What is it?
Based on Intel’s original design the Compute Stick, the VivoStick is ASUS’ very own take on this incredible ultra-portable Windows PC, which is literally pocket-sized.
Although this is not the only computer stick available in the market, there’s also a model produced by Lenovo called the Ideacentre Stick 300, a brand called Azulle with its Quantum Access, and of course, the HOME TVo Stick — a rebranded Intel Compute Stick — offered by local telco PLDT.
In terms of design, however, the ASUS model stands out in the bunch with its smooth lines and minimalist look exuding that quality finish people often look for in a gadget they spend on.
The small device, which is a bit larger than those old-school Wi-Fi/broadband USB dongles of a decade ago, can provide desktop-like computing whenever you need it. Well, as long as you have a keyboard, mouse and a monitor with HDMI input, or simply control the thing with your smartphone via the VivoRemote app.
Who is it for?
Powered by an able Intel Atom processor — remember those Netbooks two, three years ago? Yeah, same class of processor but much more advanced — it’ll turn any HDMI TV, display, or projector into a fully-functional computer. It could be any OS of your choice if you’re the kind who could load one, but out of the box, the VivoStick comes with Windows 10.
The operating system included is already perfect for people already familiar with Windows. All they have to do is stick it into an HDMI port, power it up and start computing.
Productivity apps both for office and personal use are immediately available for Windows, making the VivoStick a useful alternative for users looking for slick, portable computing device that is both capable and convenient to bring around because of its über small footprint.
Ports and connectivity
Sluggish at times
The concept alone — a “computer in a stick” — is a winner, and along with the design, the ASUS VivoStick can already give us a glimpse of the future of desktop computing. And that part of the future is already happening right now. It’s also a great replacement for older Windows machines. Time to throw away those space-eaters and reclaim your desktop real-estate.
Now, if only ASUS engineers added a microSD memory expansion slot, then this computer stick would have gotten a five star rating. Nonetheless, it’s a very practical computing device if you see impracticality in bringing your own display, keyboard and mouse (BYODKM) or using your smartphone as the controller for the VivoStick
CPU: Intel Atom Z8350
RAM: 2G LPDDR3 (non-upgradable)
Storage: 32G EMMC (non-expandable)
Connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Connectors: USB 3.0, USB 2.0, audio, HDMI. microUSB (for power)
OS: Windows 10
Size: 135mm x 36mm x 16.5mm