After the presentation of ECS Liva Liva X2 and Core, the two Mini PC have been promoted in the reviews of the first testers and at any moment you expect their market entry. ECS, however, has something else in his bid: sifting through the official website, we find that the Taiwanese company has added the product cards of two new models of Mini PC really special, both based on Intel low-power. Let’s talk about ECS and ECS mPC Quark, which are likely to see live at CES 2016 in Las Vegas and on store shelves in the coming year.
ECS Quark, as its name indicates, is a mini PC based on a SoC Quark X1021 400MHz and 2.2W, with 1GB of RAM and 8MB of ROM, intended for use where the services have a minor role compared to ‘energy efficiency, such as a gateway for IoT. It will be available in two versions: GWS-QX2 has a smaller chassis (108 x 104 x 18 mm) and includes a USB 2.0 port, RS-485/232, microSD card slot, PCIe mini and micro SIM (optional), while GWS-QX is larger (191 x 128 x 45 mm) and possesses some interface in more. In short, its forms reminiscent of a router (also for the two large antennas on the back), but ECS Quark is a mini PC ultra-low power.
ECS mPC instead is positioned for the offer of ECS Mini PC for home use, because if ECS Liva X2 comes with chips Braswell, ECS Liva Core chip Broadwell, ECS integrates mPC instead an “old” Intel Bay Trail-M . Its data sheet is as follows: Intel Celeron N2830 with (up to) 8GB of RAM from DDR3L 1066/1333 MHz slot for SSD (mPC-BA) or 2.5-inch hard disk with a thickness of 7 / 9.5 mm (mPC-BAH). In terms of connectivity, ECS mPC has two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0, one HDMI, PCIe mini card slot, NFC (optional) and speaker of 1W.
The Taiwanese company describes itself as a mPC Mini PC “NUC-style” not only for its appearance, dimensions and materials but also for some features. For example is the first Mini PC ECS to possess a cover with optional wireless charging, so capable, if necessary to recharge the battery of compatible smartphones simply by laying on the base.
Unlike ECS Quark, however, ECS mPC could be closer than expected because the night (Italian time) engineers have certified the FCC to permit the marketing in the US. We do not be surprised then to see him soon in stores. The documents, however, provide us with American institution, as usual, interesting details about the product: the full specification, live photos inside and outside and the user manual. There is everything. We do note that ECS mPC will be available in two versions with two different chassis: the more often (116 x 112 x 55.6 mm) will contain the magnetic hard drive, the less often (116 x 112 x 45.6 mm) and black will be provided with SSD