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VORKE V1 Plus Intel Apollo Lake J3455 [email protected] 4G RAM 64GB, SSD/HDD expandable, Windows 10 - £138.96 @ Geekbuying

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At last, what seems to be a well priced Windows Mini PC with full [email protected] output and support for 10 bit and VP9 video plus HDR (not direct through Kodi just yet though). It's certainly a step up from… Read More
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At last, what seems to be a well priced Windows Mini PC with full [email protected] output and support for 10 bit and VP9 video plus HDR (not direct through Kodi just yet though).

It's certainly a step up from the Cherry Trail boxes with room for some expansion,so would seem equally at home as a general use Windows PC and Media Player/TV box.

Apollo Lake J3455 (1.5-2.3Ghz), Intel® HD Graphics 500
4G RAM LPDDR3 (1600MHz)
64GB Msata SSD
SATA 3 internal port (1Tb HDD, 256Gb SSD (I believe))
Windows 10 Home
Gigabit Ethernet
Dual Band WiFi with AC support (2 antennas)
Wake-On-Lan support (Soft Off state (S5))
HDMI 2.0
VGA
Bluetooth 4.2
2 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
MicroSD card slot
MIC/Audio jack port
12v/3a AC

There is an option for a Vesa mount for an extra £4 or so.

An update on the IR. Although the IR is present, at the moment it won't work with the Harmony but apparently an update is coming to resolve this.
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4 Likes #1
Good deal. Many people are overlooking this style of mini pc whenever they are about the only thing around that can cover all bases for on demand/streaming. The only devices I can think off that cover all off NowTv/SkyGo/Amazon Prime 4K/Youtube 4K/Netflix 4K/Kodi/Plex. Most exclude SkyGo or not have the NowTV and Amazon Prime combo. Never mind the cheap android boxes which will not allow Prime 4K, Youtube 4K or Netflix 4K (except for the Shield or MI box)
#2
cecilmcroberts
Good deal. Many people are overlooking this style of mini pc whenever they are about the only thing around that can cover all bases for on demand/streaming. The only devices I can think off that cover all off NowTv/SkyGo/Amazon Prime 4K/Youtube 4K/Netflix 4K/Kodi/Plex. Most exclude SkyGo or not have the NowTV and Amazon Prime combo. Never mind the cheap android boxes which will not allow Prime 4K, Youtube 4K or Netflix 4K (except for the Shield or MI box)

A good point about the streaming services, which are often seriously limited in Android because of the DRM/Widevine support issues.
#3
cecilmcroberts
Good deal. Many people are overlooking this style of mini pc whenever they are about the only thing around that can cover all bases for on demand/streaming. The only devices I can think off that cover all off NowTv/SkyGo/Amazon Prime 4K/Youtube 4K/Netflix 4K/Kodi/Plex. Most exclude SkyGo or not have the NowTV and Amazon Prime combo. Never mind the cheap android boxes which will not allow Prime 4K, Youtube 4K or Netflix 4K (except for the Shield or MI box)

Completely agree, not the same pc, but i bought a Justop G-PC mini pc for £90 off Amazon a couple of years ago and it's been perfect for me as someone who basically just uses it for web-browsing, plex media server and a bit of retro gaming. It's literally been switched on for 2 years and is still going strong. I assume from the specs this one will be even better. Good stuff.
#4
Would there be any way to expand the USB3 ports to at least 6 and preferably 8?
Will it play high bit rate hevc (x265) codec videos?
#5
cecilmcroberts
The only devices I can think off that cover all off NowTv/SkyGo/Amazon Prime 4K/Youtube 4K/Netflix 4K/Kodi/Plex.
You won't get 4k streaming services with this - netflix requires a Kaby Lake CPU and either IGP or Geforce GTX10 series card.
1 Like #6
tarantulas
cecilmcroberts
The only devices I can think off that cover all off NowTv/SkyGo/Amazon Prime 4K/Youtube 4K/Netflix 4K/Kodi/Plex.
You won't get 4k streaming services with this - netflix requires a Kaby Lake CPU and either IGP or Geforce GTX10 series card.

I had read the same earlier on this year but there are now reports that it is supported.

Linky
#7
reddit
I had read the same earlier on this year but there are now reports that it is supported.Linky
Oh, nice. Now all we need is for netflix to allow people using linux to view in 4K and these would make perfect x86 HTPCs.
#8
tarantulas
reddit
I had read the same earlier on this year but there are now reports that it is supported.Linky
Oh, nice. Now all we need is for netflix to allow people using linux to view in 4K and these would make perfect x86 HTPCs.

That would be a bonus but sadly can't ever see it happening.
#9
Heat just for letting me know such devices exist.

I'm not upgrading the HTPC yet but this has made me put it on the horizon...
1 Like #10
Reebok.Ron
Would there be any way to expand the USB3 ports to at least 6 and preferably 8?
Will it play high bit rate hevc (x265) codec videos?
You could use a USB hub. Fairly quick and easy fix.
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Darkraiser
Reebok.Ron
Would there be any way to expand the USB3 ports to at least 6 and preferably 8?
Will it play high bit rate hevc (x265) codec videos?
You could use a USB hub. Fairly quick and easy fix.

Yes it probably would work
Reebok.Ron
Would there be any way to expand the USB3 ports to at least 6 and preferably 8?
Will it play high bit rate hevc (x265) codec videos?

With a 12v/3a supply it would probably work with a hub.

Yes the J3455 does support HEVC, both at 8 and 10 bit.
#12
#13

What you choose can depend on your usage and of course, price.

The Hibox is very good and have been using one for 6 months.

The Apollo Lake does take things to the next level from Cherry Trail but naturally, more expensive.
#14
reddit
With a 12v/3a supply it would probably work with a hub.

I was really thinking along the lines of some sort of plug in card because a hub only has one USB3 port on the PC for all the extra data to flow through so it can't be as good as some sort of USB expansion card with dedicated USB ports (I think!). Is there any sort of USB expansion card that could plug into this (maybe off the SATA 3 or ethernet connections)?
#15
Reebok.Ron
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With a 12v/3a supply it would probably work with a hub.
I was really thinking along the lines of some sort of plug in card because a hub only has one USB3 port on the PC for all the extra data to flow through so it can't be as good as some sort of USB expansion card with dedicated USB ports (I think!). Is there any sort of USB expansion card that could plug into this (maybe off the SATA 3 or ethernet connections)?

I've not come across any such card that would hang off the SATA port myself and if there was one I don't know if it would support concurrent multi port access.

Would you really be using more than one port at a time for data flow though?

If you do then you would likely have to think in terms of a machine that has a PCI card expansion capability.
#16
reddit
What you choose can depend on your usage and of course, price.
The Hibox is very good and have been using one for 6 months.
The Apollo Lake does take things to the next level from Cherry Trail but naturally, more expensive.

Agreed, also SSD Vs eMMC makes this a better option in all honesty.
#17
A fair few BIOS options available.

BIOS Tour

Edited By: reddit on Jul 10, 2017 02:58
#19
Why are the prices in USD? Or am I missing something obvious?
#20
Comment about Sky Go? Is this a reference to using these services as if they are through windows?

If so how is the viewing experience ...bit clunky with windows menus etc??

What do you still use as a remote?
#21
bouttime2
Why are the prices in USD? Or am I missing something obvious?

Top right of the screen you can select language, currency etc

voted hot
#22
The barebones Intel NUC6CAYH has the same chipset & is another (more expensive) option to consider. It's a £130 without ram, hdd or os but would make a better PC in the longer term. Might be worth considering if you have a spare ssd & a copy of Windows lying around

http://www.ebuyer.com/767221-intel-nuc-tall-arches-canyon-nuc6cayh-celeron-j3455-barebone-boxnuc6cayh

Edited By: captainbeaky on Jul 10, 2017 08:23:
#23
Apologies if the answer is obvious-

Would this be a good computer for watching go pro clips and downloaded movies?
#24
Very tempted to get one of these to replace a couple of different boxes in my sitting room (RPi3 running rasplex, steam link)
Should be great for emulators too.
#25
aarontag
Apologies if the answer is obvious-Would this be a good computer for watching go pro clips and downloaded movies?

Ideal.Watch on a monitor, large screen TV or stream to your phone or tablet.
#26
captainbeaky
Ideal.Watch on a monitor, large screen TV or stream to your phone or tablet.

Thanks, I appreciate your help! Think I'll buy one then
1 Like #27
aarontag
Apologies if the answer is obvious-Would this be a good computer for watching go pro clips and downloaded movies?


Yes it can do both.
2 Likes #28
I ordered this the other day for £122 it's showing £150 now but drops to around £122 every few days.

Fanless Windows 10 Mini PC Desktop MeLE PCG03 Apo 4GB 32GB Intel Apollo Lake Celeron N3450 4K HDMI VGA USB3.0 M.2 SSD LAN WiFi
https://m.aliexpress.com/s/item/32802858036.html?spm=a2g0n.search-cache.0.0.70bc08b9cP5jZP
(from AliExpress Android)
#29
Thanks
#30
never bought from geekbuying, are they any good? Trustpilot seems to rate them highly but hotukdeals forums seems to have other thoughts
#31
allen46
I ordered this the other day for £122 it's showing £150 now but drops to around £122 every few days.
Fanless Windows 10 Mini PC Desktop MeLE PCG03 Apo 4GB 32GB Intel Apollo Lake Celeron N3450 4K HDMI VGA USB3.0 M.2 SSD LAN WiFihttps://m.aliexpress.com/s/item/32802858036.html?spm=a2g0n.search-cache.0.0.70bc08b9cP5jZP
(from AliExpress Android)

Not bad at all if you can get it for £122.

It has the N3450, which is slightly slower but not by any margin that I think anybody would notice.

TDP is 6w against 10w, so only 12v/2a ac adapter required, which makes it more energy efficient.

3 x USB 3.0 ports, one of which is USB C.

M2 SSD too, so perhaps better performance than the MSATA in the Vorke.

The only real disadvantages are the lack of an internal port for HDD/SSD expansion and BT 4.0 instead of 4.1.

Good spot as a possible alternative though.
#32
iwantsomecheapstuff
never bought from geekbuying, are they any good? Trustpilot seems to rate them highly but hotukdeals forums seems to have other thoughts

You will always her tales of woe and great service from any Chinese based supplier.

Just make sure that you pay the very small amount for shipping insurance and use Paypal to cover all the bases should anything ever get lost in transit.
#33
How would this processor hold up for itunes as I need something to import my photos and back up my iphone?
#34
This Vorke V1 Plus looks good to me.

But, umming and aahing between it and what seems to be a slightly higher spec'd options in the Voyo VMac V1:

http://www.geekbuying.com/category/Windows-Mini-PCs-1655/Apollo-Lake-N4200-c-1014-v-3724.html

However, the Voyo VMac V1 doesn't have onboard wifi(!), so would presumably have to use up one of the USB ports with a dongle.

Tough call
#35
reddit
allen46
I ordered this the other day for £122 it's showing £150 now but drops to around £122 every few days.
Fanless Windows 10 Mini PC Desktop MeLE PCG03 Apo 4GB 32GB Intel Apollo Lake Celeron N3450 4K HDMI VGA USB3.0 M.2 SSD LAN WiFihttps://m.aliexpress.com/s/item/32802858036.html?spm=a2g0n.search-cache.0.0.70bc08b9cP5jZP
(from AliExpress Android)
Not bad at all if you can get it for £122.
It has the N3450, which is slightly slower but not by any margin that I think anybody would notice.
TDP is 6w against 10w, so only 12v/2a ac adapter required, which makes it more energy efficient.
3 x USB 3.0 ports, one of which is USB C.
M2 SSD too, so perhaps better performance than the MSATA in the Vorke.
The only real disadvantages are the lack of an internal port for HDD/SSD expansion and BT 4.0 instead of 4.1.
Good spot as a possible alternative though.

The main reason I went for the mele is for the fanless design okay it might have a bit of thermal throttling under high loads but will hold up as a htpc nicely. I like the specs on this vorke but would really like a review on it as the mini PC's with small fan can make a high pitched buzz.
#36
radders112
How would this processor hold up for itunes as I need something to import my photos and back up my iphone?

It will handle iTunes with ease.
#37
Phnarr
This Vorke V1 Plus looks good to me.
But, umming and aahing between it and what seems to be a slightly higher spec'd options in the Voyo VMac V1:http://www.geekbuying.com/category/Windows-Mini-PCs-1655/Apollo-Lake-N4200-c-1014-v-3724.html
However, the Voyo VMac V1 doesn't have onboard wifi(!), so would presumably have to use up one of the USB ports with a dongle.
Tough call

The N4200 is a faster SOC although the difference is not that great.

It does have dual band WiFi, although no AC support and may well have just a single antenna too, so worth checking that.

Could potentially be limited with the 32Gb though as I don't think (although not 100% sure) that it is SSD, just eMMC, which could take a performance hit.
#38
allen46
reddit
allen46
I ordered this the other day for £122 it's showing £150 now but drops to around £122 every few days.
Fanless Windows 10 Mini PC Desktop MeLE PCG03 Apo 4GB 32GB Intel Apollo Lake Celeron N3450 4K HDMI VGA USB3.0 M.2 SSD LAN WiFihttps://m.aliexpress.com/s/item/32802858036.html?spm=a2g0n.search-cache.0.0.70bc08b9cP5jZP
(from AliExpress Android)
Not bad at all if you can get it for £122.
It has the N3450, which is slightly slower but not by any margin that I think anybody would notice.
TDP is 6w against 10w, so only 12v/2a ac adapter required, which makes it more energy efficient.
3 x USB 3.0 ports, one of which is USB C.
M2 SSD too, so perhaps better performance than the MSATA in the Vorke.
The only real disadvantages are the lack of an internal port for HDD/SSD expansion and BT 4.0 instead of 4.1.
Good spot as a possible alternative though.
The main reason I went for the mele is for the fanless design okay it might have a bit of thermal throttling under high loads but will hold up as a htpc nicely. I like the specs on this vorke but would really like a review on it as the mini PC's with small fan can make a high pitched buzz.

This partial review, with teardown and some performance testing stats may be of interest then.

Vorke V1 Plus partial review
#39
Nice to see 2 of each usb 2 and 3,my gigabyte 1900 has only one of each a bit of a fiddle at times.
Great price for the all in price and would deffo get this if needed one.
Got to love its " Humanity Design Button" what would one do without one.

Edited By: morrig on Jul 10, 2017 12:48:
#40
Would this be suitable as a main PC
Used just for browsing and emails
speed would be our main concern

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