The Voyo V2 mini desktop PC packs its own batteryBy Shawn Knight
Stick PCs like Intel's tiny Compute Stick are gaining lots of traction as of late. One thing they don't have, however, is a battery - something that the makers of the Voyo V2 TV box believe you might need.
The Voyo V2 is powered by Intel's quad-core Z3735F "Bay Trail" processor alongside Intel HD graphics, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage. You also get 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 as well as an Ethernet jack, HDMI port and a micro USB port.
The system is a bit larger than your average stick PC with measurements of 5.15 x 3.22 x 0.59 inches and tipping the scales at roughly 10.5 ounces. That extra space, of course, is reserved for the aforementioned battery.
The Voyo V2 is offered with two different battery capacity options. One model packs a sizable 8,000mAh battery while the other features a 4,500mAh battery and an extra 64GB of flash storage.
While a novel idea and a way to make your product stand out in a market that's quickly becoming occupied, I fail to see the purpose of an internal battery for a mini PC. The product page suggests the battery can be used as a portable power charger for your smartphone or tablet.
If that is indeed the intended purpose, I can't imagine why someone wouldn't simply buy a portable battery pack instead of a full-fledged computer. Even as a TV box, an internal battery doesn't make much sense but I digress.
Pre-orders are being accepted now through July 30. Expect to pay $123.24 for the 8,000mAh model or $134.06 for the version with a smaller battery and more storage.