ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) review and testing mini PC

ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) review and testing mini PC

Already for a long time in the market of common media players on chips ARM and running the Android operating system, which are made in HDMI dongle format. But thanks to the processor giant Intel and the emergence of SoC-chip-processor Intel Atom family was able to create a full-the x86 system that is running Microsoft Windows, which is only slightly greater than the dimensions of the classic flash drives. The reference solution received the name of Intel Compute Stick, and a suggested price of just $ 149, it allows you to perform simple office and multimedia tasks. Time since its announcement, many vendors have used to develop and release their versions of the microcomputer. It is with such a device from the eminent Taiwanese manufacturer we are today and get acquainted – Meet, ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10).

This model is equipped with a current 4-core processor Intel Atom x5-Z8350, the drive to 32 GB and 2 GB of RAM. On what this kid is capable of and what audience it was designed – to these and other questions will try to answer in our next review.

ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) review and testing mini PC

ASUS VivoStick PC: Supply and equipment

Mini PC ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) comes in a small box created from thin cardboard. The decor is dark-gray color scheme is characterized by a good and informative, which allows us to estimate the overall look and equipment of the device.

Package includes the following components:

  • bracket for mounting on a monitor;
  • flat, double-sided tape;
  • HDMI-extension lead 30 cm long;
  • Power Supply;
  • USB-cable, length 95 cm;
  • user documentation.

ASUS VivoStick PC: Appearance, layout

Housing ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) is very sleek and resembles a large token or mobile 3G / 4G-modem. In size it is slightly greater than the reference Intel Compute Stick (135 x 36 x 16.5 against 113 x 38 x 12 mm), but still modest size is impressive, considering that this is a kind of system unit, which is to complete the work lacks only monitor and associated peripherals.

ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) review and testing mini PC

The body is made from high quality black plastic. It is dull, with a slightly rough texture, but collects fingerprints, which are easily removed improvised means. The build quality and rigidity at a very decent level. The only caveat – if a little shaking rumbles protective plate built-in CO, but in normal operation it is absolutely not noticeable.

The top panel ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) has no functional elements, a silver logo of the manufacturer. On the reverse side is a label with service information, a number of ventilation holes and a small hook for removing the bottom panel, which is securely held in the latch and open access to the internal components of the device.

All I / O ports are concentrated on the side faces. At the top you can see the power button with a bright blue illumination (to turn the PC it is necessary to hold for a second). On the opposite side is hidden under the cap HDMI (version 1.4b, capable of transmitting video in 1080p resolution at 60 FPS) for connecting to a monitor, TV or projector. If access to the video output is difficult, you can use with supplied HDMI-extension.

On one of the side faces of the ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) is a lug for the strap and the micro-USB port for connecting an external power supply, and the second – one USB 2.0 port and USB 3.0, as well as a combined 3.5 mm audio jack ( You can connect a microphone or speakers / headphones). Additionally, on both faces can be found small vents. By the way, in many competitive solutions only one USB port and no analog audio ports that can be written in the treasury advantages offspring from ASUS.

ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) review and testing mini PC

Imagine a typical scenario: in a USB-port connect a wireless keyboard and mouse set or keyboard, combined with the touchpad (for example, Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 Plus), and the second – an external drive. And it can be quite comfortable to work with. However, if you plan to connect many external devices, we recommend that you acquire an active USB-hub (with optional power supply). Many would have been helpful, and microSD card reader, but the compact size and additional USB-ports prevented its implementation.

An important feature of this model is a complete bracket, which provides a variety of methods of attachment. However, in some cases, when connected to a monitor or TV ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) is banal not have enough length to complex cable, and this must be taken into account in advance to avoid unpleasant moments.

ASUS VivoStick PC: internal layout and hardware platform

After removing the bottom panel allows access to internal computer nodes, namely a compact motherboard with unsoldered and mounted components, including a miniature cooling system.

The novelty is constructed on a 4-core of SoC-processor Intel Atom x5-Z8350, created on the basis of 14-nanometer microarchitecture Intel Airmont. It is equipped with a cache memory of 2nd level of 2 MB and has a modest measure of SDP (2W). Using Intel Burst Technology, the CPU can dynamically increase the clock frequency c 1.44 to 1.92 GHz.

ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) review and testing mini PC

Intel HD Graphics integrated with the processor graphics subsystem has 12 compute units (EU). It is characterized by support API DirectX 11.2 and OpenCL to decode H.264 video, H.265 (HEVC) and VP9. That is, the chip has to cope with the processing of 4K-video, however, the maximum resolution of the image output is stated at 1920 x 1080. The base clock frequency of 200 MHz, video card, and dynamically increased to 500 MHz.

The amount of RAM is 2 GB (LPDDR3-1600 MHz), which is officially stated maximum for this platform.

The disk subsystem is represented by a flash drive Hynix HBG4e 32 GB (28.5 GB of user available 15.4 GB). The drive is connected to the system by eMMC interface and demonstrates a typical high-speed characteristics. As a bonus, buyers ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) receive 100GB of cloud storage free ASUS WebStorage for 1 year.

Connecting to a 3.5-mm audio port implemented forces codec Nuvoton NAU88L25. In turn, the wireless communication is carried out using a combined network controller Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377723BE, which is connected via PCIe bus. He is responsible for the 802.11a / b / g / n / ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 standard with a claimed capacity of up to 433 Mbit / s.

ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) review and testing mini PC

ASUS VivoStick PC: Cooling system

Despite its compact body dimensions, inside there is an active cooling system, consisting of the radial fan and a copper plate, which is almost completely covers the PCB. Checking the efficiency of the cooling system is carried out using a stress test AIDA64 and some game applications. The room temperature at the time of lab measurements was 26 ° C.

Full easy temperature of the internal components of the ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) does not exceed 45 ° C, and the cooling system is very quiet, periodically turn off the all. Unfortunately, the program does not provide the ability to manage and monitor the fan speed. When you start the game application (15-minute session in the game World of Tanks) the temperature inside the housing units rose to the level of 78 ° C. In this mode, I heard not particularly loud, but annoying low-frequency noise of the turbine. For continuous maximum load (stress test) processor temperature does not exceed 81 ° C and the heated body is only slightly from the front side.

As you can see, the cooling system has turned out effective (critical temperature for this processor is considered to be 90 ° C), but under heavy load a little suffering acoustic comfort, however, is true only in complete silence in the room. If there are several sources of noise or the location of the mini-PC on the TV wall away from you, there is absolutely no noise.

ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) is equipped with modern preloader UEFI BIOS with a user-friendly interface, as well as a variety of locations, among which there is also Russian. Available options are very similar to those of the ASUS VivoMini UN65 and allow you to perform all necessary actions: view information about the internal components and the connected devices to control the boot process and update the firmware. Expectedly, there is not only the settings associated with overclocking.

ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) review and testing mini PC

ASUS VivoStick PC: Software

New running 64-bit Windows 10 Home operating system with a set of necessary drivers and useful programs for work and entertainment. Immediately after the first turn on automatically update the OS, after which the user is less than half of the built-in storage. However, it is enough to perform basic tasks, and the rest of the content can be stored on external devices or cloud storage.

Perhaps the most interesting pre-program can be considered ASUS VivoRemote Center, which is paired with the ASUS VivoRemote app for Android and iOS allows you to fully manage the mini-PC via a smartphone or tablet. Quite convenient and simple enough.

The same can be said about the ASUS Remote GO !, which is paired with the application ASUS Wi-Fi GO! Remote offers a little more functionality, including the display duplication and direct file transfer. However, remote control mouse in the ASUS Wi-Fi GO! Remote working is much worse – more slowly, more slowly and with a slight delay.

With ASUS HyStream program can receive a signal from a mobile device to broadcast in real time on the channel Wi-Fi.

ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) review and testing mini PC

ASUS VivoStick PC: Testing

According to the results of tests ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) demonstrates relatively low productivity. Its resources are sufficient for everyday tasks: working with documents, surfing the Internet, listening to music and watching videos (including 4K on YouTube with activated hardware acceleration), and possibly the basic photo processing, if necessary. For example, running the AIMP, Word Mobile (pre-installed office suite) and 5-6 tabs in Google Chrome work is quite comfortable, and the amount of used memory is about 85-87%. Switching between programs and the Quick. As for gaming performance, you should only rely on undemanding projects of previous years, for example, Heroes of Might and Magic III work without any complaints. You can also spend time in a casual or collectible card games such as Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and The Elder Scrolls: Legends, but with minimal graphics settings, and reduced screen resolution for a smoother display. In general, the new well provides everything you need to meet the basic needs of today’s undemanding user.

ASUS VivoStick PC: Conclusions

Yet what some twenty years ago we could only dream that the time will come when your PC will be able to fit in a pocket. But this is not a fantasy but a reality. One of the brightest representatives of the mini-PC is the ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10).

This crumb is made in the form factor and the HDMI-stick has a nice plastic case. Unlike its competitors, it is equipped with an additional USB port and a combined 3.5 mm audio jack, which makes life easier when connecting peripherals. Here we can recall the complete bracket for easy mounting of the enclosure on the monitor end. Out of the box we have all the necessary software for business and pleasure.

Performance is quite typical for this class of computer systems – a full desktop or laptop will not replace, but to perform some simple training, office or multimedia tasks quite a great option. Yes, and take with you will always be comfortable.

There are no critical deficiencies in the ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10), we have not found. We can recall a little noisy cooling system, but this is true only in conditions of high load and complete silence in the room. If there are several sources of noise or the location of the mini-PC to the television away from you, acoustic background quite comfortable. The same applies to the lack of support for memory cards: available volume sufficient for basic programs and all content can be stored on external drives or cloud storage.

The bottom line, at a price of $ 155 (3899 UAH.) ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) makes it easy to turn the monitor or TV with the HDMI-input in the full-fledged computer with the ability to meet the basic needs of today’s undemanding user.

Advantages ASUS VivoStick PC:

  • very compact size and attractive appearance;
  • sufficient capacity to perform simple daily tasks;
  • there are two full size of USB-ports and a combined 3.5mm audio;
  • Genuine Windows 10 Home with a set of necessary drivers and utility programs;
  • can be mounted on the back of the monitor or TV.
  • 100 GB of free space on ASUS WebStorage cloud service for 1 year;

Features ASUS VivoStick PC:

  • a bit noisy CO;
  • lack of support for memory cards.

Source: pcmag

ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) review and testing mini PC was last modified: August 31st, 2016 by Tomas Shellby