ASUS VivoMini VM65 Review mini-PC

ASUS VivoMini VM65 Review mini-PC

In most cases, different kinds of compact computers are purchased for use. It is very convenient and practical solution, for example, for the office. No need to collect a PC with a hefty body. It is enough to buy a small box, which, incidentally, is also perfectly gets on VESA-mount behind a monitor.

Sometimes, when something like that is bought and home. When the games have moved away, and all the computer does is climbing on the Internet, so watching movies. But in the first and second cases, I want this to work quickly. That there was so much help SSD. But the SSD with a decent volume – it’s expensive, and a bunch of SSD + HDD in most mini-PCs just do not fit, with it not only in size but also commonplace for additional storage no ports.

This dilemma is intended to solve the mini-PC ASUS VivoMini VM65 , which is notable primarily to the fact that his body can be fit and SSD-drive for system and HDD for the entire row. Actually, ASUS VivoMini VM65 this material and dedicated.

ASUS VivoMini VM65 Review mini-PC

ASUS VivoMini VM65: Exterior and interior

Visual inspection will start from the front, and on it, except for the indication of the hard disk and a couple of stickers, as well as an indicator of the device, there is nothing at all. Neither the power button or the reset button. It’s even a little bit unusual.Oh, and the overall size of the housing 190h190h56 mm, weight 1.2 kg.

Absolutely all connectors and interfaces are located behind the case. In particular, there is a power button, a slot for a memory card, as many as six USB ports (and all versions 3.0, for which a special thank you), video output HDMI and DisplayPort, Ethernet-port, connectors for headphones and microphone, and yet there is an optical output S / PDIF. The latter, incidentally, can not be considered superfluous. Many of today’s home theater systems are able to transmit audio over fiber, and an option of using the preferred (but is a completely different topic and voluminous).

On the side faces is nothing remarkable. Nothing – I mean nothing at all.

ASUS VivoMini VM65 Review mini-PC

The top cover, and indeed the entire body is made of plastic with a concentric pattern. This style is actually a good move.Whether it is a solid, glossy, or worse, any scratch would be very noticeable, as the dust, and on such a surface, all this is less evident.

Included with the device is a different “waste paper”, as well as the external power supply and mounting frame VESA standard.

Let’s look inside. To do this, you must first remove the top cover, which is visible just below the basket drives, called DualBay.Shopping is not as simple as it seems at first glance. Inside it installed just two drives.

Also worth noting is that the legs of the basket made of rubber, and thus the hard drive vibrations are not made in the body. The second interesting point with DualBay – to fit 3.5-inch hard drive, which by the standards of the mini-PC nonsense.

ASUS VivoMini VM65 Review mini-PC

Modifications ASUS VivoMini VM65 much, and they differ not only processors, but the layout and storage. In our case, it was installed inside the SSD-store SK Hynix to 128 GB hard drive and 500 GB of HGST. In addition, buyers of the computer get 100 GB of disk space on the ASUS Webstorage for 1 year. In the future, this period may be extended, but for a fee.

Already under the basket with drives have cover, under which there are slots for RAM. And just at this moment the first time you will need a screwdriver. In all the previous manipulations, it was not necessary, and removed all without any effort. This is to ensure that the body is well fitted and assembled. Mighty such.

Memory slot two, and DDR4 standard format SO-DIMM. The came to me in the hands of a complete set of strips was 2 to 8 GB, to the speed of 1066 MHz, which corresponds to DDR4-2133 mode. At the chips themselves manufacturer listed SK Hynix, SK Hynix and indicated on the label, but, suddenly, CPU-Z utility identifies them as Hyundai Electronics. What a twist! On the other hand, work, normal speed, and it’s okay.

ASUS VivoMini VM65 Review mini-PC

And in the end, the board itself:

Noteworthy moments on it is actually not so much. In fact, only three of:

First, the CPU is soldered on the board, and if they wanted to replace it with a more productive does not work

Second, the board is clearly visible footprint for a single GPU. Next there is a platform for members of the GPU power, for video memory, and the angle of the heat pipe cooling system hints at the possibility of a separate GPU. So certainly it planned varainty with a discrete GPU.

Third, alas, not all solid capacitors on board. There is also the old electrolytic eventually lose their properties.

But the cooling system is worth praise. The heat pipe conducts heat not only from the processor, but also on its power supply circuit. Yes, and a total body relatively well ventilated through slots in the lower part of the body, improves the flow of air.

At the conclusion of this chapter it is worth noting that within the body ASUS VivoMini VM65 has a pair of speakers rated at 2 watts each. It’s like a built-in monitor speakers, and the sound quality are the same, but their very presence is a big plus (this is also rare).

ASUS VivoMini VM65 Review mini-PC

ASUS VivoMini VM65: Test results

Immediately at the beginning of the chapter, I note that there will be no huge performance metrics, and just like that. ASUS VivoMini VM65 – it is not about that. Of course, some not too demanding games 5 + -year-old can run and even fps will be acceptable, but for a different set ASUS VivoMini VM65. It, so to say “element” – play video / music, surfing the internet, in general, not very demanding task.

To me has got a modification to the review of the Core i5-6200U processor, the Intel – is actually a notebook CPU. Before i5 desktop him very far, but also consumes a little, only 15 watts. Powered processor at a frequency of 2.3-2.8 GHz. Inside, 2 cores / 4 threads, and integrated video core Intel HD Graphics 5200. Own memory in GPU is not, and it is “eaten off” from the usual RAM (up to 1GB).

To start test the mini-PC ASUS VivoMini VM65 in the benchmark PCMark 8, which measures overall system performance in everyday tasks. 3349 points – quite a normal figure. That is more than enough to perform the most mundane tasks. Also pay attention to the temperature graph. During the test time the GPU temperature and CPU-core does not rise above 60 degrees, and was often even lower. It’s good. So the processor will work most of the time at maximum frequency.

SSD-drive pleased pretty cheerful reading speed, but high-speed recording can not be called. But it is necessary to understand that reading from SSD occurs much more often than the record, and thus the speed of reading is preferable.

ASUS VivoMini VM65 Review mini-PC

Hard disk drive performance has been … well, like a hard drive. What could otherwise expect from him?

In the graphic test 3DMark Cloud Gate has turned out quite a good result – 30 frames per second, but in the physics test all worse – only 10 frames.

But here in the test Ice Storm (also on preset Extreme!) Of very large. This means that in games of 10 + -year-old will fps with a vengeance.

“Purely for fun” was launched and more VR-test Orange Room. Points mini PC scored 10 times less than the minimum required.Those who wish to immerse themselves in the virtual reality should look at the product under the brand name Republic Of Gamers, but who knows, maybe in a couple of years-tryoku, even those kids will be able to render an image to VR helmets?

ASUS VivoMini VM65: Conclusion

As a result, recommend to buy ASUS VivoMini VM65 mini-PC. Of course, it is not suitable for everyone. Iron is not so powerful to pull the latest gaming news, but it was originally conceived not to do so. MS Office Package, movies, listen to music and play old games – he can.

ASUS VivoMini VM65 Review mini-PC

In fact, now estimate even a little difficult to set because the solution is very convenient for home use or as a “workhorse” in the office. So that this time will be two awards.

Pros ASUS VivoMini VM65

  • There are VESA-mount for mounting behind the monitor
  • Before the main components easily accessible
  • Well assembled housing
  • Features installation of two 2.5-inch drives (or one 3.5 “)
  • The case is well ventilated
  • There are built-in speakers

ASUS VivoMini VM65 Review mini-PC

Minuses ASUS VivoMini VM65:

  • No reset button
  • Savings on hardware components (if such capacity is not has no value)

Source: asus

ASUS VivoMini VM65 Review mini-PC was last modified: December 6th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby