Giveaway Week – Mekotronics R58 Mini PC

Let’s end Giveaway Week 2022 in style, and more precisely a rather powerful Rockchip RK3588 mini PC: Mekotronics R58 (min).

The device comes with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage, two 8K-capable HDMI 2.0 output ports, DisplayPort output, HDMI input, Gigabit Ethernet and WiFI 6 connectivity, and a few USB 3.0/2.0 ports , plus support for a SATA drive.

I saw the Rockchip RK3588 Mini PC with Android 12 last July, and I was impressed with CPU and GPU performance, 4K video playback capabilities except for AV1 which was unstable at the time, and support for HDMI audio passthrough support. Android 12 was also quite stable at this early stage. Some downsides included the lack of a useful HDMI input app and USB 3.0 performance that could be improved.

I always test samples before adding them to the giveaway, and at first thought I should skip the R58 because the red power light would flash continuously and the system wouldn’t boot at all. But the company provided a link to latest firmware images for the “Mekotronics R58 mini”, and I managed to reinstall Android 12 firmware dated August 26 and see the Android launcher on my TV. If you’re not an Android fan, Mekotronics also offers Ubuntu, Debian, and “buildroot” images for the mini PC.

Mekotronics accessory power supply

The kit offered includes all the accessories, including the remote control, the power supply, the two antennas and various cables. I just removed the batteries due to customs regulations.

To participate in the draw, all you have to do is leave a comment with your country and anything else you would like to say (no links in the body of the comment). If the country is missing, I will consider the entry as null. The other rules are as follows:

  • Only one entry per contest. I will filter out entries with the same IP address and/or email.
  • Contests are open for 48 hours from 10am (Bangkok time) every day.
  • Comments will be closed after 48 hours. If comments are open, the contest is still running.
  • The winners will be selected with random.org, and announced in the comments section of each giveaway.
  • I will contact the winner by email, and expect a response within 24 hours, or choose another winner.
  • Note that I may not be able to contact people who log in with Facebook, Twitter or Google, so it’s best to use an email address to enter the draw.
  • Shipping – $35 for Registered Small Packet Airmail or ePacket for overseas shipping payable via PayPal within 48 hours of contest (for any given product) ending.
  • I will post all prices at the same time, around November 16th, with the exception of direct-shipped products which will be handled separately.
  • I’ll make sure we have 7 different winners, so if you’ve already won a device during this giveaway week, I’ll raffle another person.

The Mekotronics R58 “mini” computer with 8 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC flash memory, as offered here, can be bought for $188 plus shipping.