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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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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 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

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.
(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


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

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  • GEORGE W.
  • 3/1/2015 4:39:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Little Box

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

Pros: EXTREMELY Fast boot
Runs win 8.1,IBM Notes 9,Excel 2003 at the same time flawless

Cons: only 32gb's storage space,after installing the OS and "Basics" had 11gb's free
Hindsight is 20/20 I should have bought the 64gb model

Other Thoughts: Bought this to replace my Dinosaur PC at work, powered usb hub is a must

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  • chris b.
  • 2/22/2015 2:46:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPerfect Seam Box

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

Pros: Got this little guy to use as a Steam Streaming Box, works great. Handles full 1080p streams from my main gaming rig wired or wireless.

Cons: Only things i had issue with were the fact it you can not use Win7, you must use Win8 or linux due to Win7 does not support emmc storage for the OS. Given that im booting strait in to BigPicture mode you dont really notice but would have preferred 7. only other issue was the built in BT. While it it works, I found I had to pair my DS4 every single time I booted. Not a deal breaker but i didnt like having to go back out of BP mode then back in. I solved this by just using a 360controller and a wireless adapter.

Other Thoughts: I bought this on sale for $99 wich makes it a great deal for a steam streamer. Was looking at the ForgeTV as well at the same price point. While im sure FTV will be great full win 8 PC for $99 is hard to beat.

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  • Martin G.
  • 2/20/2015 7:59:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Little Media Server

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

Pros: - Tiny, inexpensive Plex Media Server
- Full-blown dual core Intel Bay Trail processor for $110 bucks
- Runs 64-bit Ubuntu Linux or Windows 8.1
- No fan noise
- Low power consumption
- Great hobbyist computer
- Can play Minecraft at decent speed/framerate
- Runs Firefox and Chrome

Cons: - Only 32Gb internal storage
- Only 13Gb left free after installing Ubuntu 14.10 with xfce window manager
- Some assembly required
- Very small Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antenna connectors
- Performance is adequate to slow
- Streaming video will stutter if two or more users are watching simultaenously
- Bluetooth not recognized under Ubuntu Linux (although I haven't really tried very hard since I don't use the Bluetooth feature)

Other Thoughts: I needed something that would run Plex Media Server and Subsonic to stream movies, TV shows and music to Macs, iPhones and iPads on my local network, as well as over the internet -- say, to my iPad while working out at the gym. I was ready to spend around $500 for a Mac mini to replace my circa-2006 MacBook Pro Core Duo as my Media Server, but when I saw the ECS Liva on NewEgg for $109 shipped, I decided to take a chance. I'm a Mac user by custom and trade, but I decided to use the ECS Liva to learn more about Ubuntu Linux.

After more than two months with the ECS Liva, I am happy to report that it is fitting the bill of media server quite admirably. After assembling the unit, I installed Ubuntu Linux 14.10 64-bit on the internal 32Gb eMMC flash storage. There are 13Gb left free after installing the OS, although I could probably trim that even further if I installed the lighter Xubuntu instead of Ubuntu with the default Unity Desktop. I connected two external USB hard drives via a powered USB hub, so I now have 500Gb of external storage attached to the ECS Liva. It runs Chrome, SABnzbd+, SickBeard, Subsonic server, and Plex Media Server. I can watch video streams via Plex client on my Roku Stick in the living room, as well as Plex client on my iPad at the gym. If my wife and I are watching Plex videos at the same time on our iPads, the video tends to stutter. I guess that's the performance limit of the Intel Bay Trail processor in this thing.

There's a Wi-Fi card installed, but I don't use it as I have the ECS Liva connected directly to my router via Ethernet. I also don't use Bluetooth, so I haven't tried to get Bluetooth recognized and working under Linux.

The unit is running 24/7 as my media server, and for $109 I couldn't be happier. I definitely feel like I'm getting more than my money's worth, for what I need the ECS Liva to do. My son has also installed and played Minecraft on this tiny computer, in case anyone is curious.

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  • Richard W.
  • 2/20/2015 1:44:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Steam Streamer

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

Pros: Works perfectly as Steam streamer in big picture mode on Windows 8.1 with ethernet (wifi untested).
1080p on TV at 30-60 fps depending on the game.
HDMI audio and analog audio work great.

Cons: No real cons. Just be aware that it's light so find a sturdy place if you're plugging wired controllers in.

Other Thoughts: All the drivers are on the ECS web site - you need to install them after doing the base Windows install.
Check out 'XBStart' if you want to control the whole thing from an
XBox controller.

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  • Alexandr C.
  • 2/17/2015 7:56:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPlex Home Theater

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

Pros: Small
No Fan
HDMI with Audio
Fast Storage

Cons: Don't think this has enough heat disipation

Other Thoughts: Installed windows 8.1 with Plex Home Theater
This thing works like champ. plays 1080p60 mts files without any issues
MKV 1080p play fine as well.
Replaced my hacked Apple TV with this guy, and really happy

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  • Kyle W.
  • 2/16/2015 3:31:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat idea, Poor Construction.

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

Pros: Tiny, would have done exactly what I needed it to do...

Cons: Power button broke on second push. Not wanting to give up immediately I just ripped off the button facade so I could push the button on the board directly. No biggie.

Wireless connector - TERRIBLE. I can't believe how fragile this thing is - again, broke it within 30 seconds of trying to connect it. The procedure is like the crazy docking scene in Interstellar. BUT, again, I was going to wire the thing directly anyway, so not a deal breaker....

But oh LAN connector, why did you have to be so junky? I've built dozens of PCs, fixed incalculable numbers of PCs, and I've never seen such a piece of junk. It disconnected every ten seconds, and got worse and worse as I tried to troubleshoot, eventually not working at all. Bummer.

Other Thoughts: I'm sure I'm just asking for pain but I'm going to try to replace this thing. If it worked it'd just be too perfect.

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 Wifi and power button issues and providing an RMA if necessary.

When contacting us, you can refer to case #ECD15021710003

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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  • ron O.
  • 2/16/2015 1:53:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMini PC Running 8.1 Pro 64bit

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

Pros: Absolute quiet! low power consumption. 2.4/5 GHz Wifi. Perfect general purpose PC platform. Also works great with a Touch monitor.

Cons: none, other that the supplied driver CD main installer won't run on 64bit. Need to fiddle a bit to get all the drivers installed.

Other Thoughts: Bundle with a touch monitor!

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  • Joseph W.
  • 2/11/2015 8:08:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMythbuntu 14.04.1 ready

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

Pros: Very easy to set up using a bootable USB drive. Used Pendrive Linux's Universal USB Installer. Installed Mythbuntu 14.04.1 using the default install method.

Cons: Very awkward installing the mini antenna's to the WiFi module. The wires are very tiny and the connection very small.

Other Thoughts: Make sure you enable the VAAPI library and the related hardware drivers. The Mythtv Wiki page shows how this is done. I also turned off swap as well. See Samiux's Blog for more info on this is done.

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  • Adrian C.
  • 1/13/2015 9:04:52 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat product, excellent support

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

Pros: Had some issues with the HDMI on device and contacted ECS support.

ECS were very prompt, professional and helpful, they got me up and running very quickly and I could not be happier with this device. Running Ubuntu + Kodi.

Seeing ECS tech support in action gives me great confidence in puchasing an ECS Product in future.

Cons: None

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  • Steven L.
  • 1/12/2015 11:32:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty sweet..

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

Pros: It's a computer and it fits in your hand! It runs full-fledged Windows! Boots in about 20 seconds. Fanless & silent. Runs Kodi (xbmc) terrifically.

Cons: Does not run on a standard cell phone charger as this comes with a 3A one (though it may work on a 2A one too..?) Ram/disk/cpu are not replaceable. Only 2 USB ports, accessing BIOS/Boot Menu seems to only work on *some* keyboards, 32-bit Windows won't boot which seemed like an obvious choice to me to save on the little 2GB of RAM.. DOS/Hiren's, etc. won't boot... Pretty much nothing 32-bit seems to boot. And the biggest annoyance.. perhaps this is a result of loading Windows 10 Technical Preview and not Windows 8.1? But CPU performance is really lousy.. most noticeable when browsing & rendering web pages (tried Firefox and Chrome) to the point that the machine is pretty much frozen for a few seconds while the page is loading.. and if you click on something before the page is fully rendered it actually ends up clicking elsewhere... Windows itself is pretty snappy though, which I guess is more of a compliment of Windows.... Although, do a few things and again you at odds with the CPU. In conclusion... I love this thing! But it's not replacing my desktop (or laptop) any time soon. For a home theater though, this may be just what you need. Last but not least, it is a wonderful toy.

Bonus Tip: I've read that it performs a lot faster (even renders pages quicker) on Ubuntu.

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