[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e are after testing another Mini PC from Beelink, called Beelink Gemini X55 Ultimate. Today we can show you the Beelink Gemini X55 Review. This is not a new Beelink’s Mini PC, but after a long break it appeared again on sale.
If you are looking for a Mini PC for your home or office, you should read our Beelink Gemini X55 Ultimate review. How Beelink Gemini X55 Ultimate Mini PC came out in the tests you will learn from this review.
Is Gemini X55 Mini PC is another great Mini PC from Beelink? Is it better than Beelink J45 Mini PC (review here)? or worse read our conclusions. Together we follow the standard stages of our review.
Now Beelink Gemini X55 mini desktop computer is available on Gearbest for $249.99 (8GB/256GB) , Geekbuying for $259.99 (8GB/256GB), and at official Beelink Amazon stores: Amazon US, Amazon CA, Amazon DE, Amazon ES, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, and Amazon FR.
Beelink Gemini X55 Ultimate Specification:
- Processor (SoC) – Intel Pentium Silver J5005 4 core Up to 2.8 GHz (TDP 10W)
- GPU – Intel HD Graphics 605
- Cooling – Cooling fan
- RAM – 8 GB DDR4-2133
- Disk – MSATA slot Install 256/512 GB SSD in mSATA slot SATA port 6 Gb / s and 2.5″ drive bay (up to 9 mm)
- USB – 4 x USB 3.0
- Network – Wi-Fi Intel Wireless-AC 3165, 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, MIMO 1×1, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.2
- Mini PCIe / M.2 – 1 mini PCIe (half size)
- Video output – 2 x HDMI 2.0a
- Sound – Intel HD Audio via HDMI Realtek ALC269, Combined headphone audio output and microphone audio input
- Power supply – 12 V / 24 W (DC 5.5 x 2.1)
- System – Licensed Windows 10 Home
- Dimensions – 11.50 x 10.20 x 4.30 cm
- Weight – 310 grams
The box included everything that you need to get started:
- Beelink Gemini X55 Mini PC
- Power Adapter with EU plug
- 2x HDMI Cable (short and long)
- Pack of Hard Disk Screws
- User Manual
The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more Beelink Gemini X55 Ultimate and bundled accessories.
[tie_index]First impressions, settings, overview of features[/tie_index]
Beelink Gemini X55 Review: First impressions, settings, overview of features
The Gemini X55 Ultimate looks identical to the Beelink J45 (arrangement of interfaces), it only differs in color. The housing is black. We have no objections to the quality of workmanship. This is another well-made Mini PC from Beelink. The top cover features the characteristic Beelink’s logo. Unfortunately, it has also gloss, and you can see fingerprints on her, so it’s best don’t touch her often. On the front are: Power button, Audio out/mic port, USB 3.0 fast charge, USB 3.0 port. At the back there are: DC jack, 2x USB 3.0, 1x Gigabit LAN (RJ45), 2x HDMI port. On one side is the Micro SD card slot. On the sides of the device, there are holes that good drain the air obtained from the active cooling. The Gemini X55 Ultimate Mini PC is equipped with a fan, it is not a fanless Mini PC. On the bottom, in four feet, there are screws to unscrew the cover and place 2.5 SATA HDD, M.2 SSD or RAM. We’ve installed Hitachi 2.5″ HDD SATA 250GB 5400RPM.
[tie_index]Gemini X55 Ultimate Mini PC Overview[/tie_index]
Beelink Gemini X55 Ultimate Mini PC Overview
The Mini PC comes with Windows 10 Home (activated). The device downloads Microsoft Updates easily and correctly. There’s a single 237GB C:/ drive that had 219GB free space after installing Firefox and Chrome. During the tests, Windows 10 Home runs without problems and stable. We also installed McAfee Total Protection antivirus.
Mini PC runs at a resolution of FHD 1920×1080. 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 Minecraft. As with the J45 Mini PC, games also work without a problem.
When you enter the BIOS, you can see that the device has BIOS Version Gemini X55 V0.16 x64, Compliancy: 2.19.1268, UEFI 2.7; PI 1.6. Gemini X55 Mini PC has 2x 2.0 HDMI port ([email protected]), and supports dual display. Intel HD Graphics 605 GPU handles this without a problem. To perform video tests we installed version Kodi 18.4 “Leia”. Below you will find many screenshots, we encourage you to browse.
[tie_index]Operating system and components[/tie_index]
Operating system and components: Beelink Gemini X55 Review
As we wrote earlier, Beelink Gemini X55 Mini PC runs on Windows 10 Home, the system is activated. Mini PC is equipped with a Intel Pentium Silver J5005 (14 nm, 4 core, @ 1.50 GHz – 2.80 GHz, 4 MB cache) and Intel® HD Graphics 605 GPU (up to 800 MHz, 2x HDMI 2.0 3840×[email protected]). On the following screens you can see components used (Information taken from the PerformanceTest 9.0). HWiNFO64 detects Intel Pentium Silver J5005 processor and its HD Graphics 605 GPU correctly. Below screenchots.
[tie_index]Beelink Gemini X55 Video Tests[/tie_index]
Video playback by Kodi 18.4 runs often not smooth. A liquidity problem for large files with 10-bit HEVC. The following table of video samples tested.
|Typical 1080p||Kodi 18.4|
|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 and app.
[tie_index]Beelink Gemini X55 Benchmarks[/tie_index]
Beelink Gemini X55 Benchmarks
Below you will find screenshots of the tests carried out.
[tie_index]Beelink Gemini X55 Conclusions[/tie_index]
Beelink Gemini X55 Review: Conclusions
The Beelink Gemini X55 Ultimate is another great Mini PC from Beelink that will be great for home and office use. It is more efficient than the Beelink J45 Mini PC, but it is just as good at video playback as the J45. Gemini X55 Utimate can also be used as HTPC.
If you are looking for a Mini PC for everyday use (Internet browsing, video / streaming, working with documents), Beelink Gemini X55 should meet your expectations. However, if you are looking for an even more efficient Mini PC, an example for gaming, then you should look at Beelink’s portfolio. They have also Gaming Mini PCs.