Elitegroup (ECS) are proudly showing off their latest small form factor PC’s at a pre Computex press event in Taipei.
ECS are increasingly focusing their attention on the mini PC market. As a growth category in the PC space, its exciting to see what vendors are coming up with in this developing market.
Having enjoyed success with their Liva X line of mini PC’s, ECS is naturally looking to improve and expand on their range. The Liva is being joined by some siblings, with ECS showing off several new mini PC models.
The ECS mPC line is interesting. Note the option for a wireless charger. With this unit we have a regular SATA port, SO-DIMM slot and mini PCIe slot making these units expandable like a regular PC whilst still maintaining the small form factor.
ECS are showing off a pair of prototypes with a Intel Quark processor. Look at the GW5-QX2 on the right. It’s just 108mm x 104mm x 18mm in height. That’s like a couple of drink coasters. Whilst these units wont be setting any world performance records, with such a low TDP they should find a niche in ultra low power applications that require x86 functionality.
The Liva Core is a Broadwell-Y powered Mini PC. This unit looks very interesting with its 2c/4t SoC with Intel 5300 graphics, yet still with a miniscule 4.5w TDP. Equipped with a M.2 SSD, this should be a deceptively fast and capable little PC that’s easily expandable with multiple USB 3.0 ports and a MicroSD slot.
The Liva X2 (X Squared) appears similar to the current Liva X with the addition of some tasty upgrades, notably the Braswell SoC in place of the Bay Trail SoC. All three USB ports are now of the 3.0 flavor and the WiFi module has been upgraded to the AC standard. VR-Zone reviewed the Liva X PC a couple of weeks ago and found it to be an excellent device with capabilities and a feature list that shone at $200 USD. If the price stays similar, then the new X2 is clearly even better.
During Computex, the lovely ladies of Taiwan are ever present on the show room floors of the various halls.
Stay tuned for more as the sleepless VR-Zone team makes its way around Computex 2015!