Need One Ultra Compact, Ultra HD 4K Video Playing PC? Meet Liva Q
Stephan Jukic – December 5, 2017
It pretty much doesn’t get smaller and simpler than this when it comes to a PC machine that can play back 4K UHD videos (unless you forego the Windows OS and simply go for a massively expensive 4K smartphone with ultra HD display). The new Liva Q is a simple, compact 4K playback-capable Windows 10 PC machine that can reportedly play back a ton of different UHD video sources despite some surprisingly modest hardware specs.
Built by a company called ECS, Liva Q is really damn small, roughly the size of an ordinary computer mouse and comes built to handle 4K video through its Windows 10 OS. Inside this little cube of a PC you’ll find an Intel Apollo Lake SoC processor core with either a Pentium N4200 quad-core CPU or a more modest dual-core Celeron N3350, depending on which specific Liva Q model you go for. Other internals include up to 4GB of RAM, and a choice of either a 32GB or a 64GB eMMC internal storage unit. Furthermore, the Liva Q comes with a fairly basic but sufficiently PC-like I/O selection that’s just enough to make it fit its categorization as a simple PC. This includes dual USB ports (one 2.0 and one of the more powerful 3.0 variety), a single HDMI 2.0 port for display connectivity (to a 4K PC monitor or possibly an ultra HD TV as well) and the inclusion of HDMI-CEC. This latter HDMI feature is designed to let you run the Liva Q minicomputer through your TV’s HDMI ports.
Other connectivity specs of the little device include some fairly robust 802.11ac WiFi radio power, Bluetooth 4.1 for external device accessories and even a powerful Gigabit Ethernet port that would definitely be useful if you actually use the Live Q for its 4K handling capacity.
In other words, in normal terms, the Liva Q comes with plenty of media playback power. However, 4K video isn’t quite yet fully mainstream normal, at least as far as processing requirements go and the above specs, while great for 1080p videos and even 1440p resolution, do seem just a bit iffy for full 2160p resolution. This applies especially to the machine’s storage unit specs and to a slightly lesser extent to its SoC chops. ECS claims full 4K playback functionality but we’ll have to wait and see for a final verdict on this.
The Liva Q isn’t quite yet available for purchase but it’s reportedly coming soon and would definitely make a unique new 4K streaming and content addition to any robust 4K home theater device array.