More than half a year after unveiling a Windows-powered computer-on-a-stick, Asus is finally ready to begin selling its VivoStick… at least in some markets.
The Asus VivoStick supports 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 and features a USB 3.0 port, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI connector, and a micro USB port (which is used for power only, not for data).
Like the 2nd-gen Intel Compute Stick, the Asus VivoStick TS10 features 2GB of RAM, 32GB, and an Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor. But while the Intel stick has an Atom x5-Z8300 processor, the Asus model has a slightly more powerful Atom x5-Z8350 chip.
And unlike the Intel stick, the Asus model has a mic/headphone combo jack.
One other thing sets it apart from the Intel model: bloatware. Asus loads up its PC stick with an anti-virus trial program, several Asus apps, a trial version of Microsoft Office, and Adobe Acrobat Reader, among other programs.
One nice feature is support for a VivoRemote app that lets you use you Android or iOS phone or tablet as a keyboard, mouse, or media player remote control. There’s also support for streaming movies, photos, or games from a phone to your TV using a VivoStick.