For that price you get a fully-functional desktop PC in a 4.6″ x 2.8″ x 2.2″ package. What you don’t get is an operating system. You’ll need to install your own, but the system should support Windows, Ubuntu, or other GNU/Linux operating systems.
The ECS LIVA has Gigabit Ethernet and features an 802.11n WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 wireless card, an audio jack, a USB 2.0 port, and a USB 3.0 port as well as a micro USB port for power — you can even power the system from a 5V, 3A portable power pack… sort of like the type of portable battery you might use to recharge a smartphone on the go.
There are HDMI and VGA ports and the system uses passive cooling, so there’s no noisy fan.
While there aren’t details about which Bay Trail-M processor the LIVA uses on the ECS website, Mobile Geeks caught up with the company at Computex this week, and report that the computer features a 4.3 Watt Intel Celeron N2807 dual-core chip.
The RAM and storage are soldered to the tiny motherboard, but the kit is designed to be easy to disassemble if you want to get at the insides to replace the wireless card, for example.
ECS offers the whole system as a system which you put together yourself… but as the video below shows, the process should take just a few minutes.