Want to know what would happen if you took Intel's Next Unit of Computing (NUC)
and swapped out the chassis for one with a "Zen design," installed premium SonicMaster speakers into the device, and traded the built-in Wi-Fi card for one that supports 802.11ac? You'd end up with Asus
' slim, sleek, and stylish VivoPC.
The VivoPC is essentially a better looking NUC with some intriguing upgrades, though to be fair, it's also a somewhat larger box. Intel's NUC measures 4.59 inches by 4.41 inches by 1.55 inches, whereas the VivoPC measures 7.48 inches by 7.48 inches by 2.21 inches. It's a bigger device for sure, though we wouldn't classify either one as "big" in of itself.
Packed inside the aluminum chassis is an Intel processor of some sort with Intel HD integrated graphics (Asus hasn't yet provided platform specific details, though cross your fingers for Haswell). It also supports a single 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch SATA 6Gbps storage drive and has two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots supporting up to 16GB of RAM, two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, 10/100 Ethernet LAN, HDMI output, a VGA port, and audio jacks. Gaining access to the guts of the device is as simple as sliding the top off.
The VivoPC will be available sometime in the third quarter of 2013. Asus hasn't yet said how much it will cost, as specs are still being finalized.