In early June we mentioned that mini PCs ECS (Elitegroup Computer Systems) has shown at Computex (and previously at CeBIT in Germany). Then we take a look at the mini PC model called ECS Liva X2. The ECS Liva X2 is a small size computer with a fanless design and a case that measures about 156 x 83 x 51 mm. This mini PC is features an Intel Celeron N3050 Braswell processor and it’s available for $169.99 on Newegg with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage, or $239.99 with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
- SoC – Intel Celeron N3050 “Braswell” dual core processor @ 1.6 GHz / 2.16GHz (Turbo) and Intel HD Graphics (6W TDP)
- System Memory – 2 or 4GB DDR3L (soldered)
- Storage – 32GB / 64GB eMMC flash, 1x M.2 for SSD (Up to 1TB)
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0
- Video Output – HDMI and VGA
- Audio – 1x Combo Jack, 2x D-MIC (internal), HDMI
- USB – 3x USB 3.0 Ports
- Power Supply – 12V/3A
- Dimension 156 x 83 x 51 mm
ECS says the system supports Windows 7 and later, and some models are sold with Windows 8.1 with Bing pre-installed, while others are sold as barebones computers (which, in this case, simply means the PCs don’t have a operating system). Linux is known to run on Intel Celeron/Pentium N3000 series, so you could probably install your preferred Linux distribution too. AnandTech has an in-depth review, and reports the ECS Liva X2 provides a lot of value for a $170 mini PC.