BMAX B2 Plus review – can you use as home theater?

BMAX B2 plus review
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BMAX B2 Plus Mini Computer supports 4K dual-screen display, latest Dual-Band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and Two-channel Speaker, you can enjoy web surfing, video, music, home theater, etc with your family. Designed with USB 2.0 x2, USB 3.0×2, Type-C (full features)x1, HDMI 2.0×2, Ethernet port×1, TF (Micro SD) Card Reader x 1, Headphone Microphones x 1. Provided extensive capabilities to you needs. Reveal more in BMAX B2 plus review.

BMAX B2 plus review
BMAX B2 plus review

In the box

Package Contents: 1 x Mini PC, 1 x English Manual, 1 x HDMI HD Cable, 1 x Power Adapter, 1 x Metal Stand

Key features – BMAX B2 plus

Excellent graphics processing

Equipped with Intel 9th ​​Gen UHD Graphics 600 integrated graphics, the picture is smoother and the picture quality is clearer, giving you good video enjoyment

Powerful performance

Intel Celeron J4115-CPU quad-core quad-threaded base frequency: 1.8GHz / burst frequency: 2.5GHz

Not only faster but better than stable

8GB LPDDR4 supports maximum dual-channel memory expansion, greater bandwidth and higher frequency, making your speed one step faster

Excellent storage capacity

128GB SSD solid state hard drive, and also supports Expandable 1TB SSD or 2TB 2.5 inch HDD hard drive expansion to easily meet your daily storage needs

Parameters:
● CPU: Intel Celeron J4115
● CPU Frequency: Base Frequency: 1.8GHz / Burst Frequency: 2.5GHz
● GPU: Intel 9th ​​Gen UHD Graphics 600

Specifications – BMAX B2 plus

General

  • Model: B2 Plus
  • Type: Mini PC
  • System: Windows 10
  • Core: Quad Core
  • GPU: Intel HD Graphics 600
  • RAM: 8GB
  • RAM Type: LPDDR4
  • Maximum External Hard Drives Capacity: 2TB

Power

  • Power Type: External Power Adapter Mode
  • Power Input Vol: 12V
  • Suggest Input: 12V 2A
  • Power Adapter Input: 100-240V / 50-60Hz

Details

  • 5G WiFi: Yes
  • WIFI: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band WiFi 2.4GHz/5GHz , Dual wireless antenna
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0
  • Power Supply: Charge Adapter
  • Interface: 3.5mm Audio,DC 12V,HDMI,RJ45,TF card,Type-C,USB2.0,USB3.0
  • Language: Multilanguage
  • HDMI Version: 2.0
  • Other Functions: Others
  • HDMI Function: HDCP
  • Power Consumption.: 15W
  • RJ45 Port Speed: 1000Mbps

BMAX mini PC comparison

B2 PlusB2B3 PlusB4 Pro
CPUIntel Celeron J4115Intel Celeron N3450Intel Pentium Gold 5405UIntel Core i3-8145U
Base/Burst Frequency1.8GHz – 2.5GHz1.10GHz – 2.20GHzBase Frequency of 2.3GHz2.1GHz – 3.9GHz
RAM8GB DDR48GB DDR48GB DDR4(Expandable)8GB DDR4(Expandable)
Storage128GB SSD128GB SSD256GB NVMe SSD256GB NVMe SSD
GPUIntel 9th Gen UHD Graphics 600Intel HD Graphics 500Intel 9th Gen UHD Graphics 610Intel 9th Gen UHD Graphics 620
Two-Channel Speaker
Fan

BMAX B2 plus review

Design

The BMAX B2 Plus Mini PC is a small computer mainframe with a Dimension of 12.50 x 11.20 x 4.40 cm / 4.92 x 4.41 x 1.73 inches. This should be the size that fits directly into your pocket and weighs only 310g for easy carrying. The design of this BMAX B2 Plus Mini PC allows you to place it discreetly on your desk, the living room furniture or even behind the monitor, installed with the stand included in the box. In this way, you will always keep a very careful aesthetic in any corner of your house where you decide to install it.

BMAX B2 plus review – does it have two-channel speaker and audio jack?
BMAX B2 plus review – does it have two-channel speaker and audio jack?

Weight

  • Product weight: 0.3100 kg
  • Package weight: 0.7100 kg
  • Product size (L x W x H): 12.50 x 11.20 x 4.40 cm / 4.92 x 4.41 x 1.73 inches
  • Package size (L x W x H): 16.70 x 15.50 x 11.80 cm / 6.57 x 6.1 x 4.65 inches

Hardware

The low-consumption mini PC Bmax B2 Plus includes an Intel Celeron J4115-CPU, a quad-core x86 manufactured in 14nm, capable of reaching 2.5Ghz maximum speed and integrating an Intel HD 600 GPU. A Chip is suitable for office environments, navigation web, simple games or as HTPC as it can play video up to 4K resolutions at 60fps. We also have 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 128GB of SSD storage memory, an M.2 NGFF 2280 port, and an M.2 NVme 2242 port, and also supports Expandable 1TB SSD or 2TB 2.5 inch HDD hard drive expansion to easily meet your daily storage needs.

Teardown

Once you remove the back cover. You will see the back of the motherboard. On the Motherboard you have 2 X M.2 form factor ports, and 1 of them is M.2 2280 port and the second one is M.2 NVme 2242 port, so you can add or upgrade existing 128GB M.2 SSD if you want. 

You also have an option to add an additional 3rd 2.5” form factor hard drive  with available SATA port, but you have to buy cable for it, because it is not included with the Mini PC, and according to documentation you can add up to 2TB of 2.5” form factor Hard drive to meet your daily storage needs. 

Moving on the wifi card, which is a Dual Band 802.11AC Wireless card and it is Soldered to the motherboard, so it cannot be replaced or upgraded.

So if you want to access the CPU, you have to remove 4 phillips screws holding the motherboard. In order to take the motherboard out you have to remove the backplate of the mini PC, and slide the back of the motherboard outwards and lift the front side of the motherboard, but you have to be careful with the WiFi card Antenna cable which is taped to the top of the case for better signals.

You have to take the motherboard out of the case and flip it upside down to access the CPU, Heatsink and fan.

Also the COMPUTER Memory is Soldered to the motherboard, so it is not upgradeable as well, but we have a total of 8GB DDR4 Memory, which is plenty enough for most of the daily computing tasks, and windows 10.

So If you want to clean the heatsink or replace thermal paste. You can remove the Heatsink and Fan by removing the 4 Phillips screws holding the heatsink and fan. The Heatsink and fan covers most of the motherboard, and you cannot hear the fan during general usage, and it was close to silent during our stress test as well.

Overall BMAX B2 Plus Mini PC Motherboard build quality and internals are one of the best in the business.

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