We had the opportunity to test the Beelink Gemini T45 Mini PC, so today we can show you the Beelink T45 review.
As you know, the Beelink Gemini T45 has the same processor as the Beelink J45 Mini PC (Beelink J45 review here). Whether these Mini PCs are comparable or any are better, you’ll find out in our review.
Availability and price
Now Beelink T45 Mini PC is available on Geekbuying for $239.99 (8GB/512GB), and at official Beelink Amazon stores: Amazon US, Amazon CA, Amazon DE – Germany T45 8GB + 128G (T45 8GB + 256GB), Amazon ES – Spain: T45 8GB + 256 (T45 8GB+ 128GB) Amazon UK – United Kingdom T45 8GB + 128GB (T45 8GB + 256GB), Amazon IT – Italy T45 8GB + 128GB (T45 8GB + 256GB), Amazon FR – France: T45 8GB + 128GB (T45 8GB + 256GB).
Beelink Gemini T45 Mini PC Specifications:
- CPU – Intel Apollo Lake Pentium J4205, 4 Cores 4 Threads 1.5Ghz, up to 2.6Ghz, Cache 2M
- OS – Windows 10 Pro Edition
- GPU – Intel® HD Graphics 505
- Memory – 8GB RAM LPDDR3
- Storage – 128GB/256GB/512GB SSD M.2, SD card
- Video Output – 2x HDMI 1.4 ports
- Audio – Via HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet 1000Mbps, Dual-Band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 4x USB 3.0 ports
- Misc – Power button, mounting on the back of the monitor
- Power Supply – 12V 1.5A Power Consumption – Standby: 0.5W; typical: 12W
- Dimensions – 11.90 x 11.90 x 1.79 cm
- Weight – 340 grams
The box included everything that you need to get started:
- Beelink Mini PC
- Power Adapter with EU plug
- 2x HDMI Cable (short and long)
- User Manual
The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more Beelink Gemini T45 and bundled accessories.
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Beelink T45 Review: First impressions, settings, overview of features
Like the other TV Boxes and Mini PC from Beelink, the T45 is another well-made Mini PC. The top cover features the characteristic Beelink’s logo. The housing is made of aluminum. There is also a lack of shiny elements, so no fingerprints will be left on the cover. The housing looks almost identical to the Beelink GT-King Pro TV Box. On the front panel you will find a black plastic bar, which looks very much like a display. Beelink’s brand slogan “Connect to a wonderful life” is marked here. On one side is the Micro SD card slot and 2x USB 3.0 ports. On the other side, it has also 2x USB 3.0 ports. At the back there are: Power button, DC jack, 2x USB 3.0, 1x Gigabit LAN (RJ45), 2x HDMI port and headphone / AV composite jack. On the sides of the device, there are holes for better ventilation. T45 is a fanless Mini PC.
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Beelink Gemini T45 Mini PC Overview
Just like Beelink j45 Mini PC, the T45 Mini PC comes with Windows 10 Pro Edition (activated). The device downloads Microsoft Updates easily and correctly. There’s a single 475.98GB C:/ drive that had 415.53GB free space after installing Firefox and Chrome. During the tests, Windows 10 Home runs without problems and stable.
Mini PC runs at a resolution of FHD 1920×1080 (but if you connect a 4K monitor you get an resolution up to 4K 30fps). There were no problems with the Wifi and Ethernet connection to Internet. We launched a few games such as: Beach Buggy Racing, Asphalt 9: Legends and Code of War. As with the J45 Mini PC, games also work without a problem. This is not a gaming PC, but it allows for entertainment.
When you enter the BIOS, you can see that the device has BIOS Version 2.17.1249. J45 Mini PC has 2x 1.4 HDMI port (4K@30fps), and supports dual display. Intel HD Graphics 505 GPU handles this without a problem. To perform video tests we installed version Kodi 18.5 “Leia”. Below you will find many screenshots, we encourage you to browse.
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Operating system and components: Beelink T45 review
As we wrote earlier, T45 Mini PC runs on Windows 10 Pro Edition, the system is activated. Mini PC is equipped with a Intel Apollo Lake Pentium J4205 (14 nm, 4 core, @ 1.50 GHz – 2.60 GHz, 2 MB cache) and Intel® HD Graphics 505 GPU (up to 800 MHz, 2x HDMI 1.4 3840×2160@30Hz). On the following screens you can see components used (Information taken from the PerformanceTest 9.0). HWiNFO64 detects Intel Apollo Lake Pentium J4205 processor and its HD Graphics 505 GPU correctly. Below screenchots.
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Video playback by Kodi 18.5 runs often not smooth. A liquidity problem for large files with 10-bit HEVC. The following table of video samples tested.
|Typical 1080p||Kodi 18.5|
|MPEG2 / MP2 2.0 – 6.6Mbps||OK|
|MPEG4 / MP3 2.0 – 7.6Mbps||OK|
|H264 / AAC 2.0 – 7.2Mbps||OK|
|VC1 / WMA3 2.0 – 25Mbps||OK|
|VP8 / VORBIS 2.0 – 7.8Mbs||OK|
|Jellyfish 1080p HEVC 10bit – 90Mbps||OK|
|Sintel – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 24fps||OK|
|BBB Sunflower -H264 – 30fps||OK|
|BBB Sunflower -H264 – 60fps||OK|
|Honey Bees – 96fps||OK|
|Skyfall – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 10Mbps||OK|
|Puppies Bath – h264/AAC 2.0||OK|
|Tears of steel – 60fps||OK|
|HD Club Chimei – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 60Mbps||OK|
|Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 140Mbps||OK|
|Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 200/250/300/400Mbps||Not smooth|
|LG Demo – Istanbul 3840×2160 MP4/H264 8bit – 116Mbps||OK|
|Sony 4K – Camp HDR MP4/HEVC 10bit – 75.8Mbps||OK|
|Demo Samsung 2014 – USA Road Trip TS/HEVC 10bit – 51.4Mbps||OK|
|Samsung UHD DUBAI TS/HEVC 10bit – 51Mbps||OK|
|Tears of steel – H265-HVEC / AAC 2.0 – 15Mbps||OK|
|Youtube – VP9 / 1080p||OK|
|VP9 / 4k – Eye of the Storm 4K Ultra HD.webmv||OK|
|VP9 / 4k – 10 Incredible 4K (Ultra HD) Videos.webmv||OK|
|VP9 / 4k – Australia – Land Down Under in 4K.webmv||OK|
Netflix only up to 720p, but if you use the Netflix app available from the Microsoft Store, Netflix plays video in Full HD
We also tested playback via Youtube 4K on three browsers: Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explore. On all browsers, Youtube video playback in 4K (2160p) resolution was smooth and did not burden the processor. It was similar in the case of Netflix, also played through the browser.
However, due to the lack of active cooling, the housing heats up significantly. An updated version of this Mini PC is now available (equipped with heat sink + fan). Exactly, Beelink Gemini T45 powered by Intel Apollo Lake N4200. In this version, the Mini PC is more efficient.
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Beelink Gemini T45 Benchmarks
Below you will find screenshots of the tests carried out.
Despite several attempts at Beelink, the T45 performed worse than Beelink J45. Compared to the Beelink T45, the J45 Mini PC seems to be better, and the availability of active cooling and the possibility of installing a 2.5″ SATA HDD is a big advantage.
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Beelink T45 Review: Conclusions
Given the overall operation and user experience, Beelink T45 works similarly to Beelink J45. Beelink T45 works well as a typical Beelink’s Mini PC for the home or small office. However, when it comes to performance, the Beelink J45 seems to be better. The big advantage is the availability of active cooling and the installation of a 2.5″ disk compared to the T45. However, the alternative to Gemini T45 is the upgraded version of this Mini PC. The new upgraded Beelink Gemini T45 is equipped with Intel Apollo Lake N4200 processor and also have active cooling (heat sink + fan). This upgraded model seems to be the better option.