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Beelink M808 Mini PC with DIY Hard Disk Slot and Windows 8.1 USD $90.99 (~AUD $125) @ GearBest

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Increasingly, you can see a mini PCs allow for mounting the hard disk 2.5” inside the enclosure. Beelink introduced new mini PC model called the Beelink M808 which allows mounting of 2.5” HDD / SDD.

In addition to SATA port, Beelink M808 has a 16GB eMMC memory, and 2GB of RAM. At the heart of this mini PC it is already known from most of the specifications Intel Bay Trail Z3735F processor. Other features, M808 has 4 x 2.0 USB ports, Kensington Lock and supports VESA mount.

Beelink M808 specification:

  • Chipset: Intel Baytrail quad core Z3735F processor with Intel HD graphics
  • RAM: 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage: 16GB eMMC, 2.5″ DIY Hard Disk slot
  • Video & Audio Output: HDMI, 3.5mm Audio
  • Connectivity: Dual Band IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n,2.4G/5.8G Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100 Ethernet
  • USB: 4x USB 2.0 port
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Power Supply: 5V 2.5A
  • Dimensions: 11.0 x 11.0 x 2.5 cm
  • Other Features: Kensington Lock port, VESA Mount

Beelink M808 is available for $90.99 on Gearbest.

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    does anyone know how these performance against the celeron NUC

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      Both Baytrail, similar CPU performance.
      Z3735F is newer, low power, cut-price - 2GB ram limit, no PCI. no usb3.

      2.5" HDD will be slow on this, but thats OK as you have the OS on the eMMC.
      Good for your videos.

      You could also look at a Chromebox - faster than a celeron NUC and no Windows tax.

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    So you put an ssd in this and you have a budget PC that runs office and the net….. Is it slow?
    What graphics?
    What are the negatives of this system?

    • +1 vote

      as the sata appears to be a usb drive, e.g. sata to usb connection, it wouldn't be quite the same as having a ssd sata drive and you wouldn't be able to boot off it it seems from the video below, it could only be storage. I really want something like this but holding off until can have a large ssd for boot drive.

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    I found this youtube, looks good for the price https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAU-6zGQAYk

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    Can u upgrade this to windows 10?

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      "Warm Note: Currently, the Beelink M808 only works with Windows 8 OS and it is not available for updating to Windows 10 OS privately. We will giving a further notice when the Windows 10 OS becomes more stable. We are sincerely sorry for any inconvenience caused."

      Doesn't that just warm the cockles of your heart:-)

      • +3 votes

        Thats funny. The Beelink P1 has the same warning, but I updated it no problems.
        After upgrade, it automatically found the needed video drivers. All good so far.

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    10/100 Ethernet :(

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    SATA is USB speed, not full speed

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      In bytes per second this calculates to
      USB 2.0 = 60 MB/s

      Ouch.

      If it was SATA = 750 MB/s

      Not speedy enough to justify having an SSD (will TRIM even work?) but if you have a laptop drive lying around I'd use that instead.

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        USB 2.0 = 60 MB/s

        With overheads you won't even get close to that. Then you have a much higher load on the cpu because it is USB.

        This is not the mini pc you are looking for.

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    The site states it supports Windows 8.1, but seems a bit ambiguous about whether it comes with it. We won't be getting Office 365 [ no screen] but can anyone confirm the 8.1 is legit?

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      Microsoft is so secretive about their licensing, that it is not always possible to know if a particular product is legitimately licensed.
      I have the Beelink P1 that comes with an activated "with Bing" copy of windows, and was successfully upgraded to Windows 10.
      The Gearbest page for that product says "Genuine Windows 8.1", this does not.

      The P1 has a battery, which I suspect makes it look enough like a netbook to qualify for the free "bing" license, but Microsoft keeps all that secret.

      You could always install the free Insider version of Win 10. Or Linux. Either will make a good HTPC.

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        :-/ - I have plenty of cheap units I can Linux up, but I'm hunting for a centre where the users other than me don't want to be faffing with ppt > odt [reset slide timings] when updating slides for a running screen, and I can have a stand-alone Win 10 box for intro classes ect [ I hope the plumber^WNetGod in charge of the office systems is staying with 7 Enterprise for a few days yet] without having the work of taking my lappy off the MS botnet after a 10 update… :-/

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        If the device doesn't qualify for the free Windows license from Microsoft, then they have to pay $25US for Windows 8.1 with Bing, so it's very possible that it's genuine. Particularly when the Intel chip is sold at a loss to manufacturers.

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          Citation? You may be thinking of 10" tablets, which are $25 less $10 rebate to OEMs. I'm not aware of anything being made public on licensing for mini-PCs.
          If it was paid for, they would announce it loudly. Nobody in China pays for Windows if possible. Buyers certainly do not expect it.

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          @manic: Tablets under 9" get Windows for free from Microsoft. Anything above or don't have a screen have to pay. It's all over the internet and I've confirmed that with Geekbuying as I'm store rep. ;)

          Edit: Sources:

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          This is why PiPo added a screen to the X8 device as it was cheaper than paying the $25 license fee.

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          @Clear:
          Wrong. Read those links again. Both refer to the same leaked document which is probably outdated, and refers only to small-screen tablets, and possibly netbooks.
          The $25 is for greater than 9" but less than 10.1" screens. It says nothing about mini-PCs. Any agreements on those remain secret.

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          @manic: I asked a Tronsmart employee a while ago and they said that Netxeon (Supplier to Beelink and Tronsmart) had said that the Windows license for their mini PCs were about $25. I also heard the same from PiPo employees.

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          @Clear:
          I believe you heard that rumour.
          I can't believe that if it were true, there would not be cheaper Atom-based mini-PCs sold with linux or android.
          The only similar-priced devices sold outside China have a screen to get the free/cheap bing license.

          I've still no idea whether MS officially approves of free Bing for screenless devices in China, or just turns a blind eye.

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          @manic: They don't approve of it and take action. Just look at the PiPo X7. Was sold for $90 and then had it's price raised to about $120. They were telling Microsoft that they had a device with a screen, but when Microsoft found out they had to pay the $25 fee per license.

          What screenless devices are getting the free Windows?

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          @Clear:
          That may explain the "and it is not available for updating to Windows 10 OS privately" :-/

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      it only has a 16gb drive so it would have a cut down windows to fit on this space

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        Win 8.1 64 bit would take up 8.2 Gb, 32 bit 6.6, and you can always create a "c:\sdcard" directory, and map the 32Gig [also a bug, not a feature] and map it on as a "D" drive.I doubt anyone is looking to this for Fallout or the latest Warcraft, and slow as it is, it would still load office/media software quicker than unpacking and setting up the lap-top, or using the optimistic and proprietary [on Linux!!!] definition of "smart" the sale teams have decided is sufficient for the dedicated TV computers…

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          How do you work out windows only takes up 8GB?
          SD would be too slow for windows

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          @asa79:
          http://superuser.com/questions/463183/windows-8-disk-space-u...
          The SD card would be used for programs, not the OS. If you read the note below from manic, these Win 8.1 with bing installs often unpack system files from the recovery partition as needed.
          That the USB based HD can play FHD video smoothly would suggest it is more than capable of acting as program directories - this is not a system to get if you want to click on Office and be up and running in seconds…
          There's a reason it's ~ $100, and NUC will set you back four times that amount :-) I'm hoping for, but not realistically expecting a ~ $100 USB3 equipped box, but the ones that were Z3735D based that could offer it were swapped out to the Z3735F chip, which isn't capable :-(

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        All the home/bing editions are cut down equally in function.
        But Win 8.1 even manages to fit a recovery partition in 16GB. Just don't try removing it to free up some space, because it saves space by using files from the recovery partition when running.
        How easy is it to upgrade these 16GB devices to a clean Win-10 install?

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    I'm looking for a super cheap windows box to run Foxtel go, does anyone know any?