ASUS VivoMini-V VM65N

Mo­bile tech on your desk­top.

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The VivoMini-V VM65N im­ple­ments mo­bile lap­top hard­ware into a mini-PC form fac­tor driven by ap­plied sim­plic­ity.

It has a beau­ti­fully min­i­mal chas­sis, with cir­cu­lar brushed alu­minium fin­ish on the top. The top slides off with a tool-less de­sign re­veal­ing an op­tion to in­stall ei­ther a sin­gle 3.5-inch stor­age de­vice or two 2.5-inch ones. Un­der the stor­age com­part­ment is a small latch for ac­cess to the SO-DIMM RAM in­stal­la­tion slots.

The sam­ple we tested fea­tured two 2.5-inch Sam­sung 750 Evo 120GB SSDs in RAID 0. While those solid-state drives are a bit dated, it didn’t stop that RAID 0 setup from get­ting up near the 1GB/s trans­fer speed for se­quen­tial read and write, hit­ting ap­prox­i­mately 925MB/s read and 940MB/s write speeds — the in­creased speeds par­tic­u­larly demon­strat­ing a di­rect ben­e­fit of the RAID 0 con­fig.

The I/O fit-out is strong too, with six USB ports (four USB 3.0, two USB 3.1), Dis­playPort, HDMI, Eth­er­net port and a 4-in-1 card reader. Those in the mar­ket for a new bare­bone HTPC so­lu­tion will ap­pre­ci­ate the S/PDIF out­put for link­ing to a hi-fi or home theatre au­dio setup.

Draw­ing on its mo­bile hard­ware roots, the VM65N fea­tures an Nvidia GeForce 930M GPU, though don’t ex­pect HD gam­ing with all the eye candy on max. The plat­form im­ple­ments a hy­brid GPU switch­ing mech­a­nism, us­ing the CPU’s iGPU when un­der light load or idling, then en­gag­ing the Geforce 930M when re­quired. This sig­nif­i­cantly re­duces the plat­form power us­age for lighter tasks.

$759; AS TESTED, $1,099 (BASED ON TI COM­PUT­ERS MODEL US­ING 2 CRU­CIAL MX300 275GB SSDS) | WWW.ASUS.COM/AU

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