Android Mini Pc Review
What sets the android mini pc apart from every other computer is its size. At just 5 cm (2 inches) high, and 16.5 cm (6.5 inches) square, its measurements are remarkable. When compared to the bulky horizontal cases and towers of so many similarly priced machines, the android mini pc is in a class of its own.
This is not the complete story, of course, but on size only, the mk802 provides a space-saving opportunity for PC owners to change to a Mac and retain their existing screen, keyboard, mouse and other peripherals. It really is even possible, thanks to a Belkin KVM switch, to retain your PC, set a android mini pc nearby, and shift from one to the other as you want without rearranging your desk.
Technical specs and performance
On the technical side, the most recent mk802 models will also be well worth a look. They will have Intel Core 2 Duo processors of either 1.83GHz or 2GHz. These processors are from Intel's 65 nanometre family with 64 bit structure. To complement them, Apple has added 2MB of L2 cache for the 1.83GHz mk802 and 4MB for the 2GHz model, together with a 128 bit SSE3 vector engine on both.
The effect of this technology is interesting, to state the least: the new android mini pc is up to 39% faster than the previous model. This jump in speed varies according to your program - the 39% figure refers to Apple's iPhoto '08 - but there are numerous instances of improvements with other applications. As an example, total speeds making use of Apple's web browser, Safari, are up by 26%; and compressing a film with the 2.0GHz mk802 has accelerated by 35% compared to the old equivalent machine.
For memory, the 1.83GHz and 2GHz android mini pcs have 1GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM on two SO-DIMMs as standard. 1GB of RAM is definitely a considerable sum; but if you need more capacity, you can double it if you wish.
Standard storage for the 1.83GHz mk802 can be an 80GB 5,400 rpm Serial ATA hard disc drive. The 2GHz version includes a more spacious 120GB. Apple does give you the opportunity to improve on these two with a 120GB drive for the 1.83GHz mk802, and 160GB for the 2GHz.
In terms of graphics, the mk802 comes with an integrated central processing unit which means you have no choice but accept it. This needn't be considered an issue, nevertheless, because the processor may be the Intel GMA 950, a component that can handle the newest 3D games.
A good little bit of hardware that accompanies the android mini pc may be the Apple Remote. This is handy when you use Apple's Front Row media application. You can sit back and get a grip on at a distance the music and films you play through the computer.
Ideally, of course, you want a high quality computer screen to take full advantage of Front Row. The mk802 has a DVI video output port that supports digital resolutions up to 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. What this means is you can connect and love a 20 inch Apple Cinema Display or perhaps a 23 inch Apple Cinema HD Display. If you do not have such a screen, however, and you are thinking of buying one, think about the total cost. An iMac, with its better spec, could make a more attractive financial alternative to a mk802/Apple Cinema Screen combo.