The innovative hardware just kept on coming during Asus’ Computex 2013 press conference, and just before the firm announced the Transformer Book Trio, it talked about the VivoPC and the VivoMouse. These two are clearly designed to be used together, as the VivoPC is ideally suited as a home theater PC, and the wireless VivoMouse has been designed to make navigating Windows 8 a breeze.
Asus’ VivoPC is small and stylish, measuring a mere 56mm tall, with a footprint that’s apparently smaller than, “A sheet of A4 paper.” As it turns out, it’s much smaller, as it’s 190mm square. The VivoPC’s precise specifications are hard to come by at the moment, but we do know it’s 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.
The VivoPC runs Windows 8 and thanks to 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 are built into the case, plus the PC has 802.11ac Wi-Fi support.
As for the VivoMouse, it really doesn’t look like any mouse we’ve seen before. The flat, ergonomic shape enables one-handed use, and control of the circular touchpad which recognizes Windows 8 gestures. Alternatively, it can be used as a regular optical mouse if you’d prefer, a feature which sums up Asus’ love of providing as many different options as possible to its users.
Asus will release the VivoPC and VivoMouse after the summer, but there’s no information on where it’ll do so, how much either will cost, or if the pair will be packaged together. As always, we’ll update you when we know more.
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