The Rikomagic MK22 is an Android-based media player powered by the the latest AMLogic S912 chipset. The device actually performed well, just like other entry-level Amlogic S912 TV boxes, with the advantage of having several bugs fixed. On the weak side, the Rikomagic MK22 isn't cheap, and can be purchased on the company's Aliexpress store for $93.90 including shipping.
The player's design is what we are used to see from Rikomagic. Nothing special here, rther than the device will stay hidden next to your A/V Receiver. The player's main selling points are its 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, 1Gbit LAN and the Android 6.0.1. So far so good. Due to the used AMLogic S912 chipset, it supports HDMI2.0 and up to 4K @ 60hz AVC/HEVC playback content and with 7.1 (*) passthrough HD Audio capabilities.
The AMLogic S912 chip provided the necessary power to allow the player playback most of the H264/H265 test files. The maximum bitrate encoded file we managed to have a perfect playback with was around 180Mbps, which is higher than te typical media files you may meet. 10bit encoded media files are also not a problem for this player, at least if you shoose to use the included media player. The included KODI has many pre-installed add-ons and needs further tuning in terms of HD Audio passthrough, as our tests showed. Moreover, some 10bit files may not played perfectly, and Rikomagic needs to add the KODI 17 platform in the future to get you covered.
The player included three very useful USB2.0 ports, along with an optical output . What was not so great was the player's Wifi performance. For some reason we experienced a very low read/write performance, despite the player's external antenna. Rikomagic also sells the MK22 Plus model which supports the fater 802.11ac format. In addition, the player supports by stock ROOT and includes an OTA firmware upgrade function.
- Supports HDMI2.0, up to 4K @ 60hz
- Capable to reproducing up to 180Mbps H265/H265 files
- 3D Playback support (only with build-in media player)
- Supports HDMI-CEC
- Wifi and Bluetooth 4.0 connecting protocols
- 1Gbit LAN
- Includes 3x USB2.0 devices and microSDHC/SDXC slot
- Included build-in media player works very good
- Included KODI has tons of pre-installed addons
- The player has by default root
- Supports OTA upgrades
- Good picture quality with 2K, 4K, HD content
- Picture seems kinda darker compared with other media player (fixable with KODI post-process options)
- Installed KODI needs further Video / HD Audio tuning
- Poor Wifi performance
- Doesn't support automatic frame rate switching either with KODI or the default media player
- Stock player doesn't support DVD/Blu-Ray ISO playback (easily fixable by using the included KODI)
- No "fake" Wifi option under settings, needed for some apps to work when LAN is being used