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20 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 20 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the reliability and design. The value for money and size also get good views.

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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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In Windows 8 you'll get Intel quick sync. Which will let you easily handle 1080p video playback from .mkv files etc. Just make sure the video application is using Intel quick syncs features to decode the videos properly. Adobe also has hardware...

Nice small low power pc great for web surfing, video streaming, basic pc usage

At 1080p Youtube/Flash videos you'll get frame drops

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Great with 8, okay with Linux


If you're considering this box, I strongly encourage you to go after a windows license for it, Ubuntu works, and the box will play downloaded video well, but YouTube playback etc in Ubuntu leaves something to be desired. It's is a fantastic little...

Everything works, putting it together was a snap. Great Streaming machine while using windows 8

Not much, Ubuntu Linux experience is... well not as good


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Very neat little box


So I came across this is my Research & Development for lost cost computers. Our apps we use are web based, with the exception of Office. With our entire software image loaded onto this unit, which includes the OS, Office 2013, Google Chrome & Drive,...

Very small form factor, ~4in long x 2in wide x 2in tall ; Dual-core Bay-Trail Celeron, not the cruddy Atom processor ; Wifi/Bluetooth come standard ; Everything you need, minus the OS ; USB 3.0, both ports (see below) ; HDMI & VGA ; Low power usage and...

32GB SSD ; 2GB RAM ; Wifi connection is acceptable ; Only 2 USB connections ; Absolutely zero upgradability ; Could not play 1080p YouTube videos without stutter, could play 720p just fine

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Ubuntu 14.04


I had the same issue with booting off a USB disk into Ubuntu as the previous reviewer. I had to burn a disk and boot off of that using a USB optical drive. The one egg off is only due to the wifi/blueooth card not yet working in Ubuntu. It works great...

Small ; Inexpensive ; Boots up fast

Limited expandibility ; Can't boot usb stick ; WiFi/Bluetooth card not fully supported by Ubuntu (yet)

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Ubuntu support?


This unit is supposed to be capable of running Ubuntu, however I've tried numerous times to get the Liva to boot from a USB that has Ubuntu 14.10 on it, but it keeps reverting back to the bios. The operating system setting is locked on Windows 8.1...

Small, easy to assemble, a deal if you all you want is a streaming pc

Ubuntu support

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The perfect XBMC & Steam Streamer


Turn off Windows Defender Real Time component - It speeds the device up a lot. Make sure you install the drivers off the CD at the very least. I don't know why one reviewer on here says it took 6 hours to install the 8 to 8.1 update. Maybe it was his...

This is the solution I've been looking for. Completely silent, extremely cheap, so power efficient that you don't feel guilty leaving it on - but yet completely functional ; I have played 1080P/24, 1080P/50 and 1080P/60 without any skipped frames at...

Only 1 complaint. The drivers on the CD are not the best drivers for the device. To get DTS-HD audio to work I had to research and download drivers from Intel directly. If I couldn't get DTS-HD to work I would have shipped it back but finally my...

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Works well for Steam streaming


Does what it says on the box. It's a great little machine for streaming. Consider the White edition. Be sure you're A-OK with the limitations.

Works really well, even over 802.11n WiFi. No delay in fighting and driving games. I'm quite happy with the game performance ; Now if only Valve added 5.1 sound to streaming I'd be in hog heaven ; Very small and completely silent, as it has no fans

The Liva comes with a 32GB HD ; 32GB is very tight for Windows. 64GB, as in the White edition, will be enough ; That drive is really really slow though. Installing Windows patches took overnight. Installing the Windows 8.1 upgrade took 6 hours. You get...

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Need to make sure to load Drivers


As long as you load all of the proper drivers from ECS Windows 8.1 runs pretty well and you ESPECIALLY want the Graphics or you'll have TERRIBLE video quality. I've used both VLC and MPC HDx64 with decent results under all but the more extreme 1080p...

Power draw, size

HDMI and USB port placement should have been more thought out. You'll want a powered USB extension for more ports. Wifi /BT ports are delicate and I broke mine trying to install mine. (Bent them)

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Wow.. just wow!


Build quality is great, solid build, easy to put together ; Works great, slow when you first install Windows 8.1 but you MUST install all of the drivers from the disc included or the website, the device will not do anything correctly without the...

Only one con, the power light does not seem to work on my unit.. maybe it's in the bios setting, not sure