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.
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).