Voyo V2 mini PC Unboxing and Teardown

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. Voyo V2 Unboxing 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 …

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MagicStick TV Sticks Powered by Intel Atom x5 or x7 Processors Feature up to 8GB RAM, HDMI 2.0, 802.11ac… (Crowdfunding)

Several Cherry Trail Atom x5 MegooPad TV sticks are on the way, but they mostly have similar specs to the previous generation Bay Trail sticks, except with a slightly faster processor, and in some models, USB 3.0 support. An Indian company is currently developing some Cherry Trail TV sticks with impressive specifications including processors such as Intel Atom x7-Z8700, up to 8GB RAM, up to 64GB storage, 802.11ac connections, HDMI 2.0, and USB 3.1 type-C connector. These products are called MagicSticks, and three models will soon be available. [Update 30/9/2015: The indiegogo campaign is up, but the Wave is not shown, and instead MagicStick Power has been renamed to Wave, changes are reflected in the table below] MagicStick One MagicStick Wave MagicStick Power Wave Processor Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor up to 1.83 GHz, with 12 core Gen8 GPU Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor up to 2.24 GHz, with 12 core Gen8 GPU Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor up to 2.4 GHz, with …

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A Look at Android and Windows Mini PCs’ Power Consumption in Power Off, Standby, Idle, and Video Playback Modes

I’ve previously measured power consumption of Amlogic S812 and Rockchip RK3288 based TV boxes using a multimeter. This provides relatively accurate measurements, as well as neat power consumption profiles of devices, but it’s a little complex and time-consuming, so it’s not something I would do for all devices. The easiest way to measure power consumption is to use a kill-a-watt type of device, but my first one broke after only 3 months last year.  I purchased a new one recently, so I run run some power measurement tests on several devices. I selected five devices for this test: MeLE PCG01 HDMI stick with Intel Atom Z3735F processor running Windows 10 Zidoo X9 TV box with Mstar MSO9810 running Android 4.4 Open Hour Chameleon TV box with Rockchip RK3288 processor running Android 4.4 Tronsmart Orion R68 Meta TV box with Rockchip RK3368 processor running Android 5.1 Tronfy MXIV TV box with Amlogic S812 processor running Android 5.1 The procedure used the …

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MeegoPad T05, T06, T07 HDMI TV Sticks Feature Intel Atom X5 Processors, 2 to 4 GB RAM

Most low cost mini PCs based on Bay Trail or Cherry Trail processor come with only 2GB RAM, which may limit what you can do on such device, and limits multi-tasking abilities. MeegoPad T05 and T06 HDMI sticks will allow you to do more thanks to 4GB RAM connected to a quad core Intel Atom x5-Z8500 a x5-Z8500 processors, while MeegoPad T07 is still limited to 2GB RAM, and features the same x5-Z8300 processor found in Tronsmart Ara X5. MeegoPad T05, T06, T07 preliminary specifications [Update: the specs appear to change daily, see https://plus.google.com/+IanMORRISON/posts/T6MtT6PfVvV]: SoC T05, T06 – Intel Atom x5-Z8500 “Cherry Trail” quad core processor @ 1.44 GHz (Turbo frequency: 2.24 GHz) with Intel Gen8 HD graphics (2W SDP) T07 – Intel Atom x5-Z8300 “Cherry Trail” quad core processor @ 1.44 GHz (Turbo frequency: 1.84 GHz) with Intel Gen8 HD graphics (2W SDP) System Memory –  T05, T06: 4GB RAM; T07: 2GB RAM Storage – 32 to 64 GB …

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Asus VivoStick PC is a Cherry Trail HDMI TV Stick Running Windows 10

We’ve had many Bay Trail-T HDMI TV stick in the past year, but recently some Cherry Trail low power mini PCs such as Tronsmart Ara X5 and MeegoPad T04 have started to hit the virtual shelves, and now Asus is the first company to announce a Cherry Trail HDMI TV Stick, and it’s pretty good looking, although its shaper reminds me of fluorescent markers… Asus VivoStick PC specifications: SoC – Unamed Intel Cherry Trail processor Memory & Storage – Single eMCP chip with 2GB DDRL3 and 32GB eMMC (no micro SD slot) Video Output – HDMI Audio Output – HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack Connectivity – WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 USB – 1x USB 3.0 port, 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x micro USB port (for power) Power Supply – 5V via micro USB port Dimensions – 138 x 15 x 14 mm Weight – 70 grams The stick will run Windows 10, and the company has not decided whether …

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Acer Jade Primo is the First Smartphone PC Running Windows 10 Continuum

At least two operating systems companies are working on mobile desktop converge: Microsoft with Windows 10 Continuum and Canonical with Ubuntu, Mir and Unity 8. There are still software and hardware challenges ahead, but I envision that in a couple of years my smartphone will also be my Ubuntu powered computer. But so far it looks like Microsoft might be ahead, as jointly with Acer they announced and demo Windows 10 Continuum on Jade Primo smartphone. The smartphone itself is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, with a 5.5″ AMOLED display, and 21MP & 8 MP cameras. I could not find details about RAM and storage. When the phone is connected to a dock via its micro USB to HDMI (MHL) cable, it pairs with Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, and you can simply use Windows 10 just like on a real computer running Office, browsing the web and so on, while still having access to your smartphone to answer …

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Acer Unveils “Revo Build” Modular Mini PC with Stackable Blocks

Acer Revo Build is a mini PC that looks similar to Intel NUC, and powered by Intel Celeron N3050, Celeron N3150, or Pentium N3700 Braswell processor with 32GB eMMC and 8GB RAM, that looks like that: Nice colors… but at first glance it’s just another mini PC with more a recent recent processor and more RAM than usual, until you notice a connector on the top corner of the device no the picture above. That connector is used to stack other blocks such as: 500GB to 1TB hard drive Graphics Block with AMD processor Audio Block with speakers and microphone Wireless charging block Projector block So eventually, your mini PC could look more like a mini tower… Acer Revo Build (M1-601) will ship with Windows 10, and features three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and DisplayPort video output, a headset jack and an SD card slot. The mini PC itself measures 12.45 x 12.45 x 5.59 cm. Acer modular mini PC …

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ECS LIVA X2 Braswell Mini PC Features Up to 4GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, Sells for $170 and Up

ECS LIVA was one of the first low power Intel mini PC that included both RAM and storage for less than $200 when it was first announced in March 2014. Since then there’s been a tidal wave of Bay Trail mini PCs hitting the market, and now that it’s time for Braswell and Cherry Trail lower system, ECS released LIVA X2 mini PC powered by Intel Braswell N3050 processor, that’s available for $169.99 on Newegg with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage, or $239.99 with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. ECS LIVA X2 specifications: SoC – Intel Celeron N3050 “Braswell” dual core processor @ 1.6 GHz / 2.16GHz (Turbo) and Intel HD Graphics (6W TDP) System Memory – 2 or 4GB DDR3L (soldered) Storage – 32GB / 64GB eMMC flash, 1x M.2 for SSD (Up to 1TB) Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 Video Output – HDMI and VGA Audio – 1x Combo Jack, 2x D-MIC (internal), HDMI …

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