So Was the Zotac CI323 a Better Choice Than The Voyo V1 Mini PC?

By Tim

Voyo V1 Mini-PC

A number of weeks back I wrote about how the Voyo V1 Mini PC seemed like an excellent choice to replace my aging Dell Desktop. Less than 30 hrs later I had ordered a Zotac CI323 Mini PC. The question is, did I make the right choice?

So before I  reach my conclusions, let us go over the prices and specs for these items The Voyo V1 Mini PC goes for roughly $234, (depending on color), on Gearbest.com.  So here we will check the positives on it, listed below:

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  • Windows 10 Home included
  • Faster Intel Pentium N4200 CPU
  • 4 gb ram
  • 32 gb ROM
  • 128 gb SSD
  • 3 USB 3.0 ports
  • mini HDMI port/cable
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • WiFi

The negatives on the V1:

  • No Bluetooth (this is huge for me!)
  • Has a fan, fans get dirty, fans make noise
  • HDMI Video ONLY, no choices.
  • Not nearly enough USB Ports, especially considering the lack of Bluetooth.

ZBox CI323

Now on to the Zotac Ci323 and the positives:

  • Fanless, N3150 Intel Celeron CPU, runs very cool
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 Ports, 1 USB-C Port
  • VGA, Displayport and HDMI video out
  • SD card slot
  • WiFi a/b/g/n/ac
  • 2 GigaBit Ethernet ports
  • SPDIF port
  • Incredibly easy to add ram/SSD
  • Free DisplayPort to HDMI adapter included

The negatives on the CI323:

  • It cost a few dollars more, (about $259), but that included a 240 gb SSD and 8 gb DDR3L ram
  • Needed to purchase a Win 10 Pro Activation key, eBay, $7.95, part of the cost listed above
  • Slightly slower than the V1, but no thermal throttling issues
  • Had to purchase an HDMI cable

Overall I believe I made the correct choice for several reasons. Those are the extra USB ports and the choice of video outputs and most importantly having Bluetooth! The Bluetooth allows me to use one keyboard, the LogiTech K480, for both my PC and my Tablet! For only a few dollars more I also ended up with a larger SSD and twice the ram!

So the bottom line here is that you might always want to look at several devices before becoming convinced that that one super cool one you first viewed is THE PRODUCT FOR YOU. The truth is, waiting to pull the trigger on a purchase can many times save you the agony of realizing what you could have had, versus what you ended up with.

Tim

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