ECS unveils sub-$200 mini-PC with Bay Trail onboard


— 5:02 PM on March 26, 2014

Tiny, affordable desktop PCs are all the rage lately. As FanlessTech reports, ECS has just unveiled a new one. The ECS Liva is about as tiny as it gets, and it's shocking cheap, at under $200.

FanlessTech says the Liva measures 118 x 70 x 56 mm, which works out to 4.6" x 2.8" x 2.2", for the metrically challenged. The system packs a passively cooled Atom "Bay Trail-M" processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of eMMC solid-state storage. The memory and storage are apparently both soldered-on, so the upgrade potential is pretty much nil. At least the connectivity options aren't too pared down, though. There's Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and HDMI.

ECS dubs the Liva the "World's Smallest Windows-based PC," but FanlessTech says the system will ship without a copy of Windows pre-installed. I guess it's hard to make room for a Windows 8 license in a sub-$200 price tag. Honestly, considering the price, I'd expect bargain hunters to be more keen on loading Linux up on this bad boy.

Head over to PC Watch (in Japanese) for more pictures of the Liva's teeny enclosure and equally diminutive internals.

   
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