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Beelink SEi10 Mini PC Review: A Cheaper Intel NUC

Thunderbolt 3 PC for under $400 USD. If you want an Intel NUC but are turned off by its price, then the new Beelink mini PC will be a great alternative without needing to sacrifice any core features.
Left: Beelink SEi10, Right: Intel NUC10
Left: Beelink SEi10, Right: Intel NUC10

Beelink offers at least half a dozen different mini PCs designed for HTPC or light office use. Their options aren't as ridiculously wide as the ones from Zotac, but their focus on models with integrated GPUs only helps streamline the designs and keep prices low.

The unit in review here is the new SEi10 equipped with Intel's 10th generation Core i3 Ice Lake CPU for about $390 USD on Amazon. It's notable for including expandable RAM, Thunderbolt 3, and an NVMe SSD in contrast to most cheaper mini PCs out there that aren't expandable at all.

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Beelink SEi10
Processor
Intel Core i3-1005G1 2 x 1.2 - 3.4 GHz, Ice Lake U
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2666, 15-15-15-35, Single-Channel (2x SODIMM)
Mainboard
Intel 495 (Ice Lake-U PCH-LP Premium)
Soundcard
Intel Ice Lake-U/Y PCH-LP cAVS
Connections
5 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 2 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: MicroSD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 41 x 124 x 113 ( = 1.61 x 4.88 x 4.45 in)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Additional features
2x HDMI cables, VESA mounting bracket, 2.5-inch SATA III adapter, screws, manuals, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
350 g ( = 12.35 oz / 0.77 pounds), Power Supply: 221 g ( = 7.8 oz / 0.49 pounds)
Price
400 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

potential competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
12/2020
Beelink SEi10
i3-1005G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
350 g41 mmx
08/2020
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
R5 3550H, Vega 8
843 g39 mmx
07/2020
Zotac ZBox MI643
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
550 g28.5 mmx
02/2020
Intel NUC10i5FNK
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
493 g36 mm0.00"0x0
12/2019
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620
499 g22 mm0.00"x

Case

It's pretty clear that Beelink is aiming to emulate the success of the Intel NUC series just based on the looks of the system. Overall dimensions are very similar to the NUC10 while being much lighter due to it using thinner metal materials.

Sides and bottom are metal for strong first impressions
Sides and bottom are metal for strong first impressions
Surprisingly light even when compared to the Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano
Surprisingly light even when compared to the Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano
Top plastic panel is textured to deter fingerprints unlike on an Intel NUC
Top plastic panel is textured to deter fingerprints unlike on an Intel NUC
A Philips screwdriver is required to service the unit
A Philips screwdriver is required to service the unit
168 mm / 6.61 inch 120 mm / 4.72 inch 39 mm / 1.535 inch 843 g1.858 lbs179 mm / 7.05 inch 88 mm / 3.46 inch 22 mm / 0.866 inch 499 g1.1 lbs149.5 mm / 5.89 inch 149.5 mm / 5.89 inch 28.5 mm / 1.122 inch 550 g1.213 lbs117 mm / 4.61 inch 112 mm / 4.41 inch 52 mm / 2.05 inch 660 g1.455 lbs124 mm / 4.88 inch 113 mm / 4.45 inch 41 mm / 1.614 inch 350 g0.772 lbs117 mm / 4.61 inch 112 mm / 4.41 inch 36 mm / 1.417 inch 493 g1.087 lbs

Connectivity

Port options are plentiful, but the highlight is Thunderbolt 3 compatibility. Intel made an effort to integrate the feature onto its Ice Lake die in contrast to AMD. The costlier Beelink GT-R, for example, omits the feature.

Note that all the ports are upside-down save for the RJ-45 port due to how the motherboard is oriented inside.

Front: CMOS reset button, 2x USB-A, USB-C w/ Thunderbolt 3 and DisplayPort, 3.5 mm combo audio, Power button
Front: CMOS reset button, 2x USB-A, USB-C w/ Thunderbolt 3 and DisplayPort, 3.5 mm combo audio, Power button
Rear: Gigabit RJ-45, 2x USB-A, 2x HDMI (4k60), AC adapter
Rear: Gigabit RJ-45, 2x USB-A, 2x HDMI (4k60), AC adapter

SD Card Reader

Spring-loaded SD card reader along the left side. A fully inserted SD card sits completely flush against the edge and can be difficult to eject
Spring-loaded SD card reader along the left side. A fully inserted SD card sits completely flush against the edge and can be difficult to eject
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Zotac ZBox MI643
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
34.2 MB/s ∼100% +49%
Beelink SEi10
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
22.93 MB/s ∼67%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Zotac ZBox MI643
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
38 MB/s ∼100% +30%
Beelink SEi10
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 UHS-II)
29.29 MB/s ∼77%

Communication

Soldered AX201 Wi-Fi 6 WLAN modules sits underneath the M.2 SSD. We experienced no connectivity issued when paired to our Netgear RAX200 router
Soldered AX201 Wi-Fi 6 WLAN modules sits underneath the M.2 SSD. We experienced no connectivity issued when paired to our Netgear RAX200 router
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1317 (1204min - 1380max) MBit/s ∼100% +9%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1212 (1060min - 1309max) MBit/s ∼92%
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
643 MBit/s ∼49% -47%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Wireless AC-9461
360 (180min - 365max) MBit/s ∼27% -70%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1165 (807min - 1317max) MBit/s ∼100% +57%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
742 (470min - 902max) MBit/s ∼64%
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
604 MBit/s ∼52% -19%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Wireless AC-9461
345 (257min - 397max) MBit/s ∼30% -54%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1211 (1060-1309)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø742 (470-902)

Maintenance

Easy access to M.2 SSD and 2x SODIMM slots
Easy access to M.2 SSD and 2x SODIMM slots
Unfortunately, additional disassembly is required to clean the fan
Unfortunately, additional disassembly is required to clean the fan

Accessories and Warranty

Box includes a 2.5-inch SATA III adapter, VESA 75/100 mounting bracket and screws, two HDMI cables, manuals, and an AC adapter
Box includes a 2.5-inch SATA III adapter, VESA 75/100 mounting bracket and screws, two HDMI cables, manuals, and an AC adapter

Performance

 

Processor

CPU performance is steady and with essentially no long-lasting Turbo Boost potential as to be expected from a Core i3 processor. Beelink could have probably offered a Ryzen 3 4300U option for both faster performance and a cheaper price than our Intel, but the final SKU would have likely not have included Thunderbolt 3 support.

More technical details and benchmarks on the Core i3-1005G1 can be found here.

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Beelink SEi10 UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø405 (402.55-406.84)
Zotac ZBox MI643 UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lexar NM610 1TB; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø521 (518.69-524.21)
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø513 (491.14-523.79)
Intel NUC8i3CYSM Radeon RX 540, i3-8121U, Seagate ST1000VT001; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø316 (304.79-319.39)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
2005 Points ∼100% +136%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
1820 Points ∼91% +115%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
1583 Points ∼79% +87%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
1432 Points ∼71% +69%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
1191 Points ∼59% +40%
Average Intel Core i3-1005G1
  (848 - 948, n=3)
899 Points ∼45% +6%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
848 Points ∼42%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
587 Points ∼29% -31%
HP ProBook x360 11 G4
Intel Core m3-8100Y
413 Points ∼21% -51%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
428 Points ∼100% +6%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
427 Points ∼100% +6%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
413 Points ∼96% +2%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
404 Points ∼94% 0%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
403 Points ∼94%
Average Intel Core i3-1005G1
  (338 - 403, n=3)
381 Points ∼89% -5%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
348 Points ∼81% -14%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
347 Points ∼81% -14%
HP ProBook x360 11 G4
Intel Core m3-8100Y
232 Points ∼54% -42%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
864 Points ∼100% +112%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
790 Points ∼91% +94%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
672 (494.25min - 672.07max) Points ∼78% +65%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
580 Points ∼67% +43%
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano
Intel Core i5-8265U
524 Points ∼61% +29%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
524 (518.69min - 524.21max) Points ∼61% +29%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
406.84 (402.55min - 406.84max) Points ∼47%
Average Intel Core i3-1005G1
  (404 - 407, n=3)
406 Points ∼47% 0%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
333 (293min - 333max) Points ∼39% -18%
Intel NUC8i3CYSM
Intel Core i3-8121U
317.56 (304.79min - 319.39max) Points ∼37% -22%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30
218 Points ∼25% -46%
HP ProBook x360 11 G4
Intel Core m3-8100Y
197 Points ∼23% -52%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
178 Points ∼100% +13%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
173 Points ∼97% +9%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
168 Points ∼94% +6%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
165 Points ∼93% +4%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
158.02 Points ∼89%
Average Intel Core i3-1005G1
  (157 - 158, n=3)
157 Points ∼88% -1%
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano
Intel Core i5-8265U
148 Points ∼83% -6%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
146 Points ∼82% -8%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
141 Points ∼79% -11%
Intel NUC8i3CYSM
Intel Core i3-8121U
133 Points ∼75% -16%
HP ProBook x360 11 G4
Intel Core m3-8100Y
97 Points ∼54% -39%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30
91 Points ∼51% -42%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30
90 Points ∼51% -43%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
1814 Seconds * ∼100% -61%
Average Intel Core i3-1005G1
  (1123 - 1264, n=3)
1171 Seconds * ∼65% -4%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
1126 Seconds * ∼62%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
907 Seconds * ∼50% +19%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
884 Seconds * ∼49% +21%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
670 Seconds * ∼37% +40%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
584.9 Seconds * ∼32% +48%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
536.9 Seconds * ∼30% +52%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
4467 MIPS ∼100% +11%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
4253 MIPS ∼95% +5%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
4101 MIPS ∼92% +1%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
4041 MIPS ∼90%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
4014 MIPS ∼90% -1%
Average Intel Core i3-1005G1
  (3851 - 4057, n=3)
3983 MIPS ∼89% -1%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
3543 MIPS ∼79% -12%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
3438 MIPS ∼77% -15%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
21679 MIPS ∼100% +106%
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
19347 MIPS ∼89% +84%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
16799 MIPS ∼77% +59%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
16683 MIPS ∼77% +58%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
15043 MIPS ∼69% +43%
Average Intel Core i3-1005G1
  (10536 - 11135, n=3)
10871 MIPS ∼50% +3%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
10536 MIPS ∼49%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
7921 MIPS ∼37% -25%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Intel Core i3-1005G1
  (1118 - 1161, n=2)
1140 Points ∼100% +2%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
1133 Points ∼99% +1%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
1118 Points ∼98%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
1099 Points ∼96% -2%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
1096 Points ∼96% -2%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
1027 Points ∼90% -8%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
903 Points ∼79% -19%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
3975 Points ∼100% +85%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
3939 Points ∼99% +83%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
3330 Points ∼84% +55%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
3203 Points ∼81% +49%
Average Intel Core i3-1005G1
  (2153 - 2434, n=2)
2294 Points ∼58% +7%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
2153 Points ∼54%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
2028 Points ∼51% -6%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Intel Core i7-8809G
7.1 fps ∼100% +104%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
6.28 fps ∼88% +80%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
4.37 fps ∼62% +26%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
4.23 fps ∼60% +22%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
4.1 fps ∼58% +18%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
3.48 fps ∼49%
Average Intel Core i3-1005G1
  (3.12 - 3.59, n=3)
3.4 fps ∼48% -2%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
2.23 fps ∼31% -36%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
97.8 s * ∼100% -75%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
74.9 s * ∼77% -34%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
62.2 s * ∼64% -11%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
57 s * ∼58% -2%
Average Intel Core i3-1005G1
  (55.8 - 56.8, n=2)
56.3 s * ∼58% -1%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
55.8 s * ∼57%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Core i3-1000NG4
0.918 sec * ∼100% -20%
Beelink SEi10
Intel Core i3-1005G1
0.763 sec * ∼83%
Average Intel Core i3-1005G1
  (0.755 - 0.763, n=2)
0.759 sec * ∼83% +1%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
0.737 sec * ∼80% +3%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel Core i5-10210U
0.72 sec * ∼78% +6%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
0.686 sec * ∼75% +10%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel Core i5-10210U
0.658 sec * ∼72% +14%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
158.02 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
406.84 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
35.1 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.81 %
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System Performance

PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCmark 8 Home Accelerated
PCmark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
Vega 8, R5 3550H, Silicon Motion AZW 512G NV428
3835 Points ∼25% +47%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
3296 Points ∼21% +26%
Zotac ZBox MI643
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lexar NM610 1TB
3128 Points ∼20% +20%
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
2917 Points ∼19% +12%
Intel NUC8i3CYSM
Radeon RX 540, i3-8121U, Seagate ST1000VT001
2902 Points ∼19% +11%
Average Intel Core i3-1005G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (2605 - 2692, n=3)
2637 Points ∼17% +1%
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
2614 Points ∼17%
Productivity
Zotac ZBox MI643
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lexar NM610 1TB
6975 Points ∼62% +30%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
6494 Points ∼58% +21%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
Vega 8, R5 3550H, Silicon Motion AZW 512G NV428
6420 Points ∼58% +20%
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6337 Points ∼57% +18%
Average Intel Core i3-1005G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (5353 - 5822, n=3)
5520 Points ∼49% +3%
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
5353 Points ∼48%
Intel NUC8i3CYSM
Radeon RX 540, i3-8121U, Seagate ST1000VT001
5302 Points ∼47% -1%
Essentials
Zotac ZBox MI643
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lexar NM610 1TB
9510 Points ∼83% +22%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
Vega 8, R5 3550H, Silicon Motion AZW 512G NV428
8575 Points ∼75% +10%
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
8551 Points ∼75% +10%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
8235 Points ∼72% +6%
Average Intel Core i3-1005G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (7666 - 8088, n=3)
7840 Points ∼68% +1%
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
7766 Points ∼68%
Intel NUC8i3CYSM
Radeon RX 540, i3-8121U, Seagate ST1000VT001
5576 Points ∼49% -28%
Score
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
Vega 8, R5 3550H, Silicon Motion AZW 512G NV428
4269 Points ∼49% +25%
Zotac ZBox MI643
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lexar NM610 1TB
4244 Points ∼48% +24%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
4019 Points ∼46% +18%
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3876 Points ∼44% +13%
Average Intel Core i3-1005G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (3420 - 3562, n=3)
3476 Points ∼40% +2%
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
3420 Points ∼39%
Intel NUC8i3CYSM
Radeon RX 540, i3-8121U, Seagate ST1000VT001
3161 Points ∼36% -8%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
Vega 8, R5 3550H, Silicon Motion AZW 512G NV428
4827 Points ∼71% +87%
Zotac ZBox MI643
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lexar NM610 1TB
4816 Points ∼71% +87%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
4286 Points ∼63% +66%
Average Intel Core i3-1005G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (2575 - 4519, n=3)
3235 Points ∼47% +26%
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
2575 Points ∼38%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
Vega 8, R5 3550H, Silicon Motion AZW 512G NV428
3755 Points ∼60% +29%
Zotac ZBox MI643
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lexar NM610 1TB
3567 Points ∼57% +23%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
3526 Points ∼56% +22%
Average Intel Core i3-1005G1, Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (2900 - 3240, n=3)
3120 Points ∼50% +8%
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
2900 Points ∼46%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2900 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
2575 points
PCMark 10 Score
3420 points
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DPC Latency

LatencyMon reports minor DPC latency issues related to NDIS.SYS. 4K60 video playback is otherwise smooth and with no dropped frames during our minute-long YouTube test. However, CPU utilization would sometimes jump from 31 percent to 100 percent meaning there will be some stutters if users are multi-tasking while streaming 4K.

DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
1230.84 μs * ∼100%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
Vega 5, R3 4300U, SK hynix BC511 HFM256GDJTNI-82A0
800.1 μs * ∼65% +35%
Chuwi LarkBox 4K Mini PC
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4115, 128 GB eMMC Flash
765.6 μs * ∼62% +38%
Zotac ZBox MI643
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lexar NM610 1TB
745.2 μs * ∼61% +39%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
Vega 8, R5 3550H, Silicon Motion AZW 512G NV428
691.9 μs * ∼56% +44%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

Much like on the Beelink GT-R, our SEi10 uses an M.2 NVMe drive from Silicon Motion. Transfer rates show that this is a budget PCIe x2 drive with write rates slower than many SATA III SSDs. For the target audience and price, however, this shouldn't be an issue. HWiNFO reports a PCIe x4 controller if users want to upgrade to a faster drive.

CDM 5.5
CDM 5.5
AS SSD
AS SSD
Full-length 2280 M.2 SSD. Shorter drives will work, but the mounting screw supports only 2280
Full-length 2280 M.2 SSD. Shorter drives will work, but the mounting screw supports only 2280
Beelink SEi10
Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
Silicon Motion AZW 512G NV428
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
AS SSD
126%
72%
176%
Copy Game MB/s
364.42
658.13
81%
471.17
29%
Copy Program MB/s
121.07
261.71
116%
328.85
172%
Copy ISO MB/s
1159.86
1228.29
6%
576.38
-50%
Score Total
983
2377
142%
1955
99%
2716
176%
Score Write
253
1054
317%
765
202%
1305
416%
Score Read
501
869
73%
808
61%
942
88%
Access Time Write *
0.616
0.114
81%
0.07
89%
0.032
95%
Access Time Read *
0.066
0.063
5%
0.11
-67%
0.039
41%
4K-64 Write
154.8
813.84
426%
641.66
315%
1073.77
594%
4K-64 Read
357.28
695.76
95%
650.04
82%
726.4
103%
4K Write
66.16
98.55
49%
61.35
-7%
116.47
76%
4K Read
33.1
35.27
7%
26.44
-20%
48.46
46%
Seq Write
323.54
1413.39
337%
616
90%
1150.28
256%
Seq Read
1110.96
1382.19
24%
1318
19%
1668.47
50%
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-7%
-31%
27%
Write 4K
203
161.9
-20%
58.43
-71%
130
-36%
Read 4K
63.23
52.76
-17%
30.24
-52%
45.61
-28%
Write Seq
1114
773
-31%
Read Seq
1765
711.9
-60%
Write 4K Q32T1
423.9
285
-33%
448.5
6%
365.3
-14%
Read 4K Q32T1
389.2
324
-17%
391.4
1%
350.2
-10%
Write Seq Q32T1
1104
1578.8
43%
914.4
-17%
2985.9
170%
Read Seq Q32T1
1990
2017.9
1%
1583
-20%
3564.9
79%
Write 4K Q8T8
529.6
402.3
368.7
Read 4K Q8T8
738.1
679.8
789.7
Total Average (Program / Settings)
60% / 86%
21% / 35%
102% / 124%

* ... smaller is better

Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 1990 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1104 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 389.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 423.9 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1765 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1114 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 63.23 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 203 MB/s

Disk Throttling: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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: Ø1674 (1434.52-1686.3)

GPU Performance

Graphics performance is even slower than the half-decade old HD Graphics 620. Again, this shouldn't be an issue for the target audience as the system is still capable of smooth 4K video playback.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Time Spy
Time Spy
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
 
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH, i7-8809G
2908 Points ∼100% +809%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
733 Points ∼25% +129%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (320 - 472, n=5)
416 Points ∼14% +30%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
403 Points ∼14% +26%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
396 Points ∼14% +24%
Beelink SEi10
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
320 Points ∼11%
HP ProBook x360 11 G4
Intel UHD Graphics 615, m3-8100Y
210 Points ∼7% -34%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH, i7-8809G
10248 Points ∼100% +968%
Intel NUC8i3CYSM
AMD Radeon RX 540, i3-8121U
3242 Points ∼32% +238%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R5 3550H
2737 Points ∼27% +185%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
2438 Points ∼24% +154%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (960 - 1755, n=10)
1480 Points ∼14% +54%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1283 Points ∼13% +34%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1202 Points ∼12% +25%
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U
1183 Points ∼12% +23%
Beelink SEi10
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
960 Points ∼9%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i3-1000NG4
922 Points ∼9% -4%
HP ProBook x360 11 G4
Intel UHD Graphics 615, m3-8100Y
742 Points ∼7% -23%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
735 Points ∼7% -23%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH, i7-8809G
59162 Points ∼100% +694%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R5 3550H
18901 Points ∼32% +154%
Intel NUC8i3CYSM
AMD Radeon RX 540, i3-8121U
18704 Points ∼32% +151%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
18282 Points ∼31% +145%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (7448 - 12698, n=9)
10726 Points ∼18% +44%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
10077 Points ∼17% +35%
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U
9590 Points ∼16% +29%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
9113 Points ∼15% +22%
Beelink SEi10
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
7448 Points ∼13%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
6078 Points ∼10% -18%
HP ProBook x360 11 G4
Intel UHD Graphics 615, m3-8100Y
5543 Points ∼9% -26%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH, i7-8809G
10391 Points ∼100% +730%
Intel NUC8i3CYSM
AMD Radeon RX 540, i3-8121U
4334 Points ∼42% +246%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
3288 Points ∼32% +163%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R5 3550H
2997 Points ∼29% +139%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (1252 - 2552, n=10)
2083 Points ∼20% +66%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1829 Points ∼18% +46%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1665 Points ∼16% +33%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i3-1000NG4
1352 Points ∼13% +8%
Beelink SEi10
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
1252 Points ∼12%
HP ProBook x360 11 G4
Intel UHD Graphics 615, m3-8100Y
1015 Points ∼10% -19%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
1014 Points ∼10% -19%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH, i7-8809G
14302 Points ∼100% +749%
Intel NUC8i3CYSM
AMD Radeon RX 540, i3-8121U
4458 Points ∼31% +165%
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R5 3550H
4040 Points ∼28% +140%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
3535 Points ∼25% +110%
Average Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU)
  (1684 - 2578, n=10)
2224 Points ∼16% +32%
Apple MacBook Air 2020 i3
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU), i3-1000NG4
1941 Points ∼14% +15%
Zotac ZBox MI643
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1858 Points ∼13% +10%
Intel NUC10i5FNK
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1853 Points ∼13% +10%
Beelink SEi10
Intel UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1
1684 Points ∼12%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, 6Y30
1186 Points ∼8% -30%
HP ProBook x360 11 G4
Intel UHD Graphics 615, m3-8100Y
1111 Points ∼8% -34%
3DMark 11 Performance
1791 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
6363 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
871 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
367 points
Help
low med. high ultra
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 61.2 25 15.3 14.2 fps

Emissions

System Noise

The internal fan is always active and never truly silent. It tends to pulse between 31 dB(A) and 34 dB(A) when browsing or video streaming which is loud enough to be audible but not distracting. High loads like 3DMark 06 will bump fan noise up to 39 dB(A).

Extreme loads like Prime95 will induce a fan noise of 52 dB(A) to be louder than most other mini PCs.

Fan noise profile (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark 06, Green: Prime95 stress)
Fan noise profile (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: 3DMark 06, Green: Prime95 stress)
Beelink SEi10
UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), i3-1005G1, Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
Vega 8, R5 3550H, Silicon Motion AZW 512G NV428
Zotac ZBox MI643
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, Lexar NM610 1TB
Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK
Vega M GH, i7-8809G, Intel Optane 120 GB SSDPEK1W120GA
Chuwi LarkBox 4K Mini PC
UHD Graphics 600, Celeron J4115, 128 GB eMMC Flash
Noise
1%
16%
6%
3%
off / environment *
27.5
25.4
8%
26.1
5%
28.7
-4%
26
5%
Idle Minimum *
30.9
31.5
-2%
27.5
11%
29
6%
26
16%
Idle Average *
33.5
31.5
6%
27.5
18%
29
13%
26
22%
Idle Maximum *
33.5
31.5
6%
27.5
18%
29
13%
43.3
-29%
Load Average *
38.5
43.9
-14%
28.9
25%
36
6%
43.3
-12%
Load Maximum *
51.6
52
-1%
42
19%
49.4
4%
43.5
16%
Witcher 3 ultra *
51.9
42

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
30.9 / 33.5 / 33.5 dB(A)
Load
38.5 / 51.6 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 27.5 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2028.733.828.841.12532.732.934.333.83128.730.630.532.74032.530.429.731.45033.735.630.234.76338.238.136.638.68026.127.624.940.210026.228.225.434.812530.230.430.131.616024.926.524.229.620025.723.522.428.525022.822.721283152322.120.129.840024.322.118.831.35002422.317.729.363024.321.516.430.98002622.116.633.6100027.625.716.435.7125027.324.21534.9160029.222.115.139.1200028.52314.242.7250030.123.413.345.8315026.819.913.34240002216.313.538.4500021.415.213.439.1630016.313.613.333.1800014.113.413.428.31000013.713.513.6241250013.613.213.221.71600013.11312.817.9SPL38.233.527.551.6N2.71.816.9median 24.3median 22.1median 15.1median 31.6Delta3.83.23.64.5hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseBeelink SEi10

Temperature

AC adapter after an hour of heavy use
AC adapter after an hour of heavy use

Surface temperatures are never hazardous as we're only able to measure a maximum of just 37 C. Positioning the mini PC vertically will block a section of the ventilation grilles which will cause warmer core temperatures or more noticeable fan noise.

Note that the AC adapter is quite large and it can become even warmer than the actual mini PC at almost 44 C.

System idle (front)
System idle (front)
System idle (back)
System idle (back)
Prime95+FurMark stress (front)
Prime95+FurMark stress (front)
Prime95+FurMark stress (back)
Prime95+FurMark stress (back)

Stress Test

When stressed with Prime95, the CPU would run steady at 3.4 GHz but at a high core temperature of 90 C. We expected a cooler temperature since the fan can be quite loud.

System idle
System idle
Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C)
System Idle -- -- 41
Prime95 Stress 3.4 -- 90
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 3.0 - 3.1 900 83

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Consumption is similar to the Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 powered by an older Whiskey Lake-U CPU. Interestingly, the system consumes more power when powered off than when on standby mode.

Consumption when running 3DMark 06
Consumption when running 3DMark 06
Prime95 initiated at 10s mark. Consumption is steady since Turbo Boost is not a major factor
Prime95 initiated at 10s mark. Consumption is steady since Turbo Boost is not a major factor
Prime95+FurMark initiated at 10s mark
Prime95+FurMark initiated at 10s mark
57 W AC adapter is quite large for mini PC (10 x 5 x 4.5 cm)
57 W AC adapter is quite large for mini PC (10 x 5 x 4.5 cm)
The system cannot be powered by third-party USB-C adapters and so users must use the proprietary adapter
The system cannot be powered by third-party USB-C adapters and so users must use the proprietary adapter
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 1.07 / 0.43 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6.3 / 6.6 / 6.7 Watt
Load midlight 25.9 / 46.7 Watt
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Beelink SEi10
i3-1005G1, UHD Graphics G1 (Ice Lake 32 EU), Silicon Motion AZW 256G M.228 NVMe 4X 200725 D, , x,
Beelink GTR35 II-G-16512D00W64PRO-1T
R5 3550H, Vega 8, Silicon Motion AZW 512G NV428, , x,
Intel NUC10i5FNK
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1, , 0x0, 0.00
Lenovo ThinkCentre M90n-1 Nano
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, , x, 0.00
Intel NUC10i7FNH
i7-10710U, UHD Graphics 620, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1, , 0x0, 0.00
Power Consumption
-55%
-82%
16%
-56%
Idle Minimum *
6.3
8.8
-40%
4.4
30%
Idle Average *
6.6
9.1
-38%
15.7
-138%
4.4
33%
8.4
-27%
Idle Maximum *
6.7
9.6
-43%
4.7
30%
Load Average *
25.9
55.3
-114%
27.7
-7%
Load Maximum *
46.7
65.6
-40%
58.6
-25%
49.9
-7%
86
-84%
Witcher 3 ultra *
50.3

* ... smaller is better

Pros

+ expandable M.2 PCIe SSD and 2.5-inch SATA III
+ smooth 4K60 video playback
+ Thunderbolt 3 support
+ reasonably priced
+ VESA mountable
+ MicroSD reader
+ 2x SODIMM
+ lightweight

Cons

- does not support USB-C adapters as a power source
- very warm core temperature when under high loads
- no fingerprint reader or Kensington lock
- loud fan noise when running high loads
- AC adapter is relatively large
- no internal speaker
- no IR receiver

Verdict

In review: Beelink SEi10 i3-1005G1. Test unit provided by Beelink
In review: Beelink SEi10 i3-1005G1. Test unit provided by Beelink

The Beelink SEi10 excels in offering a lot of modern features relative to its asking price. Owners get M.2 NVMe storage, secondary SATA III storage, expandable RAM, a 10th gen Intel Core i3 CPU, and even Thunderbolt 3 support. The mini PC becomes worthwhile if you can exploit these features to make the most of what's available.

We would love to see AMD Ryzen options in the future as their CPUs have proven to be significantly faster than Intel Ice Lake under the same power envelope and price. A denser and more efficient cooling solution would help aid in reducing the high core temperatures and fan noise when under high processing stress. The 2.5-inch SATA adapter is also inelegant as it would have been better built-in much like on the an Intel NUC. And finally, power-over-USB could have been handy in case if owners lose the proprietary AC adapter or would rather use their own power source.

A well-made, well-balanced, and well-priced mini PC with a strong set of features. Power users will have to deal with the loud fan noise and high temperatures.

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Allen Ngo, 2020-12-25 (Update: 2020-12-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.