ASUS VivoMini-V VM65N
Mobile tech on your desktop.
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