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    Default ECS LIVA X Mini PC- Review

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    Here we are at the beginning of a new year where we can start fresh on old habits, forgotten projects of days past, and new promises to self and others; it is all about moving forward. Last year ECS released a mini PC kit called LIVA. We were invited out to a press event in San Jose to discuss it and a few other products.* Article here.* The small black box PC was meant to be assembled before the end user installed their preferred OS. This wasn't overly difficult for even a beginner but it may have intimidated some into looking for other solutions. LIVA had a decent amount of processing power, small footprint, built in Bluetooth/WiFi and was priced competitively.

    Overall it was a good first out for ECS.Now we have a new year and a fresh attempt to introduce Mini PCs to those with an imagination, limited space, HTPC or even digital signage. The LIVA X is an update to add features and correct some of the pitfalls found in the first iteration of the LIVA MINI PC. I have high hopes for the LIVA X so let’s see if it can replace my current full size HTPC solution. * * ECS, the Elitegroup Computer Systems, was established in 1987, and almost 30 years of business. More than two decades, ECS has overcome a great deal of obstacles facing new businesses and has experienced the joy of significant growth and development. Her main focus has expanded to not only motherboards, but also desktop and notebook computers, graphics cards and other mobile products. ECS is strongly committed to develop cutting-edge technology in order to generate innovative products under environmental friendly designs.

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    Default Re: ECS LIVA X Mini PC- Review

    Nice Review Sandy!

    Might be worth comparing/contrasting this new Compulabs PC to it at some point: fitlet press release

    Seems roughly comparable in my brief glance @ the specs.

    Scott

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    Default Re: ECS LIVA X Mini PC- Review

    Great review Sandy
    I don't think I would be using this although it isn't bad for what it is.

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    Default Re: ECS LIVA X Mini PC- Review

    Quote Originally Posted by Gu3 View Post
    Nice Review Sandy!

    Might be worth comparing/contrasting this new Compulabs PC to it at some point: fitlet press release

    Seems roughly comparable in my brief glance @ the specs.

    Scott
    Havent heard of that fitlet box until now. Interesting. I would love to get my hands on one to test it out. Thanks for the kind words



    Quote Originally Posted by vinman View Post
    Great review Sandy
    I don't think I would be using this although it isn't bad for what it is.
    When the first Liva was released I thought it was kind of silly. But the more I played with it the more Ideas of how to make use of it. It had some shortcomings and got me frustrated so I moved on. When they offered the LIVA X I had to see if they fixed those problems. If you are not trying to do anything really heavy the Liva X makes for a great streaming box. Others will be able to use it as a daily PC but I cant. Too spoiled on my rigs. If you get the chance to use one go for it. You might just decide to shrink your HTPC foot print.
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    Default Re: ECS LIVA X Mini PC- Review

    Good review Sandy cool pc.

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    Default Re: ECS LIVA X Mini PC- Review

    Sandy,

    How did basic Windows 8.1 operation _feel_ on this machine. My Mom-In-Law needs a replacement PC, and she doesn't actually use a PC for anything other than e-mail, occasional web browsing and PDF printing/viewing that she can't do on her Surface 2. In the common 'modern' sense, she really doesn't USE a PC at all <grin>. No media, no real data, no games. She'll probably do her taxes, write some Word/OpenOffice documents, and possibly a spreadsheet or two...I can't imagine too many other use cases for her....

    Scott

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