Beelink J45 is another mini PC with Windows 10 operating system. After testing the new Beelink mini PC for several weeks, we have some positive and negative aspects about which we want to tell in this review.
We can confidently say that Beelink J45 has a reasonable price and offers a pleasant and extremely compact design, good hardware and satisfactory experience in using basic Windows functions, as well as in web browsing and in simple games.
In short, combined with a wireless keyboard and a separate monitor, the Beelink J45 can be a great second computer for the living room.
Let’s begin our full review and we will begin with the specs.
Beelink J45: Specifications
|CPU:||Intel Pentium J4205|
|GPU:||Intel HD Graphics 505|
|Maximum External Hard Drives:||2TB|
|Interface:||3.5mm Audio, DC-in, 2xHDMI, RJ45, TF card, 4xUSB3.0|
Beelink J45: Unboxing and Packaging
We got a pretty bright blue box with a big red letter J on the front. On the back, you can find the main features.
The package also includes two HDMI cables: one 80 cm long and the other one designed for cases when the device is installed on the back of a TV or monitor with 28 cm.
There are also screws for mounting the VESA mount and screws for mounting the secondary hard drive in the cover (on the inside). It is also a charging adapter with a European plug and a 120 cm, 12V long cable.
In general, this is standard for Beelink.
Beelink J45: Design and Appearance
The case of the Beelink J45 mini PC in our test is made of metal on all sides except the upper part. It is made of glossy plastic with the company name and the Beelink logo, and the Intel logo in the bottom corner.
All this gives the mini PC high strength, as well as an elegant appearance. Therefore, you can easily place J45 on your desktop.
But be careful, as the upper part has a glossy plastic and the scratches can be obtained very easily!
On the front side, you can see two USB 3.0 ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a red power button.
On the right and left sides there is special ventilation for cooling with nets so that dust does not get inside.
Also on the left side, there is a slot for a micro SD memory card.
On the back side of the mini PC Beelink J45 in our analisis located the following connections are two USB 3.0, an Internet port, two HDMI ports and a charging port DC. Just above the ports are additional holes for cooling output.
Inside the mini PC case, a fan is installed for additional cooling. It starts working when there is a heavy load of the processor, that is while playing games or rendering photos.
The cooling system of the processor is effective, but before it is silent. The manufacturer’s website states that it was designed to guarantee high performance even when the temperature reaches high levels. The fan operates at a maximum speed of 3800 rpm, and three ventilation grilles (two for supplying fresh air and for expelling hot air). The power consumption of this device is also very good: only 10W in operation and only 0.5W in standby mode.
In general, the appearance of the device Beelink J45 is very similar to the Beelink Gemini X45 Premium. As for the build quality, the new model is at the top level. But there are questions to the glossy plastic, which is very easily soiled and will easily remain scratches on it over time.
Beelink J45: Hardware and Performance
For less than $200, you can count on a quad-core Intel Pentium J4205 processor (introduced by Intel at the end of 2016) and enjoy 4 or 8GB of RAM (LPDDR4), and 128 or 256GB SSD memory.
Moreover, using the internal case, you can further expand the memory using a 2.5-inch hard drive. And thanks to the included mounting support, you can easily mount it on the back of your TV or monitor.
A 128GB SSD-type mSATA can be easily removed and eventually replaced with a larger capacity SSD.
As you can see in the screenshot below, which shows the results of the CrystalDiskMark test. Write and read speeds are faster than standard eMMC memory. And we confirm that the opening of applications and files happens almost instantly. It is also worth noting that the operating system starts in just 10 seconds.
In all our stress tests, which, among other things, included browsing the Internet on several tabs using Firefox and Microsoft Edge, opening and editing Word and Excel documents, playing videos on Youtube (even as 4K) and launching games with graphics, such as Asphalt 9, performance has never shown signs of slowing down.
Below you can see the test results Benchmarks. As you can see, the test results of the Beelink J45 mini PC are not particularly impressive.
As for the daily work of this performance will suffice. It is also worth remembering that the price starting at $ 200.
Beelink J45: Software
Beelink J45 is equipped with a Windows 10 Home Edition 64 bit out of the box (when you first turn on, you configure it like any Windows 10 computer, following the instructions displayed on the connected screen).
The user interface is customizable, and you can choose the language you need. In the settings or when you first turn on, you can change to any language.
In our version, we have a 128GB SSD internal drive, from this memory we have 118GB available.
Like any operating system on Windows 10, you have the opportunity to install additional applications or games in the Windows Store.
During testing of the Beelink J45 mini PC, I did not find any comments in the user interface. All applications and games worked steadily and smoothly.
Beelink J45: Connectivity
Mini PC Beelink J45 in our test proved to be a good side, even when it comes to wireless communication.
You can use Bluetooth 4.0 connections to connect a wireless headset, mouse, or keyboard.
Also very pleased with the Wi-Fi connection with 2.4 and 5.0GHz frequencies. Below you can see the speed test results.
If this speed is not enough for you, you can easily use the RJ45 port and connect the Internet connection via Gigabit LAN.
Beelink J45: Conclusions and Reviews
In conclusion, we liked the new Beelink J45 mini PC model during testing.
We believe that this is a good solution for those who want to make their TV in the living room “smart.” It will allow you to watch videos on the big screen via YouTube or enjoy Netflix and other similar platforms without any problems.
As for the gaming machine? This is not for you, it is not a gaming computer for heavy games or applications.
Yes, you can use the mini PC as a second computer in your home, but for everyday tasks. For example, working with documents, web browsers, you can also render photos, and play light games such as Asphalt 9.
We recommend the Beelink J45 mini PC, which offers excellent value for money.
Beelink J45: Prices and Where to buy cheaper?
Currently, you can buy a Beelink J45 mini PC at a good price for only $199.99 with a 13% discount for the version 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD memory.
In general, this is a worthy device running the Windows 10 operating system and good technical specifications.