ECS has unveiled its new Liva Z3 mini-PCs, compact desktop computers, using low-power Intel Jasper Lake processors.
ECS delivers the series in two versions, Liva Z3 and Liva Z3E. The former is the smallest with dimensions of 117 x 128 x 35mm, while the latter is a bit bigger as it includes a 2.5 bay for users who want to add additional hard drives or SSDs. to M.2 PCIe slots for on-board storage.
Its hardware base uses the Jasper Lake platform. These are the latest Intel processors designed to power entry-level PCs, from small netbook-style laptops to compact desktops like these mini-PCs. They offer basic performance for computing and multimedia entertainment, very low power consumption and a price which is generally the lowest of processors for Intel PCs.
The processors use the new Tremont architecture and are built on 10nm technological processes. Intel offers three versions on this platform (Pentium Silver N6000, Celeron N5000 and Celeron N4500) which are those that ECS offers as an option for its Liva Z3. It includes two So-DIMM slots to incorporate up to 16GB of dual channel DDR4 memory and supports eMMC storage, PCIe SSD, and the aforementioned SATA bay.
In terms of connectivity, it offers Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, as well as a good number of ports: one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, three USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A and two USB 2.0 Type A. The manufacturer specifies that its new mini-PCs support the connection to two screens 4K at 60 FPS thanks to HDMI 2.0 video outputs and a mini Display Port.
ECS (EliteGroup) promises a 35% increase over previous generation models with Atom chips thanks to the new features offered by the Jasper Lake platform. ECS targets the use of these mini-PCs in offices, consumer offices or as home theater systems. Support for operating systems Windows and linux. No sale price has been offered.