ASUS mini PCs, the VivoMini VM65N and VM65, have been updated with the latest 7th Generation Intel Core Kaby Lake processors. The other specifications remain the same. In a nutshell, these mini PCs can pack a punch. Newer is always better, and the updated PCs are expected to deliver an 11 percent performance increase over last generation chips.
The systems are powered by the latest 7th Gen Intel Core processors (i7, i5, i3 options) and are equipped with two SO-DIMM slots for up to 16 GB of DDR4-2133 memory, slots for one 3.5-inch drive (or two 2.5-inch with optional Vivo DualBay), an 802.11ac Wi-Fi module, Gigabit Ethernet, a 4-in-1 card reader, four USB 3.0 ports, or two USB 3.1 type-A ports (the VM65N only), one audio output jack, an HDMI connector, one Dual-mode DisplayPort output, built-in 2x2W SonicMaster speakers and a Kensington lock.
Thanks to its small footprint, they can be VESA-mounted on the back of a monitor or TV to create a custom all-in-one PC. They operate almost silently too, with a noise level of just 24dB at idle.
The higher-specification VivoMini VM65N has discrete NVIDIA GeForce 930M Optimus graphics and 4K UHD display support to allow users for a Home Theater PC, and still able to handle casual games. While not the fastest NVIDIA card in the stable, it is still a big improvement compared to onboard Intel Graphics. It would have been interesting if ASUS had used a Geforce 10 series PASCAL microarchitecture which should see significant graphics performance boost.
Pricing details are not released yet, but the 6th Gen VM65N (i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD) can be purchased from Amazon for around US$559, or S$909 from Lazada.
VivoMini VM65 Series
|Processor||7th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-7100U Processor*
7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-7200U Processor*
7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7500U Processor*
6th Generation Intel® Core™ i3-6100U Processor
6th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-6200U Processor
|Operating system||Windows® 10 Pro
Windows® 10 Home
Windows® 7 Professional
NVIDIA® GeForce® 930M Optimus™ graphics w/ up to 2GB GDDR3 VRAM
Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 620
Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 520
(Integrated graphics may vary by CPU)
|Memory||4GB DDR4-2133MHz memory (up to 16GB)
2 x SO-DIMM
3.5in 500GB/1TB 7200rpm HDD,
2.5in 500GB/1TB 5400rpm HDD,
2.5in 128GB/256GB SSD
Supports 2 x 2.5in drives via Vivo DualBay
|Integrated speakers||2 x 2W speakers|
|Wireless||Intel Dual-Band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth® 4.1
802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth® 4.0
1 x HDMI 1.4 (supports 4K UHD)
1 x DisplayPort ++ 1.2 (supports 4K UHD)
1 x LAN(RJ45) port
1 x 4-in-1 card reader
2 x audio jack (Mic in/Headphone out)
1 x S/PDIF out
1 x DC-in
1 x Kensington lock
2 x USB 3.1
4 x USB 3.0
6 x USB 3.0
|Size||190 x 190 x 56.2mm (7.5 x 7.5 x 2.2in)|
|Weight||1.2kg (2.6lbs), includes 3.5in HDD|