ECS Announces LIVA Z2 and LIVA Z2V Mini PCsby Anton Shilov on August 2, 2018 10:00 AM EST
ECS this week formally announced its Gemini Lake-based ultra-compact form-factor (UCFF) desktop PCs that were first demonstrated in January. The new systems are aimed at office and digital signage applications, they also feature two GbE connectors, a requirement of ECS’ enterprise customers.
The ECS LIVA Z2 and Z2V computers are based on Intel’s Gemini Lake SoCs with two or four cores as well as UHD 600-series integrated graphics. The new LIVA Z2-series UCFF PCs offer higher general-purpose performance compared to their LIVA Z predecessors because of the Goldmont Plus CPU microarchitecture. Furthermore, the new systems also feature an improved media processing engine with support for 10-bit HEVC and 10-bit VP9 video. Meanwhile, only the LIVA Z2 supports a native HDMI 2.0 / HDCP 2.2 display output capable of 4Kp60 resolution as well as hardware-accelerated Ultra HD media playback. The LIVA Z2V only has an HDMI 1.4 as well as a D-Sub display output, which are good enough for mainstream Full HD displays.
When it comes to memory and storage, the LIVA Z2 systems support DDR4 DIMMs with a 32/64 GB eMMC module for built-in storage, and have a 2.5-inch bay for SSDs/HDDs. As for general connectivity, the PCs feature an M.2-2230 slot for a Wi-Fi module, four USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports (three Type-A connectors, one Type-C header), and a 3.5-mm audio jack.
Being very compact and measuring 132 mm × 118 mm × 56.4 mm, the ECS LIVA Z2 PCs use only 6 W of power supplied by an external PSU.
|2018 ECS LIVA Z2 UCFF PCs|
|CPU||Intel Pentium N5000
Intel Celeron N4100
Intel Celeron N4000
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics 600 (12 EUs) (Gen9)
or Intel UHD Graphics 605 (18 EUs) (Gen9)
|Memory||2×DDR4 SO-DIMM slots|
|Storage||eMMC||32 GB or 64 GB|
|DFF||1 × 2.5" SSD/HDD|
|Wi-Fi||Intel 802.11ac + BT (optional)|
|Ethernet||1 × Gigabit Ethernet with RJ45 connector||1 × Gigabit Ethernet with RJ45 connector|
|Display Outputs||HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0||HDMI 1.4, D-Sub|
|USB||3 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
|Dimensions||132 mm × 118 mm × 56.4 mm|
|OS||Microsoft Windows 10|
|MSRP||4 GB RAM, 32 GB storage
w/o OS: ~$225
w/ Windows 10: ~$240
The ECS LIVA Z2 equipped with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of solid-state storage will cost starting from $240, the manufacturer announced earlier this year. Other configurations will be priced differently.