ASUS VivoStick TS10

Stick it to your dumb-TV.

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Mea­sur­ing 18mm longer than the equiv­a­lent In­tel Com­pute Stick (see the nexy page), this doesn’t im­pede on the TS10 pre­sent­ing a diminu­tive foot­print. By com­par­i­son with the In­tel TK1AW32SC, the at­ten­tion to de­sign de­tails of the TS10 de­liv­ers a so­lu­tion that both looks and feels nicer.

The TS10 suf­fers from the same re­source re­stric­tions as the STK1AW32SC. This state­ment rings true whether the com­par­i­son is in re­la­tion to the spe­cific pro­cess­ing power, mem­ory den­sity, stor­age speed and den­sity, or pe­riph­eral con­nec­tiv­ity.

Buy­ing into this so­lu­tion re­quires un­der­stand­ing these short­com­ings and the im­pact on gen­eral user ex­pe­ri­ence. Due to hav­ing only 2GB of mem­ory, mul­ti­task­ing ca­pa­bil­ity is sig­nif­i­cantly lim­ited. Thanks to the Atom CPU, the pro­cess­ing power is con­strained. With only a 32GB eMMC drive, both the stor­age per­for­mance and avail­able disk space are low. No sig­nif­i­cant com­put­ing will take place on this unit.

USB con­nec­tiv­ity is lim­ited to two ports. This cre­ates a co­nun­drum for many users, es­pe­cially those with­out Blue­tooth pe­riph­er­als.

So what’s good? Well, it’s an in­ter­est­ing new com­put­ing fron­tier and one that is set to im­prove sig­nif­i­cantly as the as­so­ci­ated tech­nolo­gies evolve. Also, there are other handy in­clu­sions such as the 3.5mm mic-in/au­dio-out combo lack­ing on the In­tel equiv­a­lent, though pho­tog­ra­phers will likely pre­fer the SD card slot on the In­tel unit.

For now, we’d wait to ex­plore gen­er­a­tion two.


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