ECS LIVA X2 Review – Packaging and Bundle
ECS LIVA X2 Review – The Mini PC
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ECS LIVA X2 Review – Performance
All testing was performed Windows 8.1 64bit (which was pre-installed on our Liva X2).
ECS LIVA X2 Review – Conclusion
Overall we were pleased with the design and build quality of the Liva X2. The matt white/pearl finish feels good quality and the plastic used is nice and thick which makes it feel sturdy. Using this matt finish also removes any problem with fingerprints that blight glossy systems. our only note on the appearance is that it would have been cool if ECS had made the LIVA logo on top LED capable. Not essential but a nice touch if it was present and we would have gladly swapped the almost pointless internal mic for an LED.
As far as port layout goes, we would have preferred to have two of the USB’s on the back as the current configuration means having at least one (if not two) significant wires for the keyboard and mouse sticking out of the front which does ruin the aesthetic somewhat. If it’s a space thing, ECS could bin the VGA, add a 2nd HDMI if they really wanted and then have room for the back USB placement.
Looking to the performance, responsiveness in Windows was decent. Clearly there isn’t the feel of a high end PC here but we noticed no significant lag or stutters. Mainly just applications taking a second or two more to open than on a higher spec system. Part of this is down to the use of solid state storage which has a decent read speed, helping to provide data promptly. The write speed of the internal storage is a little disappointing though… but we can add that additional M.2 SSD at capacities of up to 1TB which would resolve that issue. It was also nice to see Wireless AC/GB LAN ensuring our network performance was good. USB 3.0 speed was also impressive, pretty much in line with a “standard” desktop system.
Noise levels of course were very impressive, this is a silent system and at load only used 19w at its peak during our tests (5w idle). Finally, for real world tests we were able to convert 2 CD’s worth of lossless music to MP3 in 5 minutes and watch HD video streaming on YouTube with no issues and plenty of CPU resource to spare.