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Linux ODROID N2+ - AMLogic S922X board from Hardkernel
(2020-11-22, 00:43)clbn Wrote: ... However, it seems it's not really a plug-n-play device I can buy and use right away, but still a somewhat DIY project, where I have to buy separate parts (N2+, case, power supply, memory), flash CoreELEC OS myself, etc. Did I get it right?
Hi clbn!
The CoreElec edition is a bundle that comes along with a case, power supply and SD card with CoreElec already installed.
I saw Hardkernel only have the N2 bundle, but not the N2+ one. I did find it on its uk reseller.

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Hi guys!

I'm looking also for a 4K Kodi mediaplayer, and found @wrxtasy recommendation.
I was just looking around CoreElec webpage and found Beelink as supporter along with Hardkernel (odroid).

I've found Beelink GT-King and GT-King Pro, which come along with a remote control and the boxes look slim and nice.
Any idea if performance and format compatibility should be similar to N2 and N2+ as they have (I think) the same chipset?

Thanks
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(2020-11-25, 17:39)juanmablanco Wrote:
(2020-11-22, 00:43)clbn Wrote: ... However, it seems it's not really a plug-n-play device I can buy and use right away, but still a somewhat DIY project, where I have to buy separate parts (N2+, case, power supply, memory), flash CoreELEC OS myself, etc. Did I get it right?
The CoreElec edition is a bundle that comes along with a case, power supply and SD card with CoreElec already installed.
I saw Hardkernel only have the N2 bundle, but not the N2+ one. I did find it on its uk reseller.
Ah, right, found it on Odroid's UK website now. So it's a real ready-to-use kit I can buy, and in this case no need to flash/install anything myself. Thank you!
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(2020-11-25, 19:21)clbn Wrote:
(2020-11-25, 17:39)juanmablanco Wrote:
(2020-11-22, 00:43)clbn Wrote: ... However, it seems it's not really a plug-n-play device I can buy and use right away, but still a somewhat DIY project, where I have to buy separate parts (N2+, case, power supply, memory), flash CoreELEC OS myself, etc. Did I get it right?
The CoreElec edition is a bundle that comes along with a case, power supply and SD card with CoreElec already installed.
I saw Hardkernel only have the N2 bundle, but not the N2+ one. I did find it on its uk reseller.
Ah, right, found it on Odroid's UK website now. So it's a real ready-to-use kit I can buy, and in this case no need to flash/install anything myself. Thank you!
Is there a remote in the kit?
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(2020-11-25, 21:02)bubblegum57 Wrote:
(2020-11-25, 19:21)clbn Wrote:
(2020-11-25, 17:39)juanmablanco Wrote: The CoreElec edition is a bundle that comes along with a case, power supply and SD card with CoreElec already installed.
I saw Hardkernel only have the N2 bundle, but not the N2+ one. I did find it on its uk reseller.
Ah, right, found it on Odroid's UK website now. So it's a real ready-to-use kit I can buy, and in this case no need to flash/install anything myself. Thank you!
Is there a remote in the kit?
I think there's no remote, at least in this one: https://www.odroid.co.uk/CoreElec4GB
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Anyone know if the Corelec N+ edition will make it to the US shopping site?
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(2020-11-25, 17:45)juanmablanco Wrote: Hi guys!

I'm looking also for a 4K Kodi mediaplayer, and found @wrxtasy recommendation.
I was just looking around CoreElec webpage and found Beelink as supporter along with Hardkernel (odroid).

I've found Beelink GT-King and GT-King Pro, which come along with a remote control and the boxes look slim and nice.
Any idea if performance and format compatibility should be similar to N2 and N2+ as they have (I think) the same chipset?

Thanks

They will all use an AMLogic S922X chipset.

The GT-King Pro uses a -H chipset variant which adds DTS and Dolby Audio Licences to it's Android OS.
If you run CoreELEC Kodi, those Android audio licences are redundant and not needed.

The GT-King's & other AMLogic chipset Android devices already included eMMC Storage so there is no need to buy a seperate eMMC module.

The advantage with the ODROID N2+ is it has a properly engineered heatsink included which allows the S922X chipset to be clocked higher vs Beelink competition if you are chasing that little bit extra.
There is also included a high quality DAC for those that still have a old quality analog audio receiver.
And it's very easy to re-flash a Plugable eMMC module if things go wrong vs internal eMMC on Android boxes.

Personally I would be looking at a better remote vs what Beelink include in their products, the new RF Wireless - WeChip G40S (click), with user programmable Infra Red would fit the bill nicely.

Really it depends what you want and also cost and availability I suspect.

W.

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(Today, 09:01)wrxtasy Wrote: The advantage with the ODROID N2+ is it has a properly engineered heatsink included which allows the S922X chipset to be clocked higher vs Beelink competition if you are chasing that little bit extra.
There is also included a high quality DAC for those that still have a old quality analog audio receiver.
And it's very easy to re-flash a Plugable eMMC module if things go wrong vs internal eMMC on Android boxes.
Thank you for your kind and helpful answer!
I will take a look on both hardkernel and odroid.co.uk for the N2+. I suppose it will also have a better support in the future.

Just a couple of questions regarding an only Kodi use (I've been using a Wetek Core for more than 4 years, and I'm only changing it because I've changed my TV and the Core struggles with 4K content):
Is there a way to power on the board from the remote you recommend? For just CoreElec Kodi use, eMMC would be a noticiable improve or is it not worth the cost?

Regards
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(11 hours ago)juanmablanco Wrote:
(Today, 09:01)wrxtasy Wrote: The advantage with the ODROID N2+ is it has a properly engineered heatsink included which allows the S922X chipset to be clocked higher vs Beelink competition if you are chasing that little bit extra.
There is also included a high quality DAC for those that still have a old quality analog audio receiver.
And it's very easy to re-flash a Plugable eMMC module if things go wrong vs internal eMMC on Android boxes.
Thank you for your kind and helpful answer!
I will take a look on both hardkernel and odroid.co.uk for the N2+. I suppose it will also have a better support in the future.

Just a couple of questions regarding an only Kodi use (I've been using a Wetek Core for more than 4 years, and I'm only changing it because I've changed my TV and the Core struggles with 4K content):
Is there a way to power on the board from the remote you recommend? For just CoreElec Kodi use, eMMC would be a noticiable improve or is it not worth the cost?

Regards

If you are in the UK or the EU - make sure to purchase from a UK or EU-based dealer to benefit from UK/EU consumer protection.  Last time I checked HardKernel only guaranteed their products for something like 28 days - and although the majority of users are very happy with their products, there have been QC issues in the past and a number of documented failures outside their warranty period, where Hardkernel have been less than helpful.

I've got Hardkernel products and have been reasonably happy with them - but would always advise caution in choosing your purchase route to ensure you get the full protection of EU/UK consumer law.
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