Kaby Lake CPUs find a tiny home in the ECS Liva Z Plus


— 4:39 PM on January 3, 2017

There's something to be said for a desktop PC that doesn't take over the top of your desk. Just in time for CES this year, ECS is introducing two new Liva mini-PCs. These tiny barebones PCs pack Intel processors into kits that can purportedly handle 4K video and light gaming in the right configuration.

The showcase model is the updated Liva Z Plus, a machine that ECS plans to debut at CES. Powered by Intel's latest Kaby Lake processors, the Liva Z Plus packs a good amount of muscle into a diminutive frame. The company's internal numbers indicate that Kaby Lake gives the Liva Z Plus about 11% more performance than its previous Skylake-powered models. Users can slot two DDR4 SO-DIMMs in the machine.

About the size of the palm of your hand, the Liva XE is the smallest of ECS's lineup of mini-PCs. It runs one of Intel's low-power Braswell SoCs. The company's press release is a little confusing—we're going to go out on a limb and say that this device isn't 45" long—but we expect this little guy to measure in similarly to its predecessor, the 5.3" by 3.3" by 1.6" (13.5 cm x 8.3 cm x 4 cm) Liva X.

ECS hasn't announced pricing or availability yet, but plans to display the Liva Z Plus and Liva X machines at CES, along with the Liva Z and Liva ZE models from earlier this year.

 
   
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