“A powerful and versatile Android Box that is worth the money”
The RKM MK80 Plus from Rikomagic is one of the most powerful TV boxes on the market and has the capability to offer users a fantastic experience. The compact design makes it similar with some of its main competitors like the MINIX NEO X8-H Plus and the Tronsmart MXIII Plus but the hardware configuration is definitely better. This can also be seen in the price tag as the RKM MK80 Plus is selling starting with $150 and going up to $200. The price is usually different from store to store, and if you’re lucky to catch a good offer, this device is definitely worth it.
The RKM MK80 Plus is a veritable mini-media-center that will improve your entertainment time and transform your old TV monitor into a high-end smart TV with access to all sorts of apps and movies. It will definitely save you a considerable amount of money considering the prices for good quality Smart TVs are a bit steep right now, and it also offers the benefits of portability.
The fact that it is capable to offer a real 4kx2k experience and includes H.265 hardware decoding, it situates this TV Box in top of our preferences. It may be a bit expensive indeed, but, if the budget allows the stretch, the result will be worth your efforts.
What’s in the package?
Starting with RKM MK80 Plus box itself, the package also contains 1 IR remote control, 1 AV (audio-video) cable, the power adapter that is according to the shipping country if you purchase it online, 1 USB cable, 1 HDMI cable and 1 SATA cable that allows users to add an external hard drive to the box. You will also find the user manual with the necessary setup instructions.
Design & Functionality
The RKM MK80 Plus box is pretty standard in design and shape, as it respects the traditional rectangular format that made TV Boxes so easily recognizable. It is easy to place on a counter in front of the TV or simply place it somewhere behind it, but if you are going to use the IR remote, you must keep the line of sight for it to work. Our recommendation is to use your phone or tablet and install a remote control app on it in order to control the device. It also works great with an USB keyboard and mouse.
The remote is also pretty traditional, and can be easily used to control the Android 4.4 interface that is adapted to be more TV-friendly. The available buttons are also standard: power, mute, volume, directional keys, home, media playback, back and menu.
Hardware wise, the RKM MK80 Plus is very well equipped. The high performance and speed are ensured by the Allwinner A80 Octa Core ARM Cortex A15/A7 processor (one of the fastest with this type of device) with 4GB of RAM memory and 32GB of available storage space. The video quality is ensured by a 64-Core PowerVR G6230 GPU that is capable of supporting 4kx2k formats.
The TV Box offers users the possibility to connect external devices for increased storage space or for extra content. This can be realized due to the variety of ports it offers, like: 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB3.0, 1 OTG, 1 SATA port that allows users to connect the box with a hard disk, HDMI, AV, and a full side SD card slot.
The RKM MK80 Plus can be connected to the internet using the Ethernet port, the Bluetooth 4.0 or the dual-band 802.11ac WiFi which makes the data transfer run fast and smooth. From the main competitors on the market, only the MINIX NEO X8-H Plus supports dual band WiFi connection.
This device runs a pretty clean Android 4.4.2 Kitkat platform that has been adapted to a TV screen. Users have complete access to Google Play store where they can download and install various apps that will transform their TV experience.
- Fast processor and lots of storage space
- Fast internet speed
- Great video experience
- Unlimited access to Google Play store
- A bit expensive for a regular budget
- Standard design
The RKM MK80 Plus is definitely a TV Box that deserves your attention! With advanced features and high speed running various apps and online activities, this device will be able to create a complete Home Theatre experience for the entire family.