There’s no shortage of tiny sticks that you can plug into the HDMI port of your TV to stream internet video. But most rely on WiFi to do it.

The MK802 V is one of the first models I’ve seen with an Ethernet jack. It also happens to WiFi, a speedy processor, and Google Android software that lets you run Android Apps on your TV.

You can pick one up for AliExpress, where the MK802 V has a list price of $119, but it’s currently selling for $107.10.

mk802 v

The TV stick features a Rockchip RK3288 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. It also has a microSd card slot for removable storage.

It features an HDMI port, 802.11n WiFi dual-band with an external antenna and Bluetooth 4.0. There’s also a USB port, 2 micro USB ports, and an IR port.

The device runs Google Android 4.4 KitKat software and comes with the XBMC media player app pre-installed.

While the MK802 V isn’t the first Android-powered TV box to feature an Ethernet jack, it’s one of the first stick-shaped models to have one. This feature could come in handy if you don’t have WiFi in your home or want a more reliable wired internet connection.

via and CNX Software

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14 replies on “MK802 V is a TV stick with RK3288 CPU and an Ethernet jack”

  1. Interesting piece.
    Just wait for a custom ROM to come out.
    The enthusiasts rule over the manufacturer when it comes to support.

  2. I agree with zdanee…although a linux distro would be fine instead of windows.

    1. Like MK802 V LE (Linux Edition ?), Rikomagic do this kind of stuff for several of their Rockchip sticks/setopbox with pikuntu (ubuntu tweaked for Rockchip) there is XFCE version that looks fine on RK3288. Gnome3/cinnamon should just work fine on this stuff too. They have done at least MK802 III LE (RK3066), MK802 IV LE (RK3188) (keys with LXDE) and MK902 LE (RK3188 settop with cinnamon or gnome classic ?) and MK902 II LE (RK3288 settop with XFCE)

  3. The next time I buy such a stick, it will run Windows 8.1 (or 10), will have 2GB RAM, 32-64GB eMMC, passive cooling and will be ~$100. I’m holding off until then.

    1. I understand the sentiment. One can eventually tie quite a chunk of change up in a long parade of “not quite useful” Android-based Chinese TV Boxes. Between underengineered hardware and Google’s crippling of Andriod for non-mobile purposes (damn you ChromeOS) I wonder if we can ever be free of the whims of Redmond.

      1. Yeah, I had more than one run with these sticks. First thing that got me by surprise is the lack of resolutions these thing support. You can either use a 720p screen or a 1080p. Nothing else. Well, I for one use a 1680×1050 screen, and I’m not planning to change it. I figured there will be a way to change the resolution in Android, but no, the best I got was an upscaled 720p on the 1680×1050 screen. We are in 2014, I think supporting various resolutions is not a big thing to ask… Oh, well.
        The second thing these cheapo boxes share is the awful quality of the eMMC included. They are not only slow, but if you try to move big files or just simply work them too much, they will hang. At that point you’ll have to reboot your device. This is a common thing in cheap tablets as well, there certainly is enough processing power in these, but try to install a 500-600MB game and they will die there and then. Sadly this is a problem you won’t be able to read about in a review or see by the specs. So, no more cheap Android for me.
        As for a $100 windows desktop, I think it’s certainly possible. Take a $120 Toshiba Encore, take out the battery and the screen, double the RAM and the eMMC instead, and put it in a box. Done.

        1. The reason for the resolution is:
          1. Media consumption is the major use case and the media comes in 720p or 1080 these days. They are expanding to 4k for similar reasons
          2. You plug into tvs that are either 1080p or 1080i at best which is 720p
          Also I believe whilst eMMC is poor the reason you get the lag is poor implementation of ROMs which is indicative of most Chinese off brands as they do not invest in software to maximise profit.
          I do agree the user experience is woeful.

    2. There is one. Ecs liva mini Pc. Runs ubuntu and windows. I currently using one with windows 10 technical preview. Not bad at all.

      1. Looks interesting! My only concern is the N2807 CPU, seems a bit underpowered even compared to a Z3740. What is your experience with it?

        1. Daily general use – office apps, web and media. You can even use it as media center and stream hd content with no sweat . All my media stored on deddicated home nas so I don’t mind the lack of big hdd. I have z3740 on my dell venue 8 pro tablet, the experience pretty much the same. I had couple of Android sticks and even odroid x and I do like the concept but in this price tange liva is better value.

    3. Amen. Agree with you on all points. Anything spec-ed below that is a waste of money.
      I didn’t need the stick form-factor or windows, and the chromebox is a complete dream… under ubuntu it even displays different desktops to 2 monitors (full custom resolutions on each monitor). I tried steam casting on it last night (over gigabit ethernet), and it kept up just fine. These Chinese sticks are a tax on the stupid.

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