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ECS LIVA

ECS LIVA
alaScore 89

60 reviews

Mar, 2015

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 60 reviews of ECS LIVA. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design. The price is also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the usability, and some have doubts about the reliability.

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.

Review analysis

(Based on 60 reviews)

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Expert review by: Ganesh T S (anandtech.com)

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...

Jul, 2014

Consumer review by: TortugaJay (newegg.com)

Pretty sweet..

 

It's a computer and it fits in your hand! It runs full-fledged Windows! Boots in about 20 seconds. Fanless & silent. Runs Kodi (xbmc) terrifically

Does not run on a standard cell phone charger as this comes with a 3A one (though it may work on a 2A one too..?) Ram/disk/cpu are not replaceable. Only 2 USB ports, accessing BIOS/Boot Menu seems to only work on *some* keyboards, 32-bit Windows won't...

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

ECS LIVA

 

I use this as my HTPC in my living room. XBMC works very well and so does streaming Big Screen Steam games from my gaming rig in my home office to the living room! This little thing works great!

Fast for my HTPC with Linux Mint

linux drivers for bluetooth not available yet and wi-fi is somewhat of a pain to get working

Jan, 2015
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Consumer review by: Lars (newegg.com)

Great HTPC

 

I am using two of these as MythTV frontends. Hard to beat the Christmas sale price of $110. Installed Ubuntu 12.2 to work with my 0.26.1 backend. Initially the HDMI audio did not work, but an upgrade of the Linux kernel to 3.16 fixed that. Connected to...

Perfect device for an HTPC; Low power consumption; Quiet; Decodes HD content; Plenty fast running Mythbuntu 12

Needs one more USB port; Hard to assemble wireless antennae; UEFI interface is somewhat annoying and limiting; Hard to open case after assembly; USB port for power cable seems a little weak

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: HTPCist (newegg.com)

Good potential but build quality is poor - HDMI not working

 

Adding a USB header on the board for additional ports or an internal facing USB for a flash drive would be nice. For HTPC: A little more though with the case would have made room for a hard drive. Adding IR or a header would make sense.

Compact & silent - very nicely done

HDMI port does not work (Linux or Windows 8.1) ; UEFI only Bios makes life difficult

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Works with Xubuntu 14.04 x64

 

I got this on sale and it was a bargain. With the sale over, I would probably move towards a Kabini APU system for ~$50 more. Plays flash content better through chromium (with pepperflash) than Firefox.

Small size ; Low power ; Runs Linux (must install using EFI formatted USB, I used Xubuntu 14.04) ; Got WiFi working (though not bluetooth) ; Reasonably fast program access

None for what it is

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: dhunt2@yahoo.com (newegg.com)

I normally go for cheap, but...

 

The first unit I ordered failed to power up. Very annoying to have to pay for return shipping on a defective item. I would like to see Newegg adopt a return policy similar other vendors whereby return shipping is free for defective merchandise. I used...

Great little unit, especially if you like to tinker. Silent operation, low power consumption, low heat, and no moving parts makes this little PC ideal for use as a Media Server or Security Camera Control Center

Case is very difficult to get apart once assembled. I dislodged one side of the tiny surface mounted power LED while taking it apart. Luckily I was able to re-solder it

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: Robert in Houston (newegg.com)

Great Dangleboard

 

- Great board. Installed Lubuntu 14.10 with _zero_ glitches. Scary experience :) - Some USB kbd disconnects, cured with 4 wraps through a snap choke. - Would have preferred a [micro]SD slot to preload and shuffle OSes, but speed of the eMMC more than...

x86_64 with small size (dangleboard) ; low power consumption (550mA @ 5V) ; dualie CPU/RAM to run GUI and bloatware browsers (load 1000 mA @ 5V) ; fast disk (read eMMC 130, USB3 69 MB/s) ; acceptable headphone sound ; microUSB power supply easily...

UEFI BIOS with no working legacy mode ; wireless & BT antennae tricky connectors (did not test) & dubious drivers ; boxy, oversized case (I hang bare, would post photo but webmeisters too lazy to vet) ; peaks too much power for pass-thru USB battery...

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: dhunt2@yahoo.com (newegg.com)

Good Value

 

The first unit I ordered failed to power up. Very annoying to have to pay for return shipping on a defective item. I would like to see Newegg adopt a return policy similar other vendors whereby return shipping is free for defective merchandise. I used...

Great little unit, especially if you like to tinker. Silent operation, low power consumption, low heat, and no moving parts makes this little PC ideal for use as a Media Server or Security Camera Control Center

Case is very difficult to get apart once assembled. I dislodged one side of the tiny surface mounted power LED while taking it apart. Luckily I was able to re-solder it

Jan, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

I normally go for cheap, but...

 

It's weird that audio wouldn't work with a known good HDMI cable. Using the exact same input port on the TV, audio works on the first cable I tried with a Shuttle Mini PC, a DirectTV receiver, and a Blue Ray player. Just not with this product. For what...

Updated review. Raised the rating one star because audio does work over HDMI with a different cable

See my other review about the antenna connectors being impossible to install

Dec, 2014
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