- Nov 25, 2012
Beelink is known for producing some of the best affordable TV boxes and mini PCs on the market, and the A1 is one of their latest inventions. This device, which is much smaller than an average smartphone, packs an RK3328 quad-core processor, 4GB RAM, 16GB eMMc internal storage and lots of useful features. How does it perform in our daily lives, we will try to find out in this review.
Main Specs of the Beelink A1
Operating System: Android 7.1
Processor: RK3328 Quad-Core Processor (4*Cortex-A53@1.5GHz, Mali-450MP2 GPU)
RAM: 4GB DDR3
Storage: 16GB eMMc Internal Storage, TF Card support (up to 128GB)
HDMI: HDMI 2.0a output up to 4K@60Hz + HDMI 3D video formats
Display: Digital LED display
Ports: Ethernet port*1, AV Port*1, DC port*1, Micro SD card slot*1, USB 3.0 Port*1, USB 2.0 Port*1, HDMI*1.
Dimension: 77mm*77mm*17mm (L x W x H)
Chassis: White, ABS Plastic
Retail Package: TV box*1, Remote control*1, HDMI cable*1, Power adapter*1, User manual*1
Inside the box, you will find a Beelink A1 TV box, a remote, an HDMI cable, a power adapter, and an English manual.
Measured at 77mm*77mm*17mm, the Beelink A1 is the smallest TV Box we have ever reviewed. It has a much smaller footprint than the Jide Remix IO, the Jide Remix Mini and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
While lacking in size, this device still offers a slew of ports and slots. On the back side of the box you will find a 3.5mm AV multi-purpose port, an RJ45 Ethernet jack, an HDMI 2.0 port, and a DC port.
On the right side of the device, you will find two USB Type-A ports, one of USB 3.0 standard and the other of USB 2.0 standard. Theres also a Micro SD card slot which supports cards up to 128GB.
On the front side of the box you will find an IR receiver, and an LED display working as a digital clock.
The tiny casing is made of white ABS plastic, which gives the device an elegant and premium look.
The Beelink logo on the top side of the box is hidden most of the time, and can only be seen while we look at the box in a certain angle, when it reflects the lighting.
There are some vents on the bottom side to keep the box from overheating.
Like all products from Beelink, the build quality of the A1 is pretty good, even though it has a plastic shell, it still feels quite robust in our hands. The supplied remote is also well-built. Although still with a predictably lightweight, plastic finish and limited mouse pointer functionality, the box responds quickly to its commands and the infra-red range are acceptably long and broad.
Setting it up
Setting up the Beelink A1 is as easy as setting up any TV box. Connecting it to a TV via HDMI, plugging in the charger and you are good to go.
You will need to connect the device to the internet the first time you boot it, either via Wi-Fi or a LAN cable.