Early adopter. Experimenter. Tinkerer. Guilty as charged. The allure of tech is more than I can resist.
I don’t know how I got there. No memory remains of the links that brought me to liliputing.com and and an entry on the Tronsmart MK908. It’s a little computer about the size of a large pack of Juicy Fruit.
The MK908 is designed to be plugged into a recent vintage wide screen TV or computer monitor. It’s meant to be an adjunct to your TV. It gets Netflix and MLBTV and nearly anything that’s delivered via the internet. You put it behind the monitor where it’s not seen and talk to it via WiFi or Bluetooth. There’s also an HDMI port, plus one full size and two mini USB ports and a microSD card slot.
The MK908 runs Android–meaning nearly all the apps in Google’s Play store. It is rooted.
Based on the last four paragraphs you’re probably not surprised I plunked down about $90 and ordered one from China. Units like this are impossible to find in the States. That’s a shame.
Damn you tracking! I watched it move through a mail center in China, disappear for a week then reappear in Flushing, Queens, Springfield, MA and then my local post office.
It came physical intact, but electronically broken! Oh, damn, damn, damn, damn!
It has a fatal ailment that’s also tantalizing. The unit powers on and plays for a while, then shuts the HDMI output (audio and video) for a second. It does this 40 to 50 times an hour! It works enough to see what it can do, but not enough to want to do it!
I’ve replaced every cable¹. I reflashed the ROM. The problem persists.
I’ve been in touch with Anna at geekbuying.com, where I bought it, following her instructions. I’m afraid the MK908 is going to have to go back.
I’ve used it as a moving map watching the radar and later tracking airborne planes. It turns my TV into an additional all purpose screen.
What is that good for? Does it really matter?
I paid with PayPal.
I will file a report with them Monday. I have filed a dispute report.
¹ – Even I was surprised to find an extra HDMI to mini HDMI cable was in my cabinet.