• Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel i5-6200U
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 930M
  • Memory: 4GB DDR4
  • Storage: 1x 1TB HDD
  • Pros:
  • Portability
  • Connectivity
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark Work: 2,672 points
  • PCMark Home: 2,359 points
  • PCMark Creative: 2,319 points

Portability And Performance

First there are desktops, meant for stationary purposes and high-end gaming with all the inputs and outputs you’ll ever need on your desk. Then there are laptops which although could reach desktop level performances, it lacks the multiple inputs and outputs of a desktop. But if you’re looking for computer for media purposes and require a lot of inputs and outputs, you could take a look at the ASUS VivoMini VM65N.

The ASUS VivoMini VM65N actually makes a pretty good travel companion if you’re going to stay at hotels with TV’s that sport a HDMI connection. Carry along a portable keyboard and mouse and a HDMI cables and you’re all set to have a mobile PC when you’re anywhere in the world. The VM65N runs on an Intel Core i5-6200U Skylake processor, a pretty decent processor that should handle everyday tasks smoothly and efficiently. Such as word processing, data entry and even watching movies. It works exactly like a basic PC would at home, but with greater portability and retaining connectivity.

The VM65N can also work as a media server for your home, or when you’re on vacation with nothing to do at your hotel. It sports a total of 6 USB ports for charging devices and connecting external storage devices. Speaking of storage devices, the VM65N allows you to change your hard drives for an SSD or another larger HDD for faster performance. You can also add additional RAM up to 16GB’s of DDR4 2133MHz RAM. For casual gaming the mini-pc has a NVIDIA GeForce 930M with 1GB of dedicated memory so you can play those less demanding games, and also enjoy watching videos in true 4K and UHD resolutions when working together with NVIDIA’s Optimus technology.

The built-in SonicMaster speakers are quite decent for small bedrooms or living rooms, but will require speakers when blasting out in a medium sized room. The VM65N is a quiet player, not making much noise when playing high-resolution media, and the temperatures are actually quite decent. There’s also the ASUs Media Streamer and Remote Go! Apps that can turn your VM65N into a home theatre PC by streaming music and video files from your mobile device.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Find that you lack the space for a full-sized desktop in your home or want to connect a laptop to a monitor but you don’t have enough desk space? The VM65N is perfect for those with space restrictions as it is VESA-mount compatible.

(previously published in issue August 2016)

ASUS VivoMini VM65N