Just to do another update wrt something I found about the "oval elephant", I've been reading through a thread(GOD! This mk802 has just wasted my day) on xbmc:http://forum.xbmc.org/showthread.php?tid=134056&pid=1142692#pid1142692
If it does a single message click on the thread title to see the full page view... anyways looks like they MIGHT be doing another shift on the oval elephant now, it's not really clear but the message was recent couple days ago... adding IR, bluetooth, and some other goodies.
It's not clear to me if the current "oval elephant" will be the same as the one that he's apparently referencing with the extra goodies or not... (I suppose that I should create an account there so that I can ask them to clarify things wrt their "oval elephant" project and currently listed products for pre-order...) i.e. you guys MIGHT want to wait to order.
Also the ESD clamps apparently have pads for them to be soldered on the boards which you can apparently do. I haven't confirmed this yet and the few posts that I've read didn't either, just suggested as they were there and it was a possibility. Not sure if there's a pad for AXP209.
Also from the oval elephant guy, found out the the mk802 is what he termed an "open project" thing with TONS of different "factories" making those devices, citing that as a reason for it being difficult to get the mk802 design changed to include the ESD clamps and AXP209 as even if some factories do, he claims that there's no guarantee that his supply would be exclusively from those companies that corrected the board whic sounds like what led to his project "oval elephant" product. (Basically slightly larger, FULL HDMI port, o.w. identical spec to mk802 plus sounds like a few extra things, e.g. maybe the pins of an internal USB connection, etc. i.e. this IS a more expensive board to make than what the mk802s are using.)
I also decided to order their backlit lenovo wireless kb with it... seems to be a steal($~$25) where it was ~$54 from one place on amazon, ~$63 ebay, etc. and their uSD bundle prices were pretty decent(i.e. not gouging the hell out of you), although they didn't include class spec or "make" so YMMV.
Alrighty. That's it. I'm done with this for a while, and it managed to waste my day tracking down things about this so I'm off to have some fun...
Oh, about the HDMI ESD, it can be somewhat mitigate IF you don't do things like connect/disconnect USB/HDMI while the mk802 is powered up. The lack of power regulation just isn't fixable unless you can add it and they left the empty pad in the PCB for it, of course as mentioned above it sounds as though you can do that for the ESD clamping if you like soldering, have equipment, have friend to do it, etc. (Just easier for me to replace it with a better designed product.)