• Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4210U
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 820M
  • Connectivity: USB 3.0 x4, USB 2.0 x2, HDMI x1, DisplayPort x1
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3
  • Storage: 1TB HDD, SSD optional
  • Others: SD Card reader
  • Pros:
  • Compact
  • Performance
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark 8 (Home): 3,548 points
  • PCMark 8 (Creative): 3732 points
  • PCMark 8 (Work): 3,861 points

The Little PC That Could

Whilst the enthusiast PC market is certainly showing signs of growth again, no thanks to advancements in desktop processor technology by Intel, we’ve also seen that these processors can also function in very compact environments, and to show off this concept of form and function, ASUS introduces the ASUS Vivo PC VM62N mini PC.

Encased in a polycarbonate box that’s no bigger than a generous sized lunchbox, the VM62N houses a powerful Intel Core i5-4210U processor with 4GBs of DDR3 RAM and 1TB of storage space. Not only that, this tiny computer comes with an option for discrete graphics in the form of the NVIDIA GeForce 820M graphics card, which allows users to actually play some games, and watch videos in 4K resolution.

The ASUS VivoPC might be tiny, but it's certainly not short of I/O connectivity options

The ASUS VivoPC might be tiny, but it’s certainly not short of I/O connectivity options

Despite being a compact computer, the VM62N has a full complement of ports, including four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, as well as one DisplayPort and one HDMI port for display output. For extra network connectivity, it also has a LAN port, and additionally, an SD Card reader.

The VM62N features a special storage slot called the Vivo DualBay, which is a unique storage design that is capable of accommodating two storage drives, allowing users to mix and match storage options, ranging from high capacity HDDs and super-fast SSDs. The idea behind a tiered storage unit is an interesting one, and shows that you can have a multiple storage option in a compact PC.

The Vivo DualBay system allows you to store two storage drives inside the VivoPC with very little hassle

The Vivo DualBay system allows you to store two storage drives inside the VivoPC with very little hassle

Don’t have speakers? Fret not as the VM62N also comes with built-in SonicMaster speakers with MaxxAudio tuning, that outputs somewhat decent audio, great for tableside listening, definitely. If you don’t want too many cables cluttering the machine, it also has built-in WiFi with dual-band antennas for 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands and a hotspot function that allows other devices to tag on to the VM62N’s internet connection.

Performance-wise, the VM62N performs as well as can be expected from a desktop PC several times its size. The tiny machine is capable of running almost everything its asked to, playing back high-definition and 4K videos, document editing, running multiple programs, and in some cases, even play games.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The ASUS Vivo PC VM62N is a tiny machine that punches well and truly above its weight. Nothing is skimped in this PC, and ASUS has even provided a bit of a storage upgrade solution with the DualBay system.

(previously published in issue September 2015)