Quick AGPtek Blue Mini review: portable HTPC for local media

Sometimes all we need is a device capable of playing our local media, perhaps from an external HDD or another storage option. In these cases, a portable device, able to get power from a car battery or other easily accesible source, becomes a good option to consider. In this AGPtek Blue Mini review, we take a look at a device that reminded me of the Micca Speck media player; a small, yet powerful player -though with no streaming abilities whatsoever- aimed only at playing and decoding your local media. Needless to say, the AGPtek Mini media player is not a device that can run, for example, Kodi for Android; and if you want such a device, you should consider other options instead.  [Read: 5 Best Android media sticks in 2016 for less than $50]

Agptek Blue Mini Review Device
The Tiny Agptek Blue Mini Is A Useful Device To Play Your Local Media.

Users have reported this device works well to loop single videos, for example in presentation areas or with advertising uses; however, in this AGPtek Media Player review, we will see there's more to that in this little device. In this AGPtek Blue Mini review, we notice that this is a device with good connectivity options, being able to grab media (and power, with the right conditions) through its USB port. What other options compensate the lack of ability from this device to stream movies from the 10 best Kodi movies addons? Keep reading:

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AGPtek Blue Mini Review: low-power 1080p device

Perhaps the most interesting feature the AGPtek Mini Media Player holds in store is the fact that it can output 1080p video to your display device without issue, and to do so, it requires very little power. In fact, some users report using this device while powering it with car battery connections, during road trips or in camping settings. The portable nature of this device makes it less of a hassle for it to not have advanced streaming capabilities. If you want to take a closer look at the specs in this AGPtek Blue Mini review, you can find them below:

Agptek Media Player Contents
The Agptek Mini Includes A Remote Control And All The Needed Cables To Connect It To Your Display.

AGPtek Blue Mini Review: technical specifications

  • Power Supply: DC 5.0V/2A
  • Power Consumption:
  • ; Video System: CVBS (PAL/NTSC), YPbPr (720P), HDMI (1080P)
  • Dimensions: 63×60×13mm
  • Weight (net/packaged): 50g/220g
  • Photo format: BMP, J PG, PNG, GIF
  • Video Output: 1Vp-p+/- (75 Ohm)
  • Audio Output: 2.0Vrms+/-0.3V
  • Audio Signal Output Characteristics:
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-22 kHz
  • Video definition: 1920x1080P Bitrates: up to 80Mbps
  • Support Devices: Internal Flash, USB storage, SD/SDHC card
  • Remote Controller: Infrared, distance: 7m, angle: 30degree, 3.0V cell battery

I do not recommend relying on the internal memory of this device to store your media; in this AGPtek Blue Mini review I found it to be rather small to hold any decent amount of media. However, you could hook up any external HDD, up to 1 Terabyte capacity, to store your videos, pictures and music. This device loses its audio level as the external power gets lower, so keep that in mind if you use it for extended periods of time with an external battery.

AGPtek Blue Mini Review: do you recommend it?

Agptek Media Player Review Ports
You Can Connect An External Hdd Or Insert An Sd Card In The Agptek Mini, In Order To Watch Your Local Media.

As with most of these devices, when writing this AGPtek Media Player review, I noticed that it is well thought and designed to fill a specific niche necessity. If you are someone who wants to have easy access to your media on-the-go, then this device is for you. You would still need to get a suitable screen and hard drive, but you would have an amazing portable media center. On the other hand, steer clear from this device if you like using apps like Kodi and its 20 best Kodi addons, or Plex with devices like these 5 best Plex clients. Despite its very low price tag, around 30 bucks, this device would just not meet your expectations, due to total lack of internet connectivity. For the people interested in this device, there is a plus: it comes with a remote included, so you can have a comfortable viewing experience, even if you are far from home.

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Alejandro is an electrical engineer, working as a software developer and part-time writer. He has a passion for technology, languages and games, and has been around the web since 2004.