New Asus Mini Desktop PC

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#1

http://www.asus.com/ASUS_VivoPC/VivoPC_VM40B/

This is probably the most innovative product I have seen in years. I just bought one for my son to take to college along with his laptop. You can install SSDs and platter drives and its just amazing.
Frys has them on sale for 228.00 with speakers and a mouse and keyboard.

http://www.frys.com/product/8170605?site=frysecampaign1+date:082214+disc:


#2

That is a good price for those components. I have been intrigued with the ultra small form factor PCs lately. I built one around this case and found the quality of the case very good. The dimensions are 8.25"x7.5"x2.5". I used an E-300 ITX board that is set up for an external power supply. It isn’t the fastest box but it is low power and does quite well as an HTPC in the bedroom. I am building another with the same box using an AM1 CPU and ITX motherboard.


#3

[QUOTE=UTR;2734766]That is a good price for those components. I have been intrigued with the ultra small form factor PCs lately. I built one around this case and found the quality of the case very good. The dimensions are 8.25"x7.5"x2.5". I used an E-300 ITX board that is set up for an external power supply. It isn’t the fastest box but it is low power and does quite well as an HTPC in the bedroom. I am building another with the same box using an AM1 CPU and ITX motherboard.[/QUOTE]
The fact is that you can put this one in your pocket and it has wifi A/C built in so if you have a screen you can use it, it has speakers.


#4

Have you seen the Zotac Zbox nano CI520/540 yet??


#5

[QUOTE=chef;2734795]Have you seen the Zotac Zbox nano CI520/540 yet??[/QUOTE]
No, googling as I read this post, thanks Chef :slight_smile:


#6

Okay, Zotac Zbox C1520, is way more expensive with these specs

Intel Core i3 4020Y (dual-core, 1.5GHz)Intel HD Graphics 420064GB SSD (2.5-inch)4GB DDR3L (up to 8GB)
DisplayPortHDMIHDCP compliant3-in-1 Memory card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC)2 USB 2.0 ports4 USB 3.0 ports10/100/1000 Ethernet (RJ45)
Microsoft Windows 8Microsoft Windows 7x86 & x64Microsoft DirectX11 compatible
Intel Quick Sync Video technology Intel InTru 3D technology Intel Clear Video HD technology Zero Noise Chassis802.11ac Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0 technology

I also like the look of the Asus better.


#7

Sleek stuff!!:iagree:
Not something that I’d buy directly,but I definitely understand why people get attracted to this ‘computer’ …:slight_smile:


#8

[QUOTE=roadworker;2734824]Sleek stuff!!:iagree:
Not something that I’d buy directly,but I definitely understand why people get attracted to this ‘computer’ …:)[/QUOTE]
Yo RW, watch this video

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#9

Looks like it would make a great HTPC, I’m using my full tower monster right now and as long as it’s hibernating it only draws a watt, but surfing right now it’s using 245.
It does great at capturing my shows and playing games and things but a bit large and overkill just as a TV tuner/capture box.
External large hard drives are pretty cheap and that’s what I use, or pull the drive out and plunk it in here.
Got three big externals in service, one a nice USB3 2tb with the better warranty from Western Digital so I just keep adding drives as they fill up and this one was 80 bucks on Best Buys eBay site with in store pickup so I paid and had it home in a couple of hours.
We have a Frys here about 20 miles away so could do that IF I had the money right now.
Hope somebody here gets one and lets us know how it is.


#10

Maybe not so great as an HTPC as the Intel® Celeron® Processor 1007U doesn’t have QuickSync: http://ark.intel.com/products/72061/Intel-Celeron-Processor-1007U-2M-Cache-1_50-GHz


#11

This one, however, looks good for an HTPC: http://www.amazon.com/Asus-VM60-G067R-ASUS-Desktop/dp/B00J2DXUWQ/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1408818239&sr=8-4&keywords=VivoPC+VC60


#12

Well my box now has a AMD 1090t hex core so no problems at all running media center once I finally re enabled it and got everything playing nice together a few years ago when I got my HD HomeRun Prime.
Will probably eventually build a small dedicated HTPC as my geek buddy has all kinds of left over parts as he does this kinda stuff for a living and he’s where I got most of the parts in here now.
Would be nice to have a TINY dedicated low power cube like that though.
I have everything hard wire networked and WiFi so pretty much ready to go and a couple of media players too.
Might just have to see how it works for actual users in the field but a Celeron is pretty low end even if a dual core, but sometimes you don’t need much to handle a stream and something going on through the network.


#13

My latest HTPC is based on this board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157494 (~10 watts at idle).


#14

Looks like a nice all in one solution though not as tiny as that bigger Asus Box you just listed, price is great too.
Don’t have any other cases right now or a PSU but like I said, friend has all that and we trade work and money all the time so I’ll have something similar some time.
Mom is using my old dual core in her case we setup for her and sister has my old quad core here as she is my roommate and that’s her PC now with a mid tower LianLi case I WAS going to use for my HTPC:rolleyes:


#15

The 1900 board is available with built in Pico Power now too: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157495&cm_re=ASRock_j1900--13-157-495--Product