For anyone looking for a simple computer to playback 4K content, ECS may just have the answer. The Liva Q is a compact machine running Windows 10 and supports 4K content playback. That said, the specifications don’t actually inspire the same confidence.
Physically the Liva Q is very small, roughly the size as a typical mouse. An Intel Apollo Lake SoC beats at the heart of the Liva Q. Depending on the model, it is either the quad-core Pentium N4200 or dual-core Celeron N3350. It is plenty for multimedia playback and light productivity (an emphasis on light).
Up to 4GB of RAM is available, as well as a choice of either 32GB or 64GB eMMC storage. The Liva Q has enough I/O selection to be a simple computer as well. It has two USB ports on board; one each of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0. Display is handled by the HDMI 2.0 port, with support for 4K60p output as well as HDMI-CEC. The latter is for controlling the Liva Q through the TV’s HDMI port.
Wireless connectivity is handled through the on-board 802.11ac WiFi radio, as well as Bluetooth 4.1 for accessories. Hard-line enthusiasts will be happy that ECS managed to fit in a Gigabit Ethernet port on-board. No USB-C ports however, which would have made it a better sell to many users.
ECS did not share when the device will be on sale. It is however a very interesting device to have as part of any living room; a bit more powerful than just plugging in a Chromecast.