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4.0 out of 5 stars Like having your tablet on the TV!, 9 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: MiniX NEO X7 Android 4.2 Quad Core Mini PC + Special Infrared Remote Control - from the official MiniX-Reseller, warranty (Electronics)
First things first... Delivery. I ordered through Amazon partner 'Docas' and it was painfully slow. It took over four weeks for the package to arrive, to the point where I thought it had gone walkabout and was about to demand a refund. Patience is a virtue, so they say (mine almost ran out), and when it did finally arrive, I'm happy to say that I'm extremely pleased so far.

The MiniX arrived reasonably well packaged and unscathed despite the long transit, especially as there was no padding per se. It also appears to be the genuine article (can you even tell these days!?). The quality is good with semi rubberised plastic giving it a good tactile feel and it is also reassuringly weighty without being cumbersome. This is definitely a plus when you have fairly rigid cables attached to it which would move a lighter unit around.

Onto the interesting bit, and this machine really does enable you to have a powerful Android tablet/smart-phone on your TV. The experience is sweetened even further by having all the pros that come with networking it, so DLNA streaming, a decent web browser (Chrome even supports Flash which was a nice surprise) and of course you have access to all your apps. It's also got the Mali GPU in it (same as Galaxy S3), so you can game on it; although at time of writing I've not had chance to test this yet (will edit when I have), but this should also make it into a reasonable gaming console (it appears to support gaming controllers out of the box).

I bought the X7 primarily as a streaming media player and it performs this task admirably. I'm streaming 1080/720P content from my 'server' PC downstairs through a Homeplug network to the bedroom TV and it has in effect made this TV Super Smart! In the next few days I plan to put XBMC on it as I think it will lend itself to this role extremely well. It's probably also worth noting that you can use the box to extend your wireless network by using the Android mobile hotspot setting.

I won't bore you with the connectivity details as these are all present and correct as described in the product description. It has to be said that they're a good selection of inputs/outputs which will suit most people; personally it was the main reason I decided to opt for this instead of some of the cheaper 'USB Stick' based mini computers. In the box you get a USB OTG cable, HDMI cable, UK power adapter, male micro USB to male USB cable and of course the remote. The omittance of a pair of triple A batteries for the remote control was a minor irritation, but due to it's basic functionality it didn't feature for long which brings me neatly onto...

The only drawback that I have found is that you do really do need to couple the X7 with a decent input device (the supplied remote just doesn't cut it), but I was prepared for this - I'm using a USB wireless RF Keyboard with touch pad and it picked it up straight away. The only thing is I'm now trying to get used to Android keyboard shortcuts to navigate around (these also don't appear to be well documented - shortcut to power off anyone?).

In summary this is a killer machine with plenty of poke and the connectivity to go with it - so far so good... Recommended.
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Initial post: 9 Sep 2013 21:45:35 BDT
Ahh spank me says:
Quick question - Did the unit 'Docas' supplied, come with a UK 3 pin power adapter?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Sep 2013 21:47:35 BDT
Gisbourne says:
Hi Spank Me!

Yes, it did come supplied with UK spec adapter as per description :-)



Posted on 10 Sep 2013 21:14:51 BDT
Ahh spank me says:
Thanks - reason for asking is, Amazon have taken to listing many suppliers under one product description and not all of them will supply as per the description. Especially as at least one of the x7 units shown on here have 2 pin adapters shown in the product photos.

Think i'll hang on a bit longer - for a uk supplier, which hopefully isn't one man and his dog shifting boxes out of a converted garage (way too many of those on here now)
All the best

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Sep 2013 21:20:57 BDT
Gisbourne says:
Yes, absolutely agree! Long gone are the days where Amazon seemed to stock 90% of the products; however, you still seem to have a decent degree of protection as detailed here

Posted on 17 Sep 2013 15:22:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Sep 2013 15:25:27 BDT
Hi Gisbourne, do you get BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4od and 5live on this? I own an Android stick that only supports BBC iPlayer of the four.

PS There should be a Power Off widget somewhere:

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2013 12:36:18 BDT
Gisbourne says:

Apologies for delayed reply as I was testing for you as hadn't got around to installing all four. I can confirm that they all install okay, but at the moment I'm having some trouble getting 4OD and 5OD player to playback anything (just a spinning circle :-/)

Thanks for the tip on the power widget - will give it a go...


In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2013 13:11:30 BDT
Hi, thanks for the reply. My K9 stick hangs on 4od too. There seem to be several possibilities, all annoying:

* Not available in store for this device
* Available in store but hangs on playback
* Available in store, gets to playback but then puts up a message saying that this player isn't available for playback on a TV(!)

So, the JUSTOP K9 does each of these, and only BBC iPlayer actually works. Score: 1 out of 4.

Hope you got the shutdown to work.

Posted on 2 Feb 2014 15:40:09 GMT
Mr. A. Moore says:
Hi, what kind of sd card does this machine take I can't seem to find any info as to type sdxc, sdhc etc?


In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2014 13:47:46 GMT
Gisbourne says:
Hi Alan,

I'm using a 32GB micro SDHC card (with an adapter) and this works fine. I can't vouch for SDXC, but I suspect it would work fine. Only specs I could find here:



Posted on 5 Mar 2014 08:03:34 GMT
Angela says:
hi ther sorry i dont no alot about these machines but i live in spain and want to have wifi tv. can u tell me how u type in to google with th remote suplied as i have a fully loaded box but has a mutch more detailed remote . but the output does not sound as good as yrs please advise :O) thanxs
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