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Not only is the Voyo V2 a rather attractive little Windows 10 Mini-PC, but it also features a battery for portable use. It’s available now for a little over $100 from GearBest.com – should you grab one?

At the end of this review, we’re giving away one of these super little devices for one lucky reader – watch the whole video for some extra entries into the competition!

Design and Specifications

Measuring 13.1 x 8.3 x 1.6cm, the demure 230g Voyo V2 device consists of a gold-colored metal casing and tempered glass on the top. It looks surprisingly good, actually, despite the fact I’m usually averse to both white and gold in any combination on consumer electronics.

voyo v2 - outside

Inside, you’ll find:

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  • Intel Baytrail T Z3735F Quad Core Processor with integrated graphics
  • 8,000mAh battery
  • 2gb RAM, 32gb mmc storage (expandable to a 64gb SSD)
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1 x USB2.0 port
  • Windows 10 (32-bit)

You’ll notice here an extraordinarily large failing in the Voyo V2: there’s only a single USB port, so you need to either choose between a wired keyboard or mouse, or connect a USB hub, or use one of those funny combination trackpad and keyboard multimedia efforts, or go wireless. Yes, I presume the idea here is to use primarily Bluetooth accessories, but you still need to plug things initially to configure those – and should the moment ever arise that your Bluetooth device is out of power or simply unavailable, you’ll have to make do with that single USB port. As a permanent desktop replacement, this isn’t a huge concern: your monitor will like have an integrated USB hub, or you’ll have one lying around. But for portability, make sure your Bluetooth stuff is all ready to go with full charge.

It’s not quite as sleek once everything is plugged in, of course.

voyo v2 - cables

Boot Up

Booting the Voyo V2 was actually faster than my desktop PC – around 5-10 seconds to get to a Windows desktop. It’s also worth noting that by default, the machine will automatically log you in as the “voyo” user, bypassing any security options or the usual “let’s configure Windows” first time nonsense. Of course you can easily add a user account in the usual way –one that’s tied to your Microsoft account–should you wish. But as someone who doesn’t actually want a Microsoft account, resents having to type in my secure Xbox password just to access a desktop, and really doesn’t need to transfer my Metro-style menu settings across every PC I own, I very much appreciate the fact that they’ve pre-installed a user account that bypasses all of that. This is Windows 10 for the non-Windows user. No-nonsense guarantee!

voyo v2 - size

Performance

The Z3735F processor is almost identical to the Z3756F in the Pipo X9 hybrid Pipo X9 Hybrid Windows 10 and Android Mini-PC Review and Giveaway Pipo X9 Hybrid Windows 10 and Android Mini-PC Review and Giveaway I promise you that the Pipo X9 is unlike any device you've seen before. It transcends labels and attempts to carve a niche, but is it a niche that anyone will want? Read More machine I tested a few weeks back – but anecdotally, the Voyo just feels a lot snappier. There’s no delay on any of the basic UI functions, and not once did I experience the abnormally slow app launch that I did on the Pipo. The internals may not indicate there should be much of a difference, but while I’d be hesitant to use the Pipo X9 hybrid in Windows 10 mode for anything except emergencies, I’d have no issues at all with the Voyo as a general purpose Windows desktop replacement. Perhaps it’s the touchscreen overhead that crippled the Pipo.

PCMark also confirms not a lot of different between this device and the Pipo; both scored similarly and on the decidedly bottom end.

pcmark voyo v2

The Gigabit Ethernet connection really makes all the difference to media or Steam streaming from a home server or gaming machine: I was able to very comfortably play some Civ: Beyond Earth without any lag or stutter. Granted, it isn’t a twitch game so the occasional frame drop doesn’t matter, but you really shouldn’t be streaming a twitchy game anyway.

Media performance was equally great, though I should note that the new Plex Media Player (exclusive to Plex Pass members Making The Best Media Center Better, With a Plex Pass [Giveaway] Making The Best Media Center Better, With a Plex Pass [Giveaway] Love Plex? You'll love a Plex Pass even more. With new and exclusive features only for Plex Pass holders, it's the best way to support development of the best media centre app around. Read More for the time being) outright refused to run – it requires a 64-bit OS, while this only came with 32-bit Windows 10 installed, and I wouldn’t risk trying to install 64-bit Windows in case it became a paperweight. Plex Home Theater ran as usual, though it’s not clear how long that will be around.

plex cant run

Battery Issues

With an 8000mAh battery, the Voyo can actually run at full speed off just the battery charge. It’s a neat feature, but I question the usefulness in reality: since you need to plug into a TV or monitor anyway, it’s almost certain there’s going to be a socket around when you need the desktop. I had hoped that the battery might also serve to charge a smartphone, and while you can just power on the Voyo and plug in a mobile device to charge without a monitor or anything else attached, it is technically running the whole device, not just charging, and only offers a measly 440mA of power.

voyo v2 usb port output

Unfortunately, the battery won’t act as an uninterruptible power supply – by which I mean, if you accidentally pull the power cord out, the device will immediately turn off, losing the session and any unsaved work. You can turn it back on again, even without the cord plugged in – but there’s no continuity. This is unlike any laptop or mobile device, which can of course both charge and discharge (i.e., be in use) simultaneously and without interruption when switching between the two states. Given this circuitry can fit into wafer thin mobile phones, it seems like a terrible omission here.

Despite being left with the charger in for a few days, the battery charge indicator wouldn’t progress past 47%; and when plugged in with Windows running, claimed to be “not charging”. It’s possible this was a defect with just my review unit though, or a dodgy plug adaptor, so don’t take this as inherent manufacturing issues – I haven’t found mention of it elsewhere.

voyo v2 - plugged in

Is the Voyo the Mini-PC for You?

Both the Pipo X9 and Voyo V2 are quirky devices that don’t make an awful lot of sense: the Pipo came with a touchscreen, but no battery. The Voyo on the other hand does have a battery for portable use, but no screen. Still, it’s a solid performer for the price point, and if you need a little machine for general purpose Windows computing or a secondary device, the Voyo will certainly do the job. With support for 4k output, it’ll also serve well as a media center, but if you wanted a dedicated media device then I’d look elsewhere – the overhead of having to run Windows just isn’t worth it.

Grab a bargain on the Voyo V2 from GearBest.com.

Our verdict of the Voyo V2:
It a solid performing Windows 10 Mini-PC suitable for general purpose computing and media tasks, regardless of whether you need the battery feature.
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Voyo V2 Mini PC Giveaway

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  1. Gil Paz
    October 6, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Hello,
    I buy this mini pc with window 10 and it work find for 4 month,
    Then it just start stop stop and the upper cover start open, until it was open and the battery become swollen,
    I try to contact to VOYO by email and by phone but no answer at all,
    Please be careful when you are going to buy this MiniPC,
    I have picture how it look like now, but can't add then here
    Gil

  2. Dave
    April 13, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    I have a Voyo and wouldn't fault it. (there's always a "but") I've installed "pop-up & ad-blocker" but they don't work. I can live with it.

  3. Leon
    March 19, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Just wondered if you have installed Plex media server on this and how it performs? I don't intend on streaming from the device just using as direct play hooked up to my TV via HDMI. I'm using a Mac mini at the moment but feel it's too much for what I'm using it for. Any info would be great thanks.

    • James Bruce
      March 19, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      As a *client* this would be fine, absolute not a chance of using it as a server though.

      • Leon
        March 19, 2016 at 12:29 pm

        Thank you. I'll go ahead and purchase then.

  4. Davids Gaisevskis
    February 5, 2016 at 10:14 am

    The MMC R/W is around 30Mb/s and SSD is even slower than that, around 25Mb/s. And when the AS SSD test reaches 4K tests, the MMC hangs totally and the SSD averages on 1.24Mb/s.

    I do not know how the system boots in 5-10 seconds but the hard drives are really slow.

    The 64Gb SSD shows up as 'King Sh are 200064 USB Device'. So it looks like that SSD is connected via USB 2.0 which is ridiculous.

    The battery does work as an UPS. You can plug and unplug the power as much as you like without any effect on running os. The display will stay on just like on any normal laptop.

  5. JoseLu
    January 16, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Hi
    You can mount the web server?

  6. Mattia
    November 15, 2015 at 3:42 am

    if you buy a OTG cable you will have second USB port

  7. Carolyn Banks
    November 13, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    This is an amazing product. Never seen anything like it before.

  8. Nakul Dhotre
    November 10, 2015 at 12:09 am

    GEARBEST

    I like this product. Could be a really good HTPC.

  9. pgiorno
    November 7, 2015 at 2:00 am

    With this great little baby I wouldn't have to lug a laptop around all day.

  10. Brandon
    November 6, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Pair this up with a pico projector (same size as the Voyo) and you've got a sweet little setup!

  11. Paul Turvey
    November 6, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    What a great idea, especially to use while travelling in our motor home!

  12. David Standard
    November 6, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Would love to own one to fit my downsizing life

  13. philip.franklin
    November 6, 2015 at 6:25 am

    GEARBEST
    Here's another lucky entry.

  14. philip.franklin
    November 6, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Would certainly like to own one. Would certainly like all comment writers to include full info.

  15. Prabhath Kaushalya
    November 6, 2015 at 5:22 am

    like to win

  16. Jim Lola
    November 6, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Nice little box. I wonder if you could wipe this and run Linux on it.

  17. thrtk3
    November 6, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Like the review and very much like to win

  18. Allan Jack
    November 4, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Nice giveaway.

  19. Howard Blair
    November 4, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I've been looking for something smaller (lower power) than an SFF box to use as a video streaming/playback device, and this looks nice. Does it have USB3? I didn't see any blue USB jacks, but not everybody conforms to the unofficial "standard"...

    • James Bruce
      November 4, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Nope. A single, USB2 port :(

    • Alexis Ceroleni
      November 5, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      A couple of days ago I came across new miniPcs with a newer intel processor called Z8500 (i think) with 4gb of RAM and one of them had 2 usb 3.0 ports.

  20. Alan Burnstine
    November 3, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Will it boot headless, or does it need HDMI plugged in? If it will run headless, this could be a good option for embedded robotics using something like an EZ-B (www.ez-robot.com) or any controller that uses BT/WiFi/or USB and doesn't require GPIO connections. Battery could also be good in that situation.

    • James Bruce
      November 3, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      It seems to run headless, but I hadn't considered a possible use of that. Great point.

      • Nikk Saan
        November 3, 2015 at 10:49 pm

        Good review, awesome giveaway. I see other interesting, out of the box uses for this device. First would be to turn it into a server of some sort. As a hobby web developer, I could definitely love to use it as a test web server on the go. It should last plenty of hours. Another use can be to hack it into a laptop together with my much neglected Atrix 4g lapdock.

  21. Dexter Cruz
    November 3, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Nice giveaway.

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