Asus adds Windows 10 VivoStick to PC-on-a-stick pile

The $129 HDMI dongle is cheaper than Intel's Compute Stick and includes an additional USB port, but is that enough to get anyone to buy one?


The PC on a stick is definitely a trend, if for no other reason than the number of manufacturers that have raced to squeeze a computer into the form of a dongle. Intel gave the nascent market its seal of approval with its Compute Stick, and now PC makers are starting to flood store shelves with similar micro-systems. Already we've seen PC sticks from Dell, Lenovo, and Archos, among others, running Windows, Android, Chrome, or Linux.

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Asus has already joined the party with its Chromebit, though it still hasn't shipped the unit despite Google's announcement a few months ago. Nonetheless, it's decided to double down with its new VivoStick, a Windows 10 PC stick that is cheaper than the Windows-based Compute Stick with similar specs.

Like the Compute Stick and Lenovo's Ideacentre Stick 300, the VivoStick will include an Intel quad-core Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of built-in storage, and integrated Wi-Fi. The Asus dongle does have two USB 2.0 ports instead of one, and as the picture above shows, it has a couple of color choices beyond basic black.

At $129, the VivoStick will cost $20 less than the Compute Stick's list price and the same as the Lenovo Stick 300, but $30 more than the Archos PC Stick, which includes the same basic components. It may also soon be behind the tech curve as Intel is planning to update the Compute Stick with a more powerful Skylake Core M processor.

We still don't know whether there's enough interest in PC sticks to ensure that the VivoStick will be a success. (Then again, Asus hasn't announced a release date for it yet.) Do you have interest in attaching the VivoStick -- or any other PC stick -- to your HDTV? Let us know in the discussion section below.