Beelink BT3 Mini PC Review

Beelink BT3 Mini PC Review

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Takeaway: Responsive, fully functional, tiny, and silent PC for basic computing/productivity.

You'll receive the mini PC, a metal mounting bracket with hardware, an AC Power adapter, a long and short HDMI cable, and a couple brief manuals. The mini PC is constructed with a lightweight plastic housing and is small and compact measuring 4.5" square by 1" tall. It weighs only 10 oz. On the right hand side is a full size SD card slot and two USB 2.0 ports. On the back is the power button, power input port, USB 3.0 port, HDMI out, Ethernet jack, headphone out port, and pinhole reset button. Then on the right you have a VGA outport. On the bottom are 4 rubber feet and two screw holes for use with the mounting bracket. There is on board speaker.

Inside, the PC is running on a 64-bit Intel Atom x5 processor, with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB storage space. It's also got built-in a/b/g/n dual band WiFi receiver and Bluetooth 4.0. All you need for setup is a monitor/TV for a display and a USB keyboard and mouse. This PC comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Home edition and setup takes about 10 minutes. About half of the 32 GB storage space is taken up by the operating system, you can however expand the memory up to 128 GB using the full size SD card slot. This doesn't however, let you install the latest Windows 10 update (Fall Creators Edition). After installing all necessary security updates and loading Microsoft Office, I had a little less than 5 GB of the primary hard drive remaining so there's not much room for other programs on the main drive.

In general the processes are responsive though can be a bit sluggish (3-5 seconds loading time), especially if you are running multiple programs at the same time. Browsing webpages, watching streaming video content, and launching productivity apps like Microsoft Word and Excel worked fine overall. I did notice that the internet speed was much slower over WiFi than with my other devices, but this is perhaps more due to its distance from my router than a hardware limitation. The PC is also completely silent when running because there is no fan or spinning hard drive. This makes it great for recording audio as it minimizes background noise.

Overall, this mini PC should work well for your basic computing needs. You can get online, run a few apps, and maybe play a few casual games. It won't be able to handle intense computing like photo and video editing or 3D rendering, but if you need a simple workstation to browse the web or control smart home devices, this should work just fine.

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