The ECS LIVA is a barebones PC kit that’s small enough to hold in one hand, but powerful enough to run Windows, Ubuntu, or other operating systems.
You can pick up a first-generation ECS LIVA kit with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and an Intel Celeron N2807 Bay Trail processor for under $150. But the little guy’s been popular enough for ECS to start thinking about next-gen models.
AnandTech reports we’ll see several new models in the next few months.
ECS has already announced that a 64GB version is on the way. But here are some of the other things in the works:
- A LIVA BAT-MINI board with 32GB will be available without the PC case in October.
- A 2nd-gen ECS LIVA kit with a new metal case and an Intel Bay Trail processor will also launch in October.
- In December we should see the first model with an AMD processor.
- In early 2015 ECS will offer a model with an Intel Braswell processor (which is the replacement for this year’s Bay Trail chips).
It’s an interesting time for fans of small, low-power PCs. For a few years the Raspberry Pi and other cheap ARM-based devices sort of had this market to themselves, but there are a growing number of options for folks who’d prefer x86 processors and support for Windows 8.1 or other operating systems that don’t support ARM.
Sure, even at $150 the ECS Liva is a lot more expensive than a $35 Raspberry Pi. But this small fanless computer is also a lot more versatile.
Meanwhile Zotac, Gigabyte, Giada, Shuttle, and others have been cranking out a series of compact, low power computers with x86 chips… although the ECS LIVA is still one of the smallest and cheapest available.