Over the past year we’ve seen a bunch of Chinese companies (and a few American ones) launch tiny desktop computers with low-power Intel Atom processors, Windows software, and price tags in the $100 to $200 range. Most feature 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, which means you’ll need to connect an external storage device if you want more space for music, movies, apps, or files.
But the Voyo V2 mini PC offers another alternative: It’s available with 64GB of solid state storage and 32GB of eMMC storage, for a total of 96GB of built-in storage space.
Voyo actually offers two different models of the Voyo V2. You can buy a $124 model with just 32GB of storage space, or pay $134 for the model that has the optional 64GB SSD.
Note that these seem to be promotional prices: while the model with the 64GB SSD is only $10 more right now, that could change in the future.
Both models are available for pre-order from Geekbuying and Gearbest.
Other features include an Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, and Ethernet (the retail listings for the Voyo 2C says it has a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port, but I’d take that with a grain of salt, since most device in this category seem to actually have 10/100 Ethernet).
There’s also a 4500 mAh battery in the case, allowing you to use the Voyo V2 for a few hours even when it’s not plugged in. Interestingly the model without the SSD actually has a larger, 8,000 mAh battery which suggests there’s more room inside the case when you don’t have an SSD taking up space.
A battery isn’t as useful on a mini-desktop computer as it would be with a laptop, since you’ll probably want to connect a keyboard, mouse, and display (unless you’re using it as a headless file server). But it’s nice to know you can unplug the computer and move it from room to room in your house without rebooting.
The little computer measures about 5.2″ x 3.2″ 0.6″ and weighs about 11 ounces.
Guys, don’t bother with GearBest. You will never get your stuff. I ordered one of these and a few other things. I have had to go back to PayPal to get my money back.
It claims to support 4K and H.265 in hardware. All the other Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail competitors (e.g. Ainol Mini PC) make no such claims. I wonder how they manage it? I highly doubt they’ve added hardware to achieve it? If the others support it, why wouldn’t they say so? I smell a bit of BS marketing here.
Will the HDMI 1.4b give me 2560×1440 resolution?
I’ve read that many devices in this category are based on Intel reference designs that carefully tapdance along a line that lets them qualify as “tablets” and thus eligible for free (or nearly so) Windows 8.1 without getting themselves in hot water with Microsoft or Microsoft in hot water with regulators for their anticompeititve dumping. And that the SOCs involved are specifically designed to prevent embedded or headless use of tablet Win8.1, and thus disable features in hardware like the USB host adapters when no HDMI monitor is connected. Of course the whys don’t matter as much as the results, so I wonder if anyone can firm this action through experience.
Things would be fixed very very easily if someone would just include a SATA III
2.5″ drive bay in their product to put a laptop SSD in. Eventually, competition
will force this, but in the meantime, we all have to wait for some PC maker to
figure this out. Maybe they have, and the competitive cost pressure is forcing
the PC makers not to include such a feature. The more likely reason is that
PC makers are a bunch of lemmings with a herd mentality. They don’t want to
stray from existing designs.
i’d prefer a mSATA-port, but yes…
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