Monday, July 30th 2018

ECS Announces Small Efficient Silent LIVA Z2 and Z2V Mini PCs

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the global leading motherboard, Mini-PC, Notebooks, mobile device and smart city solutions provider, is pleased to announce the LIVA Z2 and Z2V silent, energy efficient multi-functional mini PC designed for digital signage, workstation, and noise sensitive situations. The LIVA Z2 and Z2V are available with three Intel Gemini Lake based options, for varying processing needs. Both models are supported by 64GB of on-board eMMC, with a 2.5" HDD bay available for expanded storage options, 3 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0 and a high-speed USB type C connector. The LIVA Z2 features HDMI 2.0 for high bandwidth needs while the Z2V has HDMI 1.4 and D-Sub connectors for legacy and presentation situations. The all new LIVA Z2/Z2V Mini PC features a fanless design, allowing power saving and complete silence. It provides stunning 4K / UHD high quality playback with the full function of a desktop in a space-saving design.

The LIVA Z2 fits a lot of tech into its small size. The case is only 0.48 liters yet provides a multitude of connectors including one reversable USB type C, two HDMI, 802.11ac Wi-Wi, Bluetooth 4.1 and a Kensington lock. For the maker and professional developers, the LIVA Z2 includes a GPIO, an uncommitted digital signal pin whose behavior is controllable by the user at run time. The LIVA Z2/Z2V is easier to upgrade than many mini PC despite its small size. Simply remove four screws and the user can access the M.2 Wi-Fi, memory modules and 2.5" HDD storage slots.
Ideal Digital Signage Solution
Supporting smooth 4k playback and HEVC 10-bit decryption ability from the latest Intel HD 600 series integrated graphics, LIVA Z2/Z2V is widely used to support digital storefront, point of sale terminal, or menu board in retail sectors. The fanless design makes the media player invaluable in dust sensitive roles or places that require the least noise possible, such as hospitals, banks and government offices. Additionally, its compact size (132 mm x 118 mm x 56.4 mm), VISA mount, and power usage characteristics make it an excellent option for use as a thin client for remote and cloud-based operation, workstation, or mini server system.

Energy Efficient for Power Savings
The LIVA Z2/Z2V is an environmental win. Low carbon footprint, long life, energy efficiency and low power draw make for incredible energy efficiency and cost saving. When used as a home entertainment center or media library, the LIVA Z2/Z2V uses less power than a lightbulb, about 6W. Its silence and no moving parts mean the only thing heard is everything except the PC. This tiny yet powerful PC has the ability of a much larger system with out the noise, cost, or hassle inherent in bigger units.
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3 Comments on ECS Announces Small Efficient Silent LIVA Z2 and Z2V Mini PCs

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randomUser
It doesn't really matter how much marketing stuff they have written here.
All it matters is if these models will be able to boot from SSDs and are cheaper than Gigabytes Brix with celerons.
I am sure these ones will be quiped with celerons only.
Also, Brix with i5-8250 offer M.2 nvme slot if i remember correctly. Which means it can be ultra fast.
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silentbogo
randomUser, post: 3877629, member: 176138"
I am sure these ones will be quiped with celerons only.
http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_SPEC.aspx?DetailID=1803&CategoryID=12&DetailName=Feature&MenuID=209&LanID=0

randomUser, post: 3877629, member: 176138"
All it matters is if these models will be able to boot from SSDs and are cheaper than Gigabytes Brix with celerons.
No m.2 slot here, but just like previous ECS embedded boards, it does include eMMC header (should be 5.1, not sure if it has UFS support though).

randomUser, post: 3877629, member: 176138"
Also, Brix with i5-8250 offer M.2 nvme slot if i remember correctly. Which means it can be ultra fast.
Brix 8250 is also >2 times more expensive. You should look at Brix S series or similar sub-$200 barebone platforms from Zotac for proper comparison.
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randomUser
silentbogo, post: 3877635, member: 141875"
http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_SPEC.aspx?DetailID=1803&CategoryID=12&DetailName=Feature&MenuID=209&LanID=0


No m.2 slot here, but just like previous ECS embedded boards, it does include eMMC header (should be 5.1, not sure if it has UFS support though).


Brix 8250 is also >2 times more expensive. You should look at Brix S series or similar sub-$200 barebone platforms from Zotac for proper comparison.
yep, so i was correct.
And yes, these should be compared to Brix celeron variants or Zotac variants. But as far as i can remember, Zotac is pricier than Brix.
I have just looked up Brix N4000 model. 120 Eur price. The difference between the LIVA Z2 is that LIVA has extra sodimm slot and integrated eMMC.
It still is unknown if LIVA supports booting from SATA. While it is clear that Brix does that.
Cheapest Zotac model zbox-bi324 here costs 102eur but it is equipped with N3060 cpu. It does also have 2 dimm slots, but says only 8GB ram supported.
The next model zbox-bi325 costs 133 eur and has a N3160 cpu. Same limitations.
and zotac has less USB3's

So as i said before, it all comes down to a price of LIVA. Can it be cheaper than Brix.

Mind you. USB3 count is very important in systems like these because you can have a cheap NAS which is what i did with my router. But things like Brix would make it even better NAS server + Smart TV box.

And the reason i mention Brix 8250 is because it has M.2 slot, and is as good as a 1000 eur laptop. It is pricier of cource, but it is supperior by much.
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