Review of Orange Pi Mini 2

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9 Responses

  1. Giacomo says:

    Thanks for the review! 🙂

    Can you check how much current usb are able to provide? Are they powerful enough to start an external hdd?

  2. Dan says:

    Hello, I would just like to thank you for your article. The part about possibly getting a passive heat sink and external drive power usage helped me the most.

  3. Ankit Jain says:

    Does this supports torrenting? Like can i use it for torrenbox?

    • Rajib Ghosh says:

      The board can run a bunch of Linux distributions and it can be easily configured to be a torrent box. That said, the board manufacturer does not invest time in developing the software side of it and it is mostly left to individual enthusiasts. While the board’s Storage and Networking performance is quite good, the Linux distributions available do not take advantage of the display acceleration capabilities of the the Allwinner H3 CPU and as a result the board is unsuitable for use as a media center.

  4. Surja says:

    Thank you for the detailed article. Good reviews of Orange Pi boards are not easy to come by. I want to buy an Orange Pi 2 Plus board mainly to use for web development practice and perhaps a torrent box. I suppose I can easily go along with this.

  5. TFR says:

    Hi Rajib,

    Have you got to testing torrent performance on this board? I wanted to use a raspberry pi 2 as automated torrent downloader and media server, but I can’t get more than 1.4 MB/s average (measured over 10+ minutes) out of it, when using a fast usb 3.0 stick. I get 6-8 MB/s download on this connection on my normal pc.

    In a spur of the moment, I bought both the Orange Pi One, and the Orange Pi PC. Your initial findings seem promising, so I’m hoping this works better. GPU accelleration would be nice, but is not a complete dealbreaker.

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