We had the opportunity to test the Beelink GKmini Mini PC, so today we can show you the Beelink GKmini review.
As you know, on the market you can find a lot of Mini PCs equipped with Intel Celeron J4215 processor, including GMK NucBox, Chuwi LarkBox Pro, MeLe Quieter2, and more. Even in the Beelink portfolio, in addition to the GKmini, you can find the GK55 Mini PC. However, how it works in tests and what our impressions are, you will learn below from our review.
Nevertheless, right now, we can already tell you that Beelink GKmini is another good Mini PC for home or small office use.
Availability and price
Now Beelink GKmini Mini PC at the Beelink store for $229 (8GB RAM + 128GB M.2 SSD) and $249 (8GB RAM + 256GB M.2 SSD)
Beelink GK mini you can also find on Beelink’s Amazon stores:
- US: https://amzn.to/3oFZZCo
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- IT: https://amzn.to/3uib0uG
- ES: https://amzn.to/3hOGxSA
- DE: https://amzn.to/2RFMpTq
Beelink GKmini Mini PC Specifications:
- Processor – Intel Celeron J4125 Gemini Lake Refresh 4 core Up to 2.70 GHz (TDP 10W), Cache 4 MB
- GPU – Intel® UHD Graphics 600
- Cooling – Cooling fan
- RAM – 8GB DDR4-2133
- Disk – 128GB/256GB/512GB M.2 SSD (2280) and 2.5″ SATA HDD
- USB – 4 x USB 3.0, USB Type-A
- Network – Wi-Fi Intel Wireless-AC3165, 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, MIMO 1×1, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.2
- Video output – 2 x HDMI 2.0a
- Power supply – 12 V / 24 W (DC 5.5 x 2.1)
- System – Licensed Windows 10 Pro
- Dimension – 115mm x 102mm x 43mm (4.53 x 4.02 x 1.69 inches)
The box included everything that you need to get started:
- Beelink GKmini 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 GKmini and bundled accessories.
[tie_index]First impressions, settings, an overview of features[/tie_index]
Beelink GKmini Review: First impressions, settings, an overview of features
The GKmini is not a palm-sized Mini PC like the Chuwi LarkBox Pro. However, it also has a compact size (measures 115mm x 102mm x 43mm). Like the other TV Boxes and Mini PC from Beelink, the Beelink GKmini is another well-made Mini PC. On the front panel, we find a Power button, CLR CMOS hole, 2x USB 3.0, and 3.5mm jack port. On the rear panel: Power adapter, 1x RJ45 Gigabit LAN, 2x HDMI 2.0, and 2x USB 3.0, and locking. On the sides, there holes for heat dissipation and ventilation (the device has active cooling via fan). However, the TF card slot is missing.
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 ADATA 2.5″ SATA 6GB/s 120GB SSD.
Beelink GKmini Mini PC Overview
The GKmini Mini PC also comes with Windows 10 Pro Edition (activated). The device downloads Microsoft Updates easily and correctly. During the tests, Windows 10 Pro runs without problems and stable.
Besides, Mini PC supports dual display 4K@60Hz. There were no problems with the Wifi and Ethernet connection to the Internet. We launched a few simple games such as Beach Buggy Racing, Asphalt 9: Legends, and Code of War. Games work without a problem, and the running fan is not very noisy. As with the Sei10, the Beelink GKmini is not a gaming Mini PC, but it allows for entertainment.
When you enter the BIOS, you can see that the device has BIOS Version GB6 0.03 (2.19.1268, UEFI 2.7, PI 1.6). To perform video tests we also installed version Kodi 19 “Matrix”. Below you will find many screenshots, we encourage you to browse.
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Operating system and components: Beelink GKmini review
As we wrote earlier, Beelink GKmini Mini PC runs on Windows 10 Pro Edition, the system is activated. Mini PC is equipped with an Intel® Celeron® J4125 Gemini Lake Refresh processor (4M Cache, up to 2.70 GHz). On the following screens, you can see components used (information is taken from the PerformanceTest 10.1, and HWiNFO64). Below screenshots.
[tie_index]Beelink GKmini Video Tests[/tie_index]
Video playback by Kodi 19 runs often not smooth. A liquidity problem for large files with 10-bit HEVC and AV1 codec. The following table of video samples tested.
|Typical 1080p||Kodi 19|
|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|
|AV1 4K – Summer in Tomsk Stream1_AV1_4K_8.5mbps||OK|
We also tested playback via Youtube 4K (2160p) on three browsers: Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge On all browsers, Youtube video playback in 4K (2160p) resolution was smooth. GKmini supports also Netflix 4K via Netflix app. Other streaming services like Prime Video, HBO GO, Disney+ support FullHD (1080p). Screenshots of CPU usage below.
[tie_index]Beelink GKmini Benchmarks[/tie_index]
Beelink GKmini Benchmarks
Below you will find screenshots of the tests carried out.
Beelink GKmini Review: Conclusions
The Beelink GKmini is another good Mini PC for home or office use. It works great in everyday work with documents, browsing the Internet, and streaming entertainment. In addition, you can play on GKmini, but games that do not require efficient graphics. If you are looking for a universal Mini PC for everyday use, for work and entertainment (also as HTPC), the Beelink GKmini should satisfy you.