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Gift Week: Mekotronics R58 mini PC

We’re ending Draw Week 2022 with a bang, and more precisely with a pretty powerful Rockchip RK3588 mini PC: Mekotronics R58 (mini).

The device features 8GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage, two 8K-capable HDMI 2.0 output ports, one DisplayPort output, one HDMI input, Gigabit Ethernet and WiFI 6 connectivity, as well as a few USB 3.0/2.0 ports , plus support for a SATA. to drive.

I reviewed the Rockchip RK3588 mini PC with Android 12 last July and was impressed by the CPU and GPU performance, 4K video playback capabilities, minus AV1 which was not stable at the time, and support for to HDMI audio. Android 12 was also pretty stable at this early stage. Some downsides include the lack of a useful HDMI input app and USB 3.0 performance that could be improved.

I always test samples before adding them to the draw, and at first I thought I’d have to skip the R58, as the red power LED kept flashing and the system wouldn’t boot at all. But the company provided a link with the latest firmware images for the “Mekotronics R58 mini” and I managed to re-install the August 26 Android 12 firmware and see the Android launcher on my TV. If you’re not an Android fan, Mekotronics also offers Ubuntu, Debian and “buildroot” images for the mini PC.

The gift kit includes all accessories, including the remote control, power supply, two antennas and various cables. I just removed the batteries for customs regulations.

To enter the draw just leave a comment with your country and anything else you want to say (no links in the comment body). If the country is missing, I will consider the entry null. Other rules are as follows:

  • Only one entry per contest. I will filter entries with the same IP and/or email address.
  • Contests are open for 48 hours starting at 10am (Bangkok time) each day.
  • Comments will be closed after 48 hours. If there are open comments, the contest is still running.
  • Winners will be selected with and announced in the comments section of each drawing.
  • I will contact the winner via email and expect a response within 24 hours, or I will choose another winner.
  • Please note that I may not be able to contact people who log in with Facebook, Twitter or Google, so it is best to use an email address to enter the draw.
  • Shipping: $35 for Registered Airmail Small Package or ePacket for overseas shipping payable via PayPal within 48 hours of contest end (for a given product).
  • I will post all prizes at the same time, around November 16th, except for products sent directly by companies which will be handled separately.
  • I’ll make sure we have 7 different winners, so if you’ve already won a device during this giveaway week, I’ll draw someone else.

The Mekotronics R58 “mini” computer with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC flash, as offered here, can be purchased for $188 plus shipping.


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