Asus vivostick pc (ts10) review

     

An affordable & stylish looking device

Not yet rated ByDesire Athow03 September 2015

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Early Verdict

If, despite our reservations, you decide khổng lồ embrace the HDXiaoMi MI size factor, then the VivoStick PC is likely to lớn be a good candidate. It is cheap, well designed, has enough ports on offer và a newer Cherry Trail CPU.

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Design

Physically, the device is significantly larger than the others we"ve sầu seen but still portable enough to carry in your pocket (don"t forget the power supply unit though). Hãng Asus says it was inspired by the fountain pen but the design is actually closer lớn pen scanners like the IRIScan Pen Executive sầu.


The anthracite mã sản phẩm which we were shown had a rubbery finish (the VivoStiông xã will also be available in blue and white) & sports a cap khổng lồ hide its HDMI connector. At the opposite end of the stick is the power button that lights up when on, & can be used as a male plug for the HDXiaoMi MI cap.


Although it measures just 137.9 x 34.0 x 14.9milimet and weighs only 68g, Hãng Asus has managed lớn cram a lot of connectivity in here; there are two full kích cỡ USB 2.0 ports, an audio socket & a micro-USB port which is used for power only.



Specifications

Hãng Asus didn"t say what processor powered the unit but it is almost certainly the Hãng sản xuất Intel Atom x5-Z8300. That part is a 14nm Mã Sản Phẩm that dissipates a mere 2W.

That may explain the notable laông chồng of conspicuous air vents as was the case on the Compute Stiông chồng. By inference, one may also deduce that the CPU is fanless.

Alongside its four cores clocked at 1.44GHz (reaching 1.84GHz in Burst mode) are 2MB cache và an Hãng sản xuất Intel HD graphics subsystem. It supports up to 2GB of DDR3L RAM but is still hampered by the fact that it can only address one memory channel.



The rest of the hardware that makes up the unit is fairly standard: 2GB RAM, 32GB on-board storage, Wi-Fi & Công nghệ Bluetooth 4.0. The obvious feature missing is a microSD card slot khổng lồ increase the storage capacity, and it"s a shame that was left out.

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Unfortunately, the test unit was not plugged inkhổng lồ a monitor so we couldn"t either benchmark it or thử nghiệm it properly. chú ý that we didn"t see the power supply unit on the st&.

Hãng Asus will also provide a thiết bị di động phầm mềm that will allow the user to lớn control the stichồng. Availability of this ứng dụng as well as the VivoStiông chồng PC TS10 has yet lớn be confirmed.


Early verdict

We never really warmed to lớn HDXiaoMI dongles, whether on Android or Windows because of the compromises you have khổng lồ make with that khung factor & the Hãng Asus VivoStiông chồng PC is no exception.

Its form size is likely to be an issue if you plan to lớn plug it directly inkhổng lồ the bachồng of your monitor or television & its weight could bức xúc your display"s HDXiaoMI connection especially if it faces the wall rather than the floor.

Sure you could get HDXiaoMi MI extensions, adaptors or hubs but doing so defeats the purpose of having an elegant solution.

Add in the need khổng lồ find yet another plug to power the VivoStiông xã & it just doesn"t add up. Consumers might find a tablet (like the Linx 7), or a netbook-like máy vi tính (lượt thích Asus" own X102BA) or one of the many diminutive PCs that have recently launched (lượt thích the HP 260 G1) lớn be much better bets.


Prices - Hãng Asus VivoStick:▼

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Desire Athow

Managing Editor, bommobile.vn Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology in a career spanning four decades. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up bommobile.vn Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware và staunchly refuses to stop writing Review of obscure products or cover niđậy B2B software-as-a-service providers.


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