Head over to eBay should you want to purchase a better-than-average HDMI dongle. The Rikomagic MK820IIIS is on sale via an eBay top seller called sweetheartstore2009.
The device is shipped from China but comes with free delivery, 37 Nectar Points and is covered by Paypal’s warranty (plus you can add another one year warranty for £8.49).
It runs on a dual-core Rockchip RK3066 SoC clocked at 1.6GHz with a quad-core Mali 400 video solution, 1GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot and offers the following connectivity options: HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and two USB host ports. As expected it runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and unlike many other dongles, this one supports soft turn off to save power.
The rise of HDMI dongles has been phenomenal and could in the short term disrupt the market, especially if one of Microsoft’s partner (say Nvidia or Qualcomm) decides to port Windows RT to this form factor.
At least one big PC manufacturer, Dell, has something similar, Project Ophelia, in its project pipeline. Opening this Pandora box though could make life for PC vendors even more problematic as they would need to compete with umpteen white label companies.