Taiwanese PC maker Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) has been producing tiny desktop PCs under the Liva brand for years, and the the latest models are the ECS Liva Q1D and ECS Liva Q1L.

Both are 2.9″ x 2.9″ x 1.4″ computers with Intel Apollo Lake low-power processors… which are the same chips featured in the original ECS Liva Q, which launched three years ago. So that’s kind of disappointing.

On the bright side, ECS has added a few extra ports.

ECS Liva Q1D

Here’s an overview of the complete ECS Liva Q series lineup as it stands today, with key differences highlighted:

LIVA Q1DLIVA Q1LLiva Q2Liva Q
ProcessorIntel Apollo Lake Pentium N4200 SOC
Intel Apollo Lake Celeron N3350 SOC
Intel Apollo Lake Pentium N4200 SOC
Intel Apollo Lake Celeron N3350 SOC
Intel Pentium N5000
Intel Celeron N4100
Intel Celeron N4000
Intel Apollo Lake Pentium N4200 SOC
Intel Apollo Lake Celeron N3350 SOC
MemoryLPDDR4 2GB/ 4GBLPDDR4 2GB/ 4GBLPDDR4 2GB/ 4GBLPDDR4 2GB/ 4GB
StorageeMMC 32GB/ 64GB
1 x Micro SD Slot (Max. 128GB)
eMMC 32GB/ 64GB
1 x Micro SD Slot (Max. 128GB)
eMMC 32GB/ 64GB
1 x Micro SD Slot (Max. 128GB)
eMMC 32GB/ 64GB
1 x Micro SD Slot (Max. 128GB)
Network1 x Gigabit LAN2 x Gigabit LAN1 x Gigabit LAN1 x Gigabit LAN
Video Output1 x HDMI 2.0
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x HDMI 2.01 x HDMI 2.01 x HDMI 2.0
Wireless802.11 ac/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
802.11 ac/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
802.11 ac/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
802.11 ac/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
USB2 x USB 3.2 Gen1
1 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.2 Gen1
1 x USB 2.0
1 x USB 3.1 Gen1
1 x USB 2.0
1 x USB 3.1 Gen1
1 x USB 2.0
Dimension74 x 74 x 34.6 mm74 x 74 x 34.6 mm70 x 70 x 33.4 mm70 x 70 x 31.4 mm
OS SupportWindows 10 64bitWindows 10 64bitWindows 10 64bitWindows 10 64bit
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
PowerInput: AC 100-240V
Output: DC 12V / 2A
Input: AC 100-240V
Output: DC 12V / 2A
Input: AC 100-240V
Output: DC 12V / 2A
Input: AC 100-240V
Output: DC 12V / 2A

ECS says each of these systems should be able to support 4K visuals, although I’ve found that results may vary from device to device and from video stream to video stream when using products with older 6-watt Intel Atom-based processors and Intel HD 500 series graphics.

Another thing to keep in mind if you’re planning to use these little computers as media players is that they’re small and quiet, but they’re not fanless or entirely silent. There’s a small cooling fan inside to keep the computers from overheating.

ECS says the Liva Q series devices can also be used for network attached storage, home file servers, or other applications where you may not need a big, powerful PC.

Elitegroup Computer Systems hasn’t revealed any pricing or availability details yet, but a previous-gen ECS Liva Q2 sells for $222 when equipped with a Celeron N4100 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and Windows 10 Home software. I’d expect the new models to be priced similarly.

ECS Q1L images

ECS Q1D images

press release

 

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  1. On the one hand, the extra USB port and second display output is a plus. On the other hand, they missed the opportunity to add an M.2 slot at the bottom. But then again, they are still using an older processor so …

  2. I still have the 1st gen Liva Q with 4/32 connected to the main TV and used as a YouTube streaming machine. It works like a champ once you limit the resolution to 1080p.

    Even newer J4105 celeron processors struggle at 4K, with the GPU reaching 90% load when I stream something full HD from YouTube and it starts dropping frames.

  3. ECS is dreaming if they think someone is going to use a device like this as a file server. Should I host my files on a MicroSD card? Or on a USB drive?