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Old May 5th, 2013, 11:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Review of MK809-II Android TV with lots of pics!!!

This is Review of MR809-II Android TV dongle: COZYSWAN MK809 II Dual-Core Android 4.1 Google TV Player w/ 8GB ROM / Wi-Fi / Bluetooth - Black - Worldwide Free Shipping - DX

After reviewing numerous accessories for N2/N7/S4, I'm switching my gears and decided to do a project of converting my tv into "smart tv". If you think about, that's what the whole Google TV is about - taking your regular old TV and bringing it up to a new level with an enhanced option of Android and the same benefits you get from your Smart phone or tablet. I have seen a mentioning of a lot of different Android TV dongles in this particular AF section, and even noticed that same models perform differently. So I guess you can't speak for all MK809-II purchased from different places as functioning the same. The I got was from DX.com place where I have shopped before and also found a lot of positive reviews about this particular model. I didn't want to buy any old gen stuff with overheating problems and those old AC adapters with round connector, or something that will cripple my use by not allowing access to Google Play, etc.

The unit I received came packaged very nicely with a lot of bonus connections. The main Android dongle measures about 110mm x 40mm x 10mm and weights about 34g. In addition to that, you get HDMI extension cable just in case if you don't have easy access to plug the stick into the back/side of your TV. It also came with OTG adapter with micro-usb to full USB connection which can turn the spare micro-usb port on the stick into another "host" to allow connection of other peripheral devices without a need for a hub. And you also get a quality AC adapter with a full 2A output to use usb to micro-usb cable to power up the device. I noticed older generation device were using round plug wall adapter which always a drag to carry around. This device, you can use ANY of your smart phone ac charging adapters, as long as it 2A (like the one which came with Note 2).

Now, about the spec of the device. This one uses RK3066 CPU, dual core Cortex-A9 with clock speed up to 1.6GHz; 1GB of DDR3 memory, and 8GB of internal memory which can be expanded further with micro-sd card (from a built in slot). The built quality seems to be decent, not flimsy at all; it looks like a big usb stick with a cap over HDMI port. Also, I noticed the back has vents for additional cooling. While using it, I haven't noticed too much overheating. The device supports WiFi and Bluetooth, and I had no issues with it's connections. I have my router on the first floor while I was testing it with a tv in our bedroom on the second floor, pretty far away. For interface, I was using Anker mini keyboard (candy bar type of BT keyboard with a touch pad). At first to initialize it I had wired mouse plugged into USB host port (no need for OTG adapter, goes right into full size USB port labeled "host" on the stick) to pair up with BT device. Once I did it the first time, afterwards mouse was unplugged and I was using mini BT keyboard to control it.

The stick came preloaded with Android 4.1.1 and full access to Google Play!!! I was very pleased with that since I know a lot of cheap tablets don't have access to Google Play and you have to side load your apps. Not with this device. I signed in with my Google account, and was able to get to Play right away. Also, with its file manager, I was able to connect to other devices shared on my wifi, such as network hard drive. I have seen some people complaining about wifi connection with their MK809-II, but let me reassure you the one I got worked perfectly. It also supports every possible audio, video, music, and picture format under the sun.

Overall, setup was very easy where within minutes I was running full tablet interface on my TV. This is my first Android TV experience and I was very pleased with the results. Again, due to some other comments on the forum about others using similar devices from another on-line retailer I can't speak if they all have the same quality. I can only speak for the one I got from dx.com which worked for me perfectly right out of the box.

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Old May 5th, 2013, 11:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice review as usual twister6. So basically you have a 21"-29" tablet now? That's pretty intense actually.
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I bought an mk809 (not version 2, must have been the first release) I looked at your screenshots and it looks identical . The only problem I have encountered is trying to create a VPN connection. I used an app called Hide ninja Vpn with no problem on my note (android 4.1.2) but it will not work on the mk809. Did u have any VPN creation probs ?

Thanks for the review and any thoughts on my VPN thinner

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I bought an mk809 (not version 2, must have been the first release) I looked at your screenshots and it looks identical . The only problem I have encountered is trying to create a VPN connection. I used an app called Hide ninja Vpn with no problem on my note (android 4.1.2) but it will not work on the mk809. Did u have any VPN creation probs ?

Thanks for the review and any thoughts on my VPN thinner

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Sorry, haven't used VPN connection. Maybe some others can chime in? Perhaps the app is not compatible with this stick?
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I decided to take my setup one step further to see how I can convert my dinosaur TV into smart TV In this review I would like to talk about taking my previous setup of Android on a stick and turning an old tube tv into a smart tv with a help of this little gadget: MINI HDMI to AV CVBS to RCA Converter - Tmart.com

It's hard to believe TVs without HDMI input ever existed lol!!! But if you have one in your house which has lasted your for 10+ years and still working great, you are stuck with AV inputs as the only mean of connecting any peripheral devices. So if you got yourself a shiny new smart phone with HDMI dock or have Android-on-a-stick device to turn your tv into a big screen tablet - there is NOTHING you can do without converting HDMI into Analog audio/video. This kind of converter box becoming extinct, just like all those TVs, so its really hard to find one for a reasonable price. The one I got is the cheapest I found for about $40 shipped in US or internationally from Tmart.com. If you are in US, make sure to select "us warehouse" shipping from location, that one ships from NJ. Otherwise, you gonna end up waiting for awhile if it ships from HK.

I was a little nervous with this one because I saw an output with a typical red/white audio and yellow for video but video said "CVBS". But it worked flawlessly. First of all, it's a tiny little box I weighted to be 40g (1.4 oz) and about 60mm x 55mm x 20mm. You get full size HDMI input, AV RCA connector output, and PAL/NTSC switch for your video signal (so you are covered for both US and EU), and mini-usb input for power. It comes with mini-usb to USB cable in case if you don't have one considering everything switched to micro-usb, and also instruction booklet. As you can see, plugged in my Android stick, hook up wires going to TV, switched to NTSC and thats ALL! You DO NOT even need to power it up with external cable!!!!!!! I can only guess it gets its power from HDMI pins of Android stick since those are powered up. Of course, we are talking about HD widescreen output intended for a tablet going to 4:3 ancient tv so the image is squeezed on the sides. But it has nothing to do with a conversion, but rather with different "display resolution".

I know in this day'n'age of HD TVs it's hard to believe there is TV without HDMI input. But if you still have an old TV without HDMI input and don't want to throw it away, you can breath in a new life for $40 Remember, you can just plugin your Note 2 or any other smart phone with usb to hdmi adapter or from your multimedia cradle.

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Nice but what about audio, it's streaming 5.1 from HDMI or still downmix to stereo?
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Thanks for this review. I've been struggling with this very problem but don't understand this or video enough to even know where to start. This is great!
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Great reviews with picture thanks twister6, I'm looking into getting one of these thingies I'm just deciding which to get mk808 mk808b mk809 or mk809ii
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Great reviews with picture thanks twister6, I'm looking into getting one of these thingies I'm just deciding which to get mk808 mk808b mk809 or mk809ii
Tough decision because there are too many choices I just looked up on DX, and they have over 700 in that category: Cheap Mini PC, Buy Google Android TV/ WIFI Network Media Players - DX

You can still get a decent one under $50. Also, don't forget that you will need wireless keyboard/mouse for it. I'm still using mine with air-mouse and absolutely love it!!! Review of Mini Wireless 80-key keyboard with air/fly mouse w/pics!!!
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Nice review as usual twister6. So basically you have a 21"-29" tablet now? That's pretty intense actually.
its not touch screen though !!!
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Thanks for this review. I've been struggling with this very problem but don't understand this or video enough to even know where to start. This is great!
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Can i just use an S-video to HDMI adapter cable in the same way? Hook the s-video to hdmi cable to the hdmi dongle to my phone or s-video to hdmi cable to android mini pc. BC my old school tv only has an s-video port and/or rca jacks.
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