When looking at the device in this Vensmile W10 review, you might be misled to think it is a tablet. However, upon closer inspection, you will notice it is a thin Windows mini PC. Don't let its width fool you into thinking this is not an useful Windows HTPC box. Its hardware specs are enough to give you a good media output quality when using Kodi for Windows and any of its best Kodi addons. There are some issues you should be aware of, however, if you plan on purchasing this device. [Read: Quick Lenovo Ideacentre 300 review: a PC in your hand]
In this Vensmile W10 review the first thing we notice is that the similarities with a tablet go beyond the shape of the device. This Windows HTPC box contains a battery, which gives it some autonomy regarding power cords. However, this convenient feature is offset by the fact that the charger seems to be relatively weak. This means that you could get a battery drain, even if the Vensmile W10 is connected. Two USB ports let you hook peripherals such as a wireless HTPC keyboard and mouse combo, and perhaps external storage. These ports are no 3.0, so this is a weakness in this Vensmile W10 review.
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Vensmile W10 review: The Kingdom of Mini Ports
Depending on your personal preference, you might think this aspect is very good or very bad. In our Vensmile W10 review we saw that this Windows HTPC box completes its sets of ports with a micro-USB and a mini-HDMI port. The micro-USB is pretty obvious, considering the device has a battery. Mini-HDMI is less of an obvious choice, since it might be hard to find a connector for it. Luckily, the device brings its own HDMI cable, so this might not be much of a concern. What are the Vensmile W10 technical specs? Let's find out:
Vensmile W10 review: Technical Specifications
- Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
- RAM 2 GB SDRAM DDR3
- Hard Drive 64 GB
- Wireless Type 802.11bgn, 802.11A
- Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
- Brand Name VENSMILE
- Series Vensmile W10
- Item model number VENSMILW10E
- Operating System Windows 10
- Item Weight 5 ounces
- Product Dimensions 5.8 x 0.3 x 3.1 inches
- Item Dimensions L x W x H 5.78 x 0.27 x 3.15 inches
- Color Silver
- Processor Brand Intel
- Processor Count 4
- Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
- Power Source DC
- Voltage 5 volts
- Batteries 2 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
As you can see, the dimensions of the Vensmile W10 Windows HTPC box make it really easy for you to find a spot for this device in your living room setup. Its Quad-Core processor and decent RAM size ensure a great user experience with streams and media up to 1080p, which is more than enough depending on your TV screen resolution.
Vensmile W10 Review: Do you recommend this device?
This Windows HTPC box is a good choice if you want to stream media from Kodi movies addons or Kodi live TV addons, for example. A bit lacking in areas such as heat dissipation and USB port speed, this device would indeed attract the attention of your visits, because of its very reduced size and its strong similarity with a tablet. In our Vensmile W10 review, we saw this device is a powerful piece of hardware in its own right, even if you want to use it as a computer as well as a media streamer, so it's definitely a good option to consider. Remember you can stream legally with Kodi from this device or any other, if you use these legal Kodi streaming addons, to get fun and varied content while staying out of potential trouble!