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ECS LIVA 2GB DDR3L RAM installed Mini / Booksize Barebone System

  • 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

General

Brand
ECS
Model
LIVA

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!

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the ECS (EliteGroup) LIVA

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  • Robert I.
  • 9/19/2014 9:07:13 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSurprisingly good!

Pros: Ultra tiny dual core Win8/8.1 PC, includes wireless LAN, Bluetooth, HD audio 1/8" out, HDMI out, VGA D-Sub out, wired LAN, Intel graphics, no moving parts, no fans, etc... completely 100% silent!

Draws 2-5 watts on Kill-a-watt meter!

Cons: Only two USB ports!
If it had four USB ports I would have given it five stars.

I'm using it with a KVM that uses just one USB cable for both mouse and keyboard, so I'll still have one USB port available for flash drive, etc... but most people will run out of USB ports quickly. You could also use a Bluetooth mouse and or BT keyboard to free up the USB ports.

Other Thoughts: Wireless LAN works great, Bluetooth works great, analog audio out jack works perfectly.
Installed Win8.1 Pro VL UEFI from USB stick prepared with Rufus. Be sure to disable Secure Boot in BIOS. No option for MBR/legacy install in BIOS must use UEFI/GPT partition. I updated to latest BIOS (from ECS website) once Windows was installed.
Once Win8.1 is up and running unplug the keyboard and go right to the included Driver CD (or copy it to USB flash drive) and click on "auto install drivers" ... in a few min you'll see all the items in Device Manager are now working!
Boots from off to Win8.1 desktop in 20 sec!
Turn off Windows auto updates, I uninstalled the included 60 day NIS trial. After full install had 16Gb left on the internal storage device.
Mozilla worked great.. no lag. Played 1080p video with VLC Player via wireless LAN with no problems... CPU was at 82% usage. 720P video playback showed only 32% CPU utilization.

For casual web browsing, Office apps, etc... this thing's a home run!

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  • Randal B.
  • 9/17/2014 9:44:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSmall, quiet, and reasonably fast.

Pros: Small, quiet, and complete. Assembly was easy. The wifi antenna connectors are tiny and a little tricky to connect but that was it. Everything works. I am running it with dual monitors, watching a Nascar race with MCE while typing this on the other display. I updated the BIOS from the ECS site and this now boots really fast. I like it.

Cons: Had to get the bluetooth driver from the ECS website as it was not on the CD.

Other Thoughts: Not being able to install Windows 7 made installing Windows 8.1 from an upgrade more fun than it should be. 32gb ram is enough, but next one I get will have more. I have about 10gb left after everything was installed.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for your feedback! Bluetooth driver for Windows 8/8.1 is already inside the driver CD. If you still have any concern, we would like for you 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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  • Joe R.
  • 9/17/2014 5:47:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSuprisingly capable for the price

Pros: Very low power usage and heat dissipation. The unit gets only slightly warm to the touch even running full HD videos and draws 15 watts or so under load.

Nothing besides an O/S needs to be added- while the system does not come with much in the way or RAM or drive space, it does come with sufficient quantities of each to load and run Windows 8.1.

Drives two monitors out of the box.

Tiny form factor- you have to see it to believe it. Only a couple of inches in each direction.

Cons: Not upgradeable- not a huge con, as the lack of ports and connectors is a big part of why this thing is so small, but a trade-off to be aware of.

2GB of Ram and 32GB of storage is just barely enough. Again, this is part an parcel of a small low cost system, but be aware that this is best suited to running a few basic applications.

Other Thoughts: Windows 8.1 runs fine, and is quite responsive (as much as Windows 8.1 ever is at least).

Netflix HD videos play fine, as do encoded video files.

Basic web functionality and other tasks seem to work without a hitch. The system will start to slow down if you have more than one or two applications open, or if you run something particularly intensive.

It should go without saying this is not a full-featured system. You will not be playing graphics-intensive games or running tons of applications. But unlike the atom and AMD-E series nettops of days past, this one does not feel hobbled in everyday web browsing and navigating around Windows. It seems quite capable as a media pc, web browser, email client, etc.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for your feedback! 64GB version should be available by the end of this month. If you still have any concern, we would like for you 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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  • Patrick H.
  • 9/16/2014 2:50:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFrustrating but strangely cute

Pros: Cheap and easy to assemble mostly. See Cons

Cons: A truly frustrating device even for me and I’ve been building computers for 10 years. First, the actual assembly is easy and involves putting in the wireless card and installing a screw. Then you install the two wifi antennas and that’s easy. But then you have to get the incredibly tiny antenna leads hooked up to the miniscule jacks on the wireless board. And no, these aren’t the usual leads you’re used to on laptop wireless antennas and cards. No, these are perhaps half that size. I’m certainly no kid and wear glasses and I couldn’t even see the jacks on the board. Honestly this is an exercise in frustration that took almost an hour. It’s so frustrating you want to throw the whole thing into the trash and go out drinking until you can forget. It took me an hour to finally get something like the correct hookup. A magnifying glass would help but then you’d need three hands. If you have a kid around with young eyesight have them do this and save yourself a lot of frustration.
Then you have to load windows 8.1. Windows 7 won’t work. Only 8.1. Ubuntu is supposed to work but I’m not into that so it was Windows 8.1. The only way to install the operating system is from a USB optical drive or a flash drive. I don’t have a USB optical drive so I made a bootable USB thumb drive using an older OCZ Diesel 4 Gig drive. Guess what? Wouldn’t work. The machine kept going into the BIOS with no hint of what was wrong. And there’s very little troubleshooting info on this device on the Internet. I thought It was defective but then I decided to try using another flash drive. What did I have to lose? I burned another bootable copy of Windows 8.1 on a Kingston 8 gig drive and this time it worked. I saw some hints on the Internet that this is a problem so if it happens to you try another flash drive or better yet use a USB optical drive.

Other Thoughts: The Liva actually runs Windows 8.1 tolerably well. Just make sure you have a powered USB hub because there are only 2 USB ports and you need one for the mouse and one for the keyboard. Considering that everything you want to install has to come on a USB flash drive that leaves you one USB port short.
This is an early review. I just got done installing Windows and the drivers, which come a DVD and that you have to transfer to a flash drive to get installed. The Liva isn’t fast. It’s glacial compared to a reasonably new system but it works OK. I’m going to play with it some more tomorrow and see what happens but right now the frustration is wearing off and it looks cute sitting there, so small and innocent looking. Just remember those wireless antenna leads.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issue you are experiencing with your LIVA. Currently, LIVA only supports UEFI installation. The installing instruction of Windows is on PAGE 47 inside the user manual. LIVA only supports 64bit OS. Thank you for your feedback! If you still have any concern, we would like for you to contact us. We would like to find out more about your configuration and work with you in finding a solution. 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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  • Thomas G.
  • 9/11/2014 2:57:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLinux support

Pros: Everything besides wifi works well under Lubuntu 14.04.1 64-bit. And I mean right out of the box, no fiddling.

XBMC plays 1080p content, even fairly demanding hi10p (10-bit) encodes, very well. Very smooth with no screen tearing to report.

HD audio passthrough, namely DTS-HD MA, works great (if running XBMC from a desktop install, it is important to make it ignore PulseAudio, which doesn't support HD audio passthrough, by launching with the command "AE_SINK=ALSA xbmc" [obviously this command will change slightly when XBMC adopts the new name Kodi]).

Netflix works well on this with the recent native HTML5 playback support through Chrome (with the appropriate workarounds).

Desktop sounds come out over HDMI just fine if you use pavucontrol to set up pulseaudio to output through it rather than analog.

Cons: Wireless card currently doesn't work under 14.04.1 (without considerable effort, at least), but since luck has it that is the only user replaceable part in the whole setup, it is hardly a deal breaker, as you're not really stuck with it (nor is that card much liked by people using Windows, it seems).

hi10p playback works great unless the bitrate gets up to around 35Mb/s, at which point it starts dropping frames (but you'll rarely, if ever, really encounter this). Actually, up to about 18Mb/s it looks like processor usage is almost at 100%, but when it gets above that I saw processor usage go down slightly, which I think was evidence of the processor speed ramping up on demand (bitrate spikes to around 31Mb/s this machine handled fine). Keep in mind hi10p is a special situation, as no graphics cards on the market are able to offload decoding of it, so it is completely dependent on the CPU, so don't expect the same frame dropping issues with most high bitrate files.

Had to use VGA to see the BIOS and select the LiveUSB drive when originally installing.

The on-board eMMC storage is fast enough to not get in the way of general usage, but is slow enough to cause problems with video playback in high bitrate scenes (same files play smoothly streaming over gigabit).

Ethernet activity lights are a little brighter than necessary, so I cut tiny squares of duct tape to put over them, seems fine now.

Ability to change/expand RAM and storage obviously would be nice. Without that, this won't likely become more than just a really good media streamer, which I'm okay with.

The clear plastic protecting the wifi antenna connectors was unreasonably stubborn. Ended up having to cut through one of them to free the end without breaking it.

VESA mounting option would have been very welcome.

Other Thoughts: I'm a bit surprised how much attention Windows8.1 is getting on this over Linux, and that much of the Linux reports are disconcerting. I'm happy to say I've had an overall positive experience with the LIVA running Lubuntu 14.04.1 64-bit. For some reason I had to originally boot using VGA, as over HDMI it would wake up the screen I was using but not show anything (I still don't see anything at POST time, but once Linux takes over everything shows up fine). I booted off of a LiveUSB without issue (in response to those that had to use an external CD drive).

Really not sure what else to say. It is quiet, efficient, plays some demanding stuff, and I may well buy another one for similar media needs in another room. It is very likely supplanting my current home theater projector computer (Athlon X2 6000+ and GT630 nVidia card), and that I think is the best endorsement I can give it.

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  • Benjamin C.
  • 9/11/2014 9:08:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAC Power Loss restore function doesn't work

Pros: Small, reasonable performance running Windows 8.1.

Cons: The BIOS setting to automatically power up after AC power loss doesn't work. It's inconsistent: works sometimes, other times you have to press the power button. Makes it kind of useless for any application where you want it to operate unattended even in the face of power issues. This occurs with the latest BIOS available from the ECS website dated 7/28/14.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issue you are experiencing with your LIVA. If you still have any concern, we would like for you to contact us. We would like to find out more about your configuration and work with you in finding a solution. 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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  • deborah d.
  • 9/9/2014 7:33:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice small low power pc great for web surfing, video streaming, basic pc usage.

Cons: At 1080p Youtube/Flash videos you'll get frame drops.

Other Thoughts: In Windows 8 you'll get Intel quick sync. Which will let you easily handle 1080p video playback from .mkv files etc. Just make sure the video application is using Intel quick syncs features to decode the videos properly.

Adobe also has hardware acceleration in Windows 8 sadly this device is just out of reach of smooth 1080p playback. You will get a few dropped frames unless you drop the resolution to 720p for flash videos. Flash isn't the best streaming software. I hope HTML5 gets more support from more sites soon. Even silverlight is better than flash.

I wouldn't recommend this device unless your going to install WIndows. Ubuntu has difficulty playing 1080p .mkv files etc. due to no Intel quick sync support for Linux yet. Adobe doesn't support Linux distros anymore. So you won't be getting hardware accelerated playback for flash videos. 480p is the highest resolution you'll get. Even then you'll notice some frame drops. Wireless and Bluetooth seems to require some messing about to get working. I didn't bother.

Device is still rather amazing for its power requirements, size, and being fanless. Wish the processor was slightly more powerful and it had more internal storage. Otherwise its perfect for a streaming/browsing PC.

Manufacturer Response:

We are sorry to hear about the issue you are experiencing with your LIVA. Please go ahead to change the "DVMT Total Gfx Mem" under the chipset Page to "MAX" inside the BIOS menu. It'll help to solve this issue. If you still have any concern, we would like for you to contact us. We would like to find out more about your configuration and work with you in finding a solution. 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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  • Donald B.
  • 9/8/2014 6:55:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsGreat with 8, okay with Linux

Pros: Everything works, putting it together was a snap. Great Streaming machine while using windows 8.

Cons: Not much, Ubuntu Linux experience is... well not as good.

Other Thoughts: If you're considering this box, I strongly encourage you to go after a windows license for it, Ubuntu works, and the box will play downloaded video well, but YouTube playback etc in Ubuntu leaves something to be desired. It's is a fantastic little windows streaming box, even for steam.

I am overall quite happy with this product.

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  • Steven P.
  • 9/7/2014 11:51:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsVery neat little box

Pros: - Very small form factor, ~4in long x 2in wide x 2in tall
- Dual-core Bay-Trail Celeron, not the cruddy Atom processor
- Wifi/Bluetooth come standard
- Everything you need, minus the OS
- USB 3.0, both ports (see below)
- HDMI & VGA
- Low power usage and never gets warm

Cons: - 32GB SSD
- 2GB RAM
- Wifi connection is acceptable
- Only 2 USB connections
- Absolutely zero upgradability
- Could not play 1080p YouTube videos without stutter, could play 720p just fine

Other Thoughts: So I came across this is my Research & Development for lost cost computers. Our apps we use are web based, with the exception of Office. With our entire software image loaded onto this unit, which includes the OS, Office 2013, Google Chrome & Drive, Internet Security, & Video Conferencing & Remote Access software, it leaves me with just shy of 10GB remaining. Since we store everything in the cloud, that 10GB doesn't scare me. Despite it being tiny, it boots super fast. I have to hand it to Microsoft for Windows 8.1 and OEM's giving us Ultra Fast boot mode. It boots from cold boot to OS Login screen in about 5 seconds. I dare say that it is a fraction of a second better boot time than my brand new Retina Macbook Pro with SSD and an i5 Processor. It booted faster than my Acer monitor could detect the signal from my Belkin KVM. Just to test, I hooked it straight into a monitor to test the speed and it was dead accurate to 5 seconds from the time I pressed the button to login screen.

Some things I did find out:
- The wifi connection is acceptable, at best. In my testing, I have found that being just shy of 20 feet from our ASUS router, I get between 3-5 bars of signal. The odd part is that the link speed never drops below 100Mbps, but I am getting very slow internet connectivity at 1-3 bars.
- Both USB connectors are USB 3.0. Don't believe me? Look at the black connector, it has the same number of pins as the blue connector. Furthermore, I found that my USB 3.0 flash drive has near identical transfer speeds with copying the same size content from the PC to the USB (~50MB/s write speed)
- I could not make this box play 1080p YouTube videos. It would play 720p content just fine, but as soon as I switched it to 1080p, it got jittery and made it almost unwatchable. I used the video drivers that were included as well as the up to date ones from Intel.

Bottom line, for office use, I could see this working out. For someone who needs a basic PC to surf the web, watch Netflix, check email, etc, this would work. For someone who needs a low footprint micro server, like for Minecraft, this would work. Just recognize that it may become outdated and depending on what you use it for, 32GB may not be enough. I am waiting on the White edition with the 64GB to order more, however.

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  • John C.
  • 9/6/2014 8:21:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUbuntu 14.04

Pros: Small
Inexpensive
Boots up fast

Cons: Limited expandibility
Can't boot usb stick
WiFi/Bluetooth card not fully supported by Ubuntu (yet)

Other Thoughts: I had the same issue with booting off a USB disk into Ubuntu as the previous reviewer. I had to burn a disk and boot off of that using a USB optical drive. The one egg off is only due to the wifi/blueooth card not yet working in Ubuntu.

It works great as a Mythtv frontend and general-purpose computer.

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