Wednesday, January 16th 2019

ECS Shows Off Wide Range of Mini PCs at CES 2019

During our visit with ECS at CES 2019, we had the opportunity to check out some of their Mini-PCs. The first one we looked at during our tour was the M520 which comes equipped with an Intel Apollo Lake SoC and support for up to 8 GB of DDR3L via 2 SODIMM slots. Expansions options consist of an M.2 E key 2230 slot (PCIe, USB) and an M.2 M key 2242/2280 PCIe x1 slot. It offers HDMI and mDP for video output and even has two Gigabit LAN ports along with wireless connectivity and Bluetooth 4.0. Onboard storage consists of eMMC configured as 64 GB or 32 GB, and a 2.5-inch HDD/SSD as an option. It also has 4x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports for peripherals and device connectivity along with an ES-232/422/485 port. In general, this particular system is quite tiny, but even with that in mind, we have to wonder why a 32 GB version is also an option considering Microsoft has gone so far as to say 32 GB of storage is inadequate for Windows 10.

Next up was the LIVA M520 not to be confused with the model previously discussed this option is quite a bit larger but features similar specifications. It comes equipped with a Celeron N3350 and up to 8 GB of DDR3L via 2x SODIMM slots. Storage consists of the same 32 GB, or 64 GB of eMMC and a 2.5-inch HDD/SSD is optional. The rest of the specifications are also quite similar with the LIVA M520 having an HDMI + mDP for video output, 4x USB ports, and 2x Gigabit LAN ports. Where it differs is the USB ports are only USB 3.0, not 3.1. For expansion, it includes the same M.2 E key and M.2 M key slots as the other M520 system.
They also had an entry-level tablet on hand dubbed the Whirlwind this 10-inch device features an 800 x 1280 10-point multi-touch screen, 2x 2-watt speakers with 3x digital microphones. When the system is docked, it has 1x 15-watt woofer and 2x 5w tweeters. Connectivity is handled by Bluetooth LE 4.2, 1 x 1 Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4G and 5G) networks. Storage is limited to 8 GB of eMMC alongside 2 GB of LPDDR4 system memory. In regards to the battery, ECS used a 4000 mAh option.
Out of the systems they had on hand one that truly caught our eye as something a bit different was the LIVA One which comes equipped with Amazon Alexa. Unlike the SoC based units, this model offers support for up to a 35-watt Intel 8th generation LGA1151 processor. Memory and storage options were much more robust here with the system having 2x SODIMMs with support for up to 32 GB of 2666+ MHz DDR4. Storage options consist of a one M.2 2280 slot for SSDs and a single 2.5-inch bay for an HDD / SSD. Included audio functionality consisted of 2x audio jacks, 2x digital microphones, and a 2-watt speaker.

Meanwhile I/O connectivity was quite exceptional with ECS including 2x USB 3.1 Gen1, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C, 1x mic in, 1x line out on the front. Moving to the back, there was another 4x USB 2.0, and 1x RJ45 to round things out. When it comes to video outputs, ECS offers modern options including 1x HDMI and 2x DisplayPort, along with a blast from the past with the inclusion of a 1x VGA port.

ECS also had the LIVA One Plus CL on display which like the LIVA One offers support for Intel's 8th generation LGA1151 processors. However, this system has support for up to 65-watt processors. It offers 2x SODIMM slots for up to 32 GB of 2400+ MHz DDR4 and also has 1x M.2 2260/2280 slot. It also supports WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2. Video outputs consist of a single HDMI and a VGA port while audio is handled via two audio jacks. Front panel I/O consists of 2x USB 3.1 Gen1, 1x USB 2.0, 1x mic in, 1x line out. Meanwhile, the back offers 2x USB 3.1 Gen1, 2x USB2.0, 1x Ethernet, and 2x audio jacks. Essentially ECS sacrifices a few features to give users the access to more powerful processors.

They even had some AMD powered systems as well including the SF110-A320. This Mini-PC supports AMD4 Ryzen 3/5/7 APUs up to 35-watts and comes with 2x SODIMMs which support 2400 MHz DDR4. It has the usual WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 support alongside a host of video outputs consisting of 1x HDMI, 1x VGA, 1x DisplayPort, and 1x COM (optional). Audio is the same with a mic and line out, while the front and back I/O combine for 6x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A, and 1x USB 3.1 Type-C.

Nearby ECS also had the LIVA One H310 which supports 8th generation Intel Core processors up to 35-watts. It has 2x SODIMM slots which support up to 32 GB of 2666+ MHz DDR4. Storage consisted of a single M.2 2280 slot and a single 2.5-inch HDD bay. It has WiFi with 802.11ac alongside Bluetooth 4.2 along with a host of outputs including 1x HDMI, 1x VGA, 2x DisplayPort and if course 2x audio jacks. For device connectivity, it has 2x USB 3.1, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, mic-in, and line out up front. Meanwhile, the back has 4x USB 2.0, 1x Ethernet, and 1x RS232 (optional).
To round out their showing, ECS also had the LIVA Q2 on hand which comes in multiple configurations that can include an Intel Pentium N5000, Celeron N4100 or Celeron N4000. Memory comes in two flavors 2 GB, or 4 GB of LPDDR4 and storage consists of 32 GB or 64 GB of eMMC with a Micro SD slot for a maximum addition of 128 GB of storage. Audio and video are handled via a single HDMI port while device and peripheral connectivity are limited due to the systems 1x USB 3.1, 1x USB 2.0, 1x Gigabit LAN. Overall ECS had enough mini-PCs on hand they can likely target any segment of the market they choose at this point.
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2 Comments on ECS Shows Off Wide Range of Mini PCs at CES 2019

#1
Fatalfury
i wonder if ECS stopped making motherboards...they didnt release a motherboard for a long time now.
they only make mini PC nowdays.
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lexluthermiester
Fatalfury said:
i wonder if ECS stopped making motherboards...they didnt release a motherboard for a long time now.
they only make mini PC nowdays.
Seemingly so for the retail market. They do still make boards for OEM's.
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