At Computex 2016, we visited the booth full of ECS with the certainty of finding something interesting given that, a few days before the start of the Taiwanese trade show, the company had announced its new Mini ECS Liva Pro PC with mini motherboard -STX socketed, then one of the first compact computer where you can easily replace and upgrade the processor.
And ECS Liva Pro was actually on display, but with many others of equal importance Mini PC, including ECS Liva Z with Intel processor and Apollo Lake ECS Liva One vPro capable of supporting the Intel Skylake chip with Intel vPro technology. You can see them in our photo gallery and in the overview video below, which collects all the main features of the three new devices.
ECS Liva Z – on balance – is one of the first (if not the only one to date announced) Mini PC with Intel processor Apollo Lake, then in his small chassis will be installed Intel Celeron or Pentium chips based on the upcoming low-power architecture Intel. We know that Apollo Lake is the successor of Braswell, then the CPU Intel Celeron N3350, N3450 and N4200 Pentium will replace those that today we usually find in Mini PCs and low-cost laptops. It should be said that Intel Apollo Lake promises better performance and lower power consumption than the previous generation and, especially after the cancellation of future Intel Atom chip, will be the cheapest processor and low consumption for desktops, notebooks and tablet offering for Intel end of the year, unless Santa Clara decides to extend the life of the Atom (Cherry Trail) for even a few months.
ECS Liva Z
ECS ECS Liva Liva Z Z
ECS Liva Mini Z is a well-made PC, small, very compact although plastic with a wide park ports, including USB Type-C and three full-size USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, and audio jacks. It will be available in two SKUs with 32GB or 64GB of eMMC ROM, with a slot for SSD M.2 2280 and two slots for DDR3L RAM. Not lack of WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and two RJ-45 ports, Gigabit Ethernet. Difficult to determine when it will be launched this mini PC, but we assume by the third quarter 2016 of course in conjunction with the launch of Apollo Lake on the market.
The Z Liva family also includes the custom models (like the one you see in the two photos above) and in particular the company has exposed a Mini PC ECS Liva Z with rugged chassis and fanless very special.
Moving on to the new Liva One vPro, this Mini PC is a bit ‘bigger than the previous because it houses inside a 2.5-inch drive, SSD or HDD, six USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort, HDMI and VGA . For how it is constructed Skylake will support Intel processors up to 35W and an optional optical collegangola at the top of the chassis.
The third innovation – perhaps the only really waiting – is ECS Liva Pro, a Mini PC upgradeable developed in collaboration with Silverstone, a leading manufacturer of computer homes. E ‘with an aluminum chassis individually designed, which houses a mini-STX socket LGA 1151 motherboard, thus compatible with any Intel processor Skylake and even models with 65W. On board, we will find up to 32GB DDR4 memory in two slots, a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD for storage combined with an SSD drive M.2, a DisplayPort and one HDMI, four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, WiFi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.0.