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Review: ECS LIVA Q1D Mini PC

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) is known for pocket-sized mini PCs and the company has been bringing these innovative products to the market for years now. The company recently launched its new LIVA Q1D mini PC to meet the growing demand of stay-at-home application for those studying and working from home during the current COVID-19 situation.

The ECS LIVA Q1D is palm sized and is also suitable for applications such as digital signage, thin-client or Terminal applications in versatile use-cases. And since the LIVA Q1D can be VESA mounted behind a compatible monitor, you can also used it for indoor applications in facilities such as schools or libraries, healthcare, hospitality, business, and retail.

The Mini PC itself is available with a choice of Intel Pentium/Celeron processors, and a choice of 32GB or 64GB eMMC storage. eMMC storage means that the storage chip is embedded or soldered directly onto the mini PC’s motherboard.

Under the hood, our review unit came with Intel’s Pentium N4200 quad-core SoC, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of EMMC storage. The N4200 processor from Intel meanwhile runs at 1.1-2.5 GHz (Single Core Burst, Multi-Core Burst max 2.4 GHz) and is based on the Apollo Lake platform.

Similar to the Braswell predecessor, the chip is manufactured in a 14 nm process (P1273) with FinFETs. Besides four CPU cores, the chip also includes a DirectX 12 capable GPU as well as a DDR3L/LPDDR3/LPDDR4 memory controller (dual-channel, up to 1866/2400 MHz).

You also get a MicroSD slot to expand the internal storage capacity. The LIVA Q1 series also supports connectivity standards such as Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11ac. The Mini PC also features Intel HD Graphics 500/505 that offers support for 4K videos playback. The LIVA Q1 series has also been designed with a cooling fan inside it, to keep the system cool and stabilised.

In terms of connectivity, you get lots of choices such as two USB 3.1 Gen1, one USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, and Gigabit LAN. Besides HDMI, LIVA Q1D also comes with a DisplayPort in case you want to use a dual screen setup with this mini PC. The ECS LIVA Q1D Mini PC is available with and without the OS – our review unit was already configured with Windows 10 as the OS.

Setting up the device was a walk in the park. Connect the power adapter, plugin the HDMI cable and you are good to go. The ECS LIVA Q1D Mini PC is so small that you will barely notice it when placed on your work desk. The device is powerful enough to run all day to day computing apps including internet browsing and using apps such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

The ECS LIVA Q1D Mini PC is available at a price of $350 (AED 1300) with Windows 10 OS. For that price point you are getting a palm sized mini PC that can power your daily computing needs, does not require lots of desk space, and is very light and portable.

If you are on the market for a PC that is budget-friendly and can handle most day to day computing jobs, the ECS LIVA Q1D Mini PC is something you could look at.

Price: $350 (AED 1300) with Windows 10 OS. $290 (AED 1,070) without the OS.

ECS LIVA Q1D Mini PC $350
  • Final Rating
3

Summary

The ECS LIVA Q1D Mini PC is so small that you will barely notice it when placed on your work desk. The device is powerful enough to run all day to day computing apps including internet browsing and using apps such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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