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ECS LIVA

ECS LIVA
alaScore 89

40 reviews

Nov, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 40 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the reliability and design. The price and size are also mentioned favorably, but 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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Works for what I need it for

 

Tied to windows 8.1 or a UEFI compatible linux. I installed Windows 8.1 and it runs dog slow, stripped down windows 8.1 and it runs okay. would have like to see the 'vga' port stripped in lieu of more USB, had to get a USB hub. Overall the price is...

quiet, small and does the job. Unit boots quick to desktop and uses very little power

Tied to windows 8.1 or a UEFI compatible linux. slow, no ram or SDD expansion. 2 usb ports

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100% for a week now always on

 

Surf the web, or maybe even use it as a media server. Don't think you will be loading Photoshop on this little ankle biter.

The little box boots up extremely fast. I've been running the unit full time 24/7 for the last week, and I've no issues with it. For basic web surfing, it's great and quick. I wouldn't load a bunch of applications on it. I use it as a PRTG probe, and...

It has a cheap housing, like a snap together model but without any glue. Some people complain about the wireless antennas. I don't use the wireless and didn't install it, I use the direct ethernet plug

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WiFi+Bluetooth Problem

 

Seems like my wifi+bluetooth issues are hardware related. Started a case with ECS support. WiFi needed for my purpose, so this is pretty much a brick for me until the problem is resolved.

Love the small form concept

WiFi+Bluetooth is not working. It should work out of the box with Windows 8.1 ; Could use a 3rd usb port

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ECS LIVA

 

Seems like my wifi+bluetooth issues are hardware related. Started a case with ECS support. WiFi needed for my purpose, so this is pretty much a brick for me until the problem is resolved.

Love the small form concept

WiFi+Bluetooth is not working. It should work out of the box with Windows 8.1 ; Could use a 3rd usb port

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Almost perfect tiny PC

 

I fell in love with my new toy! This is a great solution for an "always on" little PC/server since it only uses 4W. Installing Windows 8.1 was a snap, all updated drivers are on the ECS site, and it has plenty of punch. It is now running my VPN, Plex...

Tiny (yeah, really tiny) ; Ultra low power use (4W) ; Runs faster than my older laptop ; Installing Windows 8.1 was easy ; All drivers available from ECS website

Could really use another USB port ; 64 Gb of internal storage would have been even nicer ; The little antenna wires were hard to snap on

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ECS LIVA

 

I fell in love with my new toy! This is a great solution for an "always on" little PC/server since it only uses 4W. Installing Windows 8.1 was a snap, all updated drivers are on the ECS site, and it has plenty of punch. It is now running my VPN, Plex...

Tiny (yeah, really tiny) ; Ultra low power use (4W) ; Runs faster than my older laptop ; Installing Windows 8.1 was easy ; All drivers available from ECS website

Could really use another USB port ; 64 Gb of internal storage would have been even nicer ; The little antenna wires were hard to snap on

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ECS LIVA

 

Had much difficulty connecting the two leads for the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas and ended up soldering them to the small receiver board. I would recommend attaching them to the board ahead of time and under a magnifying glass. BTW, the soldered...

Very small ; Well built ; Has all the I/O most people need ; Drivers for Win 8 all installed w/o issue ; Performance is not that bad

None at this point

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Best HTPC

 

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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