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ECS LIVA X Mini PC SFF Desktop PC Review

By: Steven Bassiri | SFF PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 28, 2015 3:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: ECS

Final Thoughts

 

What the ECS LIVA X lacks in raw performance, it makes up for in low power consumption and thermals. Its dual-core Intel Celeron N2808 CPU has its limitations, in terms of raw power it loses to the Zotac CI320 (reviewed here) because of its lower core count. While the LIVA X doesn't do well in benchmarks where it is compared based on CPU power, it shines in total-system benchmarks like PCMark8. ECS took the Celeron N2808 and tricked it out by taking advantage of pretty much everything it offers. They maxed out the amount of RAM and took advantage of the PCI-E lanes.

 

ECS offers a built-in eMMC drive and the option to add in an mSATA drive to expand storage for home media center uses, which also allows you to install other OSes like Windows 7. ECS did a great job of offering many options; HDMI and/or D-SUB (VGA), WIFI and/or wired LAN, and eMMC and/or mSATA. The price of the LIVA X is very important too, at $249.99 it would be a steal if it had an OS, but sadly it doesn't.

 

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The LIVA X's simplistic yet elegant design is a little deceiving. This is a very capable machine. Since most software doesn't require that much CPU power these days, storage and memory make a lot of difference and in that sense the LIVA X can handle almost everything. You definitely can't play PC games like you would on a desktop or edit large videos, but that isn't what these small form factor PCs are made for.

 

The LIVA X is exactly what a PC this size should be; low-power, silent, and expandable. You can put it in a car and power it through a cigarette lighter as the device uses 1-2A at 12V, something the car can easily provide. If heat is a big issue, then the LIVA X is perfect for you, it doesn't increase in temperature that much, and was never hot to the touch.

 

A closer look at the power hardware reveals overkill in component selection. That is done to make sure that the components run in their optimal efficiency range to waste less power and decrease temperatures, and we can see this in our tests.

 

 

PRICING: You can find the ECS Elitegroup Liva LIVA-XBAT2NBW-464 Desktop for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.

 

United States: The ECS Elitegroup Liva LIVA-XBAT2NBW-464 Desktop retails for $249.99 at Amazon.

Product Summary Breakdown

Performance81%
Quality including Design and Build96%
General Features86%
Bundle and Packaging95%
Value for Money85%
Overall TweakTown Rating89%

The Bottom Line: While it doesn't have the fastest CPU, it makes up for it with expansive storage and great build quality. If low power consumption and temperatures are the name of the game, then the LIVA X is the champion, and one for you to consider in the Mini PC market.

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