ECS Announces New Small SFF Silent LIVA Z2, Z2V Mini PCs With Intel Gemini Lake CPUs

Alex Stevens

Elitegroup Computer Systems or ECS, has announced the LIVA Z2 and Z2V silent, energy efficient multi-functional mini PC designed for digital signage, workstation, and noise sensitive situations. The LIVA Z2 and Z2V are available with three Intel Gemini Lake based options, for varying processing needs. Both models are supported by 64GB of on-board eMMC, with a 2.5" HDD bay available for expanded storage options, 3 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0 and a high-speed USB type C connector.

ECS Launches New Mini PCs with Gemini Lake CPUs

The LIVA Z2 features HDMI 2.0 for high bandwidth needs while the Z2V has HDMI 1.4 and D-Sub connectors for legacy and presentation situations. The all new LIVA Z2/Z2V Mini PC features a fanless design, allowing power saving and complete silence. It provides stunning 4K / UHD high quality playback with the full function of a desktop in a space-saving design.

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The LIVA Z2 fits a lot of tech into its small size. The case is only 0.48 liters yet provides a multitude of connectors including one reversable USB type C, two HDMI, 802.11ac Wi-Wi, Bluetooth 4.1 and a Kensington lock. For the maker and professional developers, the LIVA Z2 includes a GPIO, an uncommitted digital signal pin whose behavior is controllable by the user at run time. The LIVA Z2/Z2V is easier to upgrade than many mini PC despite its small size. Simply remove four screws and the user can access the M.2 Wi-Fi, memory modules and 2.5" HDD storage slots.


Supporting smooth 4k playback and HEVC 10-bit decryption ability from the latest Intel HD 600 series integrated graphics, LIVA Z2/Z2V is widely used to support digital storefront, point of sale terminal, or menu board in retail sectors. The fanless design makes the media player invaluable in dust sensitive roles or places that require the least noise possible, such as hospitals, banks and government offices. Additionally, its compact size (132 mm x 118 mm x 56.4 mm), VISA mount, and power usage characteristics make it an excellent option for use as a thin client for remote and cloud-based operation, workstation, or mini server system.

The LIVA Z2/Z2V for environmentally concious users is a win. with a low carbon footprint, long life, energy efficiency and low power draw make for incredible energy efficiency and cost saving. ECS Says when used as a home entertainment center or media library, the LIVA Z2/Z2V uses less power than a lightbulb, about 6W. Its silence and no moving parts mean the only thing heard is everything except the PC. How effective it is in this role remains to be seen though.


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