ASUS Announces VivoMini VM65 Series

ASUS already got a lot of praise for their tiny Mini PCs and they’ve just announced two new systems in the series. The two new systems are called the VivoMini VM65N and the VivoMiniVM65 and they are impressive, compact, 2-liter systems that still pack quite a punch. The systems are built with Intel Skylake i3 or i5 CPUs and come with discrete Nvidia 900M series graphics card to deliver a smooth 4K visual experience and casual gaming. Don’t misunderstand this, it isn’t for gaming in 4K, naturally.

The new system can be equipped with up to 16GB DDR4 memory to be the backbone for the either an i5-6200U CPU in the VM65N and a VM65 uses an i3-6100U CPU. It also only the N model that features the Nvidia GeForce 930M graphics card with 1GB DDR3 memory while the VM65 relies on the Intel HD Graphics 520 iGPU. Both come with ASUS SonicMaster-enhanced audio to make them an ideal choice for a daily computing platform or home entertainment hub.

The tiny 2-liter systems only support one 3.5-inch drive, but you can also mount two 2.5-inch drives via Vivo DualBay adapter, effectively turning them into one as far as the system is concerned. You can get the VM665 series with either a 3.5-inch 500GB or 1TB 7200rpm HDD, 2.5-inch 500GB or 1TB 5400rpm HDD, or 2.5-inch 128GB or 256G SSD out of the box.

The VM65N comes with two USB 3.1 ports that the smaller model doesn’t have, but other than that the connections are the same. You get four USB 3.0 ports, one RJ45 LAN port, HDMI and DisplayPort with UHD 4K support, a card reader, and audio connections.

The price naturally variates based on model and the drives you want it to come with and not all models will be launched in all regions or at the same time. In the United Kingdom the VM65N will launch with a single SKU VM65N-G018Z model that features an i5-6200U CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 1TB HDD, GT930M 1GB GPU, Win 10 64bit OS, Intel Dual Band 802.11ac WiFi+ BT, and with a Wireless Keyboard & Mouse included. This system will then set you back £549.99.

Stealth Reveals LPC-720F Fanless MiniPC

Fanless miniPCs are not as powerful are regular desktops or even laptops, but they definitely have their place, as they ensure outstanding portability and very decent performance for their size. One of the latest fanless miniPCs to enter the market is the LPC-720F, which was unveiled not too long ago by a company named Stealth. What makes this product stand out among its peers is the fact that it comes with built-in dual expansion slot capability. This means that it can be configured with a pair of PCI slots or with a pair of PCIe x1 expansion slots, not to mention the possibility to add dual solid state drives for improved internal storage capacity.

The chassis was created using rugged extruded aluminum, which is why it also serves as a heat sink. The business director over at Stealth, Louis Houde, had a few words to say about the LPC-720F:

“Our new Stealth model LPC-720F is designed to be a versatile product solution in response to market demands. Customers require high-powered products with small formats that can be used in multiple applications. We relied on our expertise to develop a product that exceeds those requirements.”

The system is compatible with operating systems such as Microsoft Windows and Linux, and it can be used in a variety of fields such as public safety, transportation, marine, scientific research, military, and telecommunications. Pricing starts at $1,995.

  • No noise, Rugged Fanless Chassis
  • Dual Expansion Slots – (2) PCI or (2) PCIe x1
  • Intel 3rd Gen Core i7 Mobile Processor & up to 16GB of memory
  • DC Input, Wide Range 9 – 36VDC, ideal for mobile/field
  • Massive I/O connectivity – 2x Gigabit LAN, 2x USB 3.0, Audio,
  • 6x RS232/Serial, Video (VGA, DVI-D & HDMI)
  • Solid State Drives (SSD) standard
  • Optional Dual Drives (Internal Storage)
  • Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7 & Linux Compatible

Intel Makes D54250WYK Haswell Powered NUC Official

Intel recently announced official availability of its Haswell powered D54250WYK NUC kit that was spotted at PAX Prime about 2 weeks ago. The new D54250WYK NUC kit uses a Haswell based processor – the Core i5 4250U which runs at 1.3GHz across two cores and four threads with a 2.6GHz Turbo mode, 3MB of Cache and a 15W TDP. The CPU is soldered directly onto the motherboard, pictured below, with an active cooling solution and enlarged integrated graphics.

The graphics are provided by Intel HD 5000 running at 200MHz base clock up to a maximum frequency of 1GHz depending on the workload type and intensity. The graphics power two display outputs which include DisplayPort 1.2, which is capable of up to 4K, and HDMI 1.4.

The motherboard has two SODIMM slots supporting up to 16GB of DDR3 1600/1333MHz memory. The expansion capabilities internally include a full length mSATA/ mini PCI express slot and a half length mini PCI express slot. There is also a Gigabit Ethernet port, four USB 3.0 ports (2 front 2 back), two USB 2.0 ports (internal header), a SATA port (internal) and a consumer infrared sensor.

The new Haswell D54250WYK NUC will have support for VESA and comes with a 65W power brick. The unit is backed by a three year Intel warranty. Pricing is TBA.

Images courtesy of Intel

ASUS Launch Their VivoPC “NUC-Style” Mini PC

ASUS has launched their loose-interpretation of the Intel NUC style platform. The design sacrifices a lot of the compactness and portability of the reference NUC platform in order to pack in better hardware at a more attractive price. The VivoPC from ASUS will arrive at the end of the month in silver or black. The silver model (pictured in this article) uses the product name VM40B. It has an Intel 1.5GHz Celeron 1007U dual core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a 2-in-1 card reader, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity, and a 65 W power supply.

The second option is the black VC60 which comes with identical specification as the VM40B but uses an improved Core i3-3110M 2.4GHz dual core or Core i5-3210M 3.1GHz processor and twice the RAM at 4GB. 

The VM40B is set to cost €229 while the VC60 starts at €349 all the way up to €519. Both units weigh around 1.2kg and measure in at 190 by 190 by 56.2 mm (WxHxD). This is quite a lot larger than Intel’s reference NUC which measures in at 116.6 x 112 x 39 mm (WxHxD).

Images courtesy of ASUS

Gigabyte Adds Haswell To BRIX Mini PCs

Gigabyte have just unveiled their latest generation of BRIX systems powered by Intel’s fourth generation Haswell Core Series processors. These new BRIX mini PCs now offer improved CPU and graphics performance plus native 4K display support. Gigabyte are releasing four new BRIX models based on four Haswell mobile processors. All of the processors are “U” processors based on an ultra low voltage design.

The new BRIX systems retain extensive connectivity with HDMI out, Gigabit Ethernet, mini Display Port, four USB 3.0, SPDIF audio out and a Kensington lock. The Gigabyte BRIX models detailed below come pre-fitted with everything but an mSATA SSD and SODIMM memory which you can configure yourself. Unlike the Intel NUC the Gigabyte BRIX comes with a WiFi Bluetooth 4.0 module as standard.

The new Gigabyte BRIX systems support up to 4K via the HDMI output, or dual displays by the HDMI and DisplayPort outputs. To top off its functionality as a small form factor PC the Gigabyte BRIX also uses a VESA mount so you can easily put it behind a TV or computer monitor – Gigabyte also include the bracket for this.

Images courtesy of Gigabyte

Computex 2013: Gigabyte Talk About The BRIX Mini PC At Computex 2013

You may have seen our news post on the BRIX here, but we decided to dig deeper and get a video with marketing guru Colin Brix.

The name may have some similarities to the host of our video, the BRIX is a new NUC style device from Gigabyte giving a small form factor option to consumers that is faster, smaller and cheaper than the original Intel NUC. We get the run-down on this new product and what is on offer.


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