VOYO Mini PC Review: Quadcore Windows PC

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The VOYO Mini PC is a portable Windows PC powered by Intel’s quad core Baytrail processor. With 2GB of RAM, 64GB eMMC storage and selling for just $130, how does this budget Windows PC stack up?

Thanks to GeekBuying for providing me a sample to review. GeekBuying stock the VOYO Mini PC in 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“.

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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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VOYO haven’t included a HDMI cable which is a little frustrating and something that MINIX included in the Z64. More frustrating though, is that the VOYO Mini PC uses a mini HDMI port instead of standard HDMI so you’ll need to buy an adapter like this one in order to connect it up to your TV or monitor.

VOYO Mini PC Design

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In a world of grey and black boxes, it’s great to see a company inject some color. The VOYO Mini PC is available in a range of colors, and I was provided the blue one. It definitely makes the device look unique and stand out, whether it be on your desk or next to your TV.

VOYO have also managed to cram a whole PC to an impressively small case. The device is suprisingly thin, coming in at a respectably svelte 12mm.

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The back of the device houses the majority of the devices ports, featuring microUSB OTG, mini HDMI, microSD card slot, 2 USB 2.0 ports and DC In. On the right side of the device is also an additional USB 2.0 port. As everyone knows, the more USB ports, the better.

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The lack of Ethernet is a bit disappointing but depending on how you’re planning on using the device, it may be a non-issue. Those needing Ethernet can look into buying a USB to Ethernet dongle to bridge the feature gap.

VOYO Mini PC Initial Impressions

To turn the device on, you need to plug it in and hold down the power button for about a second. It boots fairly fast, becoming usable in 16.7 seconds. After the first boot, 48.5GB/53.3GB was free on the internal storage. It’s great to see that VOYO have opted for 64GB, compared to the 32Gb many competing devices such as the PiPO X7 offer, as that 32Gb seems to quickly disappear after a few apps and updates are installed.

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I can also confirm that Windows 8.1 with Bing is activated.

VOYO Mini PC User Interface and Included Apps

There’s really not much to say here except that it’s the Windows 8.1 you know and love (or possibly hate). The VOYO Mini PC handles Windows 8.1 well, similar to the PiPO X7, with smooth animations and applications launching quickly. You can see a brief demo of Windows 8.1 on the VOYO in the above Unboxing video.

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VOYO Mini PC Media Playback

To test video playback, I turned to our longtime favorite HTPC frontend, Kodi (formally XBMC):

Video CodecKodi 14.2 RC1
1080p 3D SBS H.264OK
1080p 3D ABL H.264OK
1080p30 H.264OK
1080p High Bitrate H.264OK
1080p60 H.264Watchable but dropped many frames
720p50 H.264OK
1080i50 H.264OK
4K H.264Unwatchable/Too many dropped frames
1080p HEVCUnwatchable
1080p VP8OK
720p Hi10pWatchable but dropped many frames
1080p Hi10pUnwatchable
1080p MPEG2OK
720P RMVBOK
1080p VC1OK
1080p VP8OK

VOYO Mini PC Gaming Performance

To test gaming performance, I installed 2 games – 1 2D and 1 3D title:

Gaming performance was mixed on the VOYO. 2D games were fine and Jetpack Joyride played well. However, take a step into 3D causes issues. Although performance is ok for the first few minutes, it quickly degrades into a fluctuating framerate thanks to thermal throttling.

Gaming Controllers and Bluetooth

I connected my iPega 9025 controller over Bluetooth without any issue.

VOYO Mini PC Networking Performance

WiFi Performance

To test WiFi performance, the device is connected via WiFi to a 2.4GHz 300Mbps router approximately 5.7m from the device without obstructions. A 100Mb file is transferred between the device and a PC running the benchmarking server application. This is repeated 3 times for each direction and the average is taken.

Wifi performance was pretty respectable, with upload and download speeds of 23.5 Mbps and 26.1 Mbps respectively. I had no issues streaming a 1080p video from an NFS share. I didn’t have any issues with wifi dropouts either.

VOYO Mini PC Benchmarks

3DMark

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PCMark 8 Home Conventional

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PCMark 8 Work Conventional

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CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3

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VOYO Mini PC Temperatures

I was initially hopeful with the VOYO Mini PC’s temperatures. As mentioned in the Impressions article, I used Prime95 to load the device and after 10 minutes the case temperatures were 36.7°C and 44.1°C on the top and bottom of the device respectively. The ambient temperature was 22.8°C.

Unfortunately, the VOYO Mini PC has cooling issues. When running Asphalt 8, performance was good for the first minute before the framerate started alternating between high and low FPS. Suspecting throttling, I fired up HWMonitor and Prime95 to test my suspiciouns. Sure enough, after running Prime95 for a few minutes, the CPU temps rapidly climbed to 80-85°C and the CPU throttled down to 500MHz. This issue appeared during several tests, with 3D gaming and playback of both 4K H.264 and 1080p60 taking a noticeable hit.

This is pretty much the only cooling the VOYO has
This is essentially the only cooling the VOYO has

VOYO Mini PC Power Consumption

Power consumption was good for the VOYO during operation:

Powered Off

StandbyIdleLoad
1 W3 W3 W10 W

In-Built Battery

The VOYO Mini PC is unique in that it also has a 1000mAh battery on-board should be good for about 3 hours of usage.

Getting One

I received 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“.

VOYO Mini PC Additional Photos

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  • Alex Atx

    Received mine today and did the mistake to switch the OS from Windows to Android. Now I am stuck with Android. There is no way to switch this back to Windows 8.1. I will burn that box!!!

    Android is very, very bad. Windows it’s perfect. Don’t understand why they give that option if it’s no way to switch back to Windows. Any ideas how to fix this?

  • grace yuniati

    Hi,it’s so interesting .. but this Voyo doesn’t have RJ45 plug unless we change with additional device right ?