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The GameSir G4S is the best wireless controller I’ve found to date (read my review) and for a limited time, you can grab it for just $36 over at AliExpress for the next 20 hours!

The GameSir G4S is an impressive controller for those who want maximum flexibility.

Supporting both Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless connectivity, if you’re wanting to play games on your PC, Android TV box or smartphone, the GameSir G4S has you covered.

Both X-Input and D-Input modes are supported, so even those old PC titles (OG GTA: San Andreas I’m looking at you!) will work.

It’s even got an integrated smartphone stand so you can game on the go.

Amazon buyers agree with me, with a 4.5-star rating from over 130 reviews at the time of writing.

If you’re wanting to upgrade your gaming, grab the GameSir G4S for only $36 over at the official GameSir AliExpress store. Offer valid for the next 20 hours only!

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Meet the Nintendo Switch – Nintendo’s New Portable/Home Gaming Console

So Nintendo have just revealed their eagerly anticipated console (video embedded above). Called the Nintendo Switch, the new device merges your traditional home-based console like the Wii U with a portable gaming console like the 3DS.

The reveal trailer shows off a console that features some pretty unique ideas, many of which I think extend into the realm of genuine usefulness rather than some of the gimmicks we’ve seen in Nintendo’s console of late.

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The key feature of the Nintendo Switch is it’s ability to combine with various accessories to adapt to the situation.

The console itself appears to be a tablet-like device with a built-in kickstand. Controllers can then be slotted into the sides of the unit to use it like a Wii U controller or they can be used wirelessly for additional freedom.

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When you reach the comfort of your home, just slide the tablet into the Nintendo Switch’s dock to bring the action to the big screen.

The video also revealed the existence of traditional "Pro" controllers as well as confirming that the console will be cartridge based much like the 3DS is.

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There’s quite a few questions that are still unknown and won’t be answered until the Nintendo Switch is released in March 2017. However, there’s a few things that are looking likely.

Given the portable nature of the console, it looks like the Nintendo Switch will be using an ARM-based mobile chip rather than the X86-based processors in consoles like the PS4. This means that it’s unlikely to be as powerful as current gen consoles and 3rd party support may be lacking due to the complexity of porting titles from X86 to ARM based systems.

It’s going to be an interesting few months…

What do you think of the Nintendo Switch? Will you be picking one up? Let me know in the comments below

Rikomagic MK12 Android Mini PC Unboxing

The Rikomagic MK12 is an Android mini PC using an Amlogic S812 chipset. An upgrade over devices using the S802 chip, the Rikomagic MK12 is armed with a quadcore CPU and octacore GPU and offers H.265 hardware decoding and gigabit ethernet. I thought I would put together an unboxing video to show you what’s inside the box. I want to say thank you to Rikomagic for sending me a sample to review.

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Mk808B Plus Android Mini PC

MK808B Plus Unboxing and First Impressions

Introduction

Android TV boxes keep evolving and with my old MK808B not being as fast as I wanted, I decided to invest in the new MK808B Plus from Geekbuying. I’ve already written about the device before, however it’s a quad-core device powered by an Amlogic M805 chipset with quad-core Mali-450 graphics and runs Android KitKat 4.4.2. I was particularly drawn to the inclusion of H.265 hardware decoding and quad-core CPU/GPU crammed into the same tiny enclosure of the original MK808B and so far, I’m quite impressed. Whilst I’m writing up my detailed review of the device, I thought I’d do an unboxing and cover off some of my initial impressions of the device.

The MK808B Plus is available from Geekbuying for $49.99 (Currently $39.99). For more information and to get one for yourself, click here

What’s in the box?

MK808B Plus Packaging

For those who’ve owned an MK808B (or the numerous clones out on the market),t the MK808B Plus is packaged identically – the same black plastic box with the green stripe. Not much has changed in terms of the box. It highlights the key features of the device: KitKat support, 1080p output, H.265 video decoding and quad-core chipset.

MK808B Plus Included

Inside the box, you have all the key items to get yourself started:

  • 1 x Mini HDMI to HDMI cable
  • 1 x Micro USB OTG cable
  • 1 x 5v 2a power adapter
  • 1 x Micro USB power cable
  • 1 x User manual

One thing I have to say is that the mini HDMI cable is tiny! This means that you have to have the box awkwardly hanging from the cable if you have a larger TV which looks awful. The positive is that adapters (like this one) are super cheap and you can use a longer HDMI cable easily.

MK808B Plus First Impressions

I haven’t had much time to play with the box yet but I did take it for a test ride.

First Boot

First boot wasn’t too bad, taking 33 seconds to get to a usable state. The device correctly recognised my TV as supporting 1080p and automatically adjusted its output accordingly. Checking the settings, my MK808B Plus was already running the latest 107k4 firmware.

User Interface

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The MediaBox Launcher (Please note this is almost identical to the one on the MK808B Plus)

The MK808B Plus boots directly into the MediaBox launcher which has been appearing on a number of these newer Android devices. This user interface is much more appealing than the stock Android launcher that came with my old MK808B. It neatly divides apps and settings into logical categories that can be easily navigated with a remote. One interesting inclusion on the menu was a “Clean Memory” function which I haven’t seen before.

The settings menu is very streamlined, only exposing key settings that most people would want to adjust. However, the classic Android settings menu is available by clicking “Advanced Settings”.

There is a HDMI CEC option but I wasn’t able to get it working on the first try so I will be experimenting with this option further.

Performance

Navigating menus and loading apps was smooth and responsive. YouTube worked well in both SD and HD. I downloaded Beach Buggy Blitz to test out the graphics capabilities however, this did expose some weakness. The MK808B Plus was able to render the game at a reasonable framerate only when I turned down the graphics. But given the cost of the device, I can’t say I was too disappointed. The included fish game however, ran smoothly – no doubt due to its simple 2D graphics.

Temperature

I’ve already had questions regarding the device temperature under load. Whilst I haven’t pushed the device hard for long periods of time, for the several hours I did have the unit running for, it was only just warm.

Conclusion

MK808B Plus Device

So far, I’m pretty impressed with the MK808B Plus. For only $49.99, I have a quad-core device that is pretty snappy to use and is capable of light gaming. I’m currently putting together my review of the MK808B Plus so keep posted for a much more detailed review with more images and benchmarks.

The MK808B Plus is available from Geekbuying for $49.99 (Currently $39.99). For more information and to get one for yourself, click here