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Android MiniPCs?

by sdiggly / September 3, 2013 7:26 AM PDT

Can CNET please review a few of the more prominent android miniPCs such as the Tronsmart MK908 or the Minix Neo X7?

These would seem like a great alternative to the Chromecast or even a Roku 3.

Thanks!
Sdiggly

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I have the X5.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 3, 2013 7:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Android MiniPCs?

And while interesting I think I need to install Linux on it to make it useful.

Are you aware it arrives with what appears to be spyware? I will not enter into a debate but it's not a clean Android system and it would be a little scary if that was badware there.

It is not a great alternative to the units you listed. Maybe with Linux it would be but frankly for the dollar, you should avoid it unless you can get it with Linux.
Bob

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reviews
by anders989 / November 26, 2013 11:21 AM PST
In reply to: I have the X5.

there are many reviews on the internet, It is easy to find some.

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And read them I did.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 27, 2013 12:37 AM PST
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That's where I discovered the possible spyware issue. You have to wonder what these machines are arriving with. LG and others are finding new ways to get the spyware out there.
Bob

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mini pcs
by alicedixson / August 21, 2014 6:17 PM PDT
In reply to: I have the X5.

which brand has linux preinstalled on their mini pcs ?

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Most of them.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 22, 2014 1:31 AM PDT
In reply to: mini pcs

As we all know, behind Android is Linux. So any Android box has Linux pre-installed.

Android is an operating system based on the Linux kernel with a user interface so we get it all.
Bob

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