ASUS Showcases Mini PCs – ROG GR8, VivoPC, VivoMini, and ChromeBox

 

More space on your table, power efficient, value for money.

ASUS showcased their compact, svelte, and elegant MiniPCs last April 17, 2015 in R Space, Makati City: the high-performance, built-for-gaming ASUS ROG GR8, the smaller-than-an-A4-sheet-of-paper ASUS VivoPC, the even smaller and sleeker ASUS VivoMini, and the speedy and secure full Chrome OS experience ASUS ChromeBox.

ASUS Mini PCs, ASUS ROG GR8

ASUS MiniPCs mean more space in your workspace (less bulk, easier to move around when cleaning). Small doesn’t mean less powerful. You’d be surprised. Full specs at the end of this post.

Play Without Limits: the ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) GR8

Compact and powerful, the ROG GR8 blends console size with gaming PC specs. With has a chassis with a volume of only 2.5 liters, and running on an Intel Core-i7 processor and an Nvidia GTX 750Ti graphics card, the ROG GR8 is more than adequate to run the latest games in high detail and at 1080p resolution. It also incorporates ROG gaming features such as the Sonic Radar II, GameFirst III, and Sonic Studio.

The ROG GR8 comes with an ASUS M801 mechanical keyboard and an ROG Gladius mouse and is available at PC Express, Villman, Thinking Tools Cebu for SRP PhP 57,990.

Great Things Come in Small Packages

Occupying a space smaller than an A4 paper, the VivoPC is perfect for inconspicuous placing – be it behind monitors or TVs via VESA mounts, underneath desks, or simply on tabletops.

The VivoPC’s storage and memory can be upgraded – it can accommodate a single 3.5” desktop HDD, or two 2.5” HDDs or SSDs, while its memory can be upgraded up to 16GB. It is also compatible with the latest 802.11ac standard for high-speed wireless connectivity.

The ASUS VivoPC is available at PC Express, Villman, Gigahertz, Octagon,  PC Square, BCG Computers,PC Cartel, Infoworx, Concept, IECC, Thinking Tools, Gaisano, Laser Marketing, Columbia Computers starting at SRP PhP 16,990.

Small Size Without Compromise

Though smaller than the VivoPC, the VivoMini skimps on neither performance nor functionality. It runs on Intel Core-i processors with 4GB of RAM which can be upgraded to 16GB. It utilizes a 32GB mSATA SSD which is also upgradeable to 256GB. The VivoMini supports 4K and up to three independent displays. It also operates silently, generating only 18.5dB and consuming 6.95W at idle. Price and availability to be announced.

Get the Full Experience of Google’s ChromeOS in the ASUS ChromeBox

The perfect partner for those looking out for the best Chrome OS experience, the ASUS ChromeBox blends efficiency with formidable hardware. Google’s Chrome OS promises speed with constant updates in security, supported with a wide variety of applications. This little box is powered by an Intel Core-i7 processor for speed, further complimented with 4GB of RAM and 16GB of SSD storage. The ASUS ChromeBox is priced at SRP P49,099.00; availability to be announced.

Here are the full specs for each ASUS MiniPC.

ASUS ROG GR8

Processor Intel® Core™ i7-4510U Processor
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 750Ti Graphicsw/ 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
Operating system Windows® 8.1or Windows® 8.1 Pro
Memory &
storage
1600MHz DDR3L memory (up to 16GB)2 x SO-DIMM
SATA 6Gb/s;1 x 2.5″ 1TB 7200rpm HDD, or2.5″ 256G SSD1 x 2.5” extension bay for HDD/SSD
Free 100GB of ASUS WebStorage for 12 months
Networks Intel® Gigabit LAN
Wireless Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Connectivity Front
1 x Headphone1 x MIC-in2 x USB 2.0 (1 with USB Charger)Rear3 x Audio jacks (LINE_IN/LINE_OUT/MIC)1 x S/PDIF optical out1 x HDMI (support Ultra HD 4K)1 x DisplayPort (support Ultra HD 4K)1 x LAN(RJ45)

4 x USB 3.0

1 x 19V DC-in

1 x Kensington lock

Power consumption 19V DC, 6.32A, 120W Power Adapter0.4W when off, 13W at idle, 70 to 77W at full 3D loads
ROG-exclusive features SupremeFX AudioSonic SoundStageSonic SenseAmpSonic StudioSonic Radar IIGameFirst III

Miracast Receiver

Bundled software Kaspersky Anti-Virus (1-year full license)AiSuite IIIASUS HomeCloud with Wi-Fi GO!/Media Streamer
DTS Connect
Accessories M801 gaming mechanical keyboard (optional)ROG Gladius gaming mouse (optional)
120W AC adapterPower cordUser ManualQuick Start GuideWarranty Card
Size Max. 238 x 245 x 60 mm (2.5-liter chassis)
Weight 1.284kg
Processor Intel® Core™ i7-4510U Processor
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 750Ti Graphicsw/ 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
Operating system Windows® 8.1or Windows® 8.1 Pro

 

ASUS Vivo PC

Processor Intel i5 4210U
RAM 8GB (Upgrdable)
Storage 1TB (Dual Bay)
2 x 2.5” (Dual Bay)
Display Nvdia Geforce 820M 1GB Discrete
HDMI/DP Ports
Audio Sonicmaster
Built-in Speakers
3.5 Jack/Optical
Connectivity 802.11 B/G/N/AC Wi-Fi
10/100/1000 LAN
V4.0 Bluetooth
OS Windows 8.1 Single Language
 Service 3 Years Warranty
Accessories
Vesa Mount
VGA Dongle
Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
I/O 4 – USB 3.0
1 – Card reader (SD/MMC)
Features Sonicmaster
WiFi GO
4K capability
Dual Bay

 

ASUS Chrome Box

OS Chrome OS
CPU Intel® Core™ i7-4600U Processor
Intel® Core™ i3-4010U Processor
Intel® Celeron 2955U Processor
Memory 2GB / 4GB x DDR3-1600MHz; 2 x SO-DIMM
Graphics Integrated – Intel® HD Graphics (up to 4400)
Storage 16GB M.2 (NGFF) SSD
LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps
Wireless Dual Band 802.11 a/b/g/n; Bluetooth V4.0
Interface 1 x 2-in-1 Card Reader
4 x USB3.0
1 x HDMI*
1 x DisplayPort ++*
1 x LAN (RJ45) Port
1 x Audio Jack (Mic-in/Speaker-out)
1 x Kensington Lock
1 x DC-in
Power Supply 65W Power
Dimension 124 x 124 x 42 mm
  * supports Ultra HD 4K for Core-i SKU

 

ASUS Vivo Mini

OS Chrome OS
CPU Intel® Core™ i7-4600U Processor
Intel® Core™ i3-4010U Processor
Intel® Celeron 2955U Processor
Memory 2GB / 4GB x DDR3-1600MHz; 2 x SO-DIMM
Graphics Integrated – Intel® HD Graphics (up to 4400)
Storage 16GB M.2 (NGFF) SSD
LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps
Wireless Dual Band 802.11 a/b/g/n; Bluetooth V4.0
Interface 1 x 2-in-1 Card Reader
4 x USB3.0
1 x HDMI*
1 x DisplayPort ++*
1 x LAN (RJ45) Port
1 x Audio Jack (Mic-in/Speaker-out)
1 x Kensington Lock
1 x DC-in
Power Supply 65W Power
Dimension 124 x 124 x 42 mm
  * supports Ultra HD 4K for Core-i SKU

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.