Elitegroup Computer Systems is showing off two new tiny desktop computers at Computex this week. The ECS Liva Core is a 5.4″ x 3.3″ x 1.5″ desktop PC with an Intel Core M processor, while the ECS Liva X2 is a 1.6″ x 3.3″ x 2″ system with a lower-power Intel Braswell processor.

ECS actually first showed off these little desktops a few months ago, but the company is treating Computex as their official coming out party, complete with press releases, product pages on the company website and… well, not much more: we still don’t know how much the new Liva systems will cost or when they’ll be available.

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It seems likely the Liva Core won’t launch until late July or early August: ECS says these little computers will be the first mini PCs to support Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant feature which is baked into Windows 10. That operating system launches July 29th.

There’s is a chance that ECS simply means these PCs will launch soon with Windows 8.1 and they’ll support Cortana after Windows 10 is released as a free upgrade: the reason they’re said to be the first to support Cortana is that unlike an Intel NUC, Gigabyte Brix, or Intel Compute Stick, the ECS Liva Core and Liva X2 have built-in microphones.

Both systems feature passive cooling for fanless designs and silent operation.

Here are some more details about each model.

ECS Liva Core

  • Intel Core M-5Y10C Broadwell processor
  • Intel HD 5300 graphics
  • 4GB DDR3L memory
  • M.2 SSD with up to 120GB of storage
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 4 USB 3.0 ports (including one EZ Charger port)
  • 2 HDMI ports (for up to two displays)
  • microSD card slot
  • 2 internal microphones
  • Headset jack (combo mic input/line output)
  • 3.83 watt power consumption while idle, 18.2 watts at full power
  • 14 percent smaller than previous ECS Liva designs

ECS Liva X2

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  • Intel Celeron N3050 processor
  • Intel HD graphics
  • 2GB or 4GB of DDR3L memory
  • 32GB or 64GB of eMMC flash storage
  • M.2 expansion slot with support for up to 1TB of SSD storage (you’ll have to provide it yourself)
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 3 USB 3.0 ports (including one EZ Charger port)
  • HDMI and D-Sub/VGA ports (for connecting up to two displays)
  • 2 internal microphones
  • Headset jack
  • 3.75 watt power consumption while idle, 17.7 watts at full power

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6 replies on “ECS introduces Liva Core and Liva X2 mini PCs with Core M and Braswell chips”

  1. ukbb thanks for providing that valuable insight on this innovative new product. Guessing you are in your underwear in your moms basement basking in the glow of your 32″ monitor (unshaven, unbathed and unkept).

    Nice work ECS looking forward to trying this bad boy out as my HTPC replacement.

  2. This will be great, MSI have a great mini pc but they don’t want to sell it in the UK. Seems ECS is available in Maplins stores so I’ll buy one soon. Shame about the MSI Cubi, a great mimi pc.

  3. what version of HDMI? If it’s 2.0 this will be the first future proof Media center.

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