The Beelink BT4 is a computer that does what it says on the box. It has no lofty aspirations but, given that it costs just over $100, manages to convince us that it is a capable thin client, just as long as you don’t ask it for too much.
Intel belatedly recognized and apologized to its clients for CPU shipment postpones that have been somewhat of an interruption for the chip monster. Littler merchants outside of the standard suspects (Dell, Lenovo or HP) have needed to manage with scraps.
Beelink is one of them and has been compelled to be extremely inventive in discovering parts for its most recent section level Windows slender customer, the BT4, not to be mistaken for the BT4 or the BT3 Pro. This is the reason they didn’t have some other decision however to utilize a processor that will be five years of age one year from now.
The Chinese PC maker isn’t an obscure amount; in the course of recent years we analyzed the Beelink L55, the M1, the A1 and the BT7 and they all left a decent impression during their audits.
The T4 is tiny at 106 x 106 x 17.7mm. It feels solidly built out of a black matte plastic shell and has plenty of holes, all over its enclosure to keep it cool. It won’t win any awards with its conservative design but at least it is utilitarian.
Other than its proprietary power port, it comes with two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 one, one DisplayPort (yes, a DP), an HDMI port, a Gigabit Ethernet and an audio jack plus a power off button at the front, one that lights up when the device is on. There are no card readers.
Because of the ongoing stock issues with Intel processors, Beelink has had to opt for the Intel Atom X5-Z8500. This is an obsolete CPU, let’s not kid ourselves, one based on the Cherry Trail architecture with four cores, a base frequency of 1.44GHz, 2MB cache and a TDP of 2W.
The rest of the hardware specification is very much what you’d expect from a computer that costs not a lot more than $100. 4GB LPDDR3 memory, 64GB eMMC storage, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac. There were two HDMI cables in the box that came with it as well as a VESA bracket to place the device behind a monitor.
The whole thing is powered by a 12W (5V,2.4A) power supply unit, which means you could potentially use a portable battery charger to get it running, with some simple DIY.
Here is the Beelink T4 configuration sent to TechRadar Pro for review:
CPU: Intel Atom X5-Z8500 4C/4T, 2MB
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
RAM: 4GB LPDDR3
Storage: 64GB SL064G eMMC
Ports: 1x USB2.0, 2x USB3.0, HDMI, DisplayPort, audio jack, RJ-45 gigabit Ethernet
Connectivity: Dual-band WiFi 2.4GHz/5GHz, Bluetooth 4.0
Size: 10.60 x 10.60 x 1.77 cm
In use and performance
Beelink’s T4 runs calm gratitude to an absence of fan however it gets rather warm on account of the larger than usual warmth sink that is utilized to disperse the additional warmth. As far as execution, it was marginally more awful than what we’d expected which we believe is somewhat because of its horrifying stockpiling subsystem.
The eMMC stockpiling hit twofold digits on compose speeds, the first occasion when we had something that delayed for as far back as year or somewhere in the vicinity. This clarifies why the BT4 is close to the general base rundown with regards to general execution.
The greatest astonishment of the day must be the consideration of a DisplayPort connector something you don’t discover on items in that value extend and in spite of the fact that we didn’t test it, you should, in principle have the option to run two 4K screens, yet at 30Hz. Try not to anticipate any gaming however, simply swamp standard office undertakings or in any event, for intuitive presentations.
This is how the Beelink T4 performed in our suite of benchmark tests:
Passmark CPU: 1440
CPU-Z: 84 (single-thread); 329.7 (multi-thread)
Geekbench: 215 (single-core); 792 (multi-core); 1250 (compute)
CrystalDiskMark: 141 MBps (read); 90 MBps (write)
Atto: 76 MBps (read, 256mb); 147 MBps (write, 256mb)
Windows Experience Index: 5.2
In the event that $110 is everything you can stand to purchase a PC, at that point the BT4 is a convincing offer in spite of the fact that spending more can, as you’d anticipate, bring better execution.
The BMAX B1 has a quicker Celeron N3060 processor and an extra USB port. Over that there’s an extra M2 opening and a VGA port, extraordinary in the event that you need to utilize an inheritance projector or screen. It costs a tenner extra and would be our inclination on the off chance that you needn’t bother with a DisplayPort.
We didn’t audit the Beelink BT3 yet on paper, it would appear that the best of the parcel on account of a Celeron J3355 CPU which has an a lot higher base clock speed. It likewise bolsters a SATA stockpiling gadget like a 2.5-inch hard drive in addition to it has four USB 3.0 ports and two HDMI connectors.
On the off chance that you can stretch out somewhat further to $130, at that point consider the Acute Angle PC which has an astonishingly moving structure as well as double the memory and multiple times the locally available stockpiling. It doesn’t have a card peruser however and has just a single video connector.
It is easy to slag off the BT4 as being a slow computer but one needs to bear in mind that it is one of the cheapest Windows 10 computers on the market, a remarkable feat given that it costs less than what Microsoft charges for a retail version of Windows 10 Home edition.
Once you adjust your expectations as to what this computer is really about, then it becomes easier to live with it. We like the fact that it has a DisplayPort connector which is a bit of a surprise but couldn’t help but wish that Beelink added a card reader as well.
Hats off to Beelink though for being able to put together a device that may not be a powerhouse but will definitely make a perfectly decent HTPC or thin client for those on a budget.