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ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC Review

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ECS LIVA X2 Mini PC Conclusion:

Where can I begin, but to say that I was amazed by the ECS LIVA X2 and what it had to offer for the size. I am a fan of the really small form factor PCs and I have normally gone to the trusty Raspberry Pi for what I needed, but that may change. For the size, the performance was pretty good, and the video playback was amazingly clean and jitter free. The ability to place the unit in open environments or hide it with the VESA plate that is included makes it a versatile PC. It's definitely easy to say the LIVA X2's place is in the media and office space.

When we compared the scores to the first generation LIVA X, you can see right away the newer Braswell SoC packs a big punch, becoming the winner. With the inclusion of Windows 8.1 with Bing, which the LIVA X did not have, you get added perks and a faster out of the box experience. You can also upgrade to the latest Windows 10 if you wish, as we saw during the review.

For this review, we looked at the LIVA X2 with the 2GB RAM and 32GB eMMC combination, however, it is recommended if you want to use this computer for everyday video and browsing to opt for the 4GB model with the 64GB eMMC. The 2GB/32GB combo was way too limiting for my tastes, since most mobile phones have more than that. The limited space alone would make me decide on the larger combo. I am also stumped on the driver CD that is included since there are no installed optical drives to use it in. This would require another purchase to use and would have been wiser to include maybe a small 4GB thumb drive with the contents on it.

Other than space and low RAM I cannot think of any drawbacks from the ECS LIVA X2. If you're in need of a small form factor PC for media use or as a spare computer for browsing and office tasks, the ECS LIVA X2 is a worthy choice and should be at the top of your list.

 

Pros:

  • Small form factor design
  • Energy efficient with only six watts TDP
  • Runs cool with the massive heat sink
  • Three USB 3.0 ports with one EZ Charge port
  • Silent; no fans spinning
  • Windows 8.1 with Bing included
  • Free upgrade to Windows 10
  • Decent performance of the Braswell SoC

 

Cons:

  • 32GB eMMC limiting with Windows OS installed
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