ECS Liva Core. Silent Core M mini PC specs gallery and video.

Posted on 02 June 2015 by

We’ve got two fanless Core M mini PCs to add to the mini-PC database now. The ECS Liva Core is now official and goes head-to-head with the Zotac Zbox ZI521.

ECS Liva Core front

ECS Liva Core silent mini pc with Core M

The design is very unique with its see-through top panel and the port selection good too although I don’t see any consumer IR support. The front-mounted ports seem a little over the top too. Surely a single USB and audio ports would be better? At the rear you’ll find another USB 3.0 port, Gigabit Ethernet, 2 HDMI ports and a headset port. There’s no dedicated digital audio port.


Here’s the promotional video with Windows 10 Cortana demo. We’re assuming now that the Liva Core has an embedded mic.

Update: The ECS web page shows “2 x D-MIC (internal)” in the specification list. We’ve updated the specs below.


Rather than being a bare-bones unit the ECS Liva Core comes with an 80GB or 120 GB M.2 SSD and 4GB of RAM. There’s an AC WiFi / Bluetooth 4.0 card too.

ECS Viva Core Mini PC specifications

  • Processor: Intel Core M-5Y10C
  • Memory: 4GB (DDR3L)
  • Storage: 1x 80 GB  or 120 GB M.2 SSD
  • Ports front: 3 x USB 3.0, MicroSD
  • Ports Rear: 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x HDMI, 1 x headset port, DC-in (19V)
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11ac & Bluetooth 4.0 (WiDi support indicates an Intel module.)
  • 2 x D-MIC (internal)
  • Dimensions: 136 x 84 x 38 mm
  • Vesa mount, fanless design,

ECS Liva Core website is here.

Availability and pricing is unknown at this stage.

Note: We’re testing the waters with Mini PC coverage. The database is not fully comprehensive [Mini PC list here] but we’re looking to get a project together that will put all the mini PC options into the database. Let us know if this is something that interests you.

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. dansus says:

    Very interested.

  2. Chippy says:

    Actually, me too, as a desktop in my co-working office. And for you, dansus?

  3. Eric Qel-Droma says:

    I’m also interested, but I’m not 100% sure why. I could see one of these eventually as a PS3 replacement (light gaming, Netflix, media playing, game-streaming), and I’ve also long thought that if one had the right living situation, this might be nicer than a laptop for the price. Imagine living in two apartments in different cities (as I did one year) and having monitor, keyboard, and mouse in each one (just lying around). Carry this back and forth, maybe?

    It’s not a perfect scenario, but I’m still fascinated by this form-factor. FWIW, you’ll get clicks from me with more stories about these. :-)

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