We still don’t know the price of this new Beelink GK Mini and this information is essential to judge the relevance of its offer. Placed too high, its price would make the machine very unattractive considering its possibilities. But at the right price, this type of solution can turn into a real Swiss Army knife.
The Beelink GKMini is 11.5 cm wide, 10.2 cm deep and 4.3 cm thick, a compact format that can be easily integrated into any environment. On a desk in a classic way for a minimachine of office automation. Under a TV set to transform it into a multimedia player but also easily around an ADSL or Fiber box to play the role of a mini server for example. The main interest of these formats is in their ability to “disappear”. The presence of a VESA kit is moreover a plus for this role.
The Celeron J4125 is a quad-core developing as many threads with 4 MB of cache and frequencies running from 2 to 2.7 GHz and an Intel UHD 600 graphics circuit running in a 10-watt envelope. The chip is strong enough to handle all kinds of classic uses: office work, multimedia with UltraHD video playback, comfortable web surfing and other various jobs. Unfortunately, the device is actively ventilated, so it won’t be possible to enjoy a completely silent machine, but it will ensure a generally efficient operation. Beelink is not at its first attempt with this chip. The brand has already offered last year the GK55 and Gemini M with this processor.
Here the chip will be accompanied by 8 GB of RAM on a single SoDIMM. This is the maximum amount of memory allowed for the processor according to Intel.512 GB of SSD M.2 2280 storage in SATA 3.0 format. It’s not clear if the M.2 port will also be NVMe compatible, but I have my doubts about this choice from Beelink. Firstly because the brand’s desire must be to offer affordable devices and secondly because the gain offered by an NVMe option on this type of workstation should not make a huge difference in terms of usage.
As for the rest, it’s classic with Wifi5, Bluetooth 4.0 and a connectivity offering two USB 3.0 ports on the front and a classic audio jack port. At the back, two additional USB 3.0 ports, two HDMI, a Gigabit Ethernet and a Kensington Lock anti-theft port. The device offers neither Thunderbolt nor USB Type-C.
We’ll wait for the price of the Beelink GK Mini to make up our minds. With a well-placed price tag, this could be a great solution for various small workstations.