Voyo V1 – Pentium N4200 (Apollo Lake) Mini PC First Look

Voyo V1 – Pentium N4200 (Apollo Lake) Mini PC First Look

The end of 2016 sees the release of the new 14nm Apollo Lake (Atom Cherry Trail successor) Now rebadged as a Celeron or Pentium as to help improve sales and get away from the Atom stigma of Atom = Poor performance. This is the Voyo V1 Mini PC, my unit is powered by the Pentium N4200 with a max turbo of 2.5Ghz, there is another with the Celeron N3450. Both of those chips will also be in tablets.

So this mini PC is palm sized, fan cooled and has a SODIMM slot and M.2 with 4GB of RAM pre-installed and 128GB Forsee SSD as the boot drive. There is even a 32GB eMMC on there, but thankfully only used as a storage drive. Voyo were kind enough to leave the V1’s drivers on it. Both RAM and SSD can be upgraded if you wanted more RAM and more than 128GB. I’ve ordered an 8GB 2133Mhz hyper X stick to see just how far the chip can be pushed. Above is my unboxing, first look and a peak at the internals video.

One thing that you’ll see in the video that I didn’t expect as a USB dongle and no internal wifi module. They don’t make that clear it advertises Wifi 5G, dual band. But that dongle is only Wireless N! So last minute change of plans?

Besides this, it looking okay so far. Thermals peaking at 78 degrees, but I’ve yet to game on it. The fan does sound a bit annoying at full speed, but when not required it does at least turn itself off.

First impressions:

  • Feels faster than an Atom X7 Mini PC (maybe the SSD is why)
  • Fan can just ramp up to 100% then seconds later is off
  • It’s well made.
  • RAM and SSD both upgradeable.
  • The RAM is 1600Mhz DDR3
  • Mini HDMI cable included in the box
  • No SATA3 cable or power despite the space for a 2.5″ drive (Must be for future upgrades?)
  • The SSD is thankfully the boot drive, not the eMMC.
  • The power supply is 12v 3A
  • USB 3 ports all work at full USB 3 speeds and can power external HDD’s
  • MicroSD slot reads my 128GB card
  • To access the RAM and SSD, remove the 4 rubber feet on the bottom. Remove 4 screws, then remove all screws inside and pull out the MB

More on this one soon, just need to get a mobile phone review out and a few others things (GPD Win). I picked this up from GearBest here coupon GBV1N4 brings the price to $214.99 Just be aware for wifi you’ll need to use the dongle and give up a USB 3.0 port. Otherwise use the LAN port if you can.

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14 Comments

  1. Profile photo of Anslei

    How is it $199 for the 4G/32G eMMC 128G SSD version from Geekbuying?

  2. Profile photo of Chris G

    So far testing it thermals look okay, hasn’t gone over 79 degrees, considering it has a little blower in there I’m sure in tablets the N4200 would get quite hot. Maybe this is why Chuwi and others are opting for the N3450 with lower clocks and less heat.

  3. Profile photo of Carsten Schmied

    Active cooling? Sorry but this form factor needs to be passively cooled. Otherwise you better buy a laptop or desktop PC.

    • Profile photo of Carsten Schmied

      Probably feels faster then normal Atoms because they use more energy (high clockspeed, less aggressive sleep-timing). It’s just an Atom sold at 5x the price under a different name. What a scam!

  4. Profile photo of Tim Pearcy

    Good Video. I am actually considering getting one of these to replace my 10 year old Dell Optiplex 745 desktop. Any recommendations on what to use for ram? Corsair,Micro, etc?

  5. Profile photo of Carsten Schmied

    Any idea what the price difference is for Voyo buying the old Atoms vs. the new rebranded Atoms?

    • Profile photo of Chris G

      According to Intel’s ARK the N4200 is $161! I doubt its that much and the Atom’s are about half that price.

      • Profile photo of Carsten Schmied

        The Atoms are about $20 if I remember correctly. I won’t buy this overpriced nonesense. I guess one gets easily a X8700 2-in-1 for that price with much better SSD, etc.

        Intel asked for too many years for absolute premium prices. Because there was no competition. There still isn’t for Desktops, Laptops and Mini-PCs. Doesn’t mean I will buy their overpriced stuff…although I like the concept of Mini-PCs very much.

  6. Profile photo of Kice

    I hope you will be able to test HDMI audio passthrough. It will be great to know if it supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD. Android AMLogic based HTPC’s only support Dolby Digital and DTS, not HD and Atmos sound.

    • Profile photo of Chris G

      How can I test this? With Kodi?

      • Profile photo of Kice

        I have AVR (Audio Video Receiver) and my HTPC and TV are connected to it. My HTPC sends audio to AVR via HDMI all the time.
        What you will need is AVR (Or any other audio device that can receive audio via HDMI) and is capable of producing HD sound. After that all you need is movie with Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD. Of course you need to see on the AVR (most probably it will show on the screen) that sound is presented as DTS-HD or TrueHD since if it is not HD sound capable it will downscale sound by default to DTS or Dolby Digital and you will still have sound, but not the one that we are wanting.

        I am at work right now and when I get back home I will tell you all my audio settings both on the PC and on Kodi and will send you picture from the screen of my Pioneer AVR to see how TrueHD or DTS-HD is presented on the screen.

        • Profile photo of Kice

          Here is how to test. First find the HDMI audio device and under “properties” go to “Supported Fromats” tab. Here under “encoded formats” you will see all supported audio formats. If DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD are among them, then it is certain that HD sound is supported. To test Kodi HD audio passthrough under “settings” go to “system” and then “audio output”. Depending on the skin maybe you should need to enable advanced settings level instead of standard. Under audio output as audio output device select WASAPI:”Name of HDMI Audio”. Then if you scroll down there is option to “enable passthrough” and set it to on. For “Passthrough output device” again set HDMI audio device and then options appear to tell if receiver is DD, DD+, DTS, TrueHD and DTS-HD capable. Of course set all of them to on. After this audio should be sent to AVR. Basically if you do not have AVR to test just information under “Supported Formats” should be enough.

  7. Profile photo of fred

    I have seen benchmarks for this processor, there is a lot of difference in the results. So I do not know what to think about it.
    i’m waiting for the vbook v3 withe the same processor

    • Profile photo of Chris G

      The difference is the RAM config, this one is single channel. Others are dual channel and it will perform better.

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