ASUS VivoPC-VM40B-02

Low Cost Mini-PC with Windows for Under $250

ASUS VivoPC VM40B Low Cost Mini-PC
ASUS VivoPC (Black Version). ©ASUSTeK

The Bottom Line

Mar 13 2015 - The ASUS VivoPC is a great option for those that want a low cost Windows computer to be used for basic media streaming, web browsing and productivity software. Those wanting to do more than that probably want to look at something that costs a bit more. Probably the best aspect of the VivoPC though is that it is very easy to upgrade both the memory and storage which many other MiniPCs do not have.

Pros

  • Easy Access to Upgrade Memory and Storage
  • Latest 802.11ac Wireless Support
  • Very Inexpensive

Cons

  • Larger Than Other MiniPCs
  • Performance Limited By Celeron Processor

Description

  • Intel Celeron C1007U Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics Integrated Graphics
  • HDA 5.1 Audio Support
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Two USB 3.0, Four USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, SD Card Slot
  • 7.48" x 7.48" x 2.21"
  • Windows 8.1 Bing

Review - ASUS VivoPC-VM40B-02

Mar 13 2015 - ASUS has had great success with its Chromebox low cost computer device. Some people want to run Windows and this is where the VivoPC fits in. It is an extremely affordable mini-PC that can be used as a compact computer hooked up to a HDTV. While this is a mini-PC, it is generally larger than most in the market. It has roughly the same footprint as a Mac Mini but is almost a full inch taller.

This is because it is designed with some upgradeability in mind. Specifically, the top can be removed to access several components, something most other systems do not have or have very difficult instructions to access.

Powering the VivoPC-VM40B-02 is the Intel Celeron 1007U dual core mobile processor.

This is a fairly low end mobile processor but it actually provides sufficient performance for the typical consumer uses of browsing the web, streaming media and a few productivity applications. Just dont expect much if you want to use this to edit your digital home videos as it will take a long time for such tasks. The processor is matched up with 4GB of DDR3 memory which is fine for such a low cost and it works well enough with Windows if you aren't multitasking much. One of the big advantages here is that the system can easily have the memory upgrade which most mini-PCs lack.

Storage is pretty much what you would expect from a mini-PC. The VivoPC uses a traditional hard drive to keep the cost down and features a 500GB storage space which is common to most budget systems of such a low price. What is really different here though is the fact that the drive can be removed and replaced by the consumer. Most mini-PCs do not have any access to change this. This means that users can upgrade to a larger hard drive if they wish or even replace it with a faster solid state drive. If you still don't want to work inside of the system but want to upgrade it, there are two USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external storage.

Even though this is a larger mini-PC is still does not have an optical drive meaning that users that want to also watch movies on the system will need an external drive and also purchase playback software.

There isn't a lot to say about the graphics on the VivoPC other than they work but are certainly nothing to talk about. Like all mini-PCs, it relies on integrated graphics that are built into the processor. In this case, it is a rather low end Intel HD Graphics solution. This is not going to be suitable at all for playing PC games. Instead, it is really just used for standard desktop and media streaming up to the 1080p resolution of most monitors without any issue. It does provide some minimal acceleration for media encoding through Quick Sync compatible applications but it still is not going to be quick because of the low speed of the processor.

Now wireless networking is generally standard for all mini PCs. The VivioPC stands out though because it offers the latest 802.11ac wireless networking for the fastest speeds possible and support for the 5GHz spectrum, Most systems use just the 802.11n 2.4GHz bands.

Pricing for the ASUS VivoPC-VM40B-02 is extremely affordable at just $240. This makes it just slightly more expensive than the ASUS ChomeBox device and some of that cost can be attributed to it including a keyboard and mouse. This makes it an incredibly affordable home theater PC for those that want to do a bit of browsing and streaming of media. Best part is, it features Windows for all your standard applications as well. The primary competitor for ASUS is the HP Pavilion Mini 300 which costs nearly twice as much. While it costs more, it is much smaller than the VivoPC and offers higher performance from a Pentium G3258 processor. It may not be as easy for upgrading but makes up for it with additional external connector ports. Buy Direct