Sunday, February 1, 2015

MiBox Mini

The MiBox Mini is the smaller cousin of XIAOMI original MiBox. I happened to come across the little gadget because media players are one of my hobbies.

The MiBox Mini takes design cues from Apple and looks like a USB plug adapter. It's actually an impressive little device running Android 4.4. It packs a punch with Cortex-A7 quad-core 1.3GHz 1GB RAM, 4GB Flash. It also has 1080P resolution, Dolby, DTS audio and dual band Wi-Fi 802.11n. And it only costs around $50.

The Mibox's selection of "officially" supported games is small and streaming the Movies & TV from the  channels doesn't seem to work in the USA. My interest in the device was that it ran Android. I could pair the device with USB controllers such as the IMplulse controller or 8Bitdo's NES30.

There are many emulators (Super Ninitendo, NES, Gameboy Color/Advance) on the Google play store and other Android games can be side loaded by using the ES Explorer that comes loaded on the Mibox. The Mibox was powerful enough to run Playstation games (ePSXe) with zero lag.

I was also able to stream movies from my server connected on the same network and use Subsonic music streaming for when I'm traveling.

You only have about 1GB of free space, but that's enough to run most Android games and applications. My only complaint is the remote is needed to navigate through the menus and could be smaller, but all around a great device.

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