Beelink A1: 4K TV Box Smaller than a Business Card
A1 is the latest TV Box from popular Chinese brand Beelink, equipped with fast CPU and 4 GB RAM for smooth video playback in 4K. It’s also surprisingly small for its capabilities and is available at really low price. See what’s so special about Beelink A1 and why you should buy it now.
Beelink A1: Features
|Internal Memory||16 GB|
|Max external HDD||4 TB|
|Interface||AV, Power supply, HDMI, RJ45, TF card, USB2.0, USB3.0|
|WiFi||Dual channel 2.4G / 5.8G|
|Size||7.70 x 7.70 x 1.70 cm|
|Box contents||1 x TV Box, 1 x Power supply, 1 x HDMI Cable, 1 x English manual|
Beelink A1: Pros and cons
- Video playback in full 4K @ 60 Hz thanks to fast graphics processor and quad-core CPU
- Android 7.1 lets you install software and games from the Google Store and customize this device
- Dual-channel WiFi and 1000 Mb LAN for super-fast internet connection
- Supports HDD or SSD up to 4 TB for storing thousands of movie files
- Smaller than a business card
- Excellent price-to-quality ratio
- Only 2 USB ports
Quad-core ARM-Cortex A53 processor with Mali-450MP2 GPU makes a quite powerful hardware configuration that allows you to play movies in real 4K without slowdowns or frame drops, which is typical for cheaper equipment at this resolution. Thanks to the capability of installing your own apps with Android 7.1, you can use dedicated Netflix, Youtube or HBO players, and watch movies or TV shows not only from a local 16 GB storage, but also streaming it from the internet. On top of that, you can play Android games on the big screen by connecting game controller. It is also possible to plug in an external hard disk with a capacity of up to 4 TB, which will allow you to store literally thousands of multimedia files.
If you own a 5.1 Dolby Sound Audio System, you can connect it to the audio output, because the A1 supports surround sound, which makes it even easier to immerse yourself in the best movie experience you’ve ever had.
Interface and appearance
Beelink A1 provides a complete set of ports necessary for streaming movies from VOD services and for TV playback. Fast internet connection is provided by a dual-channel WiFi modem, and if you want to achieve even higher connection speed (up to 1000 Mb/s!), you can connect the TV Box to the LAN cable using the RJ45 port. Dual metal external WiFi antenna ensures good reception and above-average range for receiving and sending data. In addition, Bluetooth 4.0 allows you to easily control the user interface by a wireless keyboard or air mouse. There is also a MicroSD card slot and the power supply comes from a 5V power supply.
The only drawback here is the presence of just two USB ports. Assuming that one of them will be used to plug an external drive, only one slot will remain unusable, so you will not be able to connect the keyboard and mouse at the same time, which could turn this device into a Mini PC, especially that it has so good performence. However, if you use it mainly to watch videos or to play Android games, it should be negligible to you. It’s worth adding that USB 3.0 port can transmit data up to 600 MB/s.
Beelink A1 is really miniature TV Box, and fits in a tiny casing of 7.7 cm x 7.7 cm, which makes it smaller than a business card. You can easily suit it in a small space and you won’t need a separate cabinet to store it. An interesting addition, not commonly seen in TV Boxes is a LED display that has a clock indicating current time. White, minimalistic Xiaomi-style housing looks good and will blend nicely in your living room.
So why would you choose this gear from many other TV Boxes available in Chinese online store? Unlike budget TV Boxes, it provides really smooth playback and it’s reliable and tiny. You can buy it for less than $90 with free shipping worldwide, so it’s a really good deal!