ECS LIVA Z Plus Kaby Lake vPro UCFF PC Review

Ultra-compact form factor PCs for business deployments have become popular in the recent past. Compared to traditional UCFF PCs, these business use-cases require ease of management and administration by IT staff. Intel supplies a set of features under the vPro tag for this purpose. This is enabled on select CPU SKUs. OEMs also have limited options for certain components such as the LAN controller. ECS launched the LIVA Z Plus earlier this year, and it was one of the first UCFF Kaby Lake PCs to come with a vPro SKU. Read on for a performance evaluation of the system as well as a discussion of some unique features of the LIVA Z Plus platform.