The MK802 II is a tiny computer that could be easily mistaken for a USB flash drive. But under the hood it’s got the guts of a smartphone including a processor, RAM, and storage.

You can plug the MK802 II into TV or monitor to bring Android apps to a big screen. Or you can hook up a mouse and keyboard and load a full desktop Linux operating system onto the device and use it like a cheap, tiny, and kind of slow computer.

The folks at w2comp have been kind enough to provide us with an MK802 II for the Liliputing 2012 Holiday Giveaway.

MK802 II

The unit we’re giving away features a 1 GHz Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex-A8 single core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of storage.

It comes with Google Android 4.0 preloaded, and you can use it exactly as it is. Or you can load another operating system onto a microSD card and dual boot Android and Ubuntu or a different OS.

While Chinese device makers have released faster and more powerful mini PCs in recent months, the original MK802 is still one of the most versatile of these little computers since developers have already put a fair amount of time and effort into porting operating systems ranging from Puppy Linux to CyanogenMod 10 Android to run on the MK802. We may also see a version of Bodhi Linux for the MK802 soon.

The MK802 II features the same processor as the original MK802, but it has an improved case design with vents for cooling, a micro USB port instead of mini USB, and an HDMI connector instead of a port. That means you can plug the stick directly into a TV or monitor without any cables (except a USB cable for power).

Keep in mind… if you’re looking to use the MK802 II as a desktop computer, it’s a pretty sluggish one. But it’s still kind of impressive that it can run everything from Firefox to LibreOffice. And if you plan to use it as an Android-based media center, the user interface is a bit clunky for navigating Netflix on your TV. But hey, it will let you watch Netflix on your TV.

W2comp sells the MK802 II for $55.

But if you’d like to snag one for free, here’s how to enter:

How to win: Leave a comment by 5:00AM, 11/29/2012

You can enter to win simply by leaving a comment below — and making sure I have a way to contact you. If your Disqus account is associated with an email account, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, that should do the trick.

Entries must be received by 5:00AM Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, November 29th, 2012.

Here’s the normal-font print:

  • This contest is open to anyone around the globe. I guess theoretically I could find out how much it costs to ship one of these devices back to China.
  • Please leave only one comment on this post. You’ll be disqualified if you leave more than one.
  • Winners will be randomly chosen from all valid entries.
  • Winners have 48 hours to respond after they’ve been selected. If we don’t hear back from you, we will choose another winner at random.
  • Writers for Liliputing and their friends and family members cannot enter this contest.
  • If you’ve won another Liliputing contest in the past 30 days, please let someone else have a chance. We’ll toss out your name and draw again if we find a repeat customer.
  • If you’re in a country where taxes, duties, or other fees are applied to items shipped from overseas, you’ll be responsible for covering those costs.

Thanks again to W2Comp for supplying Liliputing with this MK802 II.



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427 replies on “Liliputing MK802 II Android 4.0 Mini PC giveaway”

  1. Its really nice you run these competitions. I would be delighted to snag this.

  2. Is this still open, please, please, please, ad infinitum can I win this? From the UK. Thanks,

  3. long live pixel qi … and hopefully we will see direct sunlight sceen in a mainstrem tablet soon?

  4. I would love to try out one of these! Couldn’t be any worse than a logitech revue

  5. I’ve got a few experimental projects I’d love to work on with that mini pc.

  6. Dude, I so freaking want this…. It’s…. well…It is the sort of thing that will come in handy. Plus it’s just cool.

  7. Please pick me! 🙂
    I would love to have an Android Stick! 🙂
    you can contact me at rolfke[AT-SIGN]gmail[DOT]com 🙂

  8. Sir, I think that it would be so nice of you, to send it over to Bosnia and Herzegovina. 🙂

  9. I still think it is amazing that these mini devices can function at all and be so inexpensive!

  10. Can’t wait for a stable version of xbmc to come out for android, and then… nothing can stop the unbelievable, smashing power of the android media center mk802 II !!!

  11. When you connect a USB hard drive to MK802, it may not get sufficient power. One can use a powered USB hub.

    Or make your own in this way: Take a cheap USB hub, choose a power adapter with USB output with at least 2A output. And disable host side power input by, say, putting some paper around the VCC pin in the USB female socket. The output of power adapter can then be connected and inserted using one of the USB inputs of hub.

    (But you are on your own if you end up burning! We all do experimentations…)

  12. I wish I get to have one of these… and if it´s right now even better 🙂

  13. Pocket computing at its finest. I am attempting to run minecraft dedicated servers on these nifty little gadgets. Would love to have one to play around with rather than emulating it 🙂

    Love your site as always!

  14. All winner they say… but how come there’s only one for the giveaway?! 😛

  15. really great thing to do, I hope to get a chance to play with this 😀

  16. I’m leaving this comment.. 🙂 (Thanks for the giveaway, I like your website)

  17. Woo! I’m In! Could this run Joli OS dual boot, or would I have to do it from the SD?

  18. Thanks, really interested in these, but can’t justify buying one just yet 🙂

  19. Ah another reason to love this site! I hope i win this, it would be like my christmas present lol

  20. Thank you for your great site! Awesome coverage on these promising little computers.

  21. Finger crossed. Thanks for all the great coverage on portable tech! I have made a few purchases with the insight I’ve gained here.

  22. I’m so happy this website has gracefully transitioned from a netbook site into a great mobile computing site. BTW, this is my entry comment.

  23. I would love a mini PC please. I think it could replace 90 percent of what I do on my PC.

  24. I would love to be able to turn my *DUMB* TV into a *SMART* TV with this awesome Android HDMI stick!!! 😀

  25. Count me in. The odds are ever so much better than powerball, even if still not good enough.

  26. There’s bound to be some Android phone / Arduino integration fun to be had with this!

  27. Looking forward to trying an Android mini PC with my TV. What are the options for wireless Bluetooth for keyboard+mouse. Similar to my an
    droid tablet?

  28. Hey, it’s a better chance than a lottery ticket and it doesn’t even cost a dollar! I’m in. Keep up the good work with the site, Brad. I check it frequently to get my mobile device news fix.

  29. I already have the original MK802, I could use a better/newer model for my projects :).

  30. Lilliputing Staff, I’ve been reading about and wanting a mini computer to play around with since I read about the Raspberry Pi. The MK802 sounds interesting, too. Sign me up for this drawing. T

  31. I’ve been wanting one of these to play Android games with my kids, ever since my younger daughter dumped her Archos in the bath. You should have seen the beautiful green glow of the screen underwater …

  32. “I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have
    succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have
    eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will
    work.”

    -Edison

  33. My sister has cancer and her dying wish was to own a MK802 II Android 4.0 mini PC. Just sayin. 😉

  34. love your site read it almost daily would love to try n break this lil guy -lol

  35. I spent quite some time reading up on these little guys and ran into this post. I won’t say no to the opportunity.

  36. Ok. Ingress left me out in the cold, maybe I can be more lucky with a stick?

  37. These little gadgets look like fun. I would like to run Ubuntu in one of these.

  38. It is quite a good toy. It will be nice to have it, i’ll pay the shipping cost.

  39. Yes, I’d love to have “the next unit of computing” which will be an ARM based product !!!

  40. Would love to try one of these, I’ve enjoyed reading your reviews of the various Android TV sticks

  41. I’ve been looking into getting these for my son and daughter (11 and 9) to teach them about the power of tiny computers! I’m in it to win it!

  42. This site is one of my morning reads every day since i got my first eeepc. Thanks for

    all the great advice.

  43. I hope I win, been wanting one for a while.. just haven’t had any extra money with the new child on the way.. thanks for the chance to win..

  44. Sweet. This will be something my son can have fun playing with on the TV!!

  45. discovered these mini pc’s because of your website, thanks, looking forward to see how they evolve. minor typo in the the entry date paragraph, should be November 29th, 2012, not 26th?

  46. A nice gadget, although I think that an android TV box with Ethernet is a better one.

  47. So… is the memory 1GB or 512MB in this? The specs say 512MB but as far as I know it should be 1GB (also on the box).

  48. Please add me too! I’m looking for something like this so my grandma can play Solitaire, without getting a complete PC =)

  49. I’d really appreciate a chance at working with this device. Also, the site is great. Keep it up.

  50. Not sure if my previous comment got thru. Pick me! I want to add on thisagical gadget to my media system in my car.

  51. Sorry but there has been a mistake. That MK802 II was supposed to be sent to me but accidently got sent to liliputing instead. Please send it to me asap 😉

  52. I seriously need this! I am not in US but I do have a US delivery address.

  53. Hi, I’d really like to put CM10 on this, and use Skifta to stream movies from my main PC (in the basement) to my TV (bedroom). I’d also like to try out something like Lubuntu on this to see how it performs as a low-cost and energy-efficient desktop computer.

  54. Whee! I’ve been wanting one of these for a while and free is the right price for me right now.

  55. I like free stuff. I’m sure there’s a guide somewhere so I can install Linux on it. 🙂

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