The folks at UK-based Cloudsto have added a new device to their range of small, ARM-based Linux computers.
The Rikomagic MK902 LE is a small box with a Rockchip quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and up to 16GB of storage. It ships with Ubuntu Linux, and it’s available from the Cloudsto shop for £94.99 and up, or about $159.
The MK902 features a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor, 8GB or 16GB of storage, a microSD card slot, HDMI output, 4 full-sized USB ports, 802.11n WiFi, 10/100 Ethernet, and a microSD card slot.
I’ve got an Android model sitting on my desk for testing, and while I still need to spend a little more time with it, the device seems pretty fast and versatile.
The MK902 LE comes preloaded with PicUntu 4.5, a custom version of Ubuntu 13.04 designed to run on devices with Rockchip processors. You can install it on a number of TV boxes, TV sticks, or tablets yourself — but part of the appeal of buying an LE edition device is that you don’t need to install the software yourself.
In my experience, basic Ubuntu apps including web browsers and even graphics or audio editing apps work pretty well on devices with RK3188 chips. But there’s no support for hardware-accelerated graphics or video which makes gaming and video playback difficult — if you’re looking for a multimedia device, you’re probably better off sticking with the Android version of the MK902.