Price (RRP): $1259
ASUS VivoMini UN68U is a member of the VivoMini family. There are currently 17 variations on the theme of the ultra-compact, fully featured VivoMini’s available.
So, in many respects, this is more about VivoMini than a specific model.
What is an ASUS Vivomini UN68U?
(Australian webpage here)
Let’s start by saying the Mini-format originally came from Intel as a NUC (Next Unit of Computing). Typically, it is a small form factor, 100 to 130mm square containing everything you need. They end up in interesting places.
For example, as they are VESA mountable many enterprises put them on the back of a monitor screen (most recent models support up to dual 4K monitors). It saves desk space and considerable energy.
I have seen them controlling shopping centre and shop signage where inbuilt Wi-Fi and Bluetooth make for easy updates.
Frequently uses are for MPC (Media PC) where you only need a basic PC to access media stored on NAS devices.
Perhaps the most interesting is on a fleet of giant mining trucks doing everything from engine monitoring to load statistics.
With so many models and types to choose from you will find exactly what you need from a barebones Celeron at $129 to the i5-8250U (as tested) at $1259. The top of the range 8th generation core i7-8550U is $1389.
What is inside an ASUS VivoMini UN68U?
An all-in-one motherboard that has
- 2 x SO-DIMM LPDDR4 memory slots (can take up to 2 x 16GB) 8GB tested
- Support for Intel Optane memory
- Either Intel 8th generation four-core, i7-8550U or i5-8250U Processor (as tested)
- Intel UHD Graphics 620 that supports dual 4K (or lower) or one 5K monitor
- Wi-Fi AC, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth 4.2 (on an M.2 2230 slot – upgradable)
- Space for 2.5” Hard disk
- 2. 2242/2280 slot for PCIe NVMe 3.0 x 4 lane SSD (Test unit has a Hynix 256GB M.2 SATA/600 SSD)
- 2 x USB-A 3.1 Gen 2, 10Gbps, including 5V/1.5A sleep charging
- 2 x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, 5Gbps, 5V/.5A charging
- 5mm audio combo jack
- SD card reader
- Kensington lock slot
- Windows 10 Pro (or Home)
Power is via a 19V, 3.42A (65W) brick.
So, add a keyboard, mouse (or Bluetooth version) and plug it into a Monitor or 4K TV and you are away.