Rikomagic became a much better known company when they launched MK802 TV stick in 2012, and over the years they’ve kept introducing new products, and I’ve just received a review sample of their latest Rikomagic MK22 octa-core Android TV box powered by Amlogic S912 processor. I’ve posted photos of the device and its accessories, and check out the hardware design in the first part of the review, before testing Android 6.0 firmware in the second part in a few weeks.
I received MK22 in its black and white retail package.
The back of the package details the main features, and the hardware specifications.
Instead of printing a user’s manual that anybody will hardly read, the company instead printed a QR Core to MK22 user’s manual download link.
The TV box ships with a 5V/2.5A power supply, an HDMI cable, and an IR remote control that looks the same as used with Ugoos TV boxes and GeekBox board.
The case is made of plastic with the top having a speaker like design. We’ll find a USB port, a micro SD slot, and the firmware recovery pinhole on one of the sides, and an external WiFi antenna, two more USB 2.0 ports, optical S/PDIF output, AV and HDMI 2.0 ports, a Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 connector, and the power jack on the rear panel.
In order to open the device, I had to remove the four rubber pads on the bottom of the case, and loosen four screws.
One of them was really hard to remove, but I eventually managed, and could have a closer look at CZ-S29-V2 board, which has a naming scheme very similar to CZ-S32-V2.1 board found in R-Box Pro TV box.
A now common black and relatively thin heatsink is placed on top of Amlogic S912 processor, which is connected to a 16GB Samsung KLMAG2WEMB-B031 eMMC 5.0 flash (Seq. R/W: 170/11 MB/s; IOPS R/W: 4000/500), and two SKHynix H5TQ45G3CFR DDR3 chips (1GB RAM) on this side of the board. The board also features AP6330 wirelress module for dual band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, as well as Pulse H5007NL and Realtek RTL8211F for Gigabit Ethernet. The serial console should be the unpopulated 4-pin on the right side, right one top of two unused USB 2.0 PCB footprints. The 24-pin unpopulated header on the bottom right are probably reserved for a front panel LCD display.
The bottom of the board comes with two more SKHynix DDR3 chip to bring the total to 2GB RAM, as well as a sticker with a MAC address starting with 78:C2:C0, corresponding to any unregistered MAC address range, but again the same range as found in R-Box Pro.
I’d like to thank Rikomagic for sending the box for review, and if you are interested in the device, the company sells MK22 TV box on their Aliexpress store for $90.90 including shipping. I could also find it listed on GearBest, but it’s currently “out of stock”.
[Update: Part 2 is up @ Rikomagic MK22 Review – Part 2: Android Firmware, Video & Audio in Kodi, Benchmarks…]
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
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