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ECS LIVA Z2 Mini-PC Review

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Elitegroup Computer Systems, known to most of us as ECS, was formed in 1987. From their humble beginnings, they have become an industry-leading OEM that not only manufactures a large number of products for themselves but other vendors as well. ECS currently offers mini-PCs, laptops, motherboards, tablets, and other IoT devices under their various brands and has expanded into a large number of markets. Even if you have never directly bought an ECS-branded product, it is still highly likely that you have used or owned one they manufactured. With each passing year, ECS continues to grow, offering a larger and more diverse portfolio of consumer products.

In today's review, I take a look at the ECS LIVA Z2. While similar to the LIVA Z and LIVA Q, this latest model is a bit larger. Even so, it remains extremely compact and with the ability to be mounted to a monitor or television set with its VESA mount. Its increased size also allows for a single 2.5" HDD bay for expanded storage. Meanwhile, the CPU sees an incremental upgrade to Intel's Pentium Silver N5000 quad-core processor based on the Goldmont Plus architecture. Finally, these tiny systems are capable of 4K @ 60 Hz thanks to the implementation of HDMI 2.0. Overall, this feels like a solid update to the product line, but before making any snap judgments, let's take a closer look.

Processor:Intel Pentium Silver N5000
Clock Speed:1.1 GHz (2.7 GHz Turbo)
Integrated Graphics:Intel HD Graphics 605
Memory:1 x 4 GB (2400 MHz DDR4 SO-DIMM)
Storage:32 GB eMMC Flash
1x 2.5" Drive bay
Optical Drive:None
Audio:Gemini Lake SoC High Definition Audio Controller
Realtek ALC235 High Definition Audio Controller
Connectivity:1x HDMI 2.0
1x HDMI v1.4
1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C Port
3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A Ports
2x USB 2.0 Ports
1x Audio Combo Jack
1x Digital Mic
1x Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit LAN
Communications:Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165NGW
1x1 802.11ac - 433 Mbps
1x Realtek Gigabit LAN RTL8168/8111
Bluetooth 4.2
Cooling:Fanless aluminium heatsink
Operating System:OS tested: Windows 10
OS included: none
Warranty:2 year
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