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33 reviews

Oct, 2014

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and design. The value for money and size are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the usability.

size, price, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the ECS LIVA is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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ECS LIVA Review: The Nettop Rises Again


Nettops and netbooks, as a class of products, have been on the decline over the last few years. The most significant issue with the nettops was obviously the anaemic CPU performance. As consumers realized that they could get much better performance per...

Coming to the business end of the review, it is clear that ECS must be applauded for trying to resurrect the nettop by cutting the appropriate corners while delivering a better performing machine (compared to older nettops) in a fanless chassis. The...

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I'm honestly amazed at how well it performs and how much you can actually do with it. This is perfect HTPC or office PC. It is the cheapest option for HTPC for such hardware. Easy to set up and no need to purchase ram, storage, wifi etc. Everything you...

Tiny (smaller than my headphone amp!) ; Extremely low power consumption (TV USB will do!) ; Absolutely silent ; Decoding 4k without breaking a sweat ; Steam streaming at 4k without breaking a sweat ; Plenty of power to do any basic tasks ; No need to...

Have to pair bluetooth devices again on each start up (most likely software issue, not hardware) ; Cheap construction (but what can you honestly expect as such price) ; Lacking connectivity with only one USB3, one USB2, ethernet and HDMI

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Instructions don't mention..


I wish there were more USB ports, but whatever..

Works! Great for HTPC, Steam streaming, etc

First one arrived DOA. Instructions say you can install from USB -- they don't mention that depending on the flash drive the device may or may not receive enough power to boot from. I ended up installing from an external DVD drive no problem


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Died, purchased 64GB instead


I liked the concept enough that I'm ordering another one, but I ordered the 64GB "White" edition so I'd have a little more space to work with. I pray that the new one works better. I don't want to have to go through the assembly process a third time....

Silent ; No moving parts (well, the power button moves, but that's it!) ; Super small ; Runs Windows 8 respectably ; Looks cool

Died after a few hours. I couldn't get it to POST. No video display, no power to USB. Just.. nothing except the power LED ; 32GB is really tiny. I had to go through quite a bit to do the Windows "Upgrade Trick" since there's not enough room for 2 Win8...

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Update from previous review in August


Hats off to the ECS tech support who I dinged in my previous review... the contacted me before the review was published and I was unable to retract the statement. With some of their suggestions I tried several things before finally giving up on Ubuntu...

This is an update review on this little guy... I previously only gave it 2 Eggs due to it's inability to successfully get Ubuntu Live running on it. I finally got Live running on it sans the wireless card since the driver wouldn't install properly......

It could use more memory, but I can see they're addressing that with another unit. The only thing I could have asked for more of would have been more USB ports, or the ability to add more memory after the fact

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Seriously bad website for ECS


Windows 10 installed & works (some driver issues.) ; Ubuntu 14.14 installs & works well

The ECS website is godawful ; All* downloads from the LIVA drivers page on fail with partial downloads ; The problem form submission page doesn't work with Chrome (can't fill out required fields.) ; The support email rejects me with a spam...

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not satisfied


Its quiet. Its installing Windows

The connector on the short antenna came off e.g. off the end of the antenna wire. Couldn't connect the connector on the long antenna to the radio. So essentially i've paid for this wifi card/bluetooth card/antenna that i can't use

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Great Media Center box! XBMC and WMC


This works Fantastic as a media center replacement with Win8.1 and WMC. I am a Unix man and hate windows, but must use it for Windows Media Center (To watch and record stuff like HBO/CNN/etc) using an HDHomeRun Prime and an USB 3.0 2TB HD, and to watch...

1. Runs 8.1 w/Windows Media Center very well ; 2. Runs XBMC in Win8.1 with no gripes at all ; 3. Runs Netflix App (have to use the app for 5.1) ; 4. Steam Streaming from your gaming machine works great ; 5, Once you install the right Intel Video Driver...

1. Hard to get the dang wifi antennas installed, no biggie though ; 2. Hard to get the drivers right to get HD Audio ; 3. For some reason in Ubuntu if you use a KVM or unplug your USB devices, they don't seem to want to be recognized without a reboot

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Waste of my time


With this much money I could have just bought ASUS Vivo PC or other micro computer that allows you to install Windows, Linux the way you want. I regret buying this since windows was not what I was after.

Runs Windows 8 only ; Has BIOS ; Linux user stay away

This was waste of time and money. This unit was created so only windows 8 can be installed. I tried booting UEFI and none-UEFI from USB that has Linux like OS such as Ubuntu, Fedora etc.. and they all boot up however the majority of Linux does not...

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Best HTPC built for $125


Best $125 that I have ever spent.

1. Very compact & light weight (about 6 oz) but well designed & built ; 2. Everything you need for a media PC is built in ; Wifi & Bluetooth ; HDMI out ; Gigabit LAN ; USB 3.0 ; 3. Very low power consumption. I usage Kilawatt to measure it, when idling...

The only downside is that the Hard Drive is not upgradable. It'd have been the best machine if it comes in a 64Gb SSD drive instead of 32Gb (Windows 8.1 takes up almost 20Gb already - leaving only 10Gb left for everything else)