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Asus VM40B-S025K VivoPC (Intel Celeron 1007U 1.5GHz, 500GB, 2GB DDR3, USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, Card Reader, 2x 2W Speakers, Windows 8)

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  • Fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi and mobile device control
  • SonicMaster technology: integrated speakers and audio tuning software for premium sound
  • 56mm tall and with a footprint slightly larger than a standard DVD jewel case
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandASUS
Item Weight1.2 Kg
Product Dimensions19 x 19 x 5.6 cm
Item model numberVM40B-S025K
SeriesVM40B-S003M
Processor BrandIntel
Processor TypeCeleron
Processor Speed1.5 GHz
Processor Count2
RAM Size2 GB
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Size500 GB
Graphics Card DescriptionIntel HD
Wireless Type802.11A, 802.11 A/C, 802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n
Number of USB 2.0 Ports4
Wattage65 watts
Operating SystemWindows 8
  
Additional Information
ASINB00IDA2NAY
Best Sellers Rank 31,063 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2 Kg
Date First Available9 Feb 2014
  
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Product Description

Product Description

Imagine all the functionalities of a traditional desktop PC in a chic, compact box with a footprint slightly larger than a standard DVD jewel case. Meet the ASUS VivoPC.

Powered by an Intel processor and featuring SonicMaster technology, VivoPC paves the way for a complete day-to-day computing and true-to-life cinematic multimedia experience. Sit back and enjoy as its built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi gives you speeds up to three times faster than standard wireless-N speeds and stable connections for online Web surfing, media streaming, and online gaming.

Box Contains

System;Power Adapter;UK Power Lead;Manual;Quick start guide

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By the lambanana TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Jun 2014
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BOXED
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This is impressively boxed and first impressions are good. It looks an impressive gadget, and has a very small footprint when out of the box.

I bought a separate Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to try this out. Both synced without problems.

I plugged it into my TV with a hdmi cable.

SPEED
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I have to say I didn't expect much in terms of speed. I was surprised how zippy it was. Watched YouTube clips within a blink of an eye. No sluggishness or any lack of response.

USE
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This is ideal to replace an aging PC or, as in my case, set up as a media centre.

SOUND
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Hooked up to reasonable speakers this is where it excelled. A responsive beautiful media centre. Set up in about five minutes.

LOOKS
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Special mention should be made on just how lovely this looks. Pretty, stylish and eye catching.

VALUE
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For it looks, speed and responsiveness I think you're getting an awful lot of gadget for your money.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Renshaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Jun 2014
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Opening the box, the VivoPC is nicely presented and set up is very easy - plug in and fire it up. Be aware that you only get the PC - nothing else is included, so you'll need all the other usual bits to plug in. The physical box is tiny and takes up little space, but there is a power pack that's quite chunky in relation to the PC. It looks okay, with a brushed silver effect and a white LED in the top centre of the front.
All the ports are at the back of the machine and it's although it's a little cramped the layout is well thought out and it's easy to get to the card reader and power button without too much difficulty.
Windows 8 is preinstalled, and although I'm not fond of this OS it works well enough. It's up and running quickly and although the VivoPC does generate some noise, it would only be noticed in a very quiet room.

My use for the VivoPC was to use as a media centre so I downloaded the freeware software XBMC and installed it and sure enough it worked fine and was able to stream 1080p HD movies over wifi without any issues. This is where the strength of the VivoPC lies - for a dedicated, (semi) single use machine to do a simple task then it excels.

However.

As a general use PC then it's very slow. The CPU, amount of RAM and physical HDD are all far below what I would consider to be entry level and as such it's difficult to use for any other than a bit of web browsing, or other simple tasks. Upgrading the RAM would help speed it up a bit, but that's really all you could upgrade (you could also put in a SSD but that's a lot of money for smaller performance increase).

This also highlights another issue - the price.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Jun 2014
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This is purely a box with no peripherals such as mouse or keyboard supplied. Hence this reviewer, being used to a diet of tablets and laptops for the last few years, had to go out and buy these items before being able to test the Asus! Once connected, and using the TV as a screen via the HDMI lead, set up was relatively straight forward and I was quickly up and running.

The first thing to note is that by modern standards this little box is somewhat underpowered even for a cheap PC or laptop these days. 2 GB of RAM and 500 GB of hard drive is quite a modest offering and it shows. When starting to use a new computer, the normal reaction is to be impressed by the speed but this initially felt rather sluggish to me. Personally, if I was buying a new computer with the intention of using it as my main machine, I would look elsewhere since there are plenty of great deals around for significantly more powerful computers, and for this sort of use I would not personally look for anything with less than 4 GB. In fairness it should be noted that there are slots for extra memory on the Asus should you decide to go down this route. However, it would be nicer if they provided more with the initial purchase.

However, I had a specific purpose in mind since when we are in Spain we do not have the benefit of catch up TV and the whole television offering is somewhat inadequate. We do, however, have an excellent broadband connection so my intention was to use this box to stream iPlayer etc. Whilst initially one tends to be blocked by this sort of site, there are plenty of options to create a VPN to circumvent this. Used for this purpose the Asus is ideal so it is really a matter of horses for courses. If you have a specific use such as this, this could well be an ideal buy for you, but it probably will not hack it as your main all purpose computer unless your demands are very modest or you are prepared to buy more memory.
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