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ECS Liva Z

ECS Liva Z

ECS's latest mini PC has the style to match your desk but is bottlenecked by slow eMMC performance.

7.5

The Good

  • Elegant and compact design
  • 3 front-facing USB ports and one USB Type-C
  • Fast WiFi downloads
  • Easy upgradability of RAM and M.2 SSD
  • HDMI and mini Display Port

The Bad

  • Dual LAN ports seem unnecessary
  • Slow 32GB eMMC Performance
8.0 Design
7.5 Features
7.0 Performance
7.5 Value

ECS has been one of our favorite brands when it comes to affordable and compact PC’s. We’ve tried the   and the Liva X2 in the past, and so it’s time to take a look at the new stylish and silent ECS Liva Z ultra-compact PC. 

Design

The new ECS Liva Z is quite small and looks like a tiny lunchbox. Its has squircle shape (square with rounded corners) and a ripple effect pattern on the top panel with the “LIVA” logo.


ECS made a good decision by adding three USB 3.0 ports on the front for easy connectivity, along with a reversible USB Type-C port and a headphone jack. The power backlit power button gives out an overall bold look when the PC is turned on.


You also get an HDMI 1.4 port, a mini Display Port, and interestingly two Gigabit LAN ports on the rear side. It’s rare to see such a dual LAN setup on a small PC as its usually seen on high-end gaming or server motherboards. We think ECS could have added a USB 3.1 port in place of the second LAN port. Speaking of which, we surprisingly got very fast wireless download speeds on the Liva Z, thanks to the Intel 802.11ac WiFi module. The device also offers Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.


ECS has placed vents on either side of the Liva Z. Opening it is very easy- all you need to do is unscrew the bottom panel to get direct access to the RAM and M.2 slots. As you can see, the B-key Type M.2 socket on the Liva Z only has place for a shorter 42mm M.2 SSD (2242).

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Silent, ultra-compact PC for fully-functional computing. LIVA Z Mini PC defies convention and redefines the look of a desktop PC. Simple and elegant, its finish fits right in your living or workspace. Smaller than a lunchbox and less volume than a large soda can, LIVA Z Mini PC is the smallest mini PC in its kind. With a case that still provides all the elements of a desktop-worthy PC. Using just 1/10th power of regular desktop PC while delivering similar performance with fanless design, quiet and cooling, matching home entertainment.

Name ECS Liva Z
Processor Intel® Apollo Lake Celeron® N3350 SOC
RAM 2 x SO-DIMM Memory, 4GB RAM included
Internal Storage 32GB eMMC
Expansion Slot 1 x M.2 for SSD
LAN 2 x Gigabit LAN
USB 3 x USB3.0 Ports, 1 x USB3.0 Type-C port
Video Output 1 x HDMI Port (HDMI 1.4), 1 x mDP Port
Dimension 117 x 128 x 51 mm
OS Support Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Windows 10
Accessories 1 x Power adapter, 1 x VESA Bracket, 6 x VESA Mount Screws, Quick Guide & Driver DVD

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