VOYO Mini PC Impressions

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The VOYO Mini PC is a tiny Windows PC powered by a quad core Intel Baytrail processor that sells for about $130. Armed with 2GB of RAM and 64GB eMMC storage (double that of most competitors), is this the Windows PC to beat in the budget price range?

Thanks to GeekBuying for providing me a sample to review. You can purchase the VOYO Mini PC from them in blue and white.

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I have managed to get an exclusive coupon for Home Theatre Life readers, getting US$15 off the VOYO Mini PC using coupon “GNZEUAQA“.

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VOYO Mini PC Technical Specifications

  • Chipset: Intel Baytrail quad core processor with Intel HD graphics (Z3735F)
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage: 64GB 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: 3x USB 2.0 port
  • OS: Windows 8.1 with Bing (32-bit)
  • Dimensions: 126 x 126 x 12mm
  • Weight: 140g

VOYO Mini PC Unboxing

What’s in the box?

The VOYO Mini PC comes with the bare basics included inside the box:

  • 1x VOYO Mini PC
  • 1x Micro USB Power Cable
  • 1x USB Power Adapter
  • 1x English Instruction Manual
  • 1x Warranty Card

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It’s unfortunate to see no HDMI cable included but this seems to be a trend with these Windows PCs. The biggest issue with this however, is that the VOYO Mini PC has opted for a mini HDMI port instead of standard HDMI. This means that you’ll need to purchase a specialty adapter such as this one.

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The first thing you notice about the VOYO Mini PC is how small it is. This thing is surprisingly thin at just 12mm. It’s also the first Windows mini PC to embrace a colorful case which I have to say I like for a change. The bright blue looks cool but does make it stick out – it’s all up to personal preference.

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The device boots quickly, reaching the Windows 8.1 Start screen in 16.7 seconds, which is great. After the first boot, 48.5GB/53.3GB was free on the internal storage. Having the extra storage (64GB) over competing devices such as the PiPO X7 is nice, as I can see people hitting the 32GB limit of competing devices relatively quickly with a few games and apps installed. I confirm that Windows 8.1 with Bing is activated.

Performance of the device feels nice and fast, similar to the PiPO X7, with animations remaining smooth and applications launching quickly.

The lack of Ethernet is a bit disappointing. However, how much this will ultimately impact you depends on your personal setup. For those interested in the VOYO Mini PC but needing Ethernet, you may want to invest in a USB to Ethernet dongle.

VOYO Mini PC Temperatures

I decided to load the box using Prime95 to see how this impacted the device temperatures. Results were postive, reading 36.7°C and 44.1°C on the top and bottom of the device respectively. The ambient temperature was 22.8°C.

VOYO Mini PC Power Consumption

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Verdict So Far

The VOYO Mini PC is an interesting device. Being so compact, it makes it a great portable HTPC or general purpose PC.

Keep posted for my comprehensive VOYO Mini PC review in the coming days.

Getting One

I recieved my VOYO Mini PC from GeekBuying. If you’re interested in getting one for yourself, you can purchase one from them in blue and white.

Alternatively, you can purchase the VOYO Mini PC from GearBest (blue and white).

Exclusive Offer
I have managed to get an exclusive coupon for Home Theatre Life readers, getting US$15 off the VOYO Mini PC using coupon “GNZEUAQA“.
  • Curmudgeon

    So, is the included Windows 8.1 with Bing a properly licensed version with no more to pay or is it one of the, so called “trial” versions that cost another $30 or so to licence? Of course, the other common “hidden cost” with Windows is the virus protection s/w that most “experts” seem to regard as essential. Does Windows 8.1 with Bing come stuffed full of “nagware” with enfuriating pop ups designed to try to separate the user from some more of his or her “hard earned”.

    • Creazydea

      It is licensed.

    • Hi Curmudgeon, definitely licensed and no nagware that I have seen on this or any of these devices.

  • Ivan

    Ivan. I both VOYO Mini PC dual boot Windows 8 and Android.When I first switch on booted in Windows run good,when I shut windows it come on on Android.I can’t get it to Windows again.
    Is there any cud tell Me what should I do to get it started in Windows. Thank You.