Tiny PC specialist Beelink is offering up a new model that ships with a Linux-based OS preinstalled. The SER 4 4800U X pairs an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U processor with the popular Manjaro distro.The system measures about 5 inches square and stands an inch and a half tall. It sports some eye-catching accents to break up the black metal shell: red grills on the sides and a matching power button on the front.
AMD’s Ryzen 4800U is a nice fit for the compact SER 4. It offers clock speeds from 1.8Ghz to 4.2Ghz while drawing a maximum of 15 watts.
The SER 4 features three USB 3.0 type-A ports: two on the front and another on the back. There’s also a single USB 3.1 type-C port and a USB 2.0 type-A port at the back.
Need to connect multiple monitors? The integrated Radeon Vega 8 GPU provides plenty of power to push video to up to three displays, two via HDMI ports and another via USB-C. Wi-Fi 6 support comes standard and Beelink also supplies a gigabit Ethernet port and headphone jack.
Remove the system’s bottom plate and you’ll find a bay that accepts standard 2.5-inch SATA drives. It’s left empty for expansion as the SER 4 ships with a 500GB M.2 SSD preinstalled.
The SER 4 4800U X lists for $599 on Beelink’s website with 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Upgrading to 32GB memory adds another $50 to the price tag.
This isn’t the first system we’ve seen ship this year with Manjaro. MINISFORUM revealed the DeskMini UM700 a few months ago, but it’s based on a slightly older config.
It’s powered by a Ryzen 7 3750 APU and priced at $559 on Amazon. For an extra $40, the Beelink SER 4 4800U X seems to have the edge in terms of the price to performance ratio.
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It’s amazing how hard it is to find a sub $850 Ryzen 2 or 3 miniPC with dual 2.5 GbE ports. I finally settled for a Chuwi LarkBox X at $400. Thankfully I’m just deploying a pfSense box but it would have been nice to get something more future proof.
The LarkBox X is “Compact as bread,yet strong as unstoppable!”; other than maybe using more power than strictly necessary, how is it going to be rendered obsolete, especially in the role you’ve assigned it?
The LarkBox X’s overview says “2 RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces” and it appears to have no specifications — are you sure it has 2.5 Gb/s Ethernet?
The Ryzen 7 4800U has impressive performance for a mere 15W and this computer is 2/3 the price of the few shown as having one at AMD (it’s OEM only, of course).
Where did you get the ~$600 price tag? The price on Beelink website is ~$900.
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