  • Adam Phillips

    me please!

  • Nate Owens

    Okay, I want this for my entertainment center!

  • maxtsukino

    it would be awesome to be the winner of this linux mini PC stick thing…

  • Jesse Smith

    I have no idea how well these little PC sticks work, but it would be fun to find out!

  • ron

    just what i need for the new year,thanks

  • Grkk

    I want it now!!!

  • wsabillon

    Merry chritsmas to me!!!

  • Gowon Patterson

    I’d like win this!

  • coussemaeker

    Interesting product…

  • alathorne

    This would be interesting to mess around with.

  • qovert

    sounds like fun

  • frostyxc

    Sounds good to me. 😉

  • an-cic


  • Victor

    Would love this!

  • Jonathan

    Liliputing is the best website on the internet!!!!! I visit this website almost everyday! The only thing that could make my web browsing experience any better then your website already has, would be to win this amazing piece of computing hardware!

  • toshmiller


  • SeanKPS

    I am leaving a comment because liliputing has the only commenting system not totally broken on my phone for some reason. Also because I need that Android stick! :)

  • kennypu

    sounds awesome

  • Tony

    Yes please! I would love one of these to run a few scripts.

  • UnklAdM

    Great newsfeed. Count me in on the contest.

  • Max

    I hope I win :)

  • crashsuit

    Bleep Bloop

  • Ben Garner

    I would like it, please.

  • Robert Kim

    Put me in boss

  • bbkm

    me me me me me!

  • Dennis J Holland

    thanks, let me win!!!

  • Provz

    Pls give it 2 me. I luv ur articles informing abt these little sippers.

  • rabadi

    Splendid. Not a resident of the United States, but one with a valid US shipping address here. Merry Christmas, everyone!

  • Adam L

    Me please!

  • ganeyvim

    Me too please.

  • Jacob l

    I never win these

  • Randy Odne

    gimme gimme gimmmeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Andrew B

    Interesting little doo hickey… seems very useful

  • John

    I want!

  • JohnD.

    Hi Brad, Thank you for posting the machine for a free giveaway! I come to your site on a daily basis and love the information that you list on your site. Also, I am just outside of Philadelphia, so someday I would like to buy you lunch or a get a bite to eat at a local coffeehouse with you, to thank you for the work that you put into the site. Just shoot me an email. Thank you!

  • mrsimicsak

    yep yep

  • xwheelsx

    US only, i have friends in the US , that would let me use theirs, but why do we have to jump through hoops. I would love to win it.

  • Stacy K

    This sounds quite interesting. Many things you can do.

  • AZImmortal

    I hope I win!

  • toomyzoom

    I want one

  • Drell16

    I would like it

  • HuiChuan Zhang

    Hope I am lucky… I do have a US address.

  • Jason M

    I’ve always wanted to try one of these Android sticks.

  • Conception

    Yo quiero Taco Bell…

    I’m Canadian with two sisters in the USA who I can ship to thank goodness. Please Brad, open your contests up to CANADIANS. We read your articles too!

  • Mike Smith


  • adan.c130

    Been wanting one of these for a while, Hope i win!

  • hochoch


  • Rayray Cartucci

    Wow,I want this! Heck yeah…count me in please! Thanks

  • Scotty

    Many thanks for the contest!

  • declan

    giveaways are awesome, but i never win

  • Haradeep Bathina

    I want to test it. I have shipping address in US.

  • The Winner

    Many thanks, liliputing giveaways are awesome!

  • JakedUp

    I’ve been wanting one of these for the longest time, just never knew which one to buy.

  • jra716

    😀 Would love this! Happy Holidays!

  • RobBrownNZ

    Shameless grovel- I’d love to win this! Happy holidays!

  • Preston L Clark

    will it run fldigi

  • Alex Ikejiani

    Love these devices. It’s funny more Web bloggers don’t feature these deceives.

  • bene

    Looks promising!

  • Clive Chang

    probably not my lucky day but oh well!

  • jsp4057

    Happy Holidays

  • Mason

    Pick me!

  • smwinn7

    My MK802+ was great until it ate itself when I factory reset it. I would love to try the new model out.

  • Torulf Danielsson

    Happy New Gear!

  • GeoBoyOSU

    I’d love to have this to try/use in my classroom. Our old XP labs are switching to Ubuntu anyway, so it would be familiar to the kiddos.

  • brf

    Happy GNU Year! I want it!

  • Jonathan

    Sounds like worth a shot.

  • NutterButter

    I’ll take it!

  • Fifty OneFifty

    I’d like to try a TV stick that wasn’t native Android.

  • Sami Youkhana

    Would be fun liliputing with this giveaway!

  • demuredemeanor

    Could be useful

  • Patrick Hill

    Would be nice… Thanks for the contest opportunity!

  • Peter Michel

    Well, maybe better luck this time.

  • mohsen jaza

    Sounds interesting. I might actually get one if I don’t win.

  • Nick

    let try to win this one 😉

  • Chris Jones

    you are awesome!

  • JayJay1212

    Very cool. Great job with the site, Brad.

  • Tired8281

    Oooh, I’d love one of these!

  • Eric R.

    Pick me, please! I need it so bad!

  • dhalbert

    I’ll try.

  • Eric Rook

    Looks interesting, would love to try this thing out!!!

  • Andrew Santos

    This would be great to win as I gave my mk808b away as a gift. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Anthony Olivares

    This would be perfect for replacing my aging mk802II.

  • Onthe Rocks

    I would love to have one

  • Venkat

    need one !

  • George Garcia

    Pick me

  • Danny Costa

    my kid would love this….please ……..thanks

  • JB

    Thanking you in advance!

  • kimtoufectis

    It’d be fun to try this…

  • Ken Godoy

    I’d like one of these.

  • thechanman

    Awesome tech!

  • Tom Costello

    I like Liliputing.

  • RonC

    and the winner is…… me!

  • Bradley Seybold

    What an awesome mini computer!

  • Ashrith Barthur

    The powerful minicomputer made of arm is in the palm!

  • dewman1

    me please

  • stratosgear

    Here goes nothing…

    Thanks for the chance though…. :-)

  • Cao Phuong

    I would love to use this as a mini home server :)

  • Owl

    Haven’t won anything yet but I’ll try again!

  • Aaron


  • Hovercycle

    I trust that your selection will be random but let me butter up anyway. Liliputing is the best source for low cost and mobile computing that I have come across. I liked the netbooknews people but Liliputing is way more consistent and covers exactly the devices I want to hear about. Your quick on new devices and I really enjoy your reviews. I have been following Liliputing under Twitter for a while (I just created a new account for security purposes, not for this giveaway :)). Good luck everyone!

  • sai

    One of the best out there!

  • kort

    Hope I win this little beast this time! Thanks for the give away!

  • triathlon

    I like to take it.

  • Yat


  • payamf

    I like these drawings. I hope I win.

  • twitch153

    Three giveaways in one month? Exciting.

  • David S.

    The fun keeps coming!

  • Carlos Vargas

    Man I hope I win this one!

  • Elcaset

    I look forward to getting my hands on one of these. The 1st thing I’ll do to it, is to get KDE running on it. Cheers

  • philshapiroblogger

    Oohh, I’d love to get my hands on one of those Ubuntu stick computers.

  • FourthDr

    Sound like a nice piece of hardware. Toss my hat in for one!

  • Rafael Otero

    a must have

  • George

    Happy New Year.

  • SiruS

    great thing

  • Enbeto

    Here is my minicomment!

  • Goeske

    Pel meu churri!

  • Profero

    very nice

  • Elcaset

    OK, I joined Disqus. Will that allow you to contact us via email?

  • muldune

    It might be a bright Christmas after all…

  • Nate

    I’m hoping to see some proper hardware acceleration out of those Mali GPU cores. Still, based on the older versions I’ve messed with, this is probably reasonably usable as a silent, low power desktop.

  • eliadrin

    Ok, hope to get that one,third time is a charm 😀

  • efrain

    a good opportunity to try picuntu !!!

  • fdzimmerman

    Fun little device. These Rockchip CPUs are great values.

  • Praveen Baratam

    Me…Me… Me…

  • Reji

    I would like to try the rikomagic. I have a tronsmart 908.

  • Mike

    That’s the proper size for mini computers!

  • Tim Tran

    I thought this was a small pool.

  • Giorgos

    I would love to have it!

  • Michael Dinsmore

    Looks like a fun device to test out!

  • Dimitris

    A very nice Christmas gift.

  • Claudio Neves

    Let’s see if I can get this one!

  • Damon Randel

    Have desperately wanting one of these for a while. Every time I almost have the money something happens (car, daycare, Dr. etc ). Winning one is probably the only way I will get one anytime soon (unless the kids stop getting sick, needing diapers, eating or suddenly turn 21 and graduate from college).

  • Josh Gettinger

    In for the win!

  • Jimmy Capizzi

    Want it, need it, send it!

    Thank you!

  • Tom Scales

    This would make the perfect icing on the cake (not a lie…) of this Christmas.
    BTW, Thanks for giving these review units away. And I love the site…and I’m not just sucking up, I just don’t say thanks as often as I should.

  • Saady Amin

    I want this …. curious what this can do!!!

  • Macche

    It would be perfect for building a mediacenter and attach it to the tv!

  • scionic

    Sounds like a nice xubuntu or !# box …

  • cy1clown

    Add me to the list please.

  • tossici

    Looks great, thanks for all the giveaways.

  • Chris Cochran


  • acusha

    Want one

  • Andrew

    Can I please win? I have wanted one of these for while

  • Terje Ellingsen

    Yeah. Would be Nice to Get This 😀

  • Stacy Coil

    Thank you for a wonderful and informative site

  • david

    I would love to get this device and run archlinux for ARM on it !

  • DavidEssex

    Hooray! The neatest thing would be, being able to compute from where I watch my tv as well! Less walking up and down stairs to read the news on a computer. Old bones are old.

  • sickgrinder


  • James Gibson

    Nicce little gadget– count me in.

  • Brett Peugh

    It would be nice to win this.

  • pmisisco

    I’m in! Thanks, Brad. Happy New Year!

  • Alex Pawlowski

    Wow! A holiday giveaway extravaganza! I’d love to have a Linux flavored mini PC! Thanks so much for the giveaways!

  • Mac Cody

    Sure I’ll take it. Happy New Year, everyone!

  • kmand

    Pick me!

  • Yudit Kho

    Happy New Year everyone!

  • Pejo

    I reallyyyyyy need one!

  • rephael martinez

    Would be sweet to win this!

  • John Henle

    Late Christmas present for myself maybe? Liliputing is awesome.

  • John Torn

    This looks like a very handy device

  • hkim

    Would love to try it out!

  • omar

    Merry Christmas. Santa didn’t bring me anything.

  • BrianS

    Yes, I would like it!

  • Animestar

    Happy me if I win.

  • Xin Wang

    Pick me! Santa’s not gone yet.

  • David Garver

    You can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many picoputers.

  • Jason Abettan

    I wonder when someone is going to come out with one of these micro PCs that gets both power and ethernet off of an MHL + Ethernet over HDMI.

  • Rafael Formisano

    Ubuntu on a mini pc nice

  • luis

    I’ll be glad to participate.
    Looking forward to see my Gimp files in my TV.

  • nealanelson

    Thanks for doing this!

  • jambo

    Linux on a stick — cool!!!!

  • Anthony Smith

    Pick me, pick me!

  • andrew stock

    Winner winner!


    In for the win

  • Rezell

    gonna have 111111111111111111111111

  • Guy Kirkwood

    Good review, thanks for the information

  • james brown

    You gotta love this time of year at Liliputing. I’m in the hunt.

  • David .Truesdale

    Awesome, been looking at these.


    This will turn my TV into a full fledged LINUX workstation!!! Woho!!! 😀

  • Amparo

    Best XBMC ever !
    I need one

  • markntravis

    Thanks for all your work.

  • Steve Luby

    Would make a nice Christmas present. Would make a great one for me to replace my computer that died andwould mean i got something under the tree besides a pair of gloves..

  • Jonathan Hendrix

    I would like to have one.

  • newmiracle

    Thanks for the giveaway! Hopefully there will be more companies that will explicitly support Ubuntu on their HDMI sticks and we’ll see more giveaways like this in the future.

  • Alan T

    Happy new year to all liliputing geeks !
    I’d love to have one of these Quad-Arm devices.

  • Chris

    These little computers are really cool! I would love to win one to try it out!

  • ramilb

    Pick me. Awesome giveaways for the end of the year…thanks!

  • JD Rose

    Looks like a fun piece of hardware. Count me in.

  • blacksmith_tb

    I have been tempted to pick up a stick and get ubuntu running on it, but I wouldn’t say no to one preloaded!

  • G&41

    I’d really like to have one!

  • Seamus_TT

    Sounds like it has lots of possibilities.

  • Myrsini

    Great present for Christmas!!!

  • Thenix Down

    Awesome, would be nice for our TV

  • Tony Casagrande

    I got a tablet for Christmas… It has a single core A8 processor and 512MB of ram. The screen is 9 inches (sweet) with a 800×480 resolution (ugh) and if you turn it 10 degrees in any direction, it’s like looking at a photo negative. It’s never leaving the house because its battery life is so poor, I have to leave it plugged in if I want to use it for any considerable length of time. Too bad, since it has an absolutely fantastic metallic blue finish on it. Still, it has served its purpose of making me want a good ARM device.

  • Jeff Armstrong

    Here’s to trying to win another contest!

  • Techsan

    Would be awesome to travel with; send one my way and I’ll let you know how it goes.

  • Stevo


  • MoFoQ


  • Joel Ross

    can’t wait!

  • tinymiata

    Linux on a portable gumstick ftw :)

  • Brandon Freeman

    That looks pretty awesome, I remember picking up my 1st usb stick :)

    would love to show this off and use it for work!

  • Omkar

    Well, Santa did not listen to me for “Tronsmart T1000 Miracast wireless display adapter “. Lets see If I get this as new year gift.

  • Michael Bamberg

    I’m in for a chance!

  • Felix

    Eye catching comment!

  • John O’C

    Been thinking about getting one of these for ages…. :)

  • StrongTex

    Cool, maybe I can win this time!

  • James Gartside

    It looks like a terrific computer.

  • eldon

    wow, cool gadget …

  • Joeb

    I wonder if it supports Miracast?

  • tim

    Would love to try one of these things!

  • 士但啦

    Good luck!

  • bobk54

    I’d love one of these! Played with an earlier Android version, an Ubuntu derivative would be very cool !! Count me in.

  • Sage Ross

    I’ve had my eye on one of these for a while. Linux Edition, yes please!

  • KH Chan

    Wonderful device for a mini PC. Thanks.

  • Hunter Wesson

    My, what a lovely dongle!

  • pyepye

    I love RK3188!

  • Glenn Condrey

    I want in. 😎

  • nvp

    Linux on Android tv stick… looks promising. I hope to get this device.

  • Steve

    Always wanted one of these

  • M.Hob

    I’ve been wanting to try one of these out for a while.

  • Michael OBrien

    This would be great to win.

  • Caim

    It’s more versatile than Chromecast.

  • Justin

    Hoping to vvin it.

  • Scott Bedenbaugh


  • daniel duncan

    watched your video’s for a long time, and constantly check the page, but this was the final straw to join the community here, thanks brad for offereing a contest, you are awesome and keep up the good work man!

  • Bruce Mark

    Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  • Binoy R S

    Hoping to win this.

  • Tyler Gatewood


  • wiandiii .

    I have one of these RK3188 devices, a TimingPower unit, but I haven’t
    seen any successful install of Picuntu on that particular device. I
    don’t want to end up bricking it or having things like WiFi not work.
    That Picuntu OS looks more useful than android.

  • Mike Swanson

    This thing looks really neat. I wonder how well it would work as a myth frontend?

  • Simon

    I would love such an upgrade!

  • Yerkanat Ramazanov

    WoW. I really want it!

  • Jason Emerton

    Happy new year

  • Chris Robertson

    another project for my mind

  • Jaclyn Reynolds

    Thanks for the chance!!

  • RJ

    count me in!

  • Olivia De Hamilton

    Fingers crossed!!

  • Daniel Bartholomew


  • boki

    US only giveaways – boo! That signals that readers from outside of the US aren’t as important to this site…

  • sha_kuni

    thanks, need a smart tv

  • prunchess

    Would love to win this.

  • anonmolly

    sure – I would love this.

  • tk501

    Looks like a great device, does it support HDMI CEC?

  • jezun

    In for the win….

  • Hank

    Is that Linux in your pocket or are you just happy…

  • lcwinter

    Sounds great. Thanks for all the giveaways!

  • ryan nelson

    Exciting news.. Put my hat in the ring also!

  • Matthew Sheen

    Nice piece of hardware. I’ll try my luck at the contest!

  • R Hubbell

    Sounds lovely.

  • bobby

    Got to love mini PC sticks

  • Opal

    This is the best ever!

  • Jason Hixon

    Well this is very interesting!

  • Jose

    I’m here for the giveaway. But I noticed in the review you said the one thing that doesn’t work out of the box is accelerated graphics. But is there a way to install drivers, or is the hardware simply not there?

  • Joe Kingston

    Love to win and will give away to a friend.

  • Jesse Kaufman

    Nice give-away!

  • Bubba

    Nice little computer, would love to own one 😉