Since 2017 I’ve been the proud owner of a Beelink Mini MX III - II V2.0.
What a name! Definitely the SBC with the most letter “I” in it, that’s for sure.
And it’s actually lived about as long as its title. I first booted it up in mid-2017, and it’s been continually running ever since. It has seen several forks of the Open/Libre/Core Elec over the years, and multiple televisions of ever increasing size and resolution.
But sadly it didn’t live long into 2023. A few days ago I turned on the TV, and was greeted with a frozen image of the Kodi screensaver; it was unresponsive to the remote control.
After I power cycled the box, it refused to boot - not even showing the initial boot logo - from either SD card or NAND.
It nearly made it to six years! What a valiant box! Lift a drink to it tonight.
I’m just sad that, upon looking for replacements, it seems like everything is more expensive now, and sometimes not as stable or well-supported?
Actually, they have come a long way. Of course, you will need to spend around $50 USD, but you get a lot more for your $$$. You will get 4GB of memory and 32GB of storage.
When I first started purchasing these boxes/sticks, they were around $30 USD, but there was NO Dolby digital, and the video codecs were limited. As I recall, the RAM was only one gigabit or less and the storage was very small.
Here are a couple of my first “sticks”. I ran my Tvheadend server/client (OpenELEC) on the Beelink MK808B Plus. The other one is a Tronsmart Android stick with Rockchip SoC.
I have a very old mini mx as an offsite backup server that also serves as an emby server. Rock solid on coreelec 9.2.8 I think. I don’t touch it because it just keeps working, it must have an extraordinary uptime. Since there was last a power cut there I guess, which doesn’t happen very often here.
Here in Australia, it was harder to find new boxes. Beelink seems to have gone up-market, with their boxes now costing hundreds of dollars. I ended up ordering a Ugoos X4Q from Aliexpress, as that brand seems to have an alright reputation on this forum. Still ended up costing AUD$160 though. (For comparison, my Beelink cost AUD$60 back in the day. Although I suppose the exchange rate was stronger then, too)
Fingers crossed the X4Q works out well. It sounds like it only works on the latest nightly releases right now.
Curious which of the 3 X4Q variants you have and your experience with it on CE.
I bought the X4Q Pro, 32GB flash, 4GB RAM.
It works reasonably well with CoreElec for me, although the CEC functions seem a bit glitchy and the power LED doesn’t report the right status. I don’t know if the ethernet LAN port works or not - I am just using wifi myself, but I think some people reported issues a while ago – but they might be sorted out now?
There’s a forum thread dedicated to these boxes which has some more information.