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ECS LIVA Z Plus

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Introduction


From the ECS website:
Founded in 1987, ECS, the Elitegroup Computer Systems, is a top-notch manufacturer and supplier of several families of computer products in the industry. With almost 30 years of experience, ECS not only produces high-quality products such as motherboards, desktops, notebook computers, graphics cards and other mobile products, but also provides customized computer programming and hardware/ software design service for a wide variety of customers.
More than two decades, ECS has overcome a great deal of obstacles encountering new businesses and has experienced the joy of significant growth and development. ECS is strongly committed to develop cutting-edge technology in order to generate innovative products under environmental friendly designs. ECS comprehensive system of quality control provides our clients with reassurance and fosters long term cooperation.

Elitegroup Computer Systems has been around since 1987. Known primarily as ECS, they are an industry-leading OEM that also dabbles in the consumer market, offering mini-PCs, laptops, graphics cards, motherboards, tablets, and IoT devices. Put simply: even if you haven't bought an ECS product, you have probably used or owned one that was manufactured by them. Overall, ECS looks to be on a path of diversification, and as such, I expect we will see more products from them as the the Internet of things continues to grow, allowing for more opportunities to diversify the business.

Today's review focuses on the ECS LIVA Z Plus, the bigger brother to the previously reviewed LIVA Z. Utilizing an Intel i5 7300 U and a 128 GB M.2 SSD, it is a huge upgrade compared to the entry level offering. The upgrade in specs did not come with an upgrade in size as the LIVA Z Plus keeps the same tiny footprint. Small and surprisingly powerful, let's see what this tiny system is capable of!

Specifications
Model:ECS LIVA Z Plus
Processor:Intel i5 7300 U SOC
2.6 GHz (3.5 GHz Turbo)
Integrated Graphics:Intel HD Graphics 620
Memory:4 GB (1x 4 GB) 2133 MHz DDR4
2x SO-DIMMs slots
32 GB Max supported
Storage:128 GB SSD
Optical Drive:None
Audio:Realtek HD Audio ALC283
Connectivity:1x HDMI v1.4
1x Mini DisplayPort
1x Digital microphone jack
1x Audio combo jack
3x USB 3.1 Type A
1x USB 3.0 Type C
2x Gigabit LAN ports
Communications:Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
2x2 802.11ac - 866 Mbps
1x Intel I219-LM Gigabit LAN
1x Realtek Gigabit LAN RTL8111
Bluetooth 4.0
Cooling:Heatsink and fan
Operating System:Not included
Windows 10 or Unbuntu 16.04 LTS supported
Warranty:1 year
MSRP:$489.99
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