The Beelink GT1 mini-2 is a highly demanding, non-bazaar-looking and powerful 4K media player with Android 8.1 and its own user-developed, all-in-one interface. Not only is it a media player, it is also an Android-based mini-computer that can be used to connect a mouse or keyboard with a cable or Bluetooth. If you are just interested: yes, quite good, somewhere here is what you can say is a good quality 4K media player.
The Beelink GT1 MINI 2 is a highly demanding, clean, non-bazaar-style media player that looks good in virtually any environment. A rounded black box at the top with a Beelink logo, which is fortunately not very intense, so it is more demanding to appear. The side is bright and the top is very slightly grainy and matt. The manufacturer says it looks like this:
It has all the required buttons, the red microphone for voice input, such as voice search. It works as it should. Infrared + Bluetooth remote control can be turned on / off without Bluetooth, but otherwise the supplied adapter should be used. The big advantage of Bluetooth is that it is wall-separated and works from all directions. Battery does not go to remote control.
The Beel MINI GT1 2 is pretty good in terms of resources, is the basis Amlogic S905X3 processor (Cortex A53 quad-core). GPU: Four-core ARM G31 MP2. It can be seen that there is no big price difference between the individual configurations, so even the best one is worth it.
The subject of this test is the 4/64 GB version, which is idle (after first start up and after setting) approx. It uses 20% of RAM (RAM), so it’s just over 3GB of free space. In case of storage, the situation is similarly good, with a total of 7 GB, which is approx. 57 GB is free, which is more than enough.
The operation of the system is absolutely smooth, it is not really characteristic of the hitches, the 4K playback is okay, it plays the 4K content completely, flawlessly.
Android 8.1 builds on the manufacturer’s own pleasant surface, divided into 3 pages. One third of the home page is freely customizable, the other two pages are fully available, application launch icons can be packed there. This is also possible with the home page, but there are some fixed, but still a lot of boot icons can be unpacked or deleted.
This is roughly the case with Google Play, like Kodi, Youtube, or players like VLC. Or Google Drive, Chrome, Firefox, etc. what you need. The three lines on the remote control can be used to change the background of the surface, perhaps the two leftmost are the most beautiful.
Scrolling through the screens with the remote control can be done with the right, left buttons, but with the mouse you can mute the page. It works basically stable, application does not meet very well. However, there is an application installer called AppMarket, which appears to be some Chinese alternative to Google Play and stops after a few moments. Not that it is needed because there is Google Play.
It is important that all the applications that came up could be installed from Google Play, so compatibility is quite good in this respect. Mouse and keyboard are of course recommended, wired or USB hub. Speed is right, but it is not worth the power of a strong computer, but it is quite useful. With 4 GB of memory, multiple applications can run at the same time.
In the case of the mouse, the left click works in the usual way, but the right click does not, it functions as the back button. Due to the features of Android, some minor problems and inconveniences have to be expected, but it remains usable. Another problem that could not be resolved with the settings was the wired physical keyboard, which, although set everywhere in Hungary, operated as a keyboard, an English keyboard. In fact, enter “q”, which is a known bug in Android-based players. It is an inevitable problem and can be improved, but not in a very user-friendly way. If there is no keyboard, you can use the virtual keyboard that appears on the display.
The Beelink GT1 mini-2 is a pleasant-looking, high-quality media player. Thanks to its fast processor, 4 GB of RAM (RAM) and Android 8.1, it can be used as a real all-in-one, in addition to playing 4K videos, movies as a computer and as an Android-based game console, even with minor problems. Stable, no problem after 12 hours of operation, normal warming. In addition, the manufacturer cares about his product, because it was not a software update but two when this test was done. This is not very common in this price category. The user interface is also quite pleasant.
It is worth mentioning the problem of a wired physical keyboard, which, although set everywhere in Hungary, worked as a keyboard, as an English keyboard. It is not an inevitable problem, but anyone who types a lot can be confusing. Other, more serious problems are not really experienced.