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BMAX B1 Pro: Compact and affordable Mini-PC

BMAX B1 Pro Review
BMAX B1 Pro Review

The BMAX B1 Pro is a mini computer characterized by its compact size and affordability, this serves as a testament to how far technology has advanced in recent years. This Mini-PC, whose price is around 100 euros, offers us a basic computing experience in an extremely portable and complete package, which consists of an Intel ® N4000 CPU along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of internal storage, that’s why Not to mention that it has enough USB ports and video outputs for most use cases.

With that in mind, this computer is obviously not capable of heavy workloads, but it can handle basic office tasks and serves as a multimedia center, making it an ideal low-priced Client PC or HTPC.

On the other hand, if instead of a minicomputer you prefer a tablet to work on the go, this brand offers good low-cost options such as the BMAX MAXPAD I11 PLUS .

Design and connectivity

The design of the Bmax B1 is, to say the least, simple, but it has its charm due to how compact and light it is. Thanks to this we can place or mount the computer anywhere (such as behind the monitor) and also take it with us without further consideration.

With that said, the chassis is made of plastic with a black color theme that permeates the entire device. The Bmax name is written in dots on the front, along with the company’s logo, which looks suspiciously like that of the Decepticons, the sworn enemies of the Transformers; Let’s hope this is just a coincidence and that no unit of this Mini-PC turns out to be an alien robot intent on conquering the world.

Jokes aside, the BMAX B1 Pro has vents on almost all sides for passive cooling , as it does not have an internal fan.

When it comes to physical interfaces, the BMAX B1 Pro is better equipped than we would normally expect from a Mini-PC. For starters, there are two USB 3.0 ports on the left side , as well as a slot with a Micro-SD memory card reader. At the top end we find two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI output, an Ethernet port and a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones or speakers.

Last but not least, the right edge is occupied only by an old VGA video port , something that may seem strange or unnecessary to many users, but can be useful if you have an old monitor, so We appreciate your inclusion anyway. Also, this lends itself to dual monitor setups.

The only disappointing thing here is that there is not even a single USB Type-C port and that the Mini-PC is powered by a proprietary connector.

Hardware and features

When it comes to hardware, the BMAX B1 Pro is not going to win any awards, this computer has a processor as humble as Intel’s line of chips allows, we are referring to a Celeron N4000 with two cores (and 2 threads) a 2.6GHz, which is accompanied by an integrated Intel UHD 600 GPU, which surprisingly supports 4K resolution.

To that set we must add about 8GB of RAM, which is what we consider the minimum today. For its part, the internal storage can be 128GB or 256GB depending on the version chosen . If space seems too little for you, you can always add an NVME/SSD using the free M.2 slot that remains free; We can access the latter conveniently by simply removing a cover at the bottom of the equipment.

At the operating system level, this Mini-PC ships with an activated copy of Windows 11 , so we are in for an experience that most consumers are already well familiar with.

When it comes to the performance delivered by this Mini-PC, it is clear that office automation, light editing and multimedia content playback are the ideal use cases for the BMAX B1 Pro. It is not made for demanding tasks, much less for games, although It can move 2D indie titles in an acceptable manner thanks to its iGPU. For its price, we will hardly find something better or more powerful on the market, so we cannot complain much about its poor performance.

As an incentive, the low performance of its CPU means that the BMAX B1 Pro has the luxury of not having a fan, so users of this device expect a silent user experience at all times.

Wireless connectivity

In addition to a wide repertoire of physical connections, the BMAX B1 Pro has the essentials in terms of wireless connectivity. In this sense, it supports dual-band Wi-Fi to connect to the network, as well as supporting Bluetooth 4.2 in case we need to pair other peripherals such as wireless headphones, printers, speakers, among others.

PROS:

  • Very economical
  • Extremely compact and lightweight design
  • Multiple connectivity and port options
  • HDMI and VGA
  • Free M.2 slot
  • Silent operation

CONS:

  • Low performance processor
  • It does not have USB-C ports

 

BMAX B1 Pro Specifications:

BMAX B1 PRO
DESIGN
Dimensions 280×156×72mm
Weight 220 grams
Materials ABS
Color Black
PERFORMANCE
CPU Intel® Gemini Lake N4000 – 2 cores and 2 threads – Base frequency of 1.6Ghz – Maximum of 2.6GHz
TDP 6W (maximum)
GPU Intel® UHD Graphics 600
RAM 8GB DDR4 RAM
STORAGE
Storage 128GB/256GB (free M.2 SSD)
card reader Yeah
Optical unit No
OPERATING SYSTEM
OS version Windows 11 Home
CONNECTION PORTS
Video ports
  • HDMI 2.0
  • VGA
Rear ports
  • USB 3.0 x 2
  • USB 2.0 x 2
  • RJ45
  • 3.5mm audio jack
Wifi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
OTHERS
Buttons Switched on
External power supply 12V/2A
Package content Mini PC, Metal stand, Power adapter, HDMI Cable, User manual.
Manufacturer site bmaxit.com