Mini-PCs are getting quite popular after Intel launched their NUC lineup. This was followed by GIGABYTE Brix and now ECS is also jumping the ship. ECS Liva is company’s Bay Trail-M based PC which is slightly bigger than an iPhone 5s. And the major difference between the Intel NUC/GIGABYTE Brix and ECS Liva is that the former two are basically barebones kind of systems. You have to separately buy memory and storage however that’s not the case with Liva. Both the components come soldered onto the main board.
ECS Liva comes with Intel Bay-Trail-M SoC (the exact SKU is not known as yet), 2GB of DDR3L memory and 32GB of eMMC storage. In terms of I/O and connectivity, it has one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, gigabit Ethernet along with Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi. For display connectivity, it has one HDMI and one VGA port. On the front, there is a 3.5mm audio jack and power button along with LED. ECS promised under 40 seconds boot time.
ECS Liva is expected to retail for less than $200. The price is great for a PC which can run the latest Windows OS and its footprint is very low however it doesn’t have horsepower or resources to do any real tasks. At-most, you can use it for internet browsing or streaming content online or from a local server.
Source: PC Watch