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ASUS is bringing back PCs to your living room or pretty much trying to make a PC-equivalent of the Mac Mini called the Vivo PC which was announced at Computex this year. It has been designed to be small and fits in with your home office and living room, being only 56mm thin and has a metal finish.
After announcing a number of tablets and hybrids, ASUS unveiled the VivoPC that doubles up as a home theatre as well. The device has been introduced with the VivoMouse which is a new touch-pad clad wireless mouse, and features a set of enhancements including Asus’s SonicMaster technology for better audio quality.
The VivoPC runs Windows 8 and with a removable top, the hardware is easily upgradeable in the future, as inside is a drive bay with space for either a 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch SATA hard drive. The memory slots are also accessible at this point, although Asus hasn’t stated how much RAM the VivoPC comes with as standard. A pair of stereo SonicMaster speakers is built into the case, plus the PC has 802.11ac Wi-Fi support.
The VivoPC’s precise specifications are hard to come by at the moment, but we do know its Intel powered, and comes with an integrated Intel HD graphics card, plus that it has six USB ports, two of which are USB 2.0, and the other four are USB 3.0.
Asus claimed that the VivoMouse is first of its kind.The futuristic-looking device is not the first to try to reinvent the mouse, but it functions as a wireless remote, making it quite a versatile little thing. The circular trackpad supports Windows 8 multi-touch gestures such as pinch to zoom, rotate and Start menu toggle.
The VivoMouse will operate like a traditional mouse, it can also be picked up and used mid-air thanks to the trackpad, allowing users to still control the mouse cursor and scroll up and down the page. Moreover, the VivoMouse offers a unique, ergonomic shape that should translate to not only comfort, but should enable one-handed use when it’s not placed on a hard surface. If you’re looking for a device to control your living room media PC, the VivoMouse might turn out to be a good choice.
Asus hasn’t said if the VivoMouse will ship with the VivoPC or how much it will cost. They did however say that it will ship sometime in Q3 of this year.