Developers interested in testing ARM versions of Windows don’t have much flexibility when it comes to testing hardware. On one end of the spectrum like a $1,000-ish tablet Surface Pro XWhich, especially for indie developers, is a lot of cash to pour into a new hardware ecosystem. and when you can do While technically running Windows 10 and 11 on a Raspberry Pi 4, performance even on a 4GB or 8GB Pi leaves a lot to be desired (it’s actually not even allowed by Windows’ license restrictions).
But now the solution to this problem is as ECS Liva QC710, a simple Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Windows Mini PC currently available in the Microsoft Store for a relatively reasonable $219. The box ships with an ARM version of Windows 10 Home, and is 1.38×4.69×4.59 inches in size, comparable to set-top boxes like the Apple TV.
The low price is reflected in the specifications of the computer. It only includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB of (estimated eMMC) storage, which can only be expanded via a microSD slot. NS snapdragon 7c Chip is also a step down snapdragon 8c, 8cx, SQ1, and SQ2 chips that power tablets like the Surface Pro X. The SoC includes a pair of “big” Kryo 468 Gold cores and six “smaller” Kryo 468 Silver cores, as well as an Adreno 618 GPU, 802.11ac Wi-Fi. And Bluetooth 5 support. Connectivity is limited to one 5Gbps USB Type-A port, one USB 2.0 port, one HDMI port, and one 100Gbps Ethernet port, as well as one USB-C port that is used for power.
If those specifications aren’t enough to deter you from considering the QC710 as your next small desktop PC, Microsoft Store’s return policy will do it for you: Microsoft explicitly states that it will not offer refunds for the QC710 and that it “For developers, not for consumers.” As it is incomplete, for developers aiming to release native ARM builds of their software or write ARM Windows-compatible drivers for their hardware, the QC710 is an economical way to give non-x86 versions of Windows a spin. And provides an officially supported way.