Asus adds server and consumer options to its Vivo SFF lineup

At CES 2016, Asus has unveiled a few new models in the Vivo range, all with a slightly different take on the mini-PC idea.

VC65 Series

The VivoMini VC65 Series is an interesting mix between a mini PC and a NAS or mini-server. The VC65 comes with two storage bays by default (2.5-inch, we presume), but it also has a modular design which lets users exchange the slim optical drive for another two bays. All that storage comes together with built-in RAID functionality. The system is powered by an Intel Skylake CPU. It looks pretty neat, too.

The VivoMini UN65H, on the other hand, is a little more standard. It's also powered by Intel Skylake CPUs and comes in what Asus calls an "ultra-compact, lightweight" form factor. There's some room for expansion, though. The UN65H has room for both a 2.5" HDD or SSD, as well as an M.2 slot with support for PCIe SSDs. Buyers can get the system preconfigured with up to a 1TB HDD and a 256GB M.2 SSD.

Because good things come in threes, there's also the VivoMini VM65N. Like its brethren, it packs an Intel Skylake CPU, but graphics power gets a boost thanks to dedicated Nvidia graphics cards. This model has a slightly different storage compartment design, too—users can opt between two 2.5" drives or a single 3.5" spinner. Asus also added a couple of USB 3.1 Type-A ports alongside the USB 3.0 connectors. I'm running a much older version of this system in my living room as an HTPC, and I have nothing but good things to say about it.

Moving on from "mini" to "tiny," Asus is releasing the TS10, an HDMI PC-on-a-stick powered by an Intel Cherry Trail Atom CPU. The diminutive machine comes with Windows 10, two USB ports and an audio output jack. 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Miracast support complement the package.

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    • NovusBogus
    • 5 years ago

    At the risk of sounding a little bitter, I can’t help but notice that Asus is making a lot of CES announcements for a company that’s [url=<]not actually in the exhibitor directory[/url<]. I know they're not the only one that does this, especially in the PC world, but I do miss the days when companies that brought products to CES actually...brought them to CES. Anyway, the VC65 looks like a solid machine; I definitely want one. Personal file/game servers are one of the areas that mini PCs make a ton of sense, especially as games shift back toward small-group multiplayer and (hopefully) people start realizing that expecting privacy when putting stuff on a centralized megacorp server was a silly thing. The stick could be good, if the specs are right. First-gen sticks were a good idea, especially with bundling Windows, but like those cheap x86 tablets the SoC didn't quite get the job done in practice.

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