A pretty capable PC that will slip into your pocket.
Along with the ASUS Zenbeam projector I also got to take a close look at the ASUS VivoStick PC.
This is an Intel Atom powered computer with 32G of storage and 2G of RAM. On first blush, this does not stack up well against the bigger spec laptops and desktops we are used to seeing but with the explosion of cloud based services like Office 365, Google Docs, Xero, Netflix and Foxtel Now this pint-sized PC-on-a-stick can actually go as fast as your internet connection.
This PC is ideal as a kiosk or tiny form factor web based workstation. Just plug it into a HDMI port on any monitor, TV or in my case projector and you have a workstation that is much more portable than most netbooks. In fact, I took this with me on a recent overseas trip and this combined with a projector, bluetooth keyboard and mouse gave me a capable workstation for keeping on top of day to day business. This total package managed to fit nicely into carry on luggage eliminating the need to deal with the security screening we are used to with our laptops not to mention the hassle of lugging a laptop bag that screams “Steal me!”.
The USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports allow you to connect an external hard drive which allows you to expand the existing storage, Bluetooth 4.1 should connect to just about anything you have and provide some good range, 3.5mm audio jack for headphones or speakers and a HDMI connector with optional flexible extender will have you plugged into any display that is handy.
Also supporting WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, this Windows 10 PC retailing around the AUD$200 mark is a great “spare” or “burner” PC that can get you out of a bind or be your ultimate travel companion.
For playing or streaming videos, accessing work systems (over a VPN of course), connecting with home while abroad or working as a kiosk this fun little PC is a great little performer.
Before this system goes back to ASUS, I will be looking at installing MAME to play some of the old games from my childhood. Frogger anyone?