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This desktop computer supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many desktop computers of a similar spec and age to it.
Four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports
The VivoPC VM42 is a four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port personal computer.
Asus Has Good Reviews for Its Personal Computers
Asus few processor core PCs have good reviews on average and across all personal computers Asus is one of the better rated brands.
SSD Storage Medium
The VivoPC VM42 has an SSD storage medium which is faster than the HDD storage medium found on most desktop computers of a comparable spec and age to it. Solid State Drives (SSD) store information in transistors on a circuit board rather than on optical or magnetic media. This has the advantage of being much faster than a traditional HDD drive.
An SSD storage medium is actually the best storage speed across all comparable spec desktop computers that have been around for more than a year.
The worst storage speed across similar types of PC is HDD.
Personal computers with a faster storage speed that might be worth looking at include the Apple Mac Mini Late 2014 (£655.39) (Flash).
Has One Cable Included
The Asus VivoPC VM42 has a greater number of included cables than most similar spec desktop computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This personal computer has an AC cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included found on computers of this age and spec.
DDR3L-SDRAM Internal Memory Type
The VivoPC VM42 has a DDR3L-SDRAM internal memory type which is newer than the DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type found on most computers of this type and age.
A DDR3L-SDRAM internal memory type is in fact the best internal memory type across all few processor core PCs that are a comparable age to the VivoPC VM42.
The worst internal memory type amongst similar types of desktop computer is LPDDR3-SDRAM.
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Four USB 3.0 Ports
The VivoPC VM42 is a four USB 3.0 port personal computer.
Few processor core PCs that have been available for a similar time to the VivoPC VM42 have weights of between 140g and 16kg, and the average weight is 4.7kg. With a weight of only 1.2 kilograms, the Asus VivoPC VM42 is one of the lighter personal computers that were released around the same time as the VivoPC VM42 amongst personal computers of this age.
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Quite Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
The VivoPC VM42 has one of the smaller max internal memory supported processors (only 16 gigabytes) amongst few processor core PCs of this age. The max internal memory supported processors of personal computers of a similar type and age to the VivoPC VM42 range from 4GB to 64GB.
Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Personal computers of a comparable spec and age to the VivoPC VM42 have on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of between 100MHz and 740MHz. At only 200 megahertz, the VivoPC VM42 has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other comparable spec personal computers that are a similar age to the VivoPC VM42.
Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
Across all the few processor core PCs that came out around the same time as the VivoPC VM42 the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 750MHz to 1,200MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz. At only 1,000 megahertz, the VivoPC VM42 has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other few processor core PCs that are a comparable age to the VivoPC VM42.
Only Two SATA III Connectors
The Asus VivoPC VM42 is a two SATA III connector computer. Most of the other computers of a comparable spec and age to the VivoPC VM42 have between two and three SATA III connectors.
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Very Small Total Storage Capacity
Comparable spec personal computers that have been around for more than a year have total storage capacity of between 8GB and 3TB, and the average total storage capacity is 550GB. At only 32 gigabytes, the VivoPC VM42 has a quite small total storage capacity compared to most of the other computers that have been available for around the same time as the VivoPC VM42.
If you would prefer a PC with a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to look at the Acer Revo One RL85 (£175.11) (60GB).
Very Small Internal Memory
With an internal memory of only 2 gigabytes, the VivoPC VM42 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other few processor core PCs that have been around for around the same time as the VivoPC VM42. The smallest internal memory of PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the VivoPC VM42 is 2GB, the biggest is 16GB, and the average internal memory is 5GB.
If you want a desktop computer with a bigger internal memory then you might also want to look at the ThinkCentre M73 Tiny (£340.96) (4GB), or the H30 (4GB) both from Lenovo.
Very Slow Processor Clock Speed
At only 1.4 gigahertz, the VivoPC VM42 has a quite slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other desktop computers of a similar age and type to the VivoPC VM42. The average processor clock speed of few processor core PCs that came out around the same time as the VivoPC VM42 is 2.8GHz, and the processor clock speeds range from 1GHz to 3.9GHz.
It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 1.4GHz processor clock speed PCs currently available including the Asus Chromebox (£139.38) which has better reviews.
Only Two Processor Threads
The VivoPC VM42 is a two processor thread computer.
Quite Small Processor Cache
At only 2 megabytes, the Asus VivoPC VM42 has a fairly small processor cache compared to most of the other personal computers of a similar age and type to the VivoPC VM42. The smallest processor cache of similar spec PCs that were released around the same time as the VivoPC VM42 is 1MB, the biggest is 4MB, and the average processor cache is 2.9MB.
Very Small Solid-State Drive Capacity
With a solid-state drive capacity of only 32 gigabytes, the VivoPC VM42 has one of the smaller solid-state drive capacities amongst similar spec computers of this age. The solid-state drive capacities of computers of this age and type range from 16GB to 520GB, and the average solid-state drive capacity is 92GB.
Only Two USB 2.0 Ports
The VivoPC VM42 is a two USB 2.0 port computer.
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Released Over a Year Ago
This few processor core personal computer has been on the market for over a year.
Processor Clock Speed
PCI Express Slots Version
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Cache Level
Memory Channel Supported Processor
Max Memory Bandwidth Supported Processor
Memory Clock Speed Supported by Processor
Memory Type Supported Processor
DDR3L, DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR3-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
Max Internal Memory Supported Processor
Conflict Free Processor
PCI Express Lane (maximum)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Configuration
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Processor Cache Type
Smart Cache, L3
Error Checking and Correcting (ECC)
Memory Clock Speed
1 x 2
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Total Storage Capacity
Solid-State Drive Interface
Micro Serial ATA, Micro Serial ATA II, Micro Serial ATA III, Serial ATA, Serial ATA II, Serial ATA III