Beelink U57 Windows 10 4K Mini PC review

Beelink U57 Windows 10 4K Mini PC review
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This Beelink U57 comes with new generation Intel HD Graphic 6100 video accelerator with 2560*1600 @60Hz video support. It is a powerful Mini PC based on the modern quad-core Intel Core i5-5257U processor, which belongs to the new generation of Intel processors with improved performance. The Beelink U57 mini PC combines a compact design with excellent performance for work, play, and entertainment. Reveal details in Beelink U57 Windows 10 4K Mini PC review.

Beelink U57 Windows 10 4K Mini PC review
Beelink U57 Windows 10 4K Mini PC review

In the box

1 x Beelink U57 Mini PC
1 x Power Adapter
2 x HDMI Cable
1 x Bracket
1 x Bag of Hard Disk Screws
1 x English Manual

Pros & Cons

PROS

  • Great value
  • Excellent performance
  • Compact Size
  • Storage expansion options
  • Low power consumption

CONS

  • No SSD upgrade instructions

Beelink U57 Windows 10 4K Mini PC specs

  • CPU: Intel®Broadwell Processor i5-5257U Dual Core 2.7GHz (2C/4T 3M Cache)
  • Graphics: Intel® Iris® Graphics 6100
  • DDR3L: 8GB
  • Storage M.2 SSD: 256GB
  • Software OS: Windows10
  • Wireless LAN: 2.4G/5G WiFi, 802.11 b/g/n/ac (Intel 3165)
  • BT: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Work Environment: -10°C–45°C, 30%–90% Humidity
  • Storage Environment: -20°C–60°C, 10%–90% Humidity
  • Additional function WOL
  • Dimension: 124 x 113 x 41mm
  • Weight: 0.279 kg
  •  CPU: Intel® Broadwell Processor i5-5257U Dual Core 2.7GHz (2C/4T 3M Cache)
  • Graphics: Intel® Iris® Graphics 6100
  • RAM: DDR3L 8GB
  • Storage M.2 SSD: 256GB
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Ethernet: 1000M LAN RJ45
  • WIFI: 2.4G/5G WiFi, 802.11 b/g/n/ac
  • BT: bluetooth 4.0 

Compare Beelink U57 vs Intel NUC 8 vs Beelink U55

Beelink U57 Mini PCIntel BOXNUC8i3CYSM1 NUC 8 Home Mini PCBeelink U55 Mini PC Windows10 Pro
Computer Memory Size8 GB8 GB8 GB
CPU ModelCore i5-5257UIntel Core i3Intel Core i3
CPU Speed2.70 GHz2.2 GHz2.00 GHz
Graphics CoprocessorIntel® UHD Graphics 6100Radeon 540Intel HD Graphics 5500
Hard Disk Size256 GB1000 GB256 GB
Hardware PlatformPCPC
Operating SystemWindows 10 ProfessionalWindows 10 HomeWindows 10

Beelink U57 Windows 10 4K Mini PC review

Design

Beelink U57 is a compact device. The body is made of matte grey plastic. The front panel contains a microphone hole, USB Type-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, a power indicator, and a red power button. These ports are used for connecting the mini PC to monitor. The distance between them allows you to use all the ports simultaneously, even with wide drives, cables, or USB devices. Beelink U57 is a compact device with a dimension of 11.2 cm in length by 12.4 cm in width and 4.1 mm in thickness for a weight of 261g. The color is black with a top in the mirror reflection.

Ports & Connectors

The new Beelink U57 includes WiFi aC and Bluetooth 4.0 in the wireless connectivity section. Regarding connectors we have a good set with 2 USB 2.0 ports, another 2 USB 3.0, Gigabit network port, 3.5mm audio jack, two HDMI 1.4 video outputs, microSD card reader and a USB Type connector -C on the front.

Mounting

Beelink U57 includes a mounting holder for easy installation on the back of the TV or monitor. For the streaming aspect in the Beelink U57 mini PC. We check the most popular streaming services such as Youtube, Netflix, HBO. Amazon Prime Video and others with their native apps or using the most compatible browser.

Processor

The Beelink U57 mini PC includes an Intel Core i5-5257U processor made of 14nm with 2 cores. And 4 wires with a basic speed of 2.7GHz and a turbo mode that goes up to 3.1GHz. In the graphics section, we have an Intel Iris 6100 GPU much more powerful than the classic Intel HD Graphics. This computer is cooled by an internal fan. The RAM base memory is 8GB DDR3L and includes a 128/256/512GB SSD M.2 and we also have the option to expand it thanks to its SATA3 port with a 2.5? disk drive, these two disk drives can coexist without problems.

Game

Where the new U57 outshines the X55 is its Intel Iris 6100 graphics processing unit (GPU). A GPU is responsible for processing what is displayed to the screen, including 3D games. Beelink U57, although older, can play games and display 3D graphics as much as nearly 300% faster than the latter’s Intel UHD 605 GPU. In one case, it even achieved a 400% improvement! Team Fortress 2 (2017) performed a little over 2x faster than the UHD 605.

Connectivity

The new Beelink U57 includes WiFi AC and Bluetooth 4.0 in the wireless connectivity section. Regarding connectors, we have a good set with 2 USB 2.0 ports, another 2 USB 3.0, Gigabit network port, 3.5mm audio jack, two HDMI 1.4 video outputs, microSD card reader, and a USB Type-C connector on the front.

RAM upgrade

The RAM base memory is 8GB DDR3L and incorporates a 128/256/512GB SSD M.2 and additionally you have the choice to extend it because of its SATA3 port with a 2.5? plate drive, these two circle drives can coincide without issues.

Beelink U57 Windows 10 4K Mini PC performance review

The SSD makes it boot super fast and it’s powerful enough for VOIP calls and youtube while multitasking with mutiple programs open at once. Install Kodi and this would make an excellent media server with the 2 HDMI ports expandable storage USB 2 and 3 ports and built in wifi and bluetooth. 

I currently have it hooked up to my TCL 4K QLED Roku TV and to my Yamaha receiver, so I can take advantage of my home theater speakers in addition to the enormous TV monitor and I LOVE this set up! It is tiny and sits on top of my receiver, hardly taking up any space.

I have been closely monitoring the CPU temperature and the only time it gets really hot (past 70 degrees C) is when doing processor intensive tasks for long periods, like video rendering or watching 4K videos back to back. Other than that, unit stays fairly cool. My guess is that the heat sink in this unit is not sized properly for an Intel I5 processor (maybe so they could fit it in this small package?) which means the fan (Beelink U57 fan noise) has to work extra hard when the CPU gets hot. If it becomes a problem later, I will “modify” the cooling myself. lol.

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