The Beelink EQ12 is a compact desktop computer powered by an Intel Processor N100 chip, which is a low-power quad-core processor from the Alder Lake-N family.
It’s the latest in a growing number of mini PCs powered by Alder Lake-N chips, and while Beelink hasn’t announcing pricing yet, other models with the same chip have starting prices in the $155 to $200 range for barebones configurations.
The Intel N100 chip is a 6-watt processor that’s esentially the chip is what you would get if you took some of the Efficiency cores from a 12th-gen Intel U-series chip and left out the Performance cores. The result should bring a big performance boost over Intel’s previous-gen Celeron and Pentium chips based on Jasper Lake and Gemini Lak architecture, which is part of the reason Intel is dropping the Celeron and Pentium names.
Designed for inexpensive low-power laptops, tablets, and mini PCs, in the case of the Beelink EQ12 the processor is housed in a small desktop computer that supports up to 16GB of DDR5 single-channel memory, has an M.2 2280 slot for PCIe 3 storage, and a set of ports that includes:
- 2 x 2.5 GbE Ethernet
- 2 x HDMI
- 1 x USB Type-C
- 3 USB Type-A
The system also features a wireless card with support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2.
While the Beelink EQ12 is a small, low-power computer, it’s not a silent one. The system features two fans under the hood (one is described as a system fan and the other as a CPU fan).
The EQ12 will be available in four color options: white, blue, light grey, or dark grey.
Update: Beelink also has an EQ12 Pro model on the way, with a similar design but a higher-performance 15-watt, 8-core Intel Core i3-N305 Alder Lake-N chip.
15W is to high
I need complete solution, solar panel for 365 day working time and battery
Then don’t buy it? Or were you hoping for a personal shopping recommendation? Or maybe for one of us to just whip up the perfect low-cost, super-efficient, high-computer rig for you?
Why on earth would I support a website that displays ads?
What do you do with the second ethernet port?
It can be used as a router. It can also be used as a proxmox virtual appliance.
Dang! When will someone finally release a SFF PC with a N305 or at least N300? There are already like a dozen systems all with the N100 but none beyond that.
according to another source there will be models with N100 and i3-N305 processors. I can find little information even though it’s apparently supposed to launch next week.
That would be too sweet, but hard to believe before those officially appear somewhere. Also I suspect they will also have only one DIMM slot like all the other N100 models. Still looking for a decent replacement for a J5005 PC, but currently nothing really fits in.
Well, since all alder lake-n chips are single channel and support max 16GB, I doubt that there ever will be boards with 2 slots for memory (no real reason to do so tbh.).
I may buy one of those for a pfsense router, but in all honnesty I might not, simply out of spite due to only single channel memory on those chips.
Yeah exactly what I thought. The single channel memory is a bummer. But single channel doesn’t necessarily mean single slot, no?
Also the 16GB max might be more of a suggestion. The official limit for Gemini Lake is 8 GB but there are plenty of documented systems running with up to 32GB. I can tell having one right here. So we won’t know for sure until someone tries.
Alder Lake-N might still be a very good solution for non time critical efficient computing. This in the true meaning of efficiency as in much computing for little power, not just low idle power.
Hmm, 6W CPU needs two cooling fans? I guess if the case is plastic it might not dissipate much heat. It also looks (hard to see in the photos) like it must have a barrel for power, which seems like a shame given that the total power is under 25W, that could easily have been usb-c pd, seems like.
Two fans too many.
It’s not the cpu, that needs cooling 😀 It’s only 6w from 25. Probably the power consumers are the 2,5G ethernets. One fan for each.
I have two different 6W laptops, both fanless.
Waiting for something newer. Please someone create one with decent 16 inch 2:3 screen.
There are plenty of fanless router appliances with 6×2.5gbe.
While I like the colors, Senior Gray and Millennial Gray seem like odd decisions for color names.
Especially since you’d think millennials would have darker hair than seniors, no?
But according to Gen Zers and later, they’re over the hill 😛
For me it’s more like Senior Gray = IBM Gray while Millennial Gray = Apple Gray