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Rikomagic Reveals Rikomagic MK22 Android TV Box with Amlogic S912

Another day, another Amlogic S912 Android TV box being revealed.

Rikomagic have unveiled the Rikomagic MK22 Android TV box powered by Amlogic’s octacore chipset.

The specs are pretty much what we’ve seen with other Amlogic S912 devices. The Rikomagic MK22 runs Android 6.0 and features 2GB of RAM, 16GB of eMMC storage, dual band b/g/n WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth 4.0.

Rikomagic have designed their own case for the unit which is great, with a distinct design that features an external WiFi antenna.

Where to Buy the Rikomagic MK22

There’s no information on pricing availability on the Rikomagic MK22 at this stage but stay tuned.

Rikomagic MK22 Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    AMLogic S912
  • CPU CPU
    Octacore ARM Cortex-A53 CPU up to 2 GHz
  • GPU
    ARM Mali-T820MP3 GPU up to 750MHz
  • Operating System
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • RAM
    2GB DDR3
  • Storage
    16GB eMMC
    Micro SD Card Slot (up to 32GB)
  • Other Features
    IR Sensor
  • Power
    5V/2A

Interfaces

  • Video Output
    HDMI 2.0
    Composite
  • Audio Output
    HDMI 2.0
    SP-DIF
  • Other Interfaces
    2x USB 2.0
    1x USB OTG

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz)
  • Ethernet
    1000Mbps
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Physical

  • Dimensions
    93 x 93 x 15mm
  • Weight
    190g

Rikomagic MK06 Review: How’s Rikomagic’s First Amlogic S905 Box?

The Rikomagic MK06 is the company’s latest Android TV box and their first using the quadcore Amlogic S905. Opting for lower-end specifications with a price to match, is Rikomagic’s latest device a winner? Read our Rikomagic MK06 review to find out.

Thanks to Rikomagic for sending me a sample to review.

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Rikomagic MK06 Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    Amlogic S905
  • CPU CPU
    Quad-Core Cortex-A53 up to 2.0GHz
  • GPU
    Penta-Core ARM® Mali™-450
  • Operating System
    Android Lollipop 5.1.1
  • RAM
    1GB
  • Storage
    8GB
  • Other Features
    IR Sensor
  • Power
    DC 5V/3A

Interfaces

  • Video Output
    HDMI 2.0
  • Audio Output
    HDMI 2.0, SP-DIF
  • Other Interfaces
    3 x USB 2.0

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi 2.4GHz
  • Ethernet
    1000Mbps
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Physical

  • Dimensions
    116 x 112 x 19 mm
  • Weight
    245g

What’s In The Box?

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Rikomagic have provided a fairly comprehensive set of inclusions in the box:

  • 1x Rikomagic MK06 unit
  • 1x Power Adapter
  • 1x IR Remote Control
  • 1x HDMI Cable
  • 1x USB-to-USB cable
  • 1x English Instruction Manual

Rikomagic MK06 Review: Design

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Rikomagic have played it safe with the design of their latest Android TV box. Reusing the case from the MK12 and MK68, the Rikomagic MK06 is a black square with a single rounded corner.

The top plate features a subtle geometric pattern and the whole unit is made of glossy plastic. Unfortunately, this means its probe to fingerprints so you’ll need to to keep it clean.

The design itself is unobtrusive however and fairly practical, with ample room to plug in cables and USB devices that you need to.

Ports are located on the left and rear of the unit. The left side houses two fullsize USB 2.0 ports and a micro SD card slot.

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Jumping over to the rear of MK06, there’s DC In, optical audio, Ethernet, HDMI out and another fullsize USB 2.0 port.

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Rikomagic have continued their “reuse” approach, packing in the same IR remote we’ve seen with their other Android boxes. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as I’ve always found Rikomagic’s remotes pretty decent.

All the key functionality is here, with Android commands, directional buttons and volume controls. There’s even a mouse mode if you need it, though is suggest forking out for an Airmouse such as the Rikomagic MK705 for a much better experience.

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Thankfully, the buttons are pretty quiet, unlike some of the cheap included remotes I’ve seen to date so they’re not distracting when used. Range was fine, able to reach across my lounge room with ease.

Rikomagic MK06 Review: Using It

The Rikomagic MK06 boots automatically when plugged in. A cold boot takes around 59 seconds With a wireless keyboard and mouse plugged in. Resuming from standby is instant.

The Rikomagic MK06’s UI is the same as we’ve seen on previous models, with various tiles for key apps, themed collections of apps (such as games) and the app drawer.

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The launcher is definitely TV friendly, though animations aren’t smooth enough, making it feel less polished compared to other launchers I’ve seen shipped with TV boxes.

There’s a few preinstalled apps, with Kodi 15.2, Media Center, Miracast, Skype and, interestingly, iPerf all making an appearance. Kodi 15.2 came with a whole bunch of add-ons preinstalled so I simply uninstalled it and installed a stock version of Kodi 16.0 from the Google Play store.

Speaking of the Google Play Store, it works and the device is rooted out of the box for those that need it.

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HDMI CEC is supported and worked well with my Samsung TV, allowing me to use the TV’s remote to control the Android box.

The MK06 also features a single 4.08GB partition with 3.5GB free out of the box, making it much easier for users to use all of the included storage how they want. 3.5GB isn’t a lot though so you’ll need to be mindful of how many apps you need to install.

The Rikomagic MK06 is also the first Rikomagic box to come with OTA update support. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to actually test it as my box was already pre-installed with the latest firmware.

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The firmware feels pretty stable. However, I did occasionally experience a several-second pause when exiting apps sometimes. I also had issues with luckluster 3D performance and benchmarks failing (more on that below).

Rikomagic MK06 Review: Media Playback

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The Rikomagic MK06 came preinstalled with Kodi 15.2. However, I had issues with video only rendering in the top left of the screen. Updating to Kodi 16.0 via the Google Play Store seemed to fix the issue so I’ve used that version for my testing.

CodecVideo Performance (Kodi 16.0)
1080p 3D SBS H.264OK
1080p 3D ABL H.264OK
1080p24 H.264OK
1080p High Bitrate H.264OK
1080p60 H.264OK
720p50 H.264OK
1080i25 H.264OK
4K 30FPS H.264OK
4K 60FPS H.264Unwatchable (Video lags behind Audio)
1080p24 HEVCOK
4K 30FPS 8-bit HEVCOK
4K 30FPS 10-bit HEVCNot Supported (Crashed Kodi)
1080p VP8OK
720p Hi10pOK
1080p Hi10pUnwatchable (Decoding Issues)
1080p MPEG2OK
1080p VC1OK
Unencrypted Bluray ISO (Sintel)OK (Kodi reported some skipped frames though)

Media playback was generally good, handling all of the most common file formats with ease.

Deinterlacing performance was good, without any obvious artifacting on interlaced samples.

Automatic framerate switching isn’t supported unfortunately, meaning 23.976/24Hz content may exhibit judder depending on the video.

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5.1 Audio Passthrough

Dolby Digital 5.1 passthrough via HDMI worked fine via Kodi 16.0

Netflix

Netflix works via the Netflix app. However, the resolution is limited to 480p like most Android boxes due to the lack of Netflix certification.

AirPlay

Using the included Media Center app, both AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring worked fine using an iPhone 6 on iOS9.

External Storage Support

Playing back movies from my 2.5″ USB-powered HDD and USB flash drive worked perfectly.

Rikomagic MK06 Review: Gaming Performance

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To test gaming performance, I installed 2 games,1 2D and 1 3D title:

Despite using the Amlogic S905 like a number of other Android TV boxes, the Rikomagic MK06 performed worse than other boxes I’ve tested to date.

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Whilst the simpler Jetpack Joyride was perfectly smooth, playing Beach Buggy Racing at 1080p on maximum settings struggled to achieve a playable framerate. Lowering the graphics settings to the default lead to a much more pleasant experience.

Gaming Controllers and Bluetooth

I didn’t have any issues hooking up my GameSir G3 via Bluetooth and use it to play Beach Buggy Racing.

SixAxis Compatibility Checker reports that the MK06 should be compatible so you should be able to hook up your PS3 controller via Bluetooth.

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Rikomagic MK06 Review: Networking

Networking performance was tested using Wifi performance was tested using Wifi Speed Test, conducting 3 tests and averaging the results. My router is approximately 5m away, with a single wall between the router and the device. WiFi performance is heavily impacted by a number of factors so your performance may vary.

Wireless Performance

Wireless performance was pretty good on the Rikomagic MK06, with upload and download speeds of 40.6Mbps and 49.8Mbps respectively.

In terms of real world performance, I was able to stream 1080p and 4K H.264 videos from my NFS share without buffering. However, I did experience terrible buffering at one stage that seemed to resolve itself after a reboot so I’m not sure what happened.

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Ethernet Performance

Ethernet performance was reasonable, with upload and download speeds of 627.8Mbps and 873.9Mbps respectively.

Rikomagic MK06 Review: Benchmarks

BenchmarkScore
Antutu 6.0 25390
Antutu Video Tester 3.0 893
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Wouldn’t Finish
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme 4261
GeekBench 3 Single Core 600
GeekBench 3 Multi Core 1248

Benchmarking performance was either on par or lower than other Amlogic S905 boxes I’ve tested to date. Antutu and GeekBench 3 Multi-Core were noticeably lower than competing boxes.

Interestingly, Antutu kept reporting that the MK06 didn’t complete the 3D component of the benchmark, which is why the score is so much lower than other Amlogic S905 boxes.

Furthermore, I wasn’t able to get a score for Ice Storm Unlimited in 3DMark as the benchmark kept terminating before it finished.

Having so many issues with the 3D side suggests there’s either a hardware issue or Rikomagic have a lot more work to do with the firmware.

Rikomagic MK06 Review: Power Consumption

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Should You Get One?

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The Rikomagic MK06 is a flawed Android TV box from Rikomagic. It handled media playback well, though no automatic framerate switching in Kodi is disappointing. However, this combined with lackluster 3D gaming performance make it hard to recommend over more polished Amlogic S905 boxes available.

Getting One

You can get the Rikomagic MK06 from GearBest for around $67.

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Rikomagic MK36S Review: Rikomagic’s $140 Quadcore Cherry Trail Windows PC

The Rikomagic MK36S is Rikomagic’s latest Windows 10 PC and their first using Intel’s new X5-X8300 Cherry Trail processor. It also features 2GB RAM, 32GB of storage, dual band Wifi and fast Ethernet. Have Rikomagic released a successful follow up to the Rikomagic MK36? Read our Rikomagic MK36S review to find out!

I want to say thanks to Rikomagic for sending me a sample to review

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Rikomagic MK36S Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    Intel X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail
  • CPU CPU
    Up to 1.84GHz
  • GPU
    Intel HD graphics
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home
  • RAM
    2GB DDR3
  • Storage
    32GB eMMC+ microSD slot up to 64GB
  • Power
    DC 12V/3A

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    802.11 Dual Band b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4Ghz/5Ghz)
  • Ethernet
    10/100
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Interfaces

  • Video Output
    HDMI 1.4
  • Audio Output
    HDMI 1.4, 3.5mm Audio
  • Other Interfaces
    1x USB 3.0 port
    3x USB 2.0 port

Physical

  • Dimensions
    158 x 120 x 33mm
  • Weight
    300g

What’s Inside The Box?

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Rikomagic have provided the basics to get you connected:

  • 1x Rikomagic MK36S unit
  • 1x HDMI cable
  • 1x Power Adapter
  • 1x Instruction Manual

You’ll also need your own keyboard and mouse (or I highly recommend an airmouse if you’re using it as a HTPC).

Rikomagic MK36S review: Design

For the MK36S, Rikomagic have reused the case from the Rikomagic MK36. Thankfully, the design looks great. It’s distinctive yet doesn’t draw attention, with strong, faceted surfaces and A “brushed metal”-style top plate.

The front of the unit is surprisingly bare, with all the ports located on the right and back of the unit. On the back, there’s a Kensington lock port, micro SD card slot, 2 fullsize USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out, Ethernet and DC In.

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The right side houses the power button, USB 3.0 port, another USB 2.0 port and a headphone jack.

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Rikomagic MK36S Review: Using it

Powering up the Rikomagic MK36S is done  via the power button on the side. With a keyboard and mouse connected, a cold boot takes around 13 seconds. Waking from standby is essentially instant.

The Rikomagic MK36S comes with Windows 10 Home. It’s completely stock and activated.There’s a single 28.6GB C:/ drive with 19.6GB free out of the box.

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The Intel X5-Z8300 does a excellent job handling Windows 10. Navigating through the OS and launching apps was great. Multitasking performance was fine. I was able to open up a few apps and browser windows without issue.

Rikomagic MK36S Review: Media Playback

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Media playback was tested using Kodi 15.2, the latest stable version of Kodi.

Video CodecVideo Performance (Kodi 15.2)
1080p 3D SBS H.264OK
1080p 3D ABL H.264OK
1080p24 H.264OK
1080p High Bitrate H.264OK
1080p60 H.264OK
720p50 H.264OK
1080i25 H.264OK
4K 30FPS H.264OK
4K 60FPS H.264Unwatchable (Video lags behind Audio)
1080p24 HEVCOK
4K 30FPS HEVCOK
1080p VP8OK
720p Hi10pOK
1080p Hi10pWatchable (Some Skipped Frames)
1080p MPEG2OK
1080p VC1OK
Unencrypted Bluray ISO (Sintel)OK

Media playback on the Rikomagic MK36S was fantastic. Most codecs played back fine, including Hi10p samples decoded in software. Automatic framerate switching worked perfectly and 23.976FPS video didn’t show any glitches during playback so it appears true 23.976Hz output is supported.

Deinterlacing performance was good, without any visible artifacts in my interlaced samples.

Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Passthrough via HDMI worked fine in Kodi 15.2 for those with surround sound setups.

Netflix

Netflix worked perfectly in 1080p so Netflix users are covered.

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External Storage Support

I was able to connect up both my 2.5″ USB-powered HDD and USB thumbdrive and watch videos from them without any issues.

Rikomagic MK36S Review: Gaming Performance

To test gaming performance, I installed 2 games,1 2D and 1 3D titles:

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Gaming performance on the Rikomagic MK36S was fairly good thanks to Cherry Trail’s improved GPU. Jetpack Joyride played perfectly and the slightly more demanding 3D title Beach Buggy Racing sat between 25-30fps at maximum settings. Reducing the graphics settings improved performance drastically.

Gaming Controllers and Bluetooth

I was able to pair my iPazzport Bluetooth Keyboard without any issues.

Gaming using my Tronsmart Mars G01 was perfect, with the pad automatically detected as an Xbox 360 controller when plugged in.

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Rikomagic MK36S Review: Networking

Networking performance was tested using iperf (iperf –t 60 -c SERVER_IP -r) to test networking bandwidth in both directions. My router is approximately 5m away, with a single wall between the router and the device. WiFi performance is heavily impacted by a number of factors so your performance may vary.

Wireless Performance

Real world WiFi performance was good. I was able to stream 1080p and 4K H.264 videos from my NFS share without any buffering. 1080p YouTube streaming also worked perfectly.

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Rikomagic MK36S Review: Benchmarks

BenchmarkScore
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited18062
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme13446
GeekBench 3 Single Core797
GeekBench 3 Multi Core2346

Rikomagic MK36S Review: Power Consumption

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Rikomagic MK36S Review: Thermal Performance

The Rikomagic MK36S’s thermal performance was respectable. After stressing the MK36S for over 30 minutes using HeavyLoad, HWiNFO reported that the SoC temperature capped out at 81°C without any thermal throttling. Ambient temperature was 20.5°C.

Should You Get One?

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The Rikomagic MK36S is a solid Cherry Trail mini PC. Windows 10 performance is great and media playback was solid with excellent compatibility with various codecs and HD Netflix. If you’re looking for a compact fanless mini PC on a budget, the Rikomagic MK36S is a solid choice for just $140.

Getting One

The Rikomagic MK36S is available from Rikomagic for around $140.

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Alternatively, it’s also available from GearBest and Amazon.

Rikomagic MK36S Impressions

The Rikomagic MK36S is Rikomagic’s latest Windows 10 PC and their first using Intel’s new X5-X8300 Cherry Trail processor. It also features 2GB RAM, 32GB of storage, dual band Wifi and fast Ethernet. I’ve gone hands-on to test it out and see how it performs.

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Rikomagic MK36S Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    Intel X5-Z8300 Cherry Trail
  • CPU CPU
    Up to 1.84GHz
  • GPU
    Intel HD graphics
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home
  • RAM
    2GB DDR3
  • Storage
    32GB eMMC+ microSD slot up to 64GB
  • Power
    DC 12V/3A

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    802.11 Dual Band b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4Ghz/5Ghz)
  • Ethernet
    10/100
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Interfaces

  • Video Output
    HDMI 1.4
  • Audio Output
    HDMI 1.4, 3.5mm Audio
  • Other Interfaces
    1x USB 3.0 port
    3x USB 2.0 port

Physical

  • Dimensions
    158 x 120 x 33mm
  • Weight
    300g

What’s Inside The Box?

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Inside the box, you get:

  • 1x Rikomagic MK36S unit
  • 1x HDMI cable
  • 1x Power Adapter
  • 1x Instruction Manual

Rikomagic MK36S Impressions

The Rikomagic MK36S looks identical to its predecessor, the Rikomagic MK36. The unit’s faceted design and “brushed metal”-style top plate looks fantastic.

In terms of ports, they’re all located on the right and back of the unit. On the back, there’s a Kensington lock port, micro SD card slot, 2 fullsize USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out, Ethernet and DC In.

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The right side houses the power button, USB 3.0 port, another USB 2.0 port and a headphone jack.

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The Rikomagic MK36S is powered up via the power button. A cold boot takes around 13 seconds whilst waking from standby is essentially instant.

The Rikomagic MK36S comes with Windows 10 Home. It’s activated and completely stock. There’s a single 28.6GB C:/ drive that had 19.6GB free out of the box.

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As with the Tronsmart Ara X5, the Intel X5-Z8300 handles Windows 10 really well. Navigating through Windows was great and opening up a few apps and browser windows were fine.

I installed Kodi 15.2 to quickly test out video playback. Both my 1080p H.264 and HEVC samples played back well thanks to the improved codec support in Intel’s Cherry Trail processors. Automatic framerate switching also worked fine, switching when I tried to play back 24Hz videos.

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Streaming via Wifi was fine, with 1080p and 4K H.264 videos streaming from my server’s NFS share without any noticeable buffering.

Gaming performance was quickly tested using Beach Buggy Racing at 1080p on Maximum settings. Gameplay was typically around the 25-30fps, sitting under 30fps most of the time. I’ll need to check if there’s new graphics drivers available to see if they’ll improve the performance.

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Thermal performance seems to be solid so far. After 30 minutes of stress testing using HeavyLoad, HWiNFO reported that the SoC temperature levelled out at 81°C with no signs of thermal throttling. Ambient temperature was 20.5°C.

Verdict So Far

The Rikomagic MK36S is definitely showing a lot of promise. It handles Windows 10 well, Kodi performance seems to be good and there didn’t appear to be any thermal throttling during my stress testing. At $140, it’s shaping up to be a solid Windows mini PC.

Getting One

The Rikomagic MK36S is available from Rikomagic for around $140.

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Alternatively, it’s also available from GearBest and Amazon.

Rikomagic MK68 Impressions: RK3368 and Android 5.1 TV Box

The Rikomagic MK68 is Rikomagic’s first Android TV box powered by the Rockchip 3368. Joining boxes such as the Beelink i68 and Tronsmart Orion R68, the Rikomagic MK68 runs Android 5.1 and features 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, wireless AC and gigabit Ethernet.

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Rikomagic MK68 Technical Specifications

  • Operating System: Android 5.1
  • Chipset: Rockchip RK3368
  • CPU: Octacore Cortex A53 processor @ 1.5 GHz
  • GPU: PowerVR G6110
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Internal Storage: 16Gb + Micro SD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Connectivity:  Gigabit Ethernet, Dual Band 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Audio/Video Output: HDMI 2.0, SP-DIF
  • Interfaces: 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x micro USB OTG
  • Power Supply: DC 5V/2A
  • Other: IR Sensor
  • Dimensions: 116 x 112 x 19mm

What’s in the Box?

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Rikomagic have provided a solid set of inclusions:

  • 1x Rikomagic MK68 TV box
  • 1x Power adapter
  • 1x HDMI cable
  • 1x IR Remote Control
  • 1x USB Cable
  • 1x English instruction manual

Rikomagic MK68 Initial Impressions

Rikomagic have essentially reused the case from the Rikomagic MK12. The whole case is glossy and slightly transparent. There’s a subtle pattern on the top which looks nice.

All the ports are located on the side and back of the device. On the side, we’ve got 2 USB 2.0 ports and a micro SD card slot.

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The rear houses DC in, optical audio, Ethernet, HDMI and another USB 2.0 port.

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Plugging in the unit boots it up. A cold boot takes around 54 seconds whilst resuming from standby is instant. I would have loved to see a power button like devices such as the Tronsmart Orion R68, but it’s not a big issue.

The Rikomagic MK68 runs Android 5.1 Lollypop and I’m happy to say that Rikomagic have included a TV-friendly launcher! They’re the first manufacturer to feature a UI designed for TVs on their RK3368 boxes.

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It’s pretty intuitive and has plenty of sections where you can add your own custom shortcuts in for your most used apps.

Android feels great to navigate so there’s no performance issues here. It’s also rooted out of the box.

The pre-installed version of Kodi 14.2 is configured with a whole bunch of add-ons, including some adult content which shouldn’t really be on there. I replaced the pre-installed version with Kodi 15.1 for my video tests, as Kodi 15.2 wouldn’t correctly recognise the set refresh rate.

A quick video playback test in Kodi saw my 1080p H.264 and HEVC samples playback fine. My 4K 30FPS sample did stutter like I’ve seen on other RK3368 boxes.

Wifi performance seemed decent. My 1080p samples streamed fine from an NFS share via WiFi. I had some stuttering on my 4K sample but I suspect this is due to the previously mentioned decoding issues rather than WiFi. HD YouTube was also fine.

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Gaming performance was pretty good. Both Jetpack Joyride and Beach Buggy Racing on maximum at 1080p were great, not dropping any frames. I did experience a couple of odd brief pauses with Asphalt 8 so I’m not sure if it was a bug but Rikomagic are looking into it.

A quick benchmark using Antutu achieved a score of 34021. 3DMark’s Ice Storm Extreme scored 5103, comprable to other RK3368-powered Android devices.

Verdict So Far

At this stage, the Rikomagic MK68 is competing well with other RK3368 boxes such as the Beelink i68 and Tronsmart Orion R68. I’m really happy to see Rikomagic have added a TV friendly launcher but the stutter during Asphalt 8 is a concern.

Keep posted for my detailed review.

Getting One

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Rikomagic MK68 TV Box Features 8-Core RK3368 and Android Lollypop

The Rikomagic MK68 is an Android TV box featuring the octacore RK3368 chip. It’s also one of the first mini PCs to ship with Android 5.1 Lollypop.

Based on the the images so far, it seems like Rikomagic have adapted the case from the Rikomagic MK12. I can’t complain, as I liked the MK12’s case, describing it as “compact” and “minimalist” in my Rikomagic MK12 review.

Inside the case, Rikomagic have equipped the MK68 with 2Gb RAM, 16GB of onboard storage, dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and gigabit Ethernet.

The RK3368 is anticipated to be a reasonably powerful SoC. It’s capable of decoding a wide variety of codecs including the increasingly popular H.265 and also supports 4K 60Hz output.

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Rikomagic MK68 Technical Specifications

  • Operating System: Android Lollypop 5.1
  • Chipset: Rockchip RK3368
  • CPU: Cortex-A53 octa core 64-bit, up to 1.5GHz
  • GPU: PowerVR G6110
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Internal Storage: 16GB + MicroSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Connectivity: AP6330 Dual Band 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Audio/Video Output: HDMI 2.0 (up to 4K 60Hz), SP-DIF
  • Interfaces: 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB OTG
  • Size (L x W x H): 116*112*18.91 mm
  • Power Supply: 5V 2.5A

Inside the box, you’ll get a HDMI cable, USB OTG cable, IR remote, User Manual and a power adapter.

Getting One

At this stage, price and availability for the Rikomagic MK68 is scarce. However, I’m anticipating a July release date for around $130, based on other RK3368 devices.

 

Rikomagic MK36 Review: An Excellent Dual OS Mini PC

The Rikomagic MK36 is Rikomagic’s first Windows Mini PC. Leveraging the slightly more powerful Intel Z3736F SoC,  the Rikomagic MK36 runs both Windows 8.1 with Bing and Android 4.4 and features 2GB RAM and 32GB of onboard storage.

Thanks to Rikomagic for providing me a sample to review. Click here to view the latest price.

What Is It?

The Rikomagic MK36 is a small form factor Dual OS Mini PC powered by a quadcore Intel processor. Its low power requirements, fanless design and small form factor make it an ideal HTPC or desktop. Thanks to its Dual OS capabilities, you have a wide ecosystem of games and applications at your disposal.

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Rikomagic MK36 Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: Intel Baytrail quad core processor with Intel HD graphics (Z3736F)
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage: 32GB + microSD slot up to 64GB
  • Video & Audio Output: HDMI, 3.5mm Audio
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, 10/100 Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB: 4x USB 2.0 port
  • OS: Windows 8.1 with Bing (32-bit) & Android 4.4

What’s in the box?

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Rikomagic have included all the key items to connect up the MK36:

  • 1x Rikomagic MK36
  • 1x HDMI Cable
  • 1x Power Adapter
  • 1x English Instruction Manual

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Rikomagic MK36 Unboxing and Demo

Rikomagic MK36 Design

Military. That’s how I’d describe the Rikomagic MK36’s design. With clean lines and angled faces, this looks almost sporty. I have to admit I’m a fan of its design.
A dual material approach was taken for the case. The bulk of the case is plastic, with a top plate that features Rikomagic branding and a nice brushed metal texture. A metal bottom plate completes the case and is clearly used to help dissipate heat. The device feels durable, but not as solid compared to the PiPO X7’s all-metal build.

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The ports are located along one side and the rear of the device. Along the side, we have the power button, 2 USB 2.0 ports and 3.5mm audio output.

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The rear of the device has a Kensington lock port, micro SD card slot, 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI Out, Ethernet and DC In. The Kensington lock is definitely a plus and I’m actually surprised it hasn’t appeared on more of these mini PCs.

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It’s great to have so many USB ports, as you can never have too many. I did have a small issue with the lower rear USB port being close to the HDMI cable. As such, bulkier USB drives didn’t fit. Switching around my (smaller) wireless Keyboard/Mouse dongle to the bottom position did the trick however.

Using It

Holding down the power button for several seconds causes the device to boot. On booting, the OS selection screen is displayed with a 10 second countdown. A handy check-box in the top left,lets you always choose the OS or just boot into the last one used.

It took around 13 seconds to boot into Windows after selecting the OS from the OS selection screen. Android takes slightly longer to boot but resuming from standby in both OS’s is essentially instant.

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Windows performance was excellent. I didn’t notice any lag when navigating the Start menu and desktop. Windows is activated for those concerned.

Switching to Android is handled via the “WinToAnd” shortcut on the desktop. A full OS switch takes around a minute.

WinToAnd-Switch

Those wanting to return to Windows can use the OS Switch icon in the Android Notifications shade.

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Rikomagic’s Android build is essentially stock. The only hints of customization is the inclusion of MXPlayer and the inclusion of the OS Switch function.

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The MK36’s Z3736F chipset blazes through Android. All animations were fast and incredibly smooth. I suspect the reduced OS overhead helped.

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Rikomagic MK36 Media Playback

Media playback was tested using Kodi 14.2 under Windows 8 and MXPlayer under Android. I had to install the “Custom X86 Codec” for MXPlayer as some audio codecs were appearing as not supported.

Getting Kodi up and running was simple in Windows. However, Kodi on Android refused to read my USB until I actually added it as a media source. I’m not sure whether this is an issue with Kodi itself or the MK36’s Android ROM.

Video CodecVideo Performance (Windows 8 – Kodi 14.2)Video Performance (Android – MX Player w/ Custom Codec)Video Performance (Android – Kodi 14.2)
1080p 3D SBS H.264OKOKOK
1080p 3D ABL H.264OKOKOK
1080p30 H.264OKOKOK
1080p High Bitrate H.264OKOKOK
1080p60 H.264OKOKOK
720p50 H.264OKOKOK
1080i50 H.264OKOKOK
4K H.264OKOKOK
1080p HEVCUnwatchable (Too many skipped frames)Unwatchable (Too many skipped frames)Watchable (Some Dropped Frames)
4K HEVCUnwatchable (Too many skipped frames)Unwatchable (Too many skipped frames)Unwatchable (Too many skipped frames)
1080p VP8OK (Software Decode)OKOK
720p Hi10pWatchable (Some Dropped Frames) (Software Decode)OKUnwatchable (No Video)
1080p Hi10pWatchable (Some Dropped Frames) (Software Decode)Watchable (Some Dropped Frames)Unwatchable (No Video)
1080p MPEG2OKOKOK
720P RMVBOKOKOK
1080p VC1OKNo AudioOK

I didn’t have any issues playing the Sintel Bluray ISO under Kodi under either OS. Interestingly, whilst Kodi 14.2 under Windows and MXPlayer under Android couldn’t handle my 1080p HEVC sample, it was watchable under Kodi 14.2 on Android.

Automatic framerate switching worked under Windows. However, I was surprised when it also appeared to work under Android, with some video samples in MXPlayer causing the HDMI output to switch to the correct refresh rate.

Rikomagic MK36 Gaming Performance

To test gaming performance, I installed 3 games,1 2D and 2 3D titles, under both Windows and Android:

Jetpack Joyride performed well under both Windows and Android. Beach Buggy Racing was also great, with only small framerate drops during busy scenes.

Under Windows, Asphalt 8 was playable but the framerate was sub-30 FPS. Switching to Android saw the framerate improve dramatically and was a far better experience. I suspect Android’s reduced overhead helped here. Keep in mind that Gameloft’s recent update did appear to hurt Asphalt 8 performance on a number of my devices.

Gaming Controllers and Bluetooth

I connected my iPazzPort Bluetooth keyboard and iPega PG-9025 via Bluetooth without issue.

Rikomagic MK36 Networking Performance

Iperf (iperf –t 60 -c SERVER_IP -r) was used test networking bandwidth over both WiFi and Ethernet. The device was located approximately 5 meters from the router through a single wall. WiFi performance varies heavily depending on your equipment and environment so results may vary.

WiFi performance was good, with upload and download speeds of 17.2 Mbps and  48.5 Mbps respectively. Streaming 4K video from an NFS share was no issue, with no buffering in sight.

Switching over to Ethernet saw upload and download speeds improve as expected, reaching 90.5 Mbps and 90.1 Mbps respectively.

Rikomagic MK36 Windows Benchmarks

3DMark Ice Storm

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3DMark Ice Storm Extreme

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3DMark Cloud Gate

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3DMark Sky Diver

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PCMark 8 Home Conventional

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PCMark 8 Work Conventional

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CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3

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Rikomagic MK36 Android Benchmarks

Antutu 5.7.1

Antutu returned a respectable score of 35839

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Epic Citadel

The Rikomagic MK36 scored 39.7 FPS at Ultra High Quality

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Rikomagic MK36 Temperatures

To stress test the Rikomagic MK36, I used Prime95‘s Small FFTs test. This test is designed to generate maximum heat. Temperatures seemed to stabilize at 61°c without any thermal throttling according to HWiNFO. Ambient temperature was 19.7°c. I didn’t experience any thermal throttling during testing.

Rikomagic MK36 Power Consumption

Power StateWindowsAndroid
Powered Off0.5 W0.5 W
Standby4 W3.7 W
Idle4 W3.7 W
Load7.9 W10.2 W

Getting One

The Rikomagic MK36 is available from GearBestAmazon and AliExpress.

Rikomagic MK36 Additional Images

Rikomagic MK36 Impressions: A Quadcore Dual OS Mini PC

The Rikomagic MK36 is Rikomagic’s first entry into the Windows Mini PC space. Powered by the Intel Z3736F SoC,  the MK36 runs both Windows 8.1 with Bing and Android 4.4. It also features 2GB RAM and 32GB of onboard storage.

Thanks to Rikomagic for providing me a sample to review. Click here to view the latest price.

What Is It?

The Rikomagic MK36 is a small form factor Windows PC powered by a quadcore Intel processor. Its low power requirements, fanless design and small form factor make it an ideal HTPC or desktop. Thanks to its Dual OS capabilities, you have a wide ecosystem of games and applications at your disposal.

Rikomagic-MK36-03

Rikomagic MK36 Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: Intel Baytrail quad core processor with Intel HD graphics (Z3736F)
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage: 32GB + microSD slot up to 64GB
  • Video & Audio Output: HDMI, 3.5mm Audio
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, 10/100 Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB: 4x USB 2.0 port
  • OS: Windows 8.1 with Bing (32-bit) & Android 4.4

What’s in the box?

Rikomagic-MK36-Box-Front

Rikomagic have provided everything you need to connect up the MK36:

  • 1x Rikomagic MK36
  • 1x HDMI Cable
  • 1x Power Adapter
  • 1x English Instruction Manual

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Rikomagic MK36 Unboxing and Demo

Rikomagic MK36 Impressions

Unboxing the Rikomagic MK36, the first thing you notice is the case. With its faceted design, it looks almost military in nature. I love the look of it.

The top case is predominately made of plastic, with a stylish “brushed metal”-textured top plate featuring Rikomagic branding. The bottom plate is entirely metal and is clearly used to help dissipate heat. The device feels well made but does feel relatively light thanks to its mixed material build.

The ports are located along one side and the rear of the device. Along the side, we have the power button, 2 USB 2.0 ports and 3.5mm audio output.

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The rear of the device has a Kensington lock port, micro SD card slot, 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI Out, Ethernet and DC In.

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Booting the device is done by pressing the Power button for a couple of seconds. On booting the device, you’re shown the OS selection screen with a 10 second countdown. Using a check-box in the top left, you can choose to always see this screen or automatically boot into the last used Operating System.

Boot times are reasonably fast, taking around 25 seconds to boot into Windows from a cold start. Android takes a little longer at around 40 seconds for a cold boot. A full OS switch is around 50 seconds. Resuming from standby in both OS’s is effectively instant.

To switch from Windows to Android, use the WinToAnd shortcut on the desktop. On Android, select the OSSwitch icon in the Notifications shade.

As expected, Windows performance was great. Everything animated smoothly and I didn’t see any issues. Windows does come activated, so no need to worry there.

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Android was even smoother, with everything animating beautifully. The Intel Z3736F has plenty of power here.

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Gaming performance was tested using Asphalt 8 and Jetpack Joyride under both OSs. Jetpack Joyride was excellent on both Windows and Android. Asphalt 8 was playable on Windows but the framerate was sub-30 FPS. Switching to Android saw the framerate improve dramatically – no doubt thanks to the reduced overhead of the mobile OS. Keep in mind that Gameloft’s recent update did appear to hurt Asphalt 8 performance on a number of my devices so keep that in mind.

Thermal performance is another important factor that many worry about with regards to these devices. Due to their small form factor and fanless designs, some models do overheat under load. To test briefly, I ran Prime95‘s Small FFTs test for 20 minutes which should generate lots of heat. Temperatures seemed to stabilize at 61°c without any thermal throttling according to HWiNFO. Ambient temperature was 19.7°c.

Rikomagic MK36 Power Consumption

Windows

Powered OffStandbyIdleLoad
0.5 W4 W4 W7.9 W

Android

Powered OffStandbyIdleLoad
0.5 W3.7 W3.7 W10.2 W

Verdict So Far

I’m liking the Rikomagic MK36 so far. With the slightly faster CPU, Dual OS, plenty of USB ports and promising thermal performance, it is looking like a solid mini PC.

Getting One

The Rikomagic MK36 is available from GearBest. Click here to view the latest price.