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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:37 am    Post subject: Windows-8-based-Mac-Mini-competitor-Vivopc Reply with quote

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/laptops/news/asus-launches-windows-8-based-mac-mini-competitor-vivopc-375094
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unless it's an optical illusion from the pictures, the vivopc looks to be trapezoidal, becoming wider as you descend from the top. I don't like that feature. Other than that I would think it's a nice looking design. The mouse looks especially interesting and innovative.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Asus is making some really nice products these days. They are also very reliable. It will be interesting to see how this machine is priced.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben Tex wrote:
Asus is making some really nice products these days. They are also very reliable. It will be interesting to see how this machine is priced.


Yes they are...they are coming out with a dual boot Android and Windows 8 laptop/ tablet


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure what it offers in the way of ports on the back, but the overall styling isn't bad. But why even consider buying a device that just runs Windows? A Mac mini gives you OS X, Windows and more. You are getting the biggest OS bang for your buck. Plus, how is Asus for support and service? You have a problem with your Mac mini and you just bring it into an Apple Store.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:47 am    Post subject: New ASUS Transformer Infinity TF700 Reply with quote

I am waiting for the release of the new Transformer:

http://press.asus.com/events/asus-new-transformer-pad-infinity.php
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

curt wrote:
I'm not sure what it offers in the way of ports on the back,

from the text in the supplied link...
"As for connectivity, the VivoPC offers USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and HDMI ports with an SD card reader. There is also optical audio output, a VGA port and audio in/ out.".
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jb wrote:
from the text in the supplied link...
"As for connectivity, the VivoPC offers USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and HDMI ports with an SD card reader. There is also optical audio output, a VGA port and audio in/ out.".

Missed that one. Embarassed

I still think you're better off with a Mac mini. At least when it comes to specs, usability and service. The Mac mini should also catch up to 802.11ac spec with Haswell. I do like the overall looks of the machine though. And that 802.11ac and 3.5-inch drive bay.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:20 am    Post subject: VivoPC for marine navigation? Reply with quote

I've been using a Mac Mini as a navigation computer aboard a sailboat since 2009. It's worked great but I need to upgrade since the Windows based PC navigation program has gotten more demanding with each version. I was waiting to see if Apple would offer the Haswell Mac mini, but found this post on the ASUS VivoPro.

Since I'm only running one PC program and the VivoPro is easily upgradable and the Mac Mini is not, this seems like a great replacement. I don't understand why Apple has made end user RAM and HD upgrades almost impossible on their products. Connectivity and upgradability on for the VivoPro is excellent.

Does anyone see any red flags for my application? We do have plenty of Mac i things onboard so if I need some function only available on an Apple product we certainly will have that.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like it should be fine.

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