The desktop PC market has been subject to many challenges over the last few years. However, the miniaturization trend (including the introduction of the ultra-compact form factor - UCFF - NUCs) has provided some bright spots. The recent introduction of the mini-STX (5x5) form factor has provided yet another option between the NUC and the mITX form factor for PC builders. The ECS LIVA One was one of the first mini-STX PCs to come to the market. MSI also introduced the Cubi 2 Plus models around the same time. The lineup consists of two models - the consumer-focused Cubi 2 Plus, and the business-focused Cubi 2 Plus vPro. Read on for our review of the two versions of the mini-PC.

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Intel Launches New Socketed 5x5 mini-PC Motherboards

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44 by Ganesh T S on 8/24/2015

Aleutia Updates R50 and T1 Fanless Industrial PCs with Partial Copper Chassis

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ASRock had taken an early lead in serving the mini-PC market, thanks to its Core / Vision series units. Based on motherboards meant for the notebook market (smaller than...

45 by Ganesh T S on 7/14/2015

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Microsoft Surface Hub Availability And Specifications Announced

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The success of UCFF PCs have made vendors realize that small and power-efficient computing platforms are here to stay. ARM SoC manufacturers, finding that the tablet market had reached...

103 by Ganesh T S on 4/22/2015

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