ASUS VivoStick PC ‏(TS10)‏ Reviewed

ASUS VivoStick PC ‏(TS10)‏

ASUS VivoStick PC ‏(TS10)‏

The ASUS VivoStick PC (TS10) is a Windows 10 PC in your pocket that provides a desktop style experience on any HDMI enabled screen. Powered by Intel’s Atom™ processor it’s capable of turning any TV, monitor or projector into a fully functional Windows 10 PC and its size makes it useful in almost every situation.

ASUS VivoStick PC ‏(TS10)‏ specifications:
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
CPUIntel® Atom™ x5-Z8350 Processor
GraphicIntel® HD Graphics
Memory2 GB
LPDDR3 at 1600MHz
Storage32GB eMMC
100G ASUS Webstorage for 1 Year free usage
Wireless Data Network802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth V4.1
Side I/O Ports1 x Micro USB (For Power Only)
1 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
1 x Audio Jack(s) (Mic/Headphone Combo)
Front I/O Ports1 x HDMI Out
Power Supply18 W Power adapter
Dimensions135 x 36 x 16.5 mm (WxDxH)
Weight0.075 kg
ColorBlack
AccessoriesAC Adaptor
Power Cord
Warranty Card
Quick Start Guide
SoftwareAnti-Virus Trial
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Remote GO!
ASUS Business Manager
ASUS Product Registration Program (APRP)
ASUS WebStorage
Cloud Storage Space - 100G ASUS Webstorage for 1 Year free usage
EZ Update
Media Streamer
Office Trial

Performance

Processor

Maxon’s Cinebench R15 was run to compare the VivoStick’s performance against other configurations in Maxon’s performance database.

Cinebench benchmark results

Cinebench benchmark results

SSD

The AS SSD Benchmark tool is a standard SSD benchmark tool that we use to test SSDs here. Not quite the speeds you find with larger SSD drives but still fast enough for our needs.

AS SSD Benchmark

AS SSD Benchmark

Software

Included Software

Kodi

Kodi media software was used to test the VivoStick’s capabilities with 1080p video streaming. We had issues getting raw footage from a GoPro to play back with the footage freezing shortly after starting. This was consistent with any video played.

Spinning wheel of death

Spinning wheel of death

That said, all processed 1080p content played back fine without any issue.

Kodi 1080p playback

Kodi 1080p playback

Final Thoughts

The ASUS VivoStick was the first “stick” based form factor device that we have reviewed and we were quite pleased with only a few areas of improvement noted. Firstly, 32GB of storage seems quite limiting in this day and age considering how quickly the OS and a handful of applications can consume storage. Secondly, and also related to storage, we felt that the device had too much pre-installed bloatware.

However, the overall experience with the ASUS VivoStick was quite positive. The TS10 provides a good range of connectivity options as well as USB 3.0 and 2.0 support. Connecting an external drive or power source is painless and everything worked as expected. Whilst the performance wasn’t that of an uber gaming rig, it was still modest enough to provide flawless 1080P streaming to our display.

A great little device for travelling, work or play.

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