Asus VivoStick Pocket-Sized PC model: TS10-B017D

Asus VivoStick Pocket-Sized PC

Quick Description

In a format this compact, you can't expect a whole lot of power but this tiny computer can definitely come in handy. It's strong enough to run your presentation on a projector or TV and it will play videos on the big screen without a hitch.

The supplied mobile app lets you control the VivoStick remotely but you will likely want to get a wireless keyboard and trackpad if you intend to use it on a regular basis.

Overall, it's a great way to turn a TV into a smart device at little cost.

This is a good stationary computer for...

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this stationary computer which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Input Devices not included. Which usually means you will have to supply your own Keyboard and Mouse. You might already have a set from your previous computer. Otherwise, you will have to buy new ones. $40-$219

Screenless. If you don't already have a monitor from your last computer, you could connect this stationary computer to a TV or get a new monitor.$115-$650

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this stationary computer.$30-$150

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $240 on accessories, for a total cost of $410.

Available at 2 locations, from $166

Based on 873 days of observation, the Asus VivoStick Pocket-Sized PC usually costs ~$170 in Canada. If you were waiting for this stationary computer to drop in price, this could be the day you were waiting for.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the Asus VivoStick Pocket-Sized PC to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon or Memory Express at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the Asus VivoStick Pocket-Sized PC ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Stationary Computers

Bang for the Buck0.5/5
Versatility for the Price2.5/5
Price0/5
Durability0.5/5
Power0/5
General-purpose power0/5
Graphical power0.5/5
Memory0/5
Storage0/5
Portability5/5
AutonomyN/A
Ease of Maintenance0.5/5

Ultra-Compacts

Bang for the Buck4/5
Versatility for the Price5/5
Price0/5
Durability4/5
Power1.5/5
General-purpose power1.5/5
Graphical power1.5/5
Memory2.5/5
Storage2.5/5
Portability5/5
AutonomyN/A
Ease of Maintenance4/5

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck2/5
Versatility for the Price3/5
Price0.5/5
Durability2.5/5
Power0.5/5
General-purpose power0.5/5
Graphical power0.5/5
Memory0.5/5
Storage1/5
Portability5/5
AutonomyN/A
Ease of Maintenance1/5

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Windows
Processor: Intel Atom x5-Z8350
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
Memory: 2.00 GB
Storage: 32.00 GB
Screen Size: No built-in screen.
Dimensions: 13.50 × 3.60 × 1.65 cm
Weight: 0.08 kg

The features

  • Fixed storage: Solid State (very fast)
  • HDMI
  • USB 2
  • USB 3
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • External Power Brick
  • USB Type-A
  • Multiple Monitor Support

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Memory Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated
Data Storage4/10Can be extended but not replaced
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 0/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 2/5
    Music Production 0/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 2/5
    Photo Editing 0/5
    Video Editing 0/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 2/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 0/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (4 / 4)

Texts & Numbers (0 / 6)

Drawing and Illustrations (1 / 8)

Audio & Visual medias (0 / 2)

3D and CAD (0 / 8)

Music Production (1 / 7)

Photo Editing (0 / 3)

Video Editing (0 / 8)

Video Games (1 / 17)

Enthusiast Games (1 / 47)

Triple-A Video Games (1 / 48)

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