Jide Remix Mini First Look

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Jide delivered a $70 barebones mini-PC to us. The selling point? It has a custom Android-based operating system developed specifically for desktop use.

A week ago, if you told me that I could have a complete desktop experience in a $70 mini-PC smaller than the size of my hand, I would have scoffed. But today, I quite literally have in the palm of my hand the Remix Mini by Jide.

This is an ambitious product resulting from Jide Technology's successful Kickstarter in July 2015, which followed the company's successful crowdfunding campaign for the Android-based Remix Ultratablet. The initial goal for the Remix Mini was $50,000, and it hit that in just over an hour. Within five days it rocketed to $500,000.

At a glance, it's clear that the Jide Remix Mini isn't going to be incredibly fast. That's no surprise when you're paying $70. But at least you can upgrade a few components. For example, you can attach a USB splitter, increasing the number of connected devices. The microSD expansion card slot also supports up to 128GB, increasing the total storage capacity to 144GB.

In addition to its diminutive stature and price point, the Remix Mini also comes with Remix OS, the mini-PC's custom Android-based operating system.

ProductsJide Remix Mini
Pricing$69.99 on Amazon
Processor1.2GHz Quad-Core Cortex A53 (64-bit) Allwinner
OSRemix OS 2.0 - based off Android Lollipop
Memory2GB DDR3 RAM
GraphicsMali400MP2; supports OpenGL ES2.0, Open VG1.1
Storage16GB eMMC internal storage
Up to 128GB expandable storage
Video SupportH.265 4K Video Hardware Decoding
H.264 1080p @ 60fps or 720p @ 120fps video encoding
AudioAudio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog)
HDMI port support multichannel audio output
Ports and Connections2 x USB 2.0 Ports
1 x HDMI Port
1 x Ethernet Port
1 x Headphone Port
NetworkingWi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi wireless networking compatible
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
Ethernet: 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet
Power RequirementsLine voltage: 100-240V AC
Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, single phase
Maximum continuous power: 15W
Operating Temperature: 50 to 95 ℉ (10 to 35 ℃)
Storage temperature: -40 to 116 ℉ (-40 to 47 ℃)
Limited Warranty90 Day Support + 1 Year Limited Warranty
Included AccessoriesPower Cable, HDMI Cable
Dimensions4.9” x 3.5” x 1.0” (WxDxH)
Weight14.6 oz

Design And Features

The Remix Mini's design is unassuming, and perhaps this was Jide's intention. It looks like a smooth pebble with no discerning features besides the Remix logo on top.

There isn't even a power button; the system is turned on by tapping the top of the chassis. An almost unnoticeable green power LED sits at the very front of the Remix Mini.

Tapping the Remix logo while the system is on puts it to sleep, while using any connected input device or tapping the logo again wakes it up. At first, I hoped for some sort of tactile response while tapping the Remix Mini, either through a mechanical switch or pressure-sensitive bumper. But this would have affected the price, I'm sure. Another concern I had was that a poorly placed object could fall and put the Remix Mini to sleep. Not only is the Remix Mini unaffected by little accidents like that, it appears the touch sensor responds only to human touch. 

All of the Remix Mini's I/O is found in the back. From left to right, there's a DC power input, an Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, a microSD card reader, one HDMI port and a headphone jack. The two USB 2.0 ports will accommodate keyboards and mice, while the headphone jack is sufficient for audio.

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  • harrkev
    If you don't need Netflix, you can get similar performance from a current Raspberry PI 3b. for about $50 (Pi + case + sd card). Linux OS instead of Android, but web browsing works OK, and can even handle light YouTube usage.

    Plus, with many millions of Raspberry Pi devices out there, community support is pretty much guaranteed. If the company that make the Remix Mini goes under, there goes any chance of software updates.
  • problematiq
    I'm waiting for a Pi that has dual Nic's on it. sure I could use usb nics but thats no fun.
  • ammaross
    Quote:
    If you don't need Netflix, you can get similar performance from a current Raspberry PI 3b. for about $50 (Pi + case + sd card). Linux OS instead of Android, but web browsing works OK, and can even handle light YouTube usage. Plus, with many millions of Raspberry Pi devices out there, community support is pretty much guaranteed. If the company that make the Remix Mini goes under, there goes any chance of software updates.


    The idea was to get a device that can handle streaming 1080p, uses hardware H.264/5 decoding, and can drive a 4K display. It's a really good media streamer, and is somewhat a useful desktop replacement for grandma/kids/school.
  • BoredSysAdmin
    For only $70 - that's decent value, BUT for only $30 more - Kangaroo Mobile Desktop is IMO much better option.
  • Brandon_29
    I have had a Remix Mini for a long time. I was one of the early backers on Kickstarter. What I can tell that is annoying is that sound does not work through a receiver. I have tried this on my Denon and my Yamaha I have the same problem with both. No sound output. If I wire the HDMI directly to the TV it works fine. For me this killed it as a streaming option as all of my TVs have sound systems with receivers. So now this thing sits on the floor doing nothing. Besides it is insanely slow. Like Roku 1 slow.
  • wkwilley2
    I was also an early backer of the 2G version. It's a great little unit and works well for streaming video and the like. I couldn't really find a use for it so I ended up giving it to my sister for Christmas last year. She couldn't be happier with it.
  • Brandon_29
    1729182 said:
    I was also an early backer of the 2G version. It's a great little unit and works well for streaming video and the like. I couldn't really find a use for it so I ended up giving it to my sister for Christmas last year. She couldn't be happier with it.


    Ya I really should just give mine to someone as well. I have other devices that do the same things only way better (like Roku for streaming). Browsing on it is fine for general stuff, but using it to watch videos that don't have apps is very buggy thanks to the crappy browser in Android. There are a lot of anime streaming sites that don't have official apps. It was 50/50 if I could get them to work at all on the Remix. Add these things to the sound problem with receivers and it just doesn't work for me. I am sure a user with less needs could use this and be perfectly happy with it.
  • LordConrad
    Increase CPU speed to 2GHz and include ChromeOS instead of Remix, and I'd by a few for clients and relatives.
  • joshyboy82
    Seems like a pretty decent mother's day present.
  • Ya3___
    can i installed opera 30 browser? HEVC x265 format video supported? external HDD supported?
  • NobodyFWithTheJesus
    Did anyone else read the title as "Jim Hendrix"?
  • NobodyFWithTheJesus
    Quote:
    Did anyone else read the title as "Jimi Hendrix"?
  • wkwilley2
    2131209 said:
    1729182 said:
    I was also an early backer of the 2G version. It's a great little unit and works well for streaming video and the like. I couldn't really find a use for it so I ended up giving it to my sister for Christmas last year. She couldn't be happier with it.
    Ya I really should just give mine to someone as well. I have other devices that do the same things only way better (like Roku for streaming). Browsing on it is fine for general stuff, but using it to watch videos that don't have apps is very buggy thanks to the crappy browser in Android. There are a lot of anime streaming sites that don't have official apps. It was 50/50 if I could get them to work at all on the Remix. Add these things to the sound problem with receivers and it just doesn't work for me. I am sure a user with less needs could use this and be perfectly happy with it.


    Yeah I had a similar issue, video playback was finicky to say the least. The Issue I seemed to have was some apps just didn't want to work at times. Netflix as an example would take forever to load, if it would load at all. Pandora was another that was extremely slow, although I didn't have any of the sound issues you mentioned, but I did end up using a third party HDMI cable for mine as the one that came with the unit was DOA.
  • Brodie_2
    This guy's price is wrong currently the remix 2.0 mini is $49.00 on there website when you sign up for email alerts you get $40 off the price making it a $49 mini PC not $70
  • negusp
    with miracast/intel WiDi built in (or similar), and using the top of the thing as a trackpad and a remote, this would be awesome....
  • LuxZg
    Hmmm...after buying cheap Atom + W10 tablet some 6 months ago, I'm kinda spoiled... Except LAN port nothing really stands our compared to my tablet. Both have HDMI, microSD card support, USB ports for kbd/mouse, etc. But while LAN port is nice, with WiFi on each corner it's not really a must have for mini-PC type of device. Yet full Windows 10 on my tablet will still put any Android OS to shame. And not to feel sorry about some Android features - said tablet is dual Android (Kit Kat) and W10 device! At the moment you an still get such tablets for ~85$, probably less if you bargain-hunt. So really... except the novelty factor, why should anyone pay 70$ for this? ... and the answer eludes me...