Beelink Mini MX

Beelink MINI MX Impressions

The Beelink MINI MX is Beelink’s latest Android mini PC powered by the Amlogic S905 and running Android 5.1. I’ve gone hands-on to run some tests and get a feel for how it performs.

I want to say thanks to GearBest for providing a sample to review.

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Beelink MINI MX Technical Specifications

General

  • Processor
    Amlogic S905
  • CPU CPU
    Quad-Core Cortex-A5 at 1.5GHz
  • GPU
    Penta-Core ARM® Mali™-450
  • Operating System
    Android Lollipop 5.1.1
  • RAM
    1GB DDR3
  • Storage
    8GB NAND
  • Other Features
    IR Sensor
    Power button
  • Power
    DC 5V/3A

Interfaces

  • Video Output
    HDMI 2.0
  • Audio Output
    HDMI 2.0, SP-DIF
  • Other Interfaces
    2 x USB 2.0

Connectivity

  • WiFi
    802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4GHz)
  • Ethernet
    1000Mbps
  • Bluetooth
    4.0

Physical

  • Dimensions
    110 x 110 x 17.5 mm
  • Weight
    162g

What’s Inside The Box?

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Inside the box, you get:

  • 1x Beelink MINI MX unit
  • 1x IR Remote
  • 1x Power Adapter
  • 1x HDMI cable
  • 1x Instruction Manual

Beelink MINI MX Impressions

The Beelink MINI MX has a standard black slab design. It’s nothing unique but blends in nicely inside your AV rack.

Ports are located on the right and rear of the unit. The right side houses a micro SD card slot and fullsize USB 2.0 port.

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The rear features optical audio, Ethernet, HDMI out, another fullsize USB 2.0 port and DC In. There’s also an IR sensor and power LED is located on the front panel.

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The Beelink MINI MX automatically boots when connected to power. A cold boot takes around 38 seconds with a USB keyboard/mouse plugged in.

Beelink have opted to use the colorful MediaBox launcher that’s been appearing in various Android boxes since the MK808B Plus. The launcher splits apps in to a number of categories, though you’ll need to manually sort your apps into the correct folders.

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The Amlogic S905 does a good job handling Android 5.1, with everything animating smoothly. There’s a single 8GB partition which reported around 4.37GB free out of the box. The Beelink MINI MX is rooted out of the box. Google Play also works as I was able to install various apps I use for testing. HDMI CEC also worked on my Samsung TV.

There was a few apps pre-installed including the Fishing Joy game, Kodi Mate, App4TV and Kodi 16.0 Beta. Kodi Mate allows you pre-install various Kodi plugins automatically, whilst App4TV provides a list of recommended apps for your TV box.

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I had some issues with video playback in Kodi on the first boot, with several videos not outputting video. After a reboot, Kodi seemed to work fine playing back some 1080p H.264 and HEVC samples.

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Streaming video via Wifi in Kodi was mixed. Whilst my 1080p H.264 sample was fine, my 4K video’s audio was out of sync. The same file played fine from a USB drive however.

Gaming performance was good, performing as well as other Amlogic S905 devices I’ve tested so far. Both Jetpack Joyride and Beach Buggy Racing performed well at 1080p on maximum settings.

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In terms of benchmarks, the Beelink MINI MX scored 36394 on Antutu 6.0 and 4289 on 3DMark’s Ice Storm Extreme.

Verdict So Far

The Beelink MINI MX seems to be decent so far. The firmware feels stable and gaming performance is respectable. However, I’ll need to test Kodi a little more. However, at just $40, it’s an impressively cheap option for a functional media player with a capable SoC.

Getting One

The Beelink MINI MX is available from GearBest for around $40.

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Alternatively, it’s also available from GeekBuying, Banggood and Amazon.

Beelink Mini MX Android 5.1 TV Box Features Amlogic S905 For $47

The Beelink Mini MX is a new Android TV box that has popped up on a few sites recently. Powered by the new Amlogic S905 chipset, the Beelink Mini MX runs Android 5.1 and can be had for as little as $47 from GearBest using the coupon “GBMINIX“.

For under $50, there’s a respectable set of specs. The Beelink Mini MX features 1Gb RAM, 8Gb of eMMC storage, Gigabit Ethernet, b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

I’m curious how well the Amlogic S905 processor stacks up against some of the other common processors that we’re seeing in these devices currently. On the plus side, the Amlogic S905 is capable of HDMI 2.0 output and 10-bit HEVC decoding for under $50 which is great.

Getting One

The Beelink Mini MX can be purchased from GearBest for $46.89 using the coupon “GBMINIX“.

Alternatively, it’s also available from GeekBuying for just over $50.

Beelink Mini MX Technical Specifications

  • Operating System: Android 5.1
  • Chipset: Amlogic S905
  • CPU: Quad-Core Cortex-A5 at 1.5GHz
  • GPU:  Penta Core ARM Mali-450 GPU
  • Memory: 1GB DDR3
  • Internal Storage: 8GB NAND FLASH + Micro SD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Connectivity:  10/100/1000M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Audio/Video Output: HDMI 2.0, Composite Video
  • Interfaces: 2 x USB 2.0
  • Power Supply: DC 5V/2A
  • Other: IR Sensor, Power button