Since I run all my servers right here from my home, energy costs and other considerations come into play. That is where the Voyo V1 Mini-PC comes into the picture.
Of course this particular server runs on either my Asus notebook or my Chuwi HiBook Tablet and that will only change if and when I purchase a new tablet or notebook.
However my larger and more long term site, (Tim’s Tablet Web Site), runs on a Dell Optiplex 745 desktop PC with a few additional mods such as a 1 TB Hard Drive and 8gb ram, but on Windows 7 with a Linux VM handling the server chores. Face it folks, this is a 10 year old PC, it needs replacing!
That is where the Voyo V1 comes into play. Out of the box, based on the review I posted yesterday, it is a faster, more competent PC than the 10 year old Dell desktop. It is also quiet, uses very little power and the SSD/Ram are easily upgraded.
Technically you could consider it a mobile PC considering the fact that you could stuff it in your coat pocket with room to spare.
The truth is that all the other servers I run combined on the Dell barely use up 25% of the 33 gb partition allocated to them and the hard drive itself is barely more than 20% used. Therefore the smaller 128gb SSD on the Voyo V1 is more than adequate.
Take for example my Chuwi HiBook that is running this server, it only has a 64gb eMMC drive and with all the same apps as the Dell installed plus a smaller Linux VM it has roughly 11.6gb free, so a 128gb SSD would do the trick. The Voyo also has a microSD slot meaning I can add another 128gb of storage for about $35.
The Voyo V1 also has an Intel quad core processor that according to Geekbench scores, should be on par with the Dell desktop. The price is also inexpensive and even if I were to upgrade the SSD/RAM it would be barely over $300.
Below are the specs on this device which is on sale right now for only $219 at Gearbest.
- Windows 10, 64 bit OS
- Intel Apollo Lake N4200 Quad Core CPU
- 4 gb ram (easily upgraded)
- 128gb SSD (easily upgraded)
- microSD card slot
- HDMI output for video
- Gigabit LAN port
- 3 USB 3.0 ports
- 12v 3A power supply (low energy costs)
So I guess the real point of this post is to ask: Do I get the Blue one or the Gold one? I would really,really appreciate some feedback on this, so leave a comment. Just do NOT throw in a URL and the security plugin I am running will not simply dump your comments before I ever see them. I have about 2 days to pull the trigger on this idea, so lets here the pros and cons folks!
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