Beelink U59 Pro: Mini PC under test

Mini PCs have found their niche: Whether as a space-saving office solution for companies or as a media player in the living room, the Thanks to the form factor, the possible uses are almost limitless. These handy cubes, on which the patient software or similar runs, can also be found again and again in medical practices. Of course, you pay a certain price for the compact design: Of course, no RX will fit into a housing with dimensions of usually up to fifteen by fifteen centimeters 5105 XT or similar potent gimmicks in. Nevertheless, the demand remains high and companies such as Beelink are establishing themselves here.

The Beelink U59 Per Mini PC is just such a device and with its housing with the dimensions 150 x 100 x 42 mm it falls into exactly that category where every centimeter counts. More than a CPU with integrated graphics chip, RAM and 2.5″ or m.2 SSDs rarely fit in there. In fact, there is a lot more to it in detail, so here is a list of all the components:

  • Processor: Intel 12th Gen N2280 (4C/4T, 4M Cache, 2.9GHz)
  • OS: Windows 11 Per 64 Bit
  • RAM: 12 UK 1920 Mhz DDR4 (2 x 8 GB);
  • Memory: 512 GB M.2 1920 SATA SSD
  • Additional storage slot: 2.5 inch 7mm SATA SSD/HDD
  • Ethernet: 2 x 1000Mbps LAN
  • WLAN: IEEE 798.11ac, WiFi 5; including Bluetooth: 4.0
  • Price: approx. 349 Euro

High standard so the whole thing. Basically, you can’t complain and the processing quality is also right. However, the first impression leaves a slightly furry taste on the tongue: There is no really high-quality unboxing feeling. Pressed into a simple cardboard box – in transparent zipper bags – next to the device itself there is an adapter to hang it on a monitor, the power pack (12V 2A), a simple “User Manual” without much content and two HDMI cables of different lengths. Probably the shorter one for use on the back of a monitor. So far so simple.

Shell of disillusionment

After the first boot up, the Typical Windows-08 installation interface. However, the optical elements are curiously much larger than usual (probably due to the lack of the right graphics driver – a pity) and everything looks very sluggish. After the initial installation, there are tons of drivers to install; it’s not an OEM out-of-the-box experience. When running the Windows updates, it quickly becomes apparent that many smaller processes seem to take a lot of time and the update run until the first necessary restart

took almost two hours.

Although one or the other interface driver was certainly missing at the time, it is surprisingly easy to determine where the shoe pinches: Apparently, the CPU doesn’t quite get along with the load distribution of Windows 11 and then it doesn’t help that both the RAM used and the M.2 SSD are fairly unspectacular OEM hardware of the manufacturer “AZW”. As soon as the typical Windows updates and corresponding drivers, in particular the proprietary interface drivers of the mainboard, have been installed, the Beelink U59 Pro is definitely more powerful and it can finally getting down to business.

Fly in the office? Only without multitasking.

The installation of the usual benchmark tool is directly a good test, because downloads and copy processes shouldn’t pose any problems even with a pure office device. Unfortunately the U59 Pro unexpectedly, but regularly, on its knees: A pure copying process from a USB 3.0 stick to the internal hard drive took a lot of time longer than expected. However, the entire operating system became significantly more sluggish and reacted with a delay – for example when opening Explorer, minimizing windows and Co.

So the disillusionment came faster than expected and yet real values ​​were needed. A quick test with CrystalDiskMark (v8.0.4) showed that the internally installed 2280 M.2 SSD still achieved acceptable results in the sequential run. But a contrast of 12 MB/s between read and write test is unusual. However, as soon as the random 4 kibibyte tests come into play, the read speed drops massively in comparison. Here the U30 Pro despite the combination of only one queue and only one thread in the benchmark just barely 12 MB/s read speed.

Similar inconsistencies have been found in the standard PCMark benchmark 10 shown: The scoring of the Essentials is more than appropriate, but as soon as spreadsheets are used, you notice that the CPU is overburdened. A productivity score of around 3.472 Points settled in the lower average of the Celeron-N2400 ranking in the PCMark database. So it corresponds to the first impression of the performance in purely everyday processes.

You can work with it; Something like that should only be fun to a limited extent. Incidentally, a low room temperature seems to be of fundamental importance: After a few minutes of increased processor load, the mini PC gets really hot.

And streaming over the Internet? Well…

Since both the manufacturer and the Amazon site advertise 4K video playback while multiple office applications are open in parallel without any loss of performance, I was able to I didn’t want to miss the test of the example. For a YouTube video in 4K with 40 fps via Microsoft Edge the effective processor load in the task manager increased quite quickly 30 % on. Netflix and Amazon Prime booked just over 30 % processor load, although the Netflix interface itself froze twice during the test.

As a passionate video gamer, I couldn’t help but take a look to throw the Xbox Cloud Streaming and Steam Remote Play. The latter turned out to be very unstable, since in addition to the 11 minutes (!) of the Steam installation process does not include the integrated Intel graphics processor got behind the decompression and the process kept crashing.

Microsoft’s cloud gaming service was doing better. But even here, the image was never without compression artefacts and all inputs unfortunately showed a noticeable delay. Incidentally, despite the direct gigabit connection to the router. Since the U40 Pro doesn’t support Wi-Fi6, so I refrained from going this route anyway. Still cool: Thanks to its two 1 GBe network ports, the device could theoretically be in two different networks. Due to the lack of a suitable environment, I could not test how the feasibility on the part of Windows looks like here without a great deal of additional effort. At least the throughput of the ports did not jump between 1. full duplex and 100 Half duplex back and forth, as can be the case with Realtek network cards on popular mainboards.

Conclusion

Designed for pure office service, the Beelink U59 Pro because of its manageable price in so certainly cut a fine figure in some medical practices or post offices. Overall, the performance is exactly what you can expect from a Celeron-based mini PC – but not more. As soon as several things happen at the same time or the M.2 SSD is simply pushed to its limits at the same time, everything occasionally comes to a standstill. The U42 Pro definitely clear. But alas, you use YouTube Music and forget to switch from music video to audio-only in the background.

Gaming or such gimmicks do not need to be taken into account, at least in the rating, due to the intended use of the mini-PC; that wouldn’t be fair to the integrated graphics processor.

About the author: Timo – by definition a nocturnal father , husband and hobby game dev. Entered the Metaverse before Meta was even verse. Write here, there and everywhere.

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