Honest Review of Asus Vivostick Windows 10 Stick PC – TS10-B017D

Honest Review of Asus Vivostick Windows 10 Stick PC – TS10-B017D

Honest Review of Asus Vivostick

Honest Review of Asus Vivostick Windows 10 Stick PC – TS10-B017D

Hello beautiful people. My name is Zahir Shaikh and welcome to soundhundindia.in.(There is sound There is life). So today we’re looking at the Asus Vivostick Windows 10 Stick PC – TS10-B017D. 

Here you get Honest Review of Asus Vivostick Windows 10 Stick PC, technical information and detail of this products. 

  • Hardware overview

  • USB 3.0 interference with WiFi

  • CPU fan and thermal discussion Cautions for enthusiasts

  • Performance: YouTube / Netflix / Video & Web browsing

  • Performance: Octane benchmark vs. Intel Compute Stick

  • Performance: Microsoft Word and Office applications

  • Gaming: Minecraft

  • Gaming: 3DMark benchmark

  • Gaming: Thermal throttling discussion

  • Kodi and Video playback

  • Kodi 24p playback issues and lossless audio

  • 12 month warranty / conclusion and final thoughts

it’s still possible to find $100 or there abouts Windows PCs out on the market. 

And I picked up this one recently from Asus this is called the vivo stick and I think I paid about 110 dollars on Amazon for this one your mileage might vary a little bit on pricing and what this is a full-fledged Windows 10 computer with a Windows 10 license. 

That you can just plug into the side of your TV or monitor and get to town on not too bad of a package here we’ll be putting this one through its paces it’s very similar to many other SiC pcs that we have looked at over the last year. 

so I do want to mention though in the interest of full disclosure that I paid for this with my own funds all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own nobody is paying for this review and no one is reviewing this content before it is posted alright so we’ll take a closer. 

 

ASUS VivoStick PC TS10
ASUS VivoStick PC TS10 power switch
ASUS VivoStick PC TS10

Hardware overview

look at the hardware now it connects up to your monitor or TV with the HDMI plug here on the front if for some reason you have a hard time fitting this behind your TV.

they give you an extension cable in the box for that HDMI connector and you can also mount them to the side of your TV with an included sticky bracket here as well so you do have some varying mounting options. 

that if you can fit it behind your TV or monitor you just have to plug it right in it is powered by a quad core processor and atom cherry trail chip from Intel x5z 8350 it has two gigabytes of RAM 32 gigabytes of storage and 802 11 AC Wireless built in.

ASUS VivoStick PC TS10

USB 3.0 interference with WiFi

you have two full-sized USB ports here on the side the blue one is a USB 3 port the black one here is a USB 2.0 port and it also has audio in and out with this port right here now one note with the USB 3 port is that if you are running with AC wireless at the 5 gigahertz frequency. 

you will get a notice on-screen warning you about potential interference if you have a USB 3 device plugged in so they recommend that you either plug that device into the slower port here or slow down your Wireless to the 2.4 gigahertz spectrum which will eliminate some of that interference risk. 

I didn’t see that happening with me as I was testing it but I can see this being an issue because a known problem between USB 3.0 and Wi-Fi especially when the yare so close to each other on the same device and it was good of Asus to warn people about that you can put a lanyard on this little spot right here. 

so you can wear the computer around your neck if you want around the office you also have a power connector here which is just a standard USB micro connector and they give you a power adapter in the box the cable is a little short though I would have liked the cable to be longer. 

but these micro USB cables are very cheap you shouldn’t have a hard time finding one to replace it if you want to get a longer cable in there the power button is right here a nice big power button on the back of the device here and that is pretty much it a pretty small device that contains an entire Windows computer in a stick.

CPU fan and thermal discussion Cautions for enthusiasts

ASUS VivoStick PC TS10

There is a fan built into it to try to cool it off and as you’ll hear me talk about a little later in the review these things do quite a bit of thermal throttling I know a lot of people watch these reviews trying to see if these might be good for home theater or for gaming.

they’re really not designed for any of that where I see the strength of these small computers that don’t cost all that much money is for families that maybe have a hard time affording more than one computer or any computer at all for around $100 or so you can get this thing hooked up running the full version of Windows. 

get on the internet run most Windows software do some programming do some word processing and some other stuff but the higher-end tasks that I know a lot of enthusiasts might want to do really aren’t well suited for these devices because the harder they get pushed the more they heat up and the more they slow down to prevent overheating and a lot of folks get disappointed with the performance. 

as a result and this one certainly has some of those issues we’ll talk a bit about that when we look at its performance which we’re going to check out right now we’re going to get the monitor on the table here and boot it up let’s see what it can do alright. 

Performance: YouTube / Netflix / Video & Web browsing

ASUS VivoStick PC TS10

so I got everything all booted up now I’m running a 1080p 60 video here from YouTube on the edge browser and as you can see here we’re getting decent performance here no dropped frames as we’re playing back this video which has 60 frames per second it’s able to keep up with all of that and the reason why it is is that. 

these little chips are very well optimized for 1080p video playback at least in so far is what you might get from a YouTube or Netflix or something like that now I have talked about this a lot in the past that the edge browser seems to do better with this kind of video than chrome does which is surprising. 

because Google owns YouTube and Chrome but the Microsoft browser just does better on low-end hardware here as you can see and we’re getting no dropped frames and perfect playback along with that AC wireless I’m going to go visit a website. 

now you’ll see it’s a little slower for web browse again just because we don’t have a lot of RAM on here and this is a very slow computer to start with so it won’t be as quick as some of the other pcs we’ve looked at here on the channel over the last two weeks but adequate for browsing the web. 

and if you are trying to add a computer affordably to the family budge there you’ll be able to do everything on the web that you’d like in addition to running Windows software pretty effectively on here so not bad as a web browsing experience a little bit of a longer wait for things to pop up but never the less. 

you will be able to do all of that I do recommend doing one thing at a time on this computer not having too many things loaded up in the background that will slow it down and I’ve got a video that I’ll link to down below in the video description where I have a similar computer to this one at least in. 

so far as what it has for a processor one with two gigabytes of RAM and one with four gigabytes of RAM and you’ll see what the difference that memory makes in the amount of things you can do with the computer at the same time they definitely run faster with four but for this price you’re only going to get two so that’s why I recommend doing only one thing at a time.

Performance: Octane benchmark vs. Intel Compute Stick

ASUS VivoStick PC TS10 benchmark score

Now I also have a performance benchmark that I like to run called the octane benchmark test and on that we got a score of 6024 which actually puts it behind the Intel compute stick that has pretty much the same processor that one came in at six thousand seven hundred and three. 

This runs in Google Chrome and is a benchmark a collection of scores based on the things that many people run on the web these days different applications and websites and scenarios so not a bad score but there are computers running with similar hardware that run faster and I think it’s due to the fact that this is in a smaller form factor the fan on this one is smaller than it is on the Intel device. 

So it’s not able to get rid of the heat as effectively as that one can and I think as a result this one is running a little bit slower these little chips are very well optimized for 1080p video playback at least in so far is what you might get from a YouTube or Netflix or something like that. 

Now I have talked about this a lot in the past that the edge browser seems to do better with this kind of video than chrome does which is surprising  because Google owns YouTube and Chrome but the Microsoft browser just does better on low-end hardware here as you can see and we’re getting no dropped frames and perfect playback along with that AC wireless I’m going to go visit a website. 

Now you’ll see it’s a little slower for web browse again just because we don’t have a lot of RAM on here and this is a very slow computer to start with so it won’t be as quick as some of the other pcs we’ve looked at here on the channel over the last two weeks but adequate for browsing the web. 

And if you are trying to add a computer affordably to the family budge there you’ll be able to do everything on the web that you’d like in addition to running Windows software pretty effectively on here so not bad as a web browsing experience a little bit of a longer wait for things to pop up but never the less. 

You will be able to do all of that I do recommend doing one thing at a time on this computer not having too many things loaded up in the background that will slow it down and I’ve got a video that I’ll link to down below in the video description where I have a similar computer to this one at least in. 

So far as what it has for a processor one with two gigabytes of RAM and one with four gigabytes of RAM and you’ll see what the difference that memory makes in the amount of things you can do with the computer at the same time they definitely run faster with four but for this price you’re only going to get two so that’s why I recommend doing only one thing at a time.

Performance: Microsoft Word and Office applications

ASUS VivoStick PC TS10 performance on microsoft words and office work

when you throw tasks at it that it’s really designed to do like word processing and document layout here you can actually get a lot done and do those things fairly efficiently here even though we don’t have a very expensive or powerful computer were able to do some desktop publishing and some word processing and all the office tasks. 

I think will do very well on here also so again if you’re looking to add another computer to your home or office for a little bit of money this will get you there and will do all the things that you might need a computer for in those environments.

Gaming: Minecraft

ASUS VivoStick PC TS10 gaming minicraft

But one thing these little stick computers don’t do very well at is gaming and we’ve got mine craft loaded up here this is the original version of mine craft that most people still run Ido have a performance enhancer called Optifine installed not only getting about 15 or 20 frames per second it really doesn’t do very well with this particular version of Minecraft. 

you might be able to do better with the Windows 10 version which should run a little smoother but most people run this version so this will start to slow down as it heats up and you will see performance degradation over time on this and this is probably about the best you’re going to see out of it.

Gaming: 3DMark benchmark

cloud benchmarks ASUS VivoStick PC TS10

The3d Cloud Gate benchmark also reveals that this is slower than the Intel compute stick we got a score of 1259 versus 1587 on the compute stick and you can see that the compute its graphical performance is a little better now ofcourse this test is really stressing these things to the max but if it’s doing better on that test it. 

I’ll do a lot better in things like Minecraft and other casual games in fact when I was playing some casual games on here that typically run fairly well and other low-end computers this one was getting a lot of slowdown as things picked up in the game and I think it was due to thermal throttling.

Gaming: Thermal throttling discussion

so I also ran the 3d mark stress test which runs the same test over and over again to see if temperature does play a role in performance degradation and sure enough that test revealed that it did so I’m really not going to recommend this as a gaming computer as a result. 

I think if you’re running some old Nintendo games and stuff on here you know with emulation you’ll do fine but other stuff even things you might buy in the steam stores and not that are not all that demanding are not going to perform consistently on here because this really is not a gaming PC and I’m also not going to recommend this as a home theater device either.

Kodi and Video playback

ASUS VivoStick PC TS10 kodi and video playback

Now it does playback movie files just fine in fact we’re running a pretty high bitrate blu-ray MKV file right now and we’ve had one drop frame in the last 10 or 15 minutes or so it’s a really good performance there. 

but what it doesn’t do is 24p playback so when I plugged it into my TV over there when it tried to switch there solution it dropped the town to this tiny little window and it really didn’t look all that great as you can see.

Kodi 24p playback issues and lossless audio

That was even after I switched it out of 4k into 1080 as well it just doesn’t do 24pit also doesn’t do lossless audio formats like DTS HD or Dolby true HD so if you are a home and those lossless audio formats are pretty important. 

this just doesn’t support it but if you are looking for a basic movie playback device for your monitor or something it’s fine but just know I would not consider this a home theater box at all.

Honest Review of Asus Vivostick Windows 10

conclusion and final thoughts

So what’s the verdicton this thing well I think if you can get one for about 100 or 120 dollars it’s not a bad deal it’s actually a decent casual computing device and that you can do some video playback but not really home theater stuff you can do some decent casual computing like word processing web browsing YouTube browsing Netflix that sort of thing Plex.

But it’s not so great for gaming and I think that might actually be attractive for parents you want to get a kid a functional computer to do their work on that won’t really entire them to play any Kings on it because it really won’t play those games all that well.

So it might be good for that kind of thing it was also nice with this is that it has a 12 month warranty which many of these chief computers don’t have some have a 90-day warranty some comes from companies that you never heard of before that pro videno support at all so to have a 12 month warranty on something that’s in expensive.

I think is a pretty good deal so again if you can find this for less than 120 dollars or so and are aware of it slimitations that I pointed out in this video I think you’ll be quite happy with it because it is a decent little computing device for the money.

ASUS VivoStick PC TS10 with led tv

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