Vensmile i10 A Fan Cooled Atom Mini PC with Dual Band WiFi

Vensmile i10 A Fan Cooled Atom Mini PC with Dual Band WiFi

A late comer into the mini PC market with the release of Cherry Trail Mini PC’s still this new Mini PC the Vensmile i10 is a little different from your average Bay Trail Mini PC. Firstly it’s got a unique stand-up design and it’s cooled by a large heat sink and fan. Something the Z3735F Atom doesn’t normally require, but I have seen them get hot and keeping the little Atom chip cooler allows them to perform much better than be just being passively cooled.

The Vensmile i10 also has a front mounted 2 MP camera something I haven’t seen on a mini pc yet and very useful dual band 2.4 and 5Ghz Wireless N. The rest of the specs are pretty standard. 2GB of Ram, a 32GB eMMC drive, Windows 10 Home, BT 4.0, HDMI out, RJ45 port for 100mbs LAN, MicroSD card solt, 3.5mm audio jack and 4 USB 2.0 ports. The whole unit is powered by a DC jack.

It’s currently on pre order for $117.48 over at Gearbest.com

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21 Comments

  1. where i can download the windows 10 drivers for the vensmile i10?

    • Hi
      At least send me BIOS

      • Hi Daniel. Did you get BIOS for Vensmile i10 mini PC? I have problem with it 🙁 Only update BIOS to correct version could help. Could you please send me BIOS if you have it?

  2. Hi Chris, thanks for your suggestion I have a look at Mi Pad 2 (for 5mz wifi). Very nice tablet, specs are (almost) awesome, & ac too!

    For a tab, it’s great, but for school they need a keyboard & I would prefer a proper attached one (simply because you fold it & also, in our house at least, something with a keyboard attached is meant for ‘work’. The other drawback is sceen size. would prefer 9.7″? or 10.1

    This looks possible i will ask them directly,

    irulu w1005: WIFI 802.1/b/g/n or a/b/g/n+BT+(NFC optional)

    cheers
    Adrian

  3. Could anyone please advise if dual band wifi (at least a/n, ac/a/n preferred) is yet built into any of the newer 2in1s? ie something with a keyboard & touchscreen. Most Australian schools require 5hmz…

    cheers
    Adrian

    • Hi, the Mi Pad 2 has Wireless AC 5Ghz, but it doesn’t have a hardware keyboard.

      • Hi Chris, thanks for your suggestion

        For a tab, it’s great, perfect size, high specs. but for school they need a keyboard & I would prefer a proper attached one (simply because you fold it and this protects the screen), & also, in our house at least, something with a keyboard attached is meant for ‘work’. The other drawback is sceen size. would prefer 9.7″? or 10.1

        Stumbled on this last night, looks possible i will ask irulu,

        irulu w1005: WIFI 802.1/b/g/n or a/b/g/n+BT+(NFC optional)

        cheers
        Adrian

        • Not heard of that tablet, but maybe the Chuwi Vi10 Ultimate? However it doesn’t have wireless AC only B/G/N. Since it has two USB ports you could use a mini wirless AC USB adapter?

  4. I forgot to add this link: http://www.anandtech.com/show/9117/analyzing-intel-core-m-performance

    It shows how a slower CPU is better for system performance when you cool passively.

    There are 8760 hours in a year. So if you run a 4W PC or a 28W PC all year long it makes a big difference in electricity costs. For me, 1kWh costs ~28 cent (most of it is taxes). May be very different in other countries.

    A 4 Watt PC needs 8760 * 4 / 1000 = 35.04 kWh each year which amounts to 9.81 Euro in electricity costs.
    A 28 Watt PC needs 245.28 kWh each year which amounts to 68.67 Euro in electricity costs.

    Almost 60 Euro each year more for a i5 5257U PC 🙁

  5. I just checked out the install manual from the Zotac website. They show how to install a M.2 SSD, a harddisk, the monitor holder, software, etc.

    …but no RAM. Seems the 8GB of RAM is fixed 🙁

  6. Thank you for the link!

    The problem is, that the i5257U really needs a lot of energy and it isn’t much faster then the latest Core-M: https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp%5B%5D=2465&cmp%5B%5D=2504

    The i5257U has 6 times the TDP. The Mini-PC would run non-stop and it would make a big difference in the electricity bill.

    I would settle with the fastest Atom chip if some manufacturer would offer a cheap Mini-PC with support for up to 8GB of RAM. The x5-Z8500 and x7-Z8700 BOTH support up to 8GB of RAM. Sadly nobody offers them yet. All you get is 2GB devices where the RAM is permanently fixed to the mainboard without an option to extend.

  7. I love the fact that you now also talk about Mini-PCs.

    I am looking for an Atom or Core-M barebone or complete Mini-PC. I would like to be able to add more RAM and my own big SSD.

    For the x5-Z8500 and x7-Z8700 the maximum supported RAM is 8GB.
    For the new Core-Ms the maximum supported RAM is 16GB.

    Spec comparison: http://ark.intel.com/compare/83610,84672,85474,85475

    I want a passively cooled Mini-PC. CPU doesn’t matter as much, just the RAM should be at least 8GB. Still, all the Mini-PCs I have seen so far have 2-4GB fixed to the mainboard. No way to extend the RAM.

    Do you know of a model that has an Atom or Core-M and allows 8-16GB RAM?

    • Yes, I like Mini PC’s so I keep an eye on what’s around. (Mobiles I only cover on my YT channel however) Yes the Zotac ZBOX CI521 is a Core M 5Y10 that can take up to 16GB of RAM. I have been thinking about getting one, but the price puts me off as Aliexpress have some sellers buliding really good looking 5th Gen mini PC’s with i5’s and i7’s that are fanless barebone units.

      http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/FUBmEQnI6 Is an example of some. And they have some really good power to for a fanless unit. Great for a second desktop system for anything but gaming and video editing. Well they even have i5257U unit’s that have Intel Iris 6100 GFX in them that can run some games in 720p etc.

      • On the Zotac Website it tells me the 8GB RAM are fixed to the mainboard (actually I read this on some other website). And there is no empty slot so you could get it to 16GB: http://www.zotac.com/us/products/mini-pcs/zbox-c-series/product/zbox-c-series/detail/zbox-ci521-nano-zbox-ci521nano/sort/starttime/order/DESC/amount/10/section/specifications.html

        You said it can take up to 16GB. Is there some other model? Or did my sources tell something wrong?

        • Sorry, I meant the Aliexpress ones. Got mixed up. You can get something with 2 times the power almost of the Core M and still fanless. The i5 5257U http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i5-5257U-vs-Intel-Core-M-5Y10 fanless units on Aliexpress there have two SODIMM slots and can take faster 1866Mhz DDR3 Ram. I like the fact it has 4 USB 3 ports, 2 x mSata and support for a sata3 2.5 disk. Plenty of options, more power and cheaper than the Zotac at only $293 the ZBOX CI521 is around $450.

          I think I might get one of these as a work mini PC

          • The i5 5257U is faster then the 5Y10 or 5Y71. But I doubt it is twice as fast. If the test runs for a long time the 5Y10 will clock down and not run at full speed anymore. In day-to-day work you probably don’t notice a difference in performance (except maybe for games) since the 5Y10 doesn’t have to clock down and the overall system performance is based on other things like RAM speed or SSD speed.
            Also the i5 5257U on CPUBoss was probably tested with active cooling. That means it always will run at full speed. If you buy a passively cooled Aliexpress Mini-PC you may be surprised about the actual performance since this CPU produces a lot of heat and with only passive cooling it will probably not run at full clock speed.

            The biggest factor however is that the 5257U needs a hell lot of power. According to CPUBoss: 6.2x higher typical power then the 5Y10.

            3.66W vs 22.75W

            The i5 5257U has a TDP of 28W. That is crazy! I question if it is a good idea to put it in a passively cooled PC.

            When you have no active cooling the faster CPU is often slower!!! Even the 5Y71 is often slower then the 5Y10, altough the 5Y71 needs just a tiny bit more Watt and therefore emits more heat then the 5Y10. It needs to clock down earlier.

            • TDP 28W when gaming on it will sure get hot. But the seller claims the case can take it this TDP. There are also passively cooled cases for the Intel i7 NUC around and they are fine. I remember reading a few reviews on them. $293 is a bargain for an i5 5257 Intel Iris 6100 mini PC with dual HDMI 2.0 ports, dual mSata and a sata3. I’ll only use it for web work and docs.

              But It’s on of those things you would really know until you test it out yourself how much it will clock itself down. My current review Core M unit the Teclast X2 Pro will hold both cores at 2.0Ghz the max speed as long as it can and reaches 92 degrees, The back gets very hot to the touch, but it performs great for a tablet.

              Why I like the Core M 5Y10, works better than the 5Y71 on longer tasks. But the max turbo of the 5Y71 is good for short bursts.

              I’ll see if I can get one of these for a test run. As my ideal set up is my i7 16GB Nvidia 980 desktop for heavy tasks such as 4k video editing and gaming. Core M tablet for travel and work. i5 or i7 Nuc or Mini PC lower powered unit for everything else, downloads of images and server uploads etc. You also have to remember when doing light tasks like downloading overnight it’s not using the full power, but idle at around 800 Mhz & 6 watts or so I think it is.

              I would hate to work out my desktops power cost per year 🙁 Power here in Spain is expensive too.

          • I forgot to add this link: http://www.anandtech.com/show/9117/analyzing-intel-core-m-performance

            It shows how a slower CPU is better for system performance when you cool passively.

            There are 8760 hours in a year. So if you run a 4W PC or a 28W PC all year long it makes a big difference in electricity costs. For me, 1kWh costs ~28 cent (most of it is taxes). May be very different in other countries.

            A 4 Watt PC needs 8760 * 4 / 1000 = 35.04 kWh each year which amounts to 9.81 Euro in electricity costs.
            A 28 Watt PC needs 245.28 kWh each year which amounts to 68.67 Euro in electricity costs.

            Almost 60 Euro each year more for a i5 5257U PC 🙁

            I would really love to see you doing a benchmark for a passively cooled i5 5257U. I bet it has to clock down the CPU all the time leading to bad performance.

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