MINIX NEO Z64 Impressions: A Quadcore Intel Z3735F Windows Mini PC


The MINIX NEO Z64 is a quadcore Intel mini PC running Windows 8.1 with Bing by famed mini PC manufacturer MINIX. I’ve had a chance to connect mine up and take it for a quick hands-on.

Thanks to GeekBuying for providing me a sample to review. You can purchase the MINIX NEO Z64 from them running Windows and Android.




Our MINIX NEO Z64 Review is now available

MINIX NEO Z64 Unboxing

What’s in the box?


MINIX have given the basics to get started inside the box:

  • 1x MINIX NEO Z64 Mini PC
  • 1x HDMI Cable
  • 1x Power Adapter
  • 1x English Instruction Manual
  • 1x Warranty Card


I’m glad to see that MINIX have included a HDMI cable inside the box, as both Windows boxes that I have tested so far – the PiPO X7 and VOYO Mini PC – haven’t included one.

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MINIX NEO Z64 Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: Intel Baytrail quad core processor with Intel HD graphics (Z3735F)
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage: 32GB eMMC + microSD slot up to 128GB
  • Video & Audio Output: HDMI 1.4, 3.5mm Audio
  • Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB: 2x USB 2.0 port
  • OS: Windows 8.1 with Bing (32-bit)

MINIX NEO Z64 Impressions

The first thing I noticed about the MINIX Z64 was that it looked identical to other devices in the NEO family such as the MINIX NEO X8-H Plus. It’s clear that MINIX have decided to “borrow” the case as the underside of the MINIX NEO Z64 even contains an Android engraved into the bottom, despite this being the Windows 8.1 variant.


The device has an impressive weight about it which I haven’t noticed in other devices, even the excellent PiPO X7. This makes the Z64 feel like a “premium” device.

In order to boot the device, you need to first press the power button. The Z64 boots quickly, with a cold boot taking just 13 second to reach a usable state. Resuming from standby is essentially instantaneous. Windows performance has been excellent so far, with everything feeling smooth and no hint of lag. During my brief bit of testing, I didn’t notice any heat-related throttling at all, which some people have complained about on some other Windows PCs.


WiFi performance seems good and I had no issue streaming 1080p videos from an NFS share.


Kodi ran very well on the MINIX Z64, much like the PiPO X7. I had no problems with 4K H.264 decoding and automatic framerate switching worked as expected. Hi10p samples in both 720p and 1080p played and were watchable, although it’s clear that some frames were being skipped/dropped as the videos were being decoded by the CPU.

Although I haven’t recorded a Kodi demo yet, I’ve embedded the PiPO X7 Kodi demo as both devices run on the similar Intel processors (Z3735F vs Z3736F).

MINIX NEO Z64 Gaming Performance

To test out the gaming capabilities of the device, I installed Asphalt 8 and Beach Buggy Racing. Whilst not packing the most powerful GPU, I was still able to play Asphalt 8 at 20-25fps at 1080p. Beach Buggy Racing was far better, with a framerate of 25-30fps at maximum settings and far higher after turning everything down to minimum.

MINIX NEO Z64 Benchmarks

Crystaldiskmark 3.0.3


MINIX NEO Z64 Temperatures

Temperatures were measured after a barrage of benchmarks using an IR thermometer. With an ambient temperature of 23.3C, the top and bottom case temperatures were 43°C and 51.4°C respectively.

MINIX NEO Z64 Power Consumption

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Verdict So Far

I’m impressed with the MINIX NEO Z64 so far in my brief testing. Performance is excellent and matches what I have seen with other devices. However, the solid build quality of the device makes it feel far more expensive than it really is.

Keep posted for my comprehensive MINIX NEO Z64 review in the coming days.

Getting One

I recieved my MINIX NEO Z64 from GeekBuying. If you’re interested in getting one for yourself, you can purchase one from them: Windows or Android.

Alternatively, it’s also available from Amazon: Windows or Android

  • ouquoi

    Waiting for your full review ;)

    Could you test hd video over wifi and it is possible to have sound from the HDMI and the jack simultaneously ?


    • Thanks. Review will be coming asap.

      1080p video streams fine from an NFS share so the wifi has enough bandwidth. I’ll see if I can get simultaneous audio from the HDMI and 3.5mm audio.

  • groupwest

    Hi. Does this do DTS passthrough ok to receiver?