Asus Upgrades its line of VivoPC mini desktop computers for 4K compatiblity
by Stephan Jukic – October 31, 2014
Taiwanese PC and notebook manufacturer Asus is already known for building high-end 4K products in the form of both laptops such as the 15.6 inch Zenbook NX500 and also monitors such as the company’s Q321Q 31.5 inch PC monitors.
Now the company is also bringing 4K capable additions to its VivoPC family of mini-PCs by updating the tiny machines to be capable of supporting Ultra HD resolutions despite these devices not being much larger than a thick DVD case.
The small size of the Asus mini PCs allows them to fit easily and unobtrusively in almost any space, including studios, living rooms and offices. Yet despite this compactness, they are capable of delivering UHD content from the internet, their own HDD units or a connected storage device (such as a 4K camera) right to a 4K TV or PC monitor.
The current two models of VivoPC machines consist of the VM62N and the VM42 and while both are made to handle a lot more than their size would indicate, the VM62N is definitely the real Ultra HD ready machine of the pair.
It features a fourth generation Intel Core processor and also includes a stand-alone Nvidia GeForce graphics cards that are actually designed to put out enough raw power to handle 4K rendering in a PC screen.
Nvidia is the maker of the same graphics cards currently being used in the latest gaming PC s and laptops from Origin PC and Toshiba.
On the other hand, the VM42 mini PC features a pretty basic Intel Celeron Processor and an integrated HD GPU that isn’t really built to handle serious 4K image rendering.
However, both mini PCs are capable of easily handling memory upgrades thanks to Vivo Dualbay, which is designed to allow two extra 2.5 inch HD drives to easily be attached.
Users can also choose between having their hard drive memory come in SSD form or the cheaper but normally larger HDD format.
Overall, these two mini PCs are part of a wider trend in the direction of smaller desktop PC s that can handle various processing and video rendering needs but lack the ugly bulk of the still popular tower design of many desktop PCs.
Given the slow but constant creep of Ultra HD visual resolutions into the desktop computer industry, building smaller computer “brains” is going to be a crucial factor in making desktop PCs that are compact and sleek enough to be considered popular replacements for notebooks instead of just necessities for work and gaming needs.
The 4K Ultra HD PC monitors that Asus also produces will make an excellent test worthy addition to the company’s new 4K capable mini PCs.
Story by 4k.com