Although less popular in the recent years, the classic ATX PC chassis are gradually replaced by more stylish and practical alternatives. On one hand we have the All-In-One PC types, which moves all its parts inside the screen, on the other hand, the mini PCS which are based on the Intel NUC concept, compact and easy to connect to the monitor that you already have. The Vivo Asus PC is an example of the second category, but is slightly different because of the adapted housing, which allows a 3.5 inch hard drive installation.
Apparently unrelated to traditional PCS, the ASUS VM60 PC takes the form of a square box, 19cm by side and just over 5cm in height. Under the brushed aluminium removable cover we can find a 3.5 inchd compartment for a harddrive, and below the plastic chassis fixed by screws this time, we can fnid an Intel platform, taken directly from the portable computers field.
The Vivo PC is more designed to be used as a living room PC, useful for watching movies with upto 4k resolution, which means it will also support ultra hd monitors like the asus pb287q presented here. It also supports internet browsing and online games that do not require too much graphical processing, hence the usage of Intel HD graphics. In your office, the mini Asus pc is a discrete presence, since the Intel CPU is took from the laptop field. Nonetheless, its perfect for working with office enviroment applications.
Like the Intel NUC mini-series PCS, the Vivo Vm60 is equipped with VESA mounting system that allows a monitor attachment in the back. The somewhat large housing allows the inclusion of a pair of stereo speakers and more options for connectivity. Thus, also in the back, we can find two USD 3.0 ports and hour USB 2.0, HDMI and VGA video outputs, S/PDIF digital audio and headphone jack connectors, microphone and a Line In connector. Not least, we will see the power button joined by a 2 in 1 card reader.
Regarding internet access, he see a Gigabit LAN interface, a wireless network card n/ac, and also the Bluetoh 4.0 module for using wireless accessories ( e.g. a keyboard or a mouse ).
Asus Vivo Vm60 PC comes with an internal fan that sucks the air in through the slots placed on the front side and under the hard drive bay, evacuating waste heat from the rear. Power is provided by an external AC adapter, similar to those used for mobile phones.
ASUS Vivo PC VM60 – Technical Data
- CPU: Intel Core i5-3337U (dual-core + HT, 1.8 – 2.7 GHz, 17W TDP) Core i3 i3-3217U (dual-core + HT, 1.8 GHz, 17W TDP), Core i3-3110M (dual-core + HT, 2.4 GHz, 35W TDP), Core i3-3210M (dual-core + HT, 3.2 GHz, 55W TDP)
- Graphical interface: Intel HD Graphics
- RAM: 2 – DDR3-1600/1333 16GB (4GB installed)
- Chipset: Intel HM76
- Network interface: Gigabit LAN, WiFi N / ac
- Storage: HDD 500 – 1000 GB or SSD 64-256 GB
- Audio: ASUS SonicMaster (integrated stereo speakers)
- Connectors: 2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, RJ45 LAN, S / PDIF optical, 3x audio jack, Kensington Lock
- Other features: card reader 2-in-1
- AC Adapter: 65W, external
- Weight: 1.2kg
- Size: 19x19x5.62cm
- Construction: plastic + metal grinding
- OS: Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Performance and Usability
Equipped in our case with a 500GB hard drive, the Vivo PC comes with Windows 8.1 operating system already installed ( or optionally Windows 7 ), bundled with Norton Antivirus trial version valid for 60 days. We also got Office 2013 in our testing uni and got free access to Asus WebStorage services.
Helped with 4GB of RAM, the operating system starts surprisignly fast on a 7200 RPM hard drive and a Intel Core 15-3337U CPU, which would normally be reserved in the Ultrabook portables range.Nonetheless, it does not seem to be an obstacle for normal applications. And on the bright side, we got very low power consumption ( less than 15W in idle mode ), which recommends the Asus mini PC for activities that require continuous operations like a file server, media player, scheduled recording of TV episodes ( requires a USB TV Tuner ).
ASUS Vivo PC VM60 Benchmarks:
- PCMark 7 – 3091
- PCMark 8 – 2221
- Cinebench R11.5: CPU multi-core 2.48pts, CPU single-core 1.01 pts, OpenGL 16.4 fps
- 3DMark (Ice Storm Unlimited): 39477 (Graphics 43323, Physics 30119)
- GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex HD offscreen – 45 fps
- Peacekeeper (Chrome) – 3616
- Browsermark 2.0: 5850
- HD Tune Pro – 98.8MB/s (average read), 15.8 ms (average access time)
Thanks to the excellent flexibility regarding the type of CPU, amount of RAM, storage space and even the operating system with which it is equipped , the Asus VM60 Vivo PC can be recommended for both business customers and ordinary users. The former will appreciate the elegant appearance and reasonable performance achieved at a very high reasonable cost.
Although, being packed with a starter capacious hard drive, the Vivo PC can also be taken as a entertainment platform, playing movies on your smart TV or serving access to content on your tablet or smartphone.
Ultimately, the Vivo VM60 PC can be a good replacement of your old desktop PC, freeing valuable space on your desktop.
Here’s an overview video from its maker