Will the new Beelink’s Mini PC be useful at home for home entertainment (video, games) or more to the office (work with office programs – word, excel, etc.) you will learn from this review.
We encourage you to read the Beelink L55 Mini PC review. Together we follow the standard stages of our review.
Now Beelink L55 mini desktop computer is available on Gearbest for $268.99 (8GB/256GB) in flash sale, and at official Beelink Amazon stores: Amazon US, Amazon CA, Amazon DE, Amazon ES, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, and Amazon FR.
Beelink L55 Mini PC Specifications:
- CPU – Intel Broadwell i3-5005U, 2 Cores 4 Threads 2.0 GHz, Cache 3MB
- GPU – Intel® HD Graphics 5500 up to 850 MHz
- OS – Windows 10 Home
- Memory – 8GB RAM LPDDR3
- Storage – 256GB SSD or 512 SSD, 2.5″ SATA bay
- Video Output – 1x HDMI 1.4 (2560×1600@60Hz) port, Display Port 4K@60fps
- Audio – Via HDMI, DP, 3.5mm audio jack
- Connectivity – 2x Gigabit Ethernet 1000Mbps, Dual Band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
- USB – 4x USB 3.0 ports (one with fast charge), 2x USB 2.0 ports
- Misc – Power button
- Power adapter – DC19V 3A
- Dimensions – 12.80 x 12.60 x 4.60 cm
- Weight – 279 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)
- Pack of Hard Disk Screws
- SATA cable
- User Manual
The following video from our YouTube channel where you can take a look at more Beelink L55 and bundled accessories.
[tie_index]First impressions, settings, overview of features[/tie_index]
First impressions, settings, overview of features
Beelink’s Mini PC is very well made, with very good quality plastic. The material is pleasant to touch and not fingered. The top cover features the characteristic Beelink’s logo. 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 (DC 19V3A), 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 2x Gigabit LAN (2x J45), Display Port, HDMI port. On the sides of the device, there are holes that good drain the air obtained from the active cooling. The L55 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.
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Beelink L55 Overview
The Mini PC comes with Windows 10 Home (activated). Updating the device downloads easily and correctly. There’s a single 237GB C:/ drive that had 214GB free space after installing Firefox and Chrome. During the tests, Windows 10 Home runs without problems and stable. During the tests, we did not need drivers, but you can download them here. We laso 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 League of Legends. Games work without a problem.
When you enter the BIOS, you can see that the device has BIOS Version 2.18.1263, and supports Wake up on LAN function. L55 Mini PC except HDMI (1.4) has DP port (4K@60fps). This allows you to connect an additional screen and use dual display. Intel HD Graphics 5500 GPU handles this without a problem. To perform video tests we installed the latest stable version Kodi 18.3 “Leia”. Below you will find many screenshots, we encourage you to browse.
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Operating system and components: Beelink L55 review
As we wrote earlier, L55 Mini PC runs on Windows 10 Home, the system is activated. Mini PC is equipped with a Intel® Core™ i3-5005U Broadwell (14 nm, dual-core, @ 2.00 GHz, 3 MB cache) and Intel HD Graphics 5500 GPU (up to 850 MHz, HDMI 1.4 – 2560×1600@60Hz, DP – 3840×2160@60Hz). On the following screens you can see components used (Information taken from the PerformanceTest 9.0). HWiNFO64 detects i3-5005U Broadwell processor and its HD Graphics 5500 GPU correctly. Below screenchots.
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Video playback by Kodi 18.3 runs often not smooth. A liquidity problem for large files with 10-bit HEVC. The following table of video samples tested.
|Typical 1080p||Kodi 18.3|
|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||Not smooth|
|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|
|Cinemartin H265/HEVC||Not smooth|
|Tears of steel – 60fps||OK|
|HD Club Chimei – H264 / AAC 2.0 – 60Mbps||OK|
|Jellyfish 4k uhd HEVC 10bit – 140Mbps||Not smooth|
|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||Not smooth|
|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||Not smooth|
|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||Not smooth|
Below is the processor work on H.264 and H.265 video files via Kodi playback. We also tested playback via Youtube on two browsers: Chrome and Internet Explore. First of all, interestingly is a streaming video on youtube by Chrome does not work smoothly and heavily used processor. Streaming video on youtube by Internet Explorer runs properly without delay. On both browsers, the 1080p video was played without any problems. However, on the Chrome browser, each 4K 2160p video was not played smoothly (it loaded, checked for WiFi and ethernet). Almost the maximum CPU load, as shown in the shots below. On Internet Explorer playing only up to 1080p, you can not choose 4K. Netflix only up to 720p. The device warms up a bit, but the fan inside is good at cooling. The noise of the device during benchmarks was not disruptive. The device works not too loud.
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Beelink L55 Benchmarks
Below you will find screenshots of the tests carried out.
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Beelink L55 Review: Conclusions
In summary, Beelink L55 is a well-made Windows Mini PC that can be used at home as well as a small office. However, in our opinion, it is more suitable for the office as a mini desktop computer than for home entertainment. Due to video playback problems and Youtube 4K not being adapted as HTPC. L55 Mini PC is more suitable for office work and the use of office applications. The advantage is the Wake On LAN service, dual Gigabit port and bracket for mounting on the back of the display or on the wall.