The ECS Liva X2 is a tiny computer with a fanless design and a case that measures about 6.1″ x 3.3″ x 2″. Under the hood, the little PC features an Intel Celeron N3050 Braswell processor.
ECS offers a few different configurations, with prices starting at $170 for a model with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of flash storage.
There’s also a $240 version with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Think you might want the extra memory and storage? You should probably opt for the pricier model, because the RAM and eMMC storage are both soldered to the motherboard. That means there’s no easy way to upgrade them (although you can always connect a USB drive for external storage).
The ECS Liva X2 features three USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and VGA ports, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and a headset jack.
ECS says the system supports Windows 7 and later, and some models are sold with Windows 8.1 with Bing pre-installed, while others are sold as barebones computers (which, in this case, simply means the PCs don’t have a operating system).
Wondering what kind of performance to expect? AnandTech has an in-depth review, and reports the ECS Liva X2 provides a lot of value for a $170 PC… as long as you have realistic expectations for this tiny computer with a 6 watt Intel Braswell processor.