Wednesday, August 24, 2016

GADGETS | Quickie review: ASUS VivoMini UN65H

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Our rating

Simply great!

What is it? 
ASUS VivoMini UN65H

The VivoMini is one of the latest micro computers to hit the market. Manufactured by Taiwan-based technology company Asus, the UN65H is light, small and compact.

This particular model is powered by an Intel i5 processor; enough RAM to run many applications; a right number of I/O ports for its size to accommodate most of today’s standard connectors; the necessary wireless connectivity; and graphics that could run high-definition videos.

What’s it for? 

It’s a mini PC. Yes, it’s not the first. The Mac mini has been around for several years now but that’s Apple OS territory, well, at least for most. While PC-compatible brands have also taken miniaturization to new heights, basing their products on the incredible Intel Compute Stick (Asus has its own version — the VivoStick), the VivoMini is still a standout in its own right.

At 131mm square by 42mm tall, this single-color computer module, to compare, is just a bit larger and heavier than a typical Wi-Fi router. Yes, heavier. All because of the PC components cramped inside. But not that heavy to make it not portable. It is very portable and beautifully designed. It is a full-working computer that could run all kinds of applications under the Windows platform. Best of all, despite its size and unibody approach, there are some upgradable PC components inside, such as RAM and storage.

Although, it may fall short on the expectations of gamers and creatives alike, the power inside this VivoMini is far more than enough for us mere mortals who need a computer for normal everyday use. The only drawback? Like any other mini PC of this class, it’s definitely BYODKM or bring your own display, keyboard and mouse.

The good:

Intel Core i5
Upgradable RAM and storage
Wired and wireless connectivity standards
Compact, no doubt

The bad:

At almost P24k, it’s a bit expensive considering it’s a BYODKM
Thief magnet

Our verdict

What we are looking at here is the future of personal computers on our desktop now. The PC is definitely not dead. Not yet. They just renamed it VivoMini.

Quick specs: 
ASUS VivoMini UN65H

OS – Windows 10 Home
CPU – Intel 6th generation Core i5-6200U Processor
Graphics – Intel HD Graphics 520
Memory – Dual Channel, DDR3L at 1600MHz 2 GB x 2 (expandable to 16 GB); 2 x SO-DIMM Storage – 2.5″ 500GB Up to 1TB SATA III Hard Drive; 32GB Up to 256GB M.2 SSD Wireless Data Network – 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth V4.0 , or 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.
LAN -- 10/100/1000/Gigabits Mbps
Side I/O Ports – 2 x USB 3.0; 1 x 4 -in-1 Card Reader; 1 x Kensington Lock
Back I/O Ports – 1 x RJ45 LAN; 1 x HDMI; 2 x USB 3.0; 1 x DC-in; 1 x Display; 1 x Audio Jack(s) (Mic in/Headphone out)
Card Reader – 4-in-1: SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC 100G
ASUS Webstorage for 1 Year free usage

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