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Black ECS LIVA 2GB DDR3L RAM installed 32GB eMMC Storage

  • Upgraded with Intel Bay Trail-M N2807 1.58 GHz
  • 32GB eMMC Storage
  • 2GB DDR3L RAM
  • Dual Graphics Display
  • Low Power Consumption (5V / 15W)
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With the Combination of "Living" and "Life" (Viva),
LIVA is Expressing the Passion and the Pursuit of Aesthetics in Every Way
ECS LIVA

World's Smallest Windows-Based Mini PC Kit

ECS LIVA

What's Included:

  • ECS BAT-MINI Motherboard (Intel CPU Onboard)
  • 2GB DDR3L Memory
  • eMMC Storage 32GB
  • Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Combo Card
  • Antenna
  • Power Adapter
  • LIVA Case
  • Manual & Driver DVD

What's Needed:

  • Operating System
ECS LIVA

Windows Based OS

With the anticipation and excitement to have Windows-Based Mini PC, LIVA is proud to bring you the latest Windows 8.1 OS support to ensure you a pleasant user experience.


ECS LIVA ECS LIVA

Dual Graphics Displays

With HDMI and D-Sub support, LIVA provides not only two independent output displays, offering a wise choice of home entertainment or multi-display applications, but also wide coverage support of both digital and analog displays.


ECS LIVA

Power Saving
LIVA Only Uses About as Much Power as Just a Light Bulb!

Equipped with Low Voltage DRAM and Intel Bay Trail-M SoC with Micro USB power supply design, which only takes 5V / 15W of total power consumption, LIVA brings great energy saving ability and the most efficient performance.


ECS LIVA

Mobility-Walking PC

Seriously, there is nothing comparable to the mobility of LIVA Mini PC Kit. Based on low power consumption of Intel's Bay Trail processor, LIVA can be booted up and operated simply by a power bank.


ECS LIVA
ECS LIVA

40-Second Set Up

With screw-free design of LIVA Mini PC Kit, users can easily self-assemble their own PC and finish all the processes within 40 seconds.
And more importantly, it's so fun and easy!


ECS LIVA

Intel® Bay Trail-M SoC Processor

Featuring Intel® Bay Trail-M SoC (System-on-a-Chip) processor, based on the new low-power consumption micro-architecture "Silvermont" Providing the fan-less thermal design with better acoustic performance, LIVA is a great Mini PC with the advantages of high performance and power saving.


ECS LIVA

eMMC Storage Technology

eMMC - Embedded Multi-Media Card - is comprised of both flash memory and a flash memory controller, which is often used for mobile devices. eMMC greatly reduces the response time and is suitable for high performance applications. The ultra-thin eMMC allows LIVA Mini PC Kit to be incredibly small.


ECS LIVA

M.2 Socket Wireless Communication
(Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n & Bluetooth 4.0 Combo Card)

The evolution of onboard interface M.2 socket provides a superior standard for connecting NGFF (Next Generation Form Factor), a better and faster standard for connection and expansion. LIVA adopts the latest M.2 Interface with the Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Combo Card for Better wireless communication.


ECS LIVA

Low Voltage DRAM

LIVA Integrates low voltage Double Data Rate III Synchronous DRAM, usually used for Notebook PCs, which uses 8% less power than regular DRAM. DDR3L is ideally suited for the main memory application, which requires large memory density, high bandwidth and low power operation.


ECS LIVA ECS LIVA

Learn more about the ECS (EliteGroup) Liva 2GB/32GB

General

Brand
ECS
Model
Liva 2GB/32GB
Color
Black

CPU Supported

CPU Type
Intel Bay Trail-M N2807 1.58GHz

Memory Supported

Memory installed
2GB DDR3L RAM installed
Memory slot
1 x 204Pin SO-DIMM

Storage

Hard Drive Installed
32GB eMMC

Audio

Onboard Audio
Realtek ALC282
Channel
2 Channel

Communications

LAN
Realtek RTL8111G
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps
Wireless LAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth
Yes

Front Panel Ports

Front Audio Ports
1 x Combo Audio Jack

Back Panel Ports

HDMI
1
VGA
1 x D-sub
Rear USB
1 x USB 2.0
1 x USB 3.0
RJ45
1
Other Rear Ports
1 x Power Connector (Micro USB Port)

Features

Features
32GB eMMC Storage

Supports Windows Based OS (not installed)
With the anticipation and excitement to have Windows-Based Mini PC, LIVA supports the lasted Windows 8.1 OS (not installed) to ensure you a pleasant user experience.

Dual Graphics Displays
With HDMI and D-Sub support, LIVA provides not only two independent output displays, offering a wise choice of home entertainment or multi-display applications, but also wide coverage support of both digital and analog displays.

Power Saving
LIVA only uses about as much power as just a light bulb!

Mobility-Walking PC
Seriously, there is nothing comparable to the mobility of LIVA Mini PC Kit. Based on low power consumption of Intel Bay Trail processor, LIVA can be booted up and operated simply by a power bank.

40-Second Set Up
With screw-free design of LIVA Mini PC Kit, users can easily self-assemble their own PC and finish all the processes within 40 seconds. And more importantly, it’s so fun and easy!

General

Group
2GB / 32GB eMMC

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the ECS (EliteGroup) Liva 2GB/32GB

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  • Michael L.
  • 5/27/2015 7:45:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJunk

Pros: Hard to say since I never actually got it working

Cons: This box is supposedly plug and play if you plan on using Win 8.x. I dutifully purchased Win 8 from Microsoft and downloaded the ISO. Per the directions, I used the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool to create a bootable USB. I tested this USB on my current desktop and it loaded the Win 8 boot screen just fine.

I tried it on the Liva system and it just wouldn't work. It kept going straight to the BIOS menu after hitting F7 and selecting the appropriate boot option. So, I browsed around (since the "support" at ECS is not easy to get to) and found a *Large Internet Retailer* review where a reviewer mentioned using Rufus to create the bootable USB. I followed those directions and nope, still no go.

At this point, ECS replied to an email of mine with directions very similar to the review guy (why were these directions not included in the original packaging since IMHO they are a bit archaic?). Just for kicks, I tried the process again, following their directions meticulously. Again, no go. At this point, the site of that BIOS screen sends me into a rage.

I went out to *Large Box Store* and bought a powered USB hub and a powered USB DVD drive. I tried every combination of different USB sticks, different USB ports, powered, non-powered, burned DVD boot (which also loaded fine on my 64 bit win 7 desktop)... every combination I could think of. NOTHING worked.

Just to see, I went ahead and downloaded a Ubuntu iso and used rufus to prepare a bootable linux USB. To my shock and awe, it didn't go to the BIOS. Instead, it went to a ubuntu menu (options to do install, 'try" it, etc). Every option there just gave me a "No controller found" message. so that too ultimately was a no go.

Of course, now I'm at 32 days since purchase so I can't return this. I am disgusted with this whole experience.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing Liva system. Due to the chipset limiation, Liva only supports UEFI and is 64 bit PC architecture. In addition, Windows 7 is unable to be installed into eMMC due to the option ROM, which is not supported from Intel® and Microsoft®.

While in UEFI mode, the Windows version must match the PC architecture. A 64-bit UEFI PC can only boot 64-bit versions of Windows. A 32-bit PC can only boot 32-bit versions of Windows.

First ensure the Windows 8.1 you are using is 64 bit.

Second, the installation media must be UEFI aware.

Please download the Windows 8.1 OS installation guide from the following link:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/61687986/Windows%208.1%20UEFI%20USB%20drive.zip

These directions use a different tool than the Microsoft tool.

The tool is Rufus. The directions include a dropbox download. If you want more information on the tool you can find its website at the following link.
http://rufus.akeo.ie/

If you still have any question, feel free to contact us.

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1- 510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • Adam F.
  • 5/14/2015 6:44:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsthis is a stunning achievement

Pros: tiny
duel core intel processor
fanless, totally silent
even at 100% loads, the heatsink is barely warm
complete package not a barebones. has cpu, memory, storage
wifi, ethernet, hdmi

Cons: for general purpose use, it needs more memory and usb ports
antenna connectors have plastic sheath that makes connection nearly impossible.
EFI boot can be a PITA.

Other Thoughts: I used a liva as a mythtv frontend that lives in my nightstand to bedtime viewing.
I was running a decent microatx board with the lowest power cpu I could find at the time -- 39W. The fan would speed up when playing back hidef materials and the noise was annoying.

Most of my setup time was trying to find an efi compatible os install image to put on usb. (gentoo minimal didn't work; had to use their 'live dvd' version). Then spent 2 evenings fighting various bootloaders trying to find one that would handle efi. Had to rebuild the kernel to have a few more modules compiled into the main image. I can now do those steps in about 5 commands.

The final product works great. It never hiccups playing any material including hidef recordings and movies.

The wifi antenna leads are nasty. The plastic sheath gets in the way and trying to pull the plastic off will break the wire. Sour grapes -- I don't need wifi as I have wired gigabit ethernet through my place.

Linux works like a champ.
For windows, the liva X would be a better choice as that bloated mess needs 4G minimum.

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  • Christopher V.
  • 5/10/2015 1:05:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent Little Server

Pros: Silent, low power computer. Replaced a old Core2 tower that was being used as a server.
Has been running 24/7 for a bit over 2 months now without a problem.

Cons: Limited OS compatibility
Couldn't get headless booting to work, needed to use a dummy plug.
On board storage was not visible to Ubuntu server, worked with Ubuntu desktop fine.

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  • Karl Z.
  • 5/4/2015 8:15:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt works great of inexpensive HTPC

Pros: Small
Installed Linux Mint 64 bit without incident
Runs XBMC/KODI flawlessly with 1 tweak
$99

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: when I first assembled this, installed linux and KODI, I ran some test videos. There was tearing on the top of the screen about a 5th of the way down (on 1080p). I tried different resolutions (720p, 480) but tearing got worse. I was thinking "Ya know, they just put the cheapest video card in this to keep the price low".
I was about to put this in the "I expected more" section of my closet next to my Lenovo Think Tab and Raspberry PI", after I was unsuccessful installing/compiling drivers and files.

For those seeing video tearing running Linux Mint and Kodi. Just do this:
sudo vi /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf

and add this:
Section "Device"

Identifier "Intel Graphics"
Driver "intel"
Option "AccelMethod" "sna"
Option "TearFree" "true"

EndSection



Save and reboot - flawless video

I hope this helps someone

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  • Jeremiah A.
  • 4/28/2015 8:19:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood little unit - some hassles? (part 2)

Pros: It's small.
It doesn't use much power.
It's fast enough to replace a bigger more powerful PC for everything except hardcore multitasking, rendering, gaming, compiling, etc.
It's very easy to put together. Assuming you are comfortable assembling small parts using screws, tabs, plastic fittings, and have no trouble following directions, assembling this unit is not going to present a problem.
Never tried the Wifi, since I don't run Windows 8.x, but the wired ethernet is flawless.

Cons: It requires UEFI capable boot media. This limits your OS options quite a bit. This is the one thing that bugs me most of all.
BIOS documentation may not be accurate. Note my experience trying to disable XHCI.
32GB may require you to store files on remote drives.
Will not play nice with a Media Center USB remote and receiver.
Only has 2 built in USB ports. Plan on a powered hub, especially if you need to mess with external drives.

Other Thoughts: Whoa! Didn't intend to run over the 3,000 character limit on that. I ended up getting the "bottom line" cut off

Anyway, continued from previous review:

This little PC is easy to assemble, reasonably powerful, and very small. I like it for what it is, and don't pretend it should be a performance PC. Since I wasn't ultimately able to use it for it's intended purchase, I have been using it as a replacement for my usual workbench Dell Optiplex C2D tower when the power supply apparently gave out. I havent done any troubleshooting on that yet, but since this little LIVA does such a great job replacing it, I stopped caring about it for now. Maybe I'll fix it someday, but for now this little LIVA is serving me well.

I see the manufacturer's response on my first review. Thanks for the followup! If I was still having an issue I'd give you a call, but for now, I have given up on the unit as a Kodi (XBMC) box due to the MCEUSB remote issue. It works great as a desktop and I'm happy. My only suggestion would be to test it and see if ECS can get this to work: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16880101002&cm_re=mce-_-80-101-002-_-Product
This is an example of many products that all work pretty much the same for Media Center use, and the software is fully compatible with them using lirc and ir-keytable. Not sure if the USB 3.0 controller is at fault here, but I dead ended while trying to disable XHCI mode.

This is one of the few things that needs to be fixed in order to be the perfect Media Center box.

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  • Elvera O.
  • 4/27/2015 5:16:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFix HDMI issue

Pros: small, low power, silent, fast enough, good price on sale, no Windows included

Cons: Must search tech help on the net, particularly for linux. But that's for just about any computer.

Other Thoughts: Ubuntu 14 LTS installed fine, almost all worked by right out of box. The exception was bluetooth wireless, which suffered from an install hickup because the newer versions of the driver include date info in the file name. So search the net and you'll get it working. The other issue which I solved by luck was HDMI would not work after going into sleep mode. Just turn off the European Union mandated power "feature" EuP in BIOS, and works fine.

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  • Jeremiah A.
  • 4/24/2015 9:01:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood little unit - some hassles?

Pros: It's small.
It doesn't use much power.
It's fast enough to replace a bigger more powerful PC for everything except hardcore multitasking, rendering, gaming, compiling, etc.
It's very easy to put together. Assuming you are comfortable assembling small parts using screws, tabs, plastic fittings, and have no trouble following directions, assembling this unit is not going to present a problem.
Never tried the Wifi, since I don't run Windows 8.x, but the wired ethernet is flawless.

Cons: It requires UEFI capable boot media. This limits your OS options quite a bit. This is the one thing that bugs me most of all.
BIOS documentation may not be accurate. Note my experience trying to disable XHCI.
32GB may require you to store files on remote drives.
Will not play nice with a Media Center USB remote and receiver.
Only has 2 built in USB ports. Plan on a powered hub, especially if you need to mess with external drives.

Other Thoughts: The original reason why I bought this LIVA was to run Kodi (XBMC). It actually does this very well, and I was impressed with it's performance. It is FAR faster than running OpenELEC on the Raspberry Pi. The HDMI audio worked almost right from install. The only thing I had to do was to select the HDMI digital audio source in the Settings page and it played audio right through the HDMI cable like it should. No messing with Pulse/ALSA was necessary!

Setting up Kodi eventually proved fruitless however because of one fatal flaw. The IR receiver would not work correctly. Most people who have used MCEUSB remotes with USB IR receivers know that these things are plug and play in Kodi (XBMC). After initial setup I took a known good receiver and remote, plugged in and could get no response on the screen. Nothing worked. Tried rebooting with the receiver in the USB 2.0 port. Nothing. Tried it in the USB 3.0 port and again, nothing. Ended up jacking around in the Lububtu desktop for hours trying different things.

What I found was that the receiver was in fact sending signals to the LIVA. Echoing /dev/lirc0 or whatever it was to the screen showed strings of gibberish characters on each button press. These strings were inconsistent. Using irw did not yield anything. Stopping lirc allowed ir-keytable to represent translated keypresses on the screen, but the output was also inconsistent. Pressing "Enter" for example would give 0x008400, then 0x00840D, then 0x008E, then 0x00841A3D... Sometimes it would repeat a string, but none of them matched actual keypresses. I decided to ditch Kodi and try OpenELEC. That installed easy and appeared to work identically in all respects, including the bad IR recognition. After some more poking around on the web, and found someone who reported potential issues with IR receivers and USB 3.0. They recommended disabling XHCI mode in the BIOS and trying again, since it corrected their problem. The instruction manual describes how this is done, but the BIOS doesn't actually allow this. XHCI can't be disabled for some reason despite what it says in the documentation.

At this point I contacted ECS to see if they could help. They asked me to check and see if the power requirements on the receiver were too great. (They aren't) I submitted a followup, but never got a reply. My followup may have gotten lost because it isn't appended to the thread. Whatever. I gave up. Ended up installing vanilla Lubuntu 14.04 on it. I can install Kodi later if I want, and since it's a desktop, I won't need the remote. Sure, I could have just used a "remote through http" app on my phone, but I hate touchscreen "remotes". There is nothing like the feel of a physical button under my finger when I am watching a movie.

This little PC is easy to assemble, reasonably powerful, and very small. I like it for what it is, and don't pretend it should be a performance PC. Since I wasn't ultimately able to use it for it's i

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for your feedback. It is appreciated. We need your feedback in order to improve the quality of our products and service. If you continue to have issues or have any questions, please contact us and we can look into your previous case.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this or any ECS products, please contact us. We are here to help.

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1-510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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  • David G.
  • 4/8/2015 9:18:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLittle box, many possibilities

Pros: Affordable
Small, dead silent, and low power
Can install Linux Mint

Cons: 2 USBs
Needs dummy plug to run headless.
Weak wifi range
Linux problems (expected)

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace a power guzzling Plex pc and to get off my virtual pc subscription. I have it running 24/7 so the low power helps my electricity bill.

I installed Linux Mint (it needs the 64-bit edition). Then I installed Plex and LAMP. There were quite a few complications, as expected but nothing I couldn't search for and fix.

I used a couple of 100 Ohm resistors to simulate a monitor (google it; 75 Ohms recommended though). Then I just used VNC, ssh, and sftp to access the pc so I didn't need a dedicated monitor, keyboard or mouse to use it.

Wifi didn't work right away but the guide I used to install linux mint covered that and it was fixed. Wifi signal was weak coming from one room down, so I just wired it to the router. It was small and didn't need a monitor anyway so this was no biggie.

Plex worked well transcoding DVD quality mkv videos to my phone, chromcasted to the TV. I used an external hard drive to host the files. I was not able to test high quality video transcoding, but I don't suspect it will do as well.

LAMP works well, though I wouldn't recommend it for anything higher than very light traffic.

It works great for my needs and meets my expectations. All the cons were fixable for me. Though, of course, your expectations and situation may be different.

It only has 2 USBs so you can't connect expandable storage if you're already using a mouse and keyboard.
Also, I experienced weak wifi range if you can't have it wired, though it will probably be fine if it's in the same room as the router.
Some people report only ~10GB free space after installing Ubuntu or Windows 8.1. Installing linux mint, I have about ~20GB of free space. Linux mint was made for low-spec PCs so that's probably the best linux distribution in my opinion. If you're not experienced in Linux, there's a lot to learn if you want to take this option.
Lastly, if you want a device to stream videos, you might as well get a Chromecast. No point in spending $100+ if you just want to watch youtube and netflix. You can use Plex if you want to stream media from another pc to Chromecast.

Can't post links, but simply google "liva linux mint" to get started.

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  • David G.
  • 4/8/2015 12:11:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLittle PC, many uses.

Pros: Affordable
Small, soundless, and ultra low power server
Can run Linux and all its customizability

Cons: Needs dummy cord to run headless
Weak wireless
Linux problems (expected)

Other Thoughts: I wanted a server to replace my energy guzzling Plex PC, and get replace my seldom used cloud server I've been paying for.

I installed Linux Mint (needs 64-bit edition). Then I installed Plex and LAMP. I used an external usb drive to hold my media files. There were many hurdles along they way, but I got it working within the week. Google was my friend.

Wireless signal was weak in another room, so I just attached it wired to the router. It's small and soundless so it wasn't too much to keep it next to the router.

I used a couple of 100 Ohm resistors to simulate a vga connection so it could run headless. From there I used VNC, ssh, and sftp to access it.

Plex handled dvd quality videos without a hitch. I haven't tested higher quality.

LAMP runs fine, though I wouldn't recommend it for anything higher than medium traffic.

For some reason, it locks up when I try to restart it. It didn't do that at first, so I'm guessing it's one of the things I changed that must have done that.

Overall the Cons were solvable and I got what I wanted, so I'm very happy with this little machine.

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  • Vilas D.
  • 3/30/2015 2:24:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNice FF, unreliable hardware

Pros: Small form factor
Runs Win 8.1 (supposedly - see cons)
Low power

Cons: Installed Win 8.1 without issues but started showing the sudden shut-down/power loss like others have reported. What was expected to be a small, low power and reliable windows box for an elderly relative turned out to be totally unstable.

Other Thoughts: Took me too long to try out the install and realize I might have a defective unit - stuck with a non-working box out of RMA window :-(

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issues you are experiencing Liva system. If you haven't already, please contact us. We would like to work with you on your installing OS issues and providing an RMA if necessary.

I or any of my team members here at technical support will be able to help you.
Our hours are Mon-Fri 9am-6pm PST.

Thank you,
Andy
Phone# 1- 510-456-9836
Email: andy_K@ecsusa.com

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