- Apr 18, 2017
This is the system driving a Dell 24” display at 1920x1200 and in the background it is playing a video on the Samsung 55” HDTV. Audio over HDMI works as does Audio to the local 3.5mm jack.
I saw the BeeLink U57 mini-computer on Amazon and was amazed at the feature set for the price. I certainly don’t need this computer but in the end I could not resist.
The model that I purchased was the model with the Intel i5-5257U cpu, 128 GB SSD on the M.2 port and 8 GB DDR3-SODIMM. Amazon had this unit on sale for $300 and another $20 off at checkout.
This is a complete Windows 10 Pro system bootable out of the box. It has provision for the user to add a 2.5 inch device; I added a 1TB SSD that I already owned. Again, this is not a bare bones system as most mini PCs are.
Video reviews on You Tube, search for “Beelink U57 Mini PC”.
Anyway I spent some time to get Apple macOS Catalina 10.15.6 to do a fresh install onto my BeeLink. My system now is dual boot using Clover for the boot loader (v 5107)
The Intel 7265 WiFi/BT is built into the system motherboard and the WiFi and Blue Tooth work well with Windows. WiFi is not working under macOS due to lack of working driver software. Blue Tooth appears to working in macOS.
Note the size of this system unit is 0.6L (42,9 mm tall with the mini feet, 124.5 mm wide by 113.3 mm deep) but then there is the wall wart power supply to consider.
The CPU is on the top of the motherboard (system is upside down here) and is BGA soldered. It is covered by a copper finned heat sink along with a small fan. Note that there is mesh located on all of the vents. I do not hear the fan but then I am also old and am fine with not hearing everything.
Okay that's it for now. I am pleased for the $ 280 paid. If interested, I would suggest that you watch Amazon for a SALE.