Asus is updating its VivoPC line of small form-factor desktop computers with new models sporting Intel Haswell processors.

The original VivoPC lineup featured Intel Celeron and Core i5 Ivy Bridge processors, while Notebook Italia reports the new models are powered by new 4th-generation Intel Core family chips.

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The new Asus VivoPC VM42 is an entry-level model with a Celeron Haswell processor and integrated graphics. The Asus VivoPC VM62N is a more powerful system with a Core i3-4030U processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 820M graphics as well as Intel HD 4400 graphics. .

Both systems support up to 16GB of RAM and feature cases that are small enough to hold in one hand. The case has been redesigned with a “caddy” so that there’s room for a 3.5 inch drive and a second, 2.5 inch hard drive or SSD.

The little desktops have 802.11ac WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, DisplayPort and S/PDIF, an SDXC card reader, and an assortment of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.

The new systems will replace the older VivoPC VM60 and VM40B when they launch in July for around $300 and up.

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5 replies on “Asus VivoPC mini-desktops get the Haswell treatment”

  1. Shiny. I like.
    Being only a fairly casual gamer these days these little boxes are getting more attractive to me. They’ll still push a modern game – although obviously nowhere near max settings… But they’re cheap enough that I could upgrade every few years to keep up well enough.
    I don’t know if I can really bring myself to make the jump over to them, because I do love my big-ass gaming desktops. Maybe I will look for something that is more at the half-way mark.

  2. I think that is a neat little computer for a neat little price. Optical disc drives seem to on their way out when it comes to computers; especially small ones. I wonder why they did not create a small optical disc drive just big enough for a mini-cd / dvd? Perhaps flash drives would be the optical disc drive replacement but so many software still comes on cd’s. One would think software companies would put their software on flash drives instead of disc’s.

    1. Software companies now offer something better than dvd or usb. It’s called downloading. Almost all companies offer digital delivery these days.

    2. I download all my software directly from the vendor nowadays. The only thing I use CDs now are for BIOS updates when I don’t want to deal with 3rd party ways to get the ISO onto a USB drive. Also, for the occasional Blu-ray disc where for some reason I bought/rented it over using streaming services (ie. the whole Netflix/Comcast/Verizon/Cogent/etc. peering problems).

    3. I think this has a USB 3.0 port on the back, so if you need a USB-powered DVD drive, both Samsung and ASUS make small Blu Ray burners that are quite affordable. Linux compatibility is spotty, but they work just fine in Windows 7 or 8.

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