Asus Vivostick – A PC in Your Pocket

by September 9, 2015
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For quite a while now, tech companies have been trying their hands at developing portable computers that rightly fit into your pocket. While most of them seemed to be an instant flop, a few did manage to walk a few miles.

Take for instance the Intel Compute Stick that launched earlier this year. The device ran Windows 8 and was powered by an Atom processor code-named Bay Trail. However, a lagging interface was responsible for pushing the device in the back seat. Adding up to the inconvenience was a slightly expensive price tag of $150 (approximately Rs. 9900).

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With an intention to top the charts, Asus recently launched the Vivostick in the IFA 2015 event held in Berlin. This mini-PC is loaded with the latest Windows 10 operating system and powered by the next Atom iteration called the Cherry Trail clocked at 1.44GHz which can further be pushed to 1.84GHz. Moreover, at just $129 (approximately Rs. 8500), it is way too cheaper than the Intel Compute Stick.

How about the look?

At the first glance, you might probably think it’s a fashion accessory. The flashy-looking device is presently available in 3 colours – white/silver, blue/gold and matte black/gloss black. However, if you’ve had a chance of fiddling with other PC sticks in the past, this one might seem a bit larger. But, wait until you find out what lies within. The size definitely won’t bother you.

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According to Asus the design was solely inspired by the fountain pen. With dimensions of 137.9 x 34.0 x 14.9mm, the Vivostick weighs not more than 68 grams, which is amazing.

What’s on the inside?

Let’s talk about the internal specifications. The Vivostick comes with 2GB of memory and 32GB of flash storage. However, it does not include a microSD card slot, which means there is no way you can further extend the internal storage capacity.

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Interesting, the device packs in both, USB 2.0 and a USB 3.0 connector. Now, that’s not all. It also houses a microUSB connector for power and an audio jack. All of this is attached to a dongle that smoothly plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. Asus will also be providing a mobile app to let you control the stick.

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Any shortcomings?

Well, at a price of just $129, Asus promises to offer you the best pocket-PC experience. Of course, something better than an Atom processor would have definitely added up to your joy, but that shouldn’t be a problem if internet surfing is all that’s on your mind.

With all that hardware packed in, it should perform more efficiently than other similar devices. However, it may not possibility offer you the best experience when it comes to playing games loaded with high-end graphics. So, if you are an avid gamer, you might probably want to look the other side. But, if you are not, then you might want to quickly grab the best deal online.