PC maker ECS showcased several new mini PCs at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, including the previously announced ECS Liva Z3 Plus and Liva Z3E Plus with 10th-gen Intel Core Comet Lake chips. But the company is also updating its even smaller ECS Liva Q line of computers with new models featuring additional ports and functionality.

These tiny computers measure just 2.9″ x 2.9″ x 1.4″ but they’re fully-functional computers with Intel processors and support for Windows 10.

While the new models look a lot like the ECS Liva Q2 from a few years ago, there are a few key updates.

For one thing, ECS is now offering additional ports: the ECS Liva Q1L has dual Gigabit Ethernet jacks and a single HDMI port, while the ECS Liva Q1D has just one Ethernet port, but it supports dual displays thanks to DisplayPort and HDMI ports.

ECS says the new models also feature HDMI CEC support, and there’s optional support for an LTE module and mSIM card slot.

Other key specs haven’t changed, so you’re looking at a little computer with an Intel Apollo Lake processor (Celeron N3350, Celeron N3450, or Pentium N4200), up to 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and up to 64GB of eMMC storage.

The tiny computers have an M.2 2230 slot populated by an 802.11ac WiFi & Bluetooth 4.2 card. And the systems feature two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports and a USB 2.0 port plus a microSD card reader and a power jack.

photos courtesy of ECS

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  1. More mini pc’s we don’t need. Where are the AMD ryzen mini pc’s? You have a whole segment of the population just waiting for fanless low power mini pc’s with AMD chips. Where are the manufacturers that want to clean up? Two years too late…as usual.

    Hey ECS…you’re fighting the last war. Wake Up!

    1. “Where are the AMD ryzen mini pc’s? You have a whole segment of the population just waiting for fanless low power mini pc’s with AMD chips. Where are the manufacturers that want to clean up?”

      Some do exist now. ASRock seems to be the manufacturer that has the cheapest and most consumer-facing of the devices, but more work definitely needs to be done to get people buying them instead of NUCs.

      The ASRock BOX-R1000V is $300 on Newegg but you need to add RAM (I think). Not sure if it’s fanless or not.

      ASRock also has the DeskMini A300 but I assume when you said mini PCs you meant closer to NUC-sized (and it definitely needs a fan).

      1. HP and Lenovo also have a line of NUC like computers that come fully equipped and assembled. They are a bit on the expensive side as they are intended for businesses but both companies have been in the NUC market since before the term was coined. I can’t speak to personal experience with their NUC computers but HP’s SFF computers are usually top-notch, I have had several and only one gave me any problems (the infamous mobo issue with their Pentium 4 equipped computers caused that one problem), it was replaced under warranty. They are also extremely easy to service. I would expect the NUC versions of HP’s computers to also be extremely reliable from what I have heard about them, I just never owned or used one.

  2. Hmm, I wonder what “Alexa built in” means on the spec sheet? In hardware, or just something installed under Windows?