REVIEW: Beelink BT4 a small and basic mini PC with Intel Atom x5-Z8500

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Beelink BT4 is a new mini PC of the Beelink brand of which we present today in his review. A small computer very similar to his little brother Beelink T4 that we saw in his Review a few days ago. This small PC uses as core the Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor, inside its box we have 4GB of RAM, Windows 10 Home and has two video outputs with support for resolutions up to 4K@30fps. An ideal product for desks that require free space, HTPC or professional industrial uses in different areas, let’s see how this device behaves in our usual review.

  • Beelink BT4 can be purchased in Amazon.comGearbest or in Geekbuying from Europe (Spain) only for $113.99 (101€) with the coupon NNNBT4ES or from china China only for $109.99 (98€) with the copon NNNBT4CN

PRODUCT DETAILS

ModelBeelink BT4 
Basic SpecsProcessor: Intel Atom x5-Z8500 Quad Core 1.44-2.24GHz / GPU Intel HD Graphics 8Gen / 2W SDP / 14 nm
OS: Windows 10 Home 64bit v1903
RAM: 4GB LPDDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel (integrated)
Storage: 64GB eMMC 5.1 (integrada) / Not expandable
Network: Wifi ac + BT 4.2 (Intel 3165) / Ethernet Gigabit
Ports: 4x USB 3.0 / HDMI 1.4 / VGA / Jack audio / microSD
Content: DC 12V 1.5A adapter / 2x HDMI cable / VESA support / Manual
Materials and dimensions: Plastic and metal / Frontal LED / 120 x 120 x 22  mm / 238 gr.

Unboxing

The Beelink BT4 comes in a black cardboard box with the logo of the brand, inside we found the Mini PC, 2x HDMI cables, Manual, VESA support, fixing screws and a DC 12V 1.5A adapter.

Description

The new Beelink BT4 has a compact design and with vents on the sides. On the front we have a status LED, on the side have four USB 3.0 ports and a micro SD reader, on the back  we have the rest of the connectors where its double HDMI 1.4 + VGA video output stands out, we can have up to 4K@30fps video resolution.

In the part the motherboard we find the Wifi aC + BT 4.2 (Intel 3165) adapter with two internal antennas and to cool the set we have a large heatsink with integrated micro fan (this model at first should be fanless). Together with the mini PC we have a standard VESA support that perfectly supports the computer case and two HDMI cables.

  • Networks: Wifi ac + BT 4.2 (Intel 3165) with two internal antennas / Ethernet Gigabit.
  • Expansions: No expandable.
  • Extras: VESA support.

SYSTEM AND PERFORMANCE

Environment and user experience

We boot the Beelink BT4 by pressing the front button of the box, as indicated by the specifications we have Windows 10 Home 64bit correctly activated and the list of devices has all its drivers installed by default. The environment moves OK thanks to the 4GB of RAM and it is possible to load a good number of navigation tabs, but if we load a large number of them already the limitations of this amount of RAM are noticed. A valid computer for office automation, multimedia and classic editing programs at medium level.

  • Support: Beelink has its own website and contact email to send our queries.
  • BIOS: Access by pressing ESC / Classic AMI BIOS key in text mode.
  • Power On: Auto Power-ON, WOL, S3 suspended mode and programming on with RTC.
  • Other systems: Compatible with Ubuntu / No compatible LibreELEC for PC

Networks, Storage, RAM and Ports

As for network adapters in the Beelink BT4 mini PC, we have an integrated wireless Wifi aC + BT 4.2 adapter (Intel 3165) integrated and Gigabit Ethernet port. We also tested the 4GB of DDR3 1600MHz RAM that comes standard in Dual Channel configuration. We pass eMMC 5.1 storage speed tests installed by default and observe that it behaves normally. This miniPC cannot be expanded with an extra internal drive.

Processor, performance and thermal

At performance level the Beelink BT4 mini PC has an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor with four cores and four threads running between 1.1 and 2.24GHz and an Intel HD Graphics Gen8 GPU up to 600 MHz with 12 EU. This chip has a maximum consumption of only 2 W TDP, the results are correct within his family although with this consumption of course it falls short of other more powerful solutions. A mini PC that works correctly for browsing, multimedia playback with KODI and office automation use at the basic user level.

  • If you want to know some of the models in this comparative you can read their detailed reviews on this link.

  • Power Consumption: Off 1.3W / Idle 8.5W / Basic use 9.8W / Max. 17W.
  • Thermals: Idle 40ºC / Basic use 50ºC / Max. 80ºC / Maintains performance up to 99%
  • Game performance: PUBG 83ºC / CPU 2.2 GHz average.
  • Noise: 21db in the cooling fan / Not annoying but audible.
  • Overclock: Available but we do not recommend touching the BIOS.

Games

We pass several benchmarks with games in the Beelink BT4, in this model we have the classic results in the line of this type of products, the Intel HD Graphics Gen8 GPU is perfectly valid for simple games such as those we can find in Android phones downloading them from the Microsoft Store. At the level of emulators at the most we stay in some simple Wii titles. We can also play smoothly 3D light games like LoL or similar, not enough power to play AAA games with demanding 3D.

  • GTA V / Overwatch / Fortnite / PUBG Lite: low settings, 720p* resolution and No VSync./ PUBG Lite configuration tutorial.
  • LOL / CS:GO: low settings, 1080p resolution and No VSync.
    *On models with powerful discrete GPU settings in medium and 1080p resolution

VIDEO AND AUDIO TESTS

Playback test

If we check the video playback aspect the Beelink BT4 mini PC with the integrated Intel HD Graphics Gen8 have a VPU with hardware support for the basic HEVC codec and as we see it does not support hardware VP9. This processor also does not support 10bit of color or native HDR content by default and reduces colors at the SD level. A valid device to play 1080p content in h.264 that is mostly extended and in which we can use KODI, IPTV or to use it with PLEX.

Video test

FormatsResult
h.264 / 1080i / 8bitOK
h.264 / 1080p / 4K / 8bitOK( SW)
h.264 / 1080p / 10bit (anime)Little frameskip (SW)
h.265 / 1080p / 8bitOK
h.265 / 1080p / 10bit (anime)OK (SW)
h.265 / 4K / 8bitFrameskip (SW)
h.265 / 4K / 10bit HDRFrameskip (SW)
VP9 P1 / 4K / 8bitLittle frameskip(SW)
VP9 P2 / 4K / 10bit HDRFrameskip(SW)
VP9 P2 / 8K / 10bit HDRFrameskip (SW)
Max. Bitrate60 Mbps = 7,5 MB/s
  • * The maximum bitrate depends on the internal storage, usb port, Ethernet adapter or the limitations with our SAMBA Network.
  • SW = does not have hardware acceleration and may have have some frameskip in very heavy files.

Audio test

FormatDD / DTS 5.1DD+ / DTS MADD True / DTS HRDD Atmos / DTS X
HDMIOKOKOKCore*
SPDIF
  • PCM – Stereo only doing downmix from DD or DTS
  • Core – Only the core of the format is played back with what we passed to the Dolby / DTS base system
    * Our AV receiver does not support these native formats but we verify that it is played back to 7.1

Streaming services

In the streaming aspect the Beelink BT4 mini PC with the most popular streaming services we pass some test for Youtube, Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime Video and others with their native apps or using the most compatible browser. You can consult our guides where we explain in detail all the best known streaming services, how to configure them and what requirements are necessary to see content in HD or 4K quality

Streaming serviceVideo / AudioResultManual
Youtube4K (2060p) / 5.1OK
NetflixFullHD (1080p) / 5.1OKNetflix for PC
HBOFullHD (1080p) / StereoOKHBO for PC
Amazon Prime VideoHD (720p) / StereoOKAmazon Prime video for PC 
DAZNHD (720p) / StereoOK
IPTVFullHD (1080p) / StereoOK

CONCLUSIONS AND BUY LINKS

Score

Beelink BT4

0.00
5.8

DESIGN

7.0/10

HARDWARE

6.5/10

CONNECTIVITY

0.5/10

SUPPORT

8.0/10

PRICE/QUALITY

7.0/10

Pros

  • Compact
  • Two video outputs
  • Wifi ac and Ethernet Gigabit
  • Multiple USB 3.0 ports
  • Low noise fan

Cons

  • VPU out of date for h.265 or vp9
  • Box can be cooler

Opinion

After review the new Beelink BT4 mini PC we can say that we find a compact computer with enough hardware for a desktop with few needs and light multimedia use. This model includes an active fan that keeps temperatures at bay that is audible but not annoying and includes a VESA support which allows us to hide it behind any TV.

The small Beelink BT4 computer does not allow expansion options, the 4GB of RAM allows us to make a basic use and with the 64GB of storage we can have Windows 10, Office and a browser without problems. In general a compact and economical mini PC, a valid option if we need space and have a reduced budget.

Where to buy

  • Beelink BT4 can be purchased in Amazon.comGearbest or in Geekbuying from Europe (Spain) only for $113.99 (101€) with the coupon NNNBT4ES or from china China only for $109.99 (98€) with the copon NNNBT4CN

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What’s the differences between the Beelink BT4 and the Beelink T4 other than cosmetic?

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4GB RAM and windows 10? No no and no!!! No, I’m not getting into it … Linux would still do the trick. But this is equipment that will quickly cease to be usable even after Linux

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