ASUS VivoMini UN65U Mini PC Reviewed

ASUS VivoMini UN65U

ASUS VivoMini UN65U
9.3

Installation

10.0/10

Performance

9.0/10

Features

9.0/10

Pros

  • Design
  • Great performance
  • VESA mount

Cons

  • Price
  • Low 3D benchmark
ASUS VivoMini UN65U Mini PC

The ASUS VivoMini UN65U mini PC, is a small form factor unit powered by Intel and Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. It’s available in 3 variants based on the Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 processors, the VivoMini also comes with 4K UHD support and VESA mount making them quite appealing as the hub of your media environment.

The full specs of the VivoMini UN65U are noted in the table below:
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home - ASUS recommends Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Pro
CPUIntel® 7th generation Core™ i7-7500U Processor
Intel® 7th generation Core™ i5-7200U Processor
Intel® 7th generation Core™ i3-7100U Processor
ChipsetIntegrated
GraphicIntel® HD Graphics 620
Memory4 GB Up to 32 GB Dual Channel, DDR4 at 2133MHz
Storage2.5" Up to 1TB Hard Drive
32GB Up to 256GB M.2 SSD
Wireless Data Network802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth V4.1 , or 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.0
LAN10/100/1000 Mbps
Side I/O Ports1 x 4 -in-1 Card Reader
1 x Kensington Lock
Front I/O Ports2 x USB 3.0
Back I/O Ports2 x USB 3.0
1 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
1 x RJ45 LAN
1 x DC-in
1 x Audio Jack(s)
Card Reader4-in-1: SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC
Power Supply65 W Power adapter
Dimensions131 x 131 x 52 mm (WxDxH)
Weight0.7 kg
ColorMidnight Blue
AccessoriesKeyboard (Wired/Wireless, USB)
Mouse (Wired/Wireless, USB)
AC Adaptor
Power Cord
Warranty Card
User Manual
VESA Mount Kit
SoftwareAnti-Virus Trial
Remote GO!
ASUS Business Manager
ASUS Product Registration Program (APRP)
ASUS Remote Management Tool (RMT)
ASUS WebStorage
Media Streamer
Office 2016 Trial

We reviewed the 8GB i5 version and confirmed the specifications with CPU-Z:

Design & Build

As expected, the ASUS VivoMini UN65U is a sleek and compact unit. It needs to be small in design as the UN65U can also be VESA mounted directly to the back of your display making it a great media device alternative when the “stick” PCs don’t cut it. The front of the UN65U are a couple of USB 3.0 ports and the power button:

Front USB ports

The left side contains a multi memory card slot supporting SD, SDHC, SDXC and MMC cards:

Memory card slots on the side

The other side has a Kensington lock if you need to secure the devices. Handy when this is used in public areas:

Kensington lock on the side

The rear of the UN65U is where the rest of the ports are:

Rear ports

You would have noticed the minimal air vents around the case, this is because the bulk of them are under the base:

Plenty of cooling holes on the base

We also popped the base off to see how easy it is to upgrade the RAM and storage:

Easy access to the memory and storage cards

Performance

The ASUS VivoMini UN65U comes with Windows 10 installed and a handle of ASUS specific apps and a trial version of Microsoft Office 2016. We installed VLC media player and hit some 4K videos first up:

CPU load during 4K playback
CPU load during 4K playback

The UN65U didn’t miss a beat playing back our sample videos and the CPU loads were well within reasonable limits. Pretty happy with 4K playback, we ran CrystalDiskMark to see how fast the M.2 SSD was and we were not disappointed:

CrystalDiskMark benchmark results

Copying files over the LAN gave us impressive peaks as well as we had no problems saturating the gigabit link:

Copying files from the LAN to the UN65U

Finally, we ran FutureMark’s 3DMark:

3D Mark results

The low score was to be expected as the mini PC is more suited to multimedia playback rather than 3D gaming or video editing.

Final Thoughts

The price and low 3D benchmark scores are the only negatives I found with the ASUS VivoMini UN65U. Overall, this was a great little mini PC and perfect for most multimedia use cases. The VESA mount option and 4K playback capability puts the UN65U at the front of the pack.

The M.2 SSD and gigabit LAN are more than capable of serving up high resolution videos and the unit played back our sample 4K videos with ease, showing no sign of CPU strain. If you are in the market for a little media-centric pocket rocket, take a look at the ASUS VivoMini UN65U.

Highly Recommended

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New From: $449.00 USD In Stock

Post Author: Noeneel Sharma

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