ECS LIVA Z5 PLUS Mini PC Review


Final Thoughts

Those seeking a mini PC for work and basic home computing should have a solid experience with this LIVA Z5 PLUS, and I appreciate how easy it is to access components and perform upgrades. It goes without saying, but – though the CPUs in some LIVA systems are socketed – these NUC-like units have non-upgradeable mobile parts, so it is advisable to choose carefully before committing to a system like this.

This is not a mini PC for gaming, and it is not fanless, either – though it output under 34 dBA in our testing (which is about the noise level of a moderate laptop fan). It has excellent connectivity, including some very impressive Wi-Fi speeds from the included Intel card, and the build quality is excellent.

It’s early, so pricing and availability are something of an unknown here in the USA, with no listings from the usual places (Newegg, Amazon) as I write this.  Hopefully it ends up being competitive with the remaining Intel NUC 13 Pro units in the supply chain.

If you can find it, and the price is right, I can easily recommend the LIVA Z5 PLUS, which is yet another solid entry in the venerable LIVA mini PC lineup.


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