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LIVA 32GB 2GB DDR3L RAM installed 32GB eMMC Storage
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs Second Unit, DEAD 10/08/2015

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

Pros: Cheap, perhaps too cheap.

Good little paperweight, but expensive for a paperweight!

Cons: Dies after first use.
Takes a while to RMA.
Have to search for a replacement.

Other Thoughts: I bought the Liva with high hopes of using it for a very basic purpose. The first unit i bought i got it and installed Windows 8.1 Pro on it, it got offered the free upgrade to Windows 10 when 8.1 was done installing, upgraded it to 10. The install went really smooth compared to what some have reported. After 10 was done installing it ran really nice, it was pretty responsive and useable for such a low power unit. I used it for a few hours and shut it off, selecting shut down from the start menu. Came back a few hours later and tapped the power button and nothing. Wouldn't turn on, checked all connections and everything was where i left it a few hours prior. Tried another power adapter but nothing helped. So i RMA'd it with NewEgg, if anything NewEgg deserves at least four eggs for a quick RMA turnaround, but this unit deserves ZERO.

The new replacement unit came today, installed Windows 8.1 Pro, again upgraded it to 10, everything went as expected, unit was running great no problems, and again i messed around with it a couple hours and shut it off. Came back to it this evening and tried turning it on, NOTHING IT WAS DEAD AGAIN.

Seriously!! Is it some kind of thermal failure? The only thing i can figure is they heat up with use, then you shut them down and they cool off and something fails, maybe a bad solder joint somewhere, maybe the CPU has a cold solder joint, not sure, but again it failed in exactly the same situation, that can't be a coincidence??

There is no other reason for it!! I also bought a Liva X while the first Liva was being RMA'd, so far the X model has been running 24/7 for about two weeks, no problems whatsoever! The X model also has a huge heatsink and all metal case, so i suspect it has much better thermal abilities then the non-x Liva with a small heatsink and plastic case. The two i had that failed did get quite warm, not hot, but reasonably well above room temp. The plastic cases were averaging around 75-80 degrees, i could imagine placed in a closed cabinet with media equipment that would only get worse. The Liva X seems to maintain room temp within about 5 degrees, thats quite good for a fanless unit.

Save your money, get a Liva X or something else, i suspect this Liva has a design or manufacturing flaw and others will die in time. Or just don't turn it off!!!!

LIVA 32GB 2GB DDR3L RAM installed 32GB eMMC Storage
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Died... 09/24/2015

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

Pros: Ok price, seems relatively responsive and quick in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Cons: Uses 5v Micro USB, would have been nicer to see a different dedicated power connector like the LIva X. Not sure if the Micro USB port is at fault on mine, but it died and won't come back to life.

Other Thoughts: Had it for almost two weeks, installed Windows 8.1 on it, got offered the upgrade to Windows 10, so i upgraded it. Was running really nice, good little media PC. Got done using it selected shut down from the start menu and walked away. Came back a few hours later tapped the power button and nothing, no light, no video output, no lights on the network port, just completely stone dead.

Tried a couple other power adapters of the same rating, 5v micro USB 3A, even tried a higher amperage unit, nothing. It wasn't the power supply that died, something in the Liva just up and died and it won't turn on anymore, not sure what but its dead.

Filed RMA to send it back for replacement, not sure i can trust it again but i will give them another chance to redeem themselves.

Western Digital RE4-GP WD2003FYPS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Cheap... Thats it

Cons: Bought it in February has only been used lightly in a system that doesnt see much use, just died last week, drive not recognized by the system. Tried it in an external dock as well, it won't spin up, just makes a grinding and clunking sound.

Other Thoughts: I bought this drive 2/19/2015 and the manufacture date on the sticker on the drive shows 25 July 2010!!! They sold me a five year old refurb?? I have had some good luck with refurbished products, but they were all generally within a year of manufacture, customer returns, small manufacturing defects that were fixed, etc. But when i installed this drive i didn't realize i was getting a five year old piece of hardware to begin with.

Of course they won't do anything to replace it since it was a refurb and now i have to buy another new drive, so overall there was no savings here.

I will say that i generally use WD drives, Black or Green, or the Red's in my NAS and server, and i have yet to have a failure of a new drive, but this refurb was a gamble that just didn't pay to make.


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Display Name: Scott L.

Date Joined: 11/09/03

  • Reviews: 20
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  • First Review: 11/27/08
  • Last Review: 10/08/15
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