The Asus VivoMini is a little desktop computer with an Intel Haswell processor, support for Microsoft Windows, and a design that makes this little guy look like it wouldn’t be out of place by your TV in the living room, although the company’s positioning the computer as a device for commercial users.
Asus unveiled the VivoMini last fall, showed it off again at CES this month, and now the first VivoMini models are available for purchased.
You can pick up a barebones model with an Intel Celeron processor Amazon or Newegg for $160.
That’s a bit higher than the $150 price Asus had initially promised. But the difference isn’t all that great.
The little computer measures 5.2″ x 5.2″ x 1.7″ and weighs about 2.2 pounds. It features built-in 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and DisplayPort output, and an SD card reader.
Eventually Asus plans to offer models with Core i3 and Core i5 Haswell processors, as well as a model with a Celeron chip, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and Windows 8.1 with Bing software.
The first model to launch is a barebones system with a Celeron 2957U processor and no storage or memory. It has 2 SODIMM slots for up to 16GB of memory and an mSATA SSD connector for storage.
Is this fanless?
No. Got a fan on the CPU heatsink.
Like to see more Celeron being used. In this case it gives a big performance boost for not much more money than Atom.
Night-and-day difference. I would never run atom on a desktop again. Cherrytrail atom is in the new Microsoft hololens.
This Celeron appears to be 60% faster on paper than the Baytrails in most micro-PCs.
Any idea how much faster ‘Intel HD’ is than whatever’s in Baytrail?
As the lines between desktop and mobile tech continue to blur I become more and more concerned that lower performing mobile tech will be pawned off as more capable desktop tech.
One has to be more and more savvy to discern this.
Its been on sale at Amazon for a week
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