ECS has been selling tiny desktop computers under its Liva line of devices for years, but the new ECS Liva One A300 is one of the most versatile to date. While many other models are powered by laptop-class processors that are soldered to the motherboard, the Liva One A300 has an AMD A4 socket and support for AMD Athlon and Ryzen desktop processors with TDP ratings up to 65 watts.
Unsurprisingly, in order to make room for a motherboard with an AM4 socket, the computer is a little larger than a typical ECS Liva device. But at 205 x 176 x 33mm (8.1″ x 6.9″ x 1.3″), it’s still petty compact by desktop PC standards.
The computer supports up to 64GB of DDR4-3200 dual-channel memory thanks to two SODIMM slots and there’s support for dual storage devices thanks to an M.2 2280 slot with support for PCIe Gen 3 x4 storage and a 2.5 inch bay for a hard drive or SSD.
There’s also an M.2 2230 slot for an optional wireless card, and plenty of ports, including:
- 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
- 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 1 x 3.5mm mic input
- 1 x 3.5mm combo audio jack
- 1 x 2.5 Gbps Ethernet jack
There’s also support for three displays, although how you get there depends on the configuration you purchase. All models have an HDMI port with support for 4K @ 60 Hz output, but some have a single 4K @ 60 Hz DisplayPort connector and a VGA port, while other models double up on the DisplayPort but lack VGA. There’s also optional support for an RS-232 COM port.
ECS also offers two different top panel options. There’s a cover with ventilation that the company suggests is appropriate for systems configured with 65 watt processors, while an ECS Liva One A300 with a 35-watt processor can use a solid top panel with no vents.