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Black ECS LIVA 32GB 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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Learn more about the ECS (EliteGroup) LIVA

General

Brand
ECS
Model
LIVA
Color
Black

CPU Supported

CPU Type
Intel Bay Trail-M N2807 1.58GHz

Memory Supported

Memory slot
2GB DDR3L RAM installed

Audio

Onboard Audio
Realtek ALC282
Channel
2 Channel

Communications

LAN
Realtek RTL8111G
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps
Wireless LAN
By NGFF Card:
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.0

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

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 to ensure you a pleasant user experience.
(Windows 7 and Ubuntu will be available soon)

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


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  • Joseph F.
  • 11/25/2014 2:01:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsnice silent htpc with ubuntu

This review is from: Black ECS LIVA 32GB 2GB DDR3L RAM installed 32GB eMMC Storage

Pros: small, quiet, and has ethernet.

Cons: a couple more usb ports would be nice. maybe ESATA too?

Other Thoughts: installed ubuntu 14.10 easily, but no hardware graphics acecleration until i installed the oibaf ppa (google it, it was quick and easy).
Plays netflix in chrome, and streams BD rips over gige without stuttering.
Have not yet figured out raw audio out over hdmi yet - it stutters on some higher bitrate 7.1 sountracks while converting to 5.1 pcm.

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  • Edgar C.
  • 11/24/2014 6:49:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsQuality issues

This review is from: Black ECS LIVA 32GB 2GB DDR3L RAM installed 32GB eMMC Storage

Pros: Small, low power consumption, runs Windows 8.1

Cons: The unit came without a power button cover. To power up the unit, I have to stick my little finger into the hole where the cover should be and try to hit the power button. Most times, I succeed, but it's inconvenient and the unit does not look good.
Like others, I have had problems connecting the antenna leads to the wireless card. First, I thought I had to remove the plastic cover from the leads, so I promptly snapped one off during installation. I tried to slide the lead back on to the wire, but I'm sure the connection was not solid. I succeeded in pulling the plastic down and away to expose the second lead without damage, but I was dismally unsuccessful in my attempts to snap either lead onto the connector on the wireless card. The leads are pretty warped now. I think it would have been a more successful, not to mention easier, installation if the leads were already connected to the card.

Other Thoughts: I called ECS tech support 4 times today (9:30 am, noon, and twice at 5:30 and 5:40 pm PST) and each time got recordings that no technicians are available to take my call. I filled out the support form online and got a case number too. No updates as of 6:45 PST. Do I need to post here to get a response from ECS? I just need the missing power button, and to get a replacement wireless card with the leads already connected.

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  • Naveen m.
  • 11/23/2014 7:34:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA full computer in a teeny box

This review is from: Black ECS LIVA 32GB 2GB DDR3L RAM installed 32GB eMMC Storage

Pros: Extremely low Power Usage 4-5Watt
Runs Playon with 5watt power usage while decoding

Cons: Had a hard time with USB DVD drive.
Had to use a USB Flash Drive to install.
Read the manual page and it will direct you

Other Thoughts: I bought this unit (32GB one and I am Seriously impressed by the size and basically a FULL windows box running and taking 4-5Watts (p3 KillaWatt) to run. When I was running Playon with HD it worked great decoding the video and running it and was taking 5watts.


Hardware
I read some negatives regarding wifi install. Just clip the Wifi leads BEFORE you install your WIFI card. install the Wifi Antenna Pads in the case..Put the Board in the box above the wifi pads.
Then when everything is aligned and settled , install the WIFI card LAST. it will make it easy for you.


Couple things.
1. 64bit Win 8 only . no 32bit
2. Get the latest drivers from website.
3. Use Windows 7 USB tool to create a bootable Win 8/8/1 64bit. (see the manual it gives you the link or Google it)
3a. You can use a generic Key if you do not have one handy, enter the real one after install
4. Install all the drivers after win8 installs.


I am using it to Drive a TV for announcements. Better than an old laptop. very little elec usage

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  • Kwangsoo C.
  • 11/21/2014 5:48:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBT works fine now.

This review is from: Black ECS LIVA 32GB 2GB DDR3L RAM installed 32GB eMMC Storage

Pros: Very small. Silent. Low power consumption.
Works well with 2A adapter. (If you want ext hdd. Use 3A adapter)
Wifi. BT coverage is good.

Cons: hard to do multitasking (maybe insufficient of cache)

Other Thoughts: On my last review, I thought BT module is defective.
But after I install UART driver, every function works fine.
I can't understand why UART driver is relate with BT driver.
At first, I didn't install UART driver, because of alert message. (Newest driver is already installed)

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  • Brian G.
  • 11/19/2014 7:50:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBIOS issue just like other reviewers have had, RETURNED

This review is from: Black ECS LIVA 32GB 2GB DDR3L RAM installed 32GB eMMC Storage

Pros: Small, cool form factor. Was excited to have this run 2 monitors and to use Synergy to link this computer with my main desktop.

Cons: BIOS was terrible. I have extensive experience installing OS's, and I attempted to use both Bootable Windows and Linux Distro DVDs, as well as bootable USB flash drives that work fine in other systems. This is an issue that other reviewers have also faced. I am returning it for replacement. My review will be updated when new unit arrives....but for now, this was a waste of my time.

Manufacturer Response:

Liva only supports UEFI and is 64 bit PC architecture.

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.
For Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit is recommended.

See the link below for information on how to make a UEFI bootable flash drive to install Windows.
http://www.nextofwindows.com/how-to-make-uefi-bootable-usb-flash-drive-to-install-windows-8/

See the link below for information on UEFI install with Ubuntu.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI

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  • Kwangsoo C.
  • 11/18/2014 4:34:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBT doesn't work!

This review is from: Black ECS LIVA 32GB 2GB DDR3L RAM installed 32GB eMMC Storage

Pros: Very small, never make noise, reasonable performance.

Cons: Bluetooth doesn't work on windows 8.1 x64.
I have tried everything, but failed.
- bios update (newst from ECS Website)
- driver from CD, ECS Website
- all available update for windows 8.1 x64

Other Thoughts: I want to receive fine one.

Manufacturer Response:

If you are continuing to have issues with your Bluetooth, please contact us. We would like to work with you in getting it running as it should.

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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  • Nathan T.
  • 11/17/2014 7:31:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSmall and Snappy

This review is from: Black ECS LIVA 32GB 2GB DDR3L RAM installed 32GB eMMC Storage

Pros: Extremely easy to assemble, except for the antennas.

Simple installation of Windows 8.1 or 10 Tech Preview from USB stick.

Snappy performance, better than I expected.

Cons: The antennas were impossible to attach to the wireless card. The connectors became bent and are now in the trash. I contacted ECS and they are sending replacements. I have also ordered parts to add external antennas.

Other Thoughts: I bought the Liva to replace an older full size computer I was using as a HTPC, hoping to save electricity. (14W vs. 300W)

I am currently running Windows 10 Tech Preview, which runs great on the Liva. Eventually it will get Windows 8.1 Pro with WMC. So far it has played everything I have thrown at it without a hiccup.

The USB ports are taken up by my wireless keyboard and IR receivers. It would be nice to have 2 more USB ports, but if you need more, just use a cheap hub.

Can't be beat for the recent sale price considering what I want it to do.

I would have given it 5 stars if it werent for the antenna problems.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issue you had with the antennas but thank you for your feedback. It is appreciated.

Should you have any questions or concerns with the installation of antennas, please do 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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  • Frank N.
  • 11/17/2014 4:07:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome, inexpensive little machine

This review is from: Black ECS LIVA 32GB 2GB DDR3L RAM installed 32GB eMMC Storage

Pros: Low power, small package. It boots just fine from USB optical drive or USB stick - make sure you have the BIOS set correctly & your media created properly. Works fine with Windows 8.x & current linux distro's (Gentoo). All devices and drivers work. I you have issues with Linux, then your distribution may not offer drivers yet. Some do, some don't.

Cons: Not really a con, but no Windows support below 8.x. This means no Windows 7 support.

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  • Daniel S.
  • 11/16/2014 9:05:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsA fine x86 alternative to Pi/various Android boxes

This review is from: Black ECS LIVA 32GB 2GB DDR3L RAM installed 32GB eMMC Storage

Pros: -An actual dual core x86 pc, pick this up and won't be hamstrung by pi's weak hardware, or a random android device's eventual (maybe immediate) cessation of updates

-Fanless, Silent, Heats up as much as the Roku its replacing.

-Bluetooth and Wireless N Out of the Box (see cons)

-Powerful enough for HD/1080p video out of my plex server, Youtube and Retro Gaming (2005? and earlier pc classics, medium/low details + resolution.) Installed a GOG.COM copy of UT2004 as a test - 60/70fps @ 720p

-Respectable speeds out of the "ssd" (integrated MMC), approx 66mbs. OS install and updates take a while, but it continues to boot quick.

Cons: -The Wifi and Bluetooth connectors came *bent* out of the box and will not connect to the mini pci board. Its too small to even think i'm going to get the flimsy metal on there straightened out, I'm gonna have to hand this off to a buddy to have the "antennas" soldered.

-There is absolutely no point to this not coming pre-assembled. ECS if you're revising this for a new release, just have it pre-assembled and pre-loaded with win 8.1 w/bing. (I'm pretty sure F/OSS guys know how to wipe/dd erase the eMMC).

-Could only get x64 Windows to install, which the cpu supports, but eats up a good deal more of the drive space, and more of the very limited ram.

-Should probably just default to 128mb "dedicated" + 128mb "adaptive" video memory.

Other Thoughts: Again, I would probably not care as much about the 1 minute "snap the board into the case, and screw in the wireless card" construction, if the wireless antennas actually connected to the board. It did make me realize there is no point to the device not just coming prebuilt, and preloaded with one of the free versions of windows. It couldn't possibly cost that much more to have it snapped together and imaged at the factory.

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 require assistance with your atennae, please contact us.

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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  • Blayne M.
  • 11/15/2014 5:13:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for focused use

This review is from: Black ECS LIVA 32GB 2GB DDR3L RAM installed 32GB eMMC Storage

Pros: Tiny! size
Fast (5 second) startup
USB 3.0 (1 port)
No noise or fans
Dual video outputs

Cons: No upgrading
2GB RAM
Modest 1.58Ghz CPU
Extremely picky USB boot

Other Thoughts: Like another recent reviewer, I had a heck of a time getting it going at first. I tried to boot from an old 2GB flash drive; it would see it but wouldn't boot it; it would end up in the BIOS (standard when no boot media found) instead. I tried from a 4GB SD card/reader - same thing. I tried from an external DVD drive - it wouldn't recognize let alone boot it. Accepting that this is new hardware and a bit picky, I purchased a new DataTraveler SE9 16GB flash drive for under a ten and tried to boot from it... and perfect!

Once past that frustration, installing Windows 8.1 Pro from the flash drive was quick and easy.

Windows 8.1 Pro took up about 12GB.

The boot time is super fast -- 5 seconds or so. The built-in speaker is nice, as is the dual video options. 2 USB ports (1 3.0, 1 2.0) is workable, but one more would have been nice given the need for a keyboard, mouse, and in many cases, an external optical drive.

Web browsing and basic stuff is all fine. The reason I bought it was to act as a security system server/recorder. Running Blue Iris with 2 webcams connected right now, it runs about 20% CPU, spiking to about 33% when recording clips.

This could never replace a daily use multipurpose computer - the hardware just isn't enough for it. But for a file server, security monitor (as in my case), or a small HTPC, this works great.

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