Hi Khadas community, first off, must say the device itself and support community and range of software images available look great, the whole idea of an open-source diy box with decent spec, great price and active community is a winner, but before I head off to order, there are a couple of things I am pondering about…
Firstly, I already have a Geekbox, produced by the same company and team, which is great and also promised what the Khadas offers, however, the Geekbox has only been around for about 1.5 years and already the online support forum is all but dead and full of spam, the device itself showing signs of hw failure (ok could be firmware but I suspect it’s not), so is a pretty short life cycle/time, the device already seems to be end of support (both official and community), the price was ~double the Khadas and the spec higher. Rockchip never came through with the driver code for the gpu to ensure long term software support for those using it for watching media smoothly, I see word that AMLogic will be providing more code for the Khadas, but will they deliver?
Also, If I buy into Khadas now (~4 months after launch already) will it also be abandoned by this time next year, or before?
I understand that hardware to price is continually dropping as specs improve but do I really want to invest time into a device that will be forgotten in the near future in favour of the next even cheaper/better/smaller/more powerful bit of kit?
I really want to say Yes! and join in the fun, but at the same time, I am not sure I want to invest the time and to lesser extent, money, into a device that all too soon will be eol, abandoned or failing and have to start over on yet another device.
Longevity for me (and many others) is an important factor here, I don’t want a disposable device on so many different levels!