Voyo V2 would be yet another Intel Atom Z3735F based mini PC if it did not have a battery, and 96GB internal storage with 32GB eMMC flash, and a 64GB SSD. Most Atom mini PCs only comes with 32GB, and based on my experience, internal storage fills pretty quickly with Windows 10 or 8.1, especially if you intend to use the device as a desktop PC, and that even may be an issue with Linux distributions, albeit to a lesser extend. However, a lot of questions were asked about that “64GB SSD”, with even some readers suggesting it might be an internal SD card instead of SSD :). Today, we’re going to find out the truth as GearBest kindly sent me a sample for review.
The mini PC package has a sticker in Chinese showing the brand (VOYO), model (MiniPC-Box_V2), and listing memory ans storage as “2GB+32GB eMMC+64GB SSD”. A EU to US adapter was also included in the DHL parcel.
The case is made of metal on the bottom and side, with some of of plastic / glass on top.
The power button is on the front, a USB port can be found on the rear panel, while most ports are on one side with a micro USB port, the power jack, an RJ45 Ethernet connector, HDMI output, and 3.5 mm audio jack.
The side of the case also has two screws which I loosened first to open the device. As the board did not come, I delicately inserted a tool under the glass, and… whoops I broke it…
It turns out the top is attached with some strong tape, and the first part of the teardown was messy…, and beside having broken the glass, and the WiFi antenna cable also got cut…
There are two clips holding the internal plastic case to the external metallic case.
Let’s turn the box around, and we can see the battery, and the board with one white thermal pad.
Under that thermal pad, there’s another black sticky layer to cover all major components. Beside Intel Atom Z3735F processor, the main components include four SKhynix H5TC4G63AFR DDR3L chips (2GB RAM), Biwin BWAMDIC21C32G (32GB eMMC flash), X-Powers AXP288 PMIC, GL830 USB to SATA bridge, and AP6212 WiFi and Bluetooth module.
Let’s take out four more screws to remove the board, and have a closer look at the battery which according to its marking has a capacity of 74Wh @ 3.8V, or 20,000 mAh… That’s highly unlikely to say the least, and even Voyo lists the battery capacity to be 5,000 mAh. This side of the board also has a Kingshare SSD connected to a
mini PCIe port half slim (MO-297) connector.
I could take it out, and it’s definitely not an SD card ;), but KingShare KH200064SSD, a 1.8″ SATA II SSD with 64GB capacity, a read speed of 150MB/s, and a write speed of 80MB/s according to specs I found on eBay and jd.com. Unfortunetaly, the USB 2.0 to SATA bridge means performance will be likely limited to read and write speeds to around 30 MB/s, but it’s something I’ll check out in the review.
I’d like to thanks GearBest again for providing Voyo V2 mini PC sample, and you may consider purchasing the device from their website for $120.99 including shipping. Please note that there are two versions: one with a 64GB SSD and a 5,000 mAh battery, as shown in this post, and a cheaper one with a 8,000 mAh battery, but not SSD. Voyo V2 can also be bought from other sites including GeekBuying, eBay, and Aliexpress.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
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