The ECS LIVA is a tiny, fanless desktop PC with an Intel Celeron Bay Trail CPU, 2GB of RAM, and a case that’s small enough to hold in one hand.
ECS sells the LIVA as a kit which you put together yourself, but since the memory, storage, and CPU are attached the motherboard all you really put together is the case. There’s no easy way to upgrade most of the components. So if the 32GB original doesn’t have enough storage for you… then you might be interested in a new model launching in August.
The updated ECS LIVA features 64GB of solid state storage. It should be available in August.
The 64GB model also has a white case while the 32GB version comes in black. Both versions measure about 4.6″ x 2.8″ x 2.2″ and weigh less than half a pound.
Most other specs remain unchanged. The ECS LIVA has 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a Gigabit Ethernet jack, HDMI and VGA ports, one USB 2.0 port and a USB 3.0 port. There’s a micro USB port too — but that’s the port you plug the power adapter (or a portable battery pack) into.
The system is powered by a 4.3 watt Intel Celeron N2807 dual-core processor.
The ECS LIVA ships without an operating system, but it should be able to run Windows, Ubuntu, Fedora, or most other popular Linux-based operating systems.
Don’t need 64GB of storage? You can pick up a 32GB model from Newegg for $150 after rebate.
via FanlessTech and TechPowerUp
I imagine that will see more boxes like this coming out, especially with windows tablets hitting such low price points.
The hardware easily migrates into applications like this and can perform reasonably well too.
Just don’t charge a desktop price for it and these things will take off!
This box is kickass. More manufacturers should make devices like this. I have the 32 GB model, win 8.1, powering two 47 inch displays looping hardware decoded 1080p h.264 video and flash. My endurance test is still going strong after four weeks non stop. After a day or so, it gets warm enough to melt the glue holding the bios battery but not too hot. The case is crap though, I threw it out because the board is a thing of beauty. The minnowboard max is already obsolete and it’s still in preorder.
What’s your max CPU temp until now? Can you add a fan on top of the heatsink?
Is there any room left for an box type AM2 like fan?
Do MB have power pins for powering a fan (like a normal MB))?
Will it play back Netflix HD which my current Atom 1.6Ghz cant but even a lowly ARM now can.
I really like the idea of this type of design. But the costs are still too high. It would be nice to know if anyone is making an AMD powered system at a lower costs.
The only reason to have 64GB is to install windows… I would rather buy a Lenovo ideaceneter q190 for $245 (it goes on sale every-other-week). I just has a fan (but better performance, OS, sdram, harddisk). I am quite satisfied with my asus chromebox for $179.
I’m currently using my 32GB ECS Liva PC running Ubuntu, to write this reply. I origianlly had Windows 8.1 Enterprise on it, and it actually worked prettey well. It did take up a good portion of the flash memory. I tend to do more in Linux, and Ubuntu takes up less space.
I’ve been very happy with mine. I haven’t had very good luck with the wifi, but I did have a lot of trouble getting the connectors from the wifi card to the board. I might actually have a loose connection, but I always intended to use this with ethernet, so it doesn’t really matter to me.
I bought mine at Newegg for $179 when if first came out, but I’ve seen it for a $167 and I believe they had it at $149 after rebate.
I’m writing this response on my Chromebox with Ubuntu installed. $179 with the sdram included. Has fan, but has celeron 2955u.
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