Asus new VivoMini barebone PC starts at $149
Bohs Hansen / 2 years ago
Asus is getting ready to launch their new mini PC based upon Intel’s fourth generation Haswell processors in November, and it has a starting price of $149. This isn’t a Chromebox or some locked down system, but a real bare-bone that allows you to upgrade some of the hardware and make your own choice on the operating system and software.
The basic model comes equipped with an Intel Celeron 2957U processor and has Gigabit Ethernet and four USB 3.0 ports. The video card is the Intel HD iGPU and it has a HDMI and DisplayPort for your video signal. Additional audio out is provided via a 3.5 mm audio jack.
Since this is a bare-bone system, it has some expansion abilities. According to the specifications it has two PCI-Express mini slots, one half-length and one full-length and also supports a mSATA SSD. The memory used is SO-DIMM and the VivoMini supports up to DDR3-1600 with a total capacity of 16 GB in 2 modules. The VivoMini also allows you to add a WiFi card if a wireless signal should be needed.
This tiny palm sized PC only measures 125 x 125 x 42 mm and supports default VESA mounts to tuck it away behind a monitor or similar. Despite its tiny size it should provide adequate 4K video output for home entertainment, but you shouldn’t expect to play any high-end games on it. Asus also has plans to offer models with Core i3 and Core i5 processors; unfortunately no price-tag or availability released on those models yet.
More and more manufacturers jump on the wagon and create these tiny sized PC’s that still offer the power we PC users want in a home entertainment environment, and Asus is no exception. The video embedded below shows how tiny this device really is, despite what it packs inside.
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