ASUS VivoStick TS10-B174D

Remember the Intel Compute Stick? It is a PC key that transforms any display into a computer, an interesting concept that has never taken off, especially due to the limits imposed by the form factor, until Santa Clara decided to abandon the project. However, in those few years of “existence”, the Compute Stick has managed to carve out a market niche with a small community that is still very interested in similar solutions today. And it is precisely by targeting this clientele that ASUS has introduced a new version of its key: VivoStick TS10-B174D has more RAM and Windows 10 Pro.

ASUS VivoStick TS10-B174D

First presented in 2015, the ASUS VivoStick TS10 was based on the Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor (Cherry Trail with 4 Airmont CPU cores) with 2GB of LPDDR3-1600 RAM and 32GB of eMMC memory. The recently updated model uses the same chassis and the same SoC (yes unfortunately still an Atom) but with 4GB of LPDDR3 memory at 1600Hz and 64GB of storage space. In addition, the new unit runs on Windows 10 Pro, which replaces Windows 10 Home used in the first generation.

For the rest, the two keys are equivalent. ASUS VivoStick TS10-B174D is substantially unchanged from its previous version: it still has WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB Type-A ports (2.0 and 3.0), a Micro USB port for power supply, an audio combo jack and a HDMI 1.4 port for video output. In short, there are no big news compared to five years ago, but with the Intel Compute Stick out of the game, the ASUS stick will not fear any competition.

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The first VivoStick TS10 with Windows 10 Home was designed primarily for consumer and SOHO applications but, with the updated VivoStick TS10, ASUS seems to enlarge its niche a bit by accessing “Pro” features such as support for Active Directory and Microsoft Update for Business. Potentially, ASUS will be able to target the new VivoStick TS10 keys to customers who need affordable Mini PCs with business-grade functionality and security.

ASUS VivoStick TS10-B174D

As far as we know, ASUS introduced the VivoStick PC TS10-B174D in Japan and did not communicate the price. We do not know if the distribution will also be extended to other markets, including the European one

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