Beelink MINI-S12 Pro, a tiny but very competent PC

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He Beelink MINI-S12 Pro It is a Mini PC that provides an entry-level computing experience with the advantages of taking up very little space and barely making noise. It is an option that easily costs less than 300 euros and takes up as much space as a TV Box in the style of the Beelink GS1, so we can install it anywhere, not to mention that it consumes very little power and is well equipped in terms of connectivity and video outputs. Today we will examine its proposal in detail, and by the time we finish, you will discover why it is a solid low-cost option for office automation and teleworking.

We can anticipate that the Beelink MINI-S12 Pro is powered by an Intel Alder Lake-N N100 (4C/4T) chip up to 3.4Ghz. From the factory it comes with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 512GB of storage (NVMe SSD), but nothing stops us from increasing those figures. Likewise, this little friend has Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 and two HDMI 2.0 outputs to cover the connectivity needs of most users.

Technical characteristics of the Beelink MINI-S12 Pro

Beelink MINI-S12 Pro
DESIGN
Dimensions ‎12.4 x 11.3 x 4.1cm
Weight 800 grams
Materials ABS
Color Black and blue
PERFORMANCE
CPU Alder Lake-N N100 (4C/4T, 6M Cache, 0.8GHz up to 3.4GHz)
TDP 25W (maximum)
GPU Intel UHD (integrated)
RAM 16GB SO-DIMM DDR4 RAM
STORAGE
Storage M.2 SSD NVME 2280 512GB
card reader No
Optical unit No
OPERATING SYSTEM
OS version Windows 11 Home
CONNECTION PORTS
Front ports
  • 3.5mm audio jack combo
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A x 2
Rear ports
  • USB 3.2 x 2
  • LAN
  • HDMI 2.0 x 2
  • USB-C
Wifi Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.2
OTHERS
Buttons Switched on
External power supply 12V/3A
Package content Mini PC, VESA Wall Mount Bracket, User Manual, Mini PC, HDMI Cable, Power Adapter.
Manufacturer site bee-link.com

Internal and external design

The Beelink MINI-S12 Pro has an elegant and compact look, which obviously borrows from the Intel NUC in terms of design. Going into details, the upper has a rough synthetic texture, giving it a modern and elegant look, as well as fingerprint resistant. However, the chassis itself is made of ABS plastic, so it’s clear that it’s not a premium product.

Be that as it may, it is a fairly small device that makes our lives easy when it comes to positioning it. For the curious, this PC measures 115x10x39mm (volume 0.45 L) and has VESA mounts. The combination of dark blue and black on the outside has its charm, in addition, when we look at the device from different angles, the light reflected by the top pattern exhibits a gradient color.

Beelink MINI-S12 Pro - Design

As you can see in the images, there is a power button, a status LED, a reset button, an audio input/output connector and two USB 3.2 type A ports (10 Gbps) on the front. The rest of the ports are on the back, but we will delve into them in the connectivity section.

Returning to the main topic, at the bottom we will get four rubber corners that prevent the equipment from sliding off the surfaces. Even more interesting, there are four screws here that provide easy access to the interior of the minicomputer. When we uncover it and look inside, we will witness that it has good workmanship and that all the components are carefully compacted.

Beelink MINI-S12 Pro - Inner part

The first thing we will see when we open it (from bottom to top) is a 2.5” solid/hard drive baythen the motherboard and, finally, the processor with its respective fan and heat sink.

Hardware and features

The Beelink MINI-S12 Pro isn’t the kind of Mini PC that breaks records in its niche, but it does provide a decent computing experience for the price, and we have the company to thank for that. Intel Alder Lake-N N100 4-core 3.4Ghz CPU, which is obviously backed by integrated Intel UHD graphics. Likewise, it has 16GB of RAM at 3200MHz at its disposal, although we must warn that it only has one DIMM slot, so if we want to increase that figure (maximum 64GB) we have no choice but to replace the entire stick.

Beelink MINI-S12 Pro

When it comes to storage, this mini PC has a 500GB NVMe M.2 and, again, only one such slot. Fortunately, it also has an internal bay for a 2.5-inch SATA hard/solid drive, so there is a way to increase space.

Beelink MINI-S12 Pro – Performance

In terms of performance, this Mini-PC does not shine in any Benchmark and demanding games and programs are ruled out, but moves any office application well and can also handle light content editing without problems. Likewise, it is totally recommended as an HTPC or home server.

Benchmark in Cinebench and 3DMark

Lastly, bring Windows 11 Home out of the box as the operating system.

Connectivity

In total, this unit has four USB type A ports and one type C, but we must note that the latter is incompatible with video output or ThunderBolt. Be that as it may, for the latter there is a pair of HDMI 2.0 outputs on the rear, which lends itself to a dual monitor setup. For headphones or speakers there is a 3.5mm audio jack on the front.

On the back we will also find a LAN port and a Kensington lock slot. When it comes to wireless connections, this PC has a Intel AX201 network card, which provides Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity to the equation.

Beelink MINI-S12 Pro - Connectivity

The only thing missing is a SD card readerso if we want to add more storage it will have to be in the form of an SSD/HDD or by replacing the included NVMe M.2.

Those interested in the Beelink MINI-S12 Pro will be able to purchase it through the reliable Amazon.es store.

PROS:
  • Extremely compact
  • Good temperatures and silent operation
  • Has VESA mounts
  • Very affordable
  • Various connectivity options
CONS:
  • Does not have SD card reader
  • The power cord is a little short
  • It only has one DIMM slot
  • Upgrade options are limited
6.9
Total score

CPU performance
6

GPU performance
5

Connectivity
9

Design and construction
7.5

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