Australian deal-a-day site Zazz has a Rikomagic MK802 II Android 4.0 Mini PC available today only for $79 (plus $7 shipping).
If you’re not familiar with these devices, they’re about the size of a USB stick with a HDMI plug at one end. They plug directly into your television, and draw power from a USB port. The device connects to your network over wifi, and has a full-size USB port to connect input peripherals – conveniently, Zazz also happens to have a combo remote / mouse / keyboard available today. You can also use a MicroSD card to expand the limited builtin storage.
While “Android-on-a-stick” devices have been around for a little while, they’ve improved performance and features in leaps and bounds over the past few months. It’s a growing market, with similar products available from Roku and Kogan, and a recent “Pocket TV” project on Kickstarter.
The Rikomagic units were detailed in a feature in last month’s issue of APC, although the article isn’t currently available online. I’ve purchased one today, and will aim to provide a writeup when I receive it.
Thanks for the tip, Alex D!