The Asus VivoPC is a small desktop computer with an Intel Celeron processor, Windows 8 64-bit software, and a case that’s designed to look at home in your living room.
Asus unveiled the tiny desktop in June, and now it’s available for purchase in the US for around $320 and up.
While you could probably find a cheaper desktop PC that packs more power, it won’t be this small. The Asus VivoPC measures about 7.5″ x 7.5″ x 2.2 and weighs less than 2.7 pounds.
There are also smaller desktop computers like the Intel NUC or Zotac Zbox line — but they tend to be more expensive than a VivoPC once you configure them with memory, storage, and an operating system.
The Asus VivoPC isn’t exactly going to replace your high-end gaming PC, but it should perform well as a basic home theater PC for streaming internet video, surfing the web, playing light games, or even recording television programs (if you have a USB or network-attached TV tuner).
Asus equips the little computer with 4GB of RAM, a 500GB, 7200RPM hard drive, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 1.5 GHz Intel Celeron 1007U dual-core processor with Intel HD graphics.
Other features include Gigabit Ethernet, an SD card slot, optical S/PDIF output, VGA and HDMI ports, and 2 USB 3.0 ports and 4 USB 2.0 ports.