When it comes to TV boxes, we’ve many options to choose from, with various operating systems on board and various features included in the mix. This time, we’ve stumbled upon the Beelink M808, which is not technically a TV Box, but a complete Mini PC that you can use for anything you desire. Having a full OS on a TV is an enormous time- and money-saver, and I can definitely imagine anyone owning one of these seeing their work or entertainment routines change over night. The Beelink M808 comes with a full Windows 8.1 operating system with one year of Microsoft Office 365 included, so you can imagine that it’s already a good deal.
You can buy the Beelink M808 for only $91 on GearBest, which is a complete steal for what you’re getting for the money. Although Windows 10 is kind of the norm now, Windows 8.1 is still a very good operating system, especially when it comes to MINI PC setups that you use with monitors and TVs. The concept of the Mini PC is impressively practical, as one of these will let you turn any HDTV or monitor with an HDMI slot included into a full-blown desktop PC. Of course you’re not going to get the power and performance you would out of a Razer or Alienware computer, but you will get the performance of a Surface 3 or an Asus Transformer Book on your TV.
The Beelink M808 is a comprehensive, well-balanced gadget that can be a great addition to any persons’ or family’s gadget collection. Such a device will change the way in which we approach entertainment and is especially great for cord-cutters and Netflix fans. Streaming content is the best way to enjoy content and entertainment, and Mini PCs are a great way to access this content with a minimal investment. Although it’s just the main unit, the Beelink M808 can be connected to almost any third-party television or monitor and that adds a lot to the actual appeal of the device.
When it comes to hardware, the Beelink M808 is rather well-balanced and some might call it a mid-range or entry-level PC. Since it’s so cheap, it’s definitely a worthy investment and it does come with great bang for buck if you look at the specs. The device comes with an Intel Baytrail T Z3735F processor, Intel HD Graphics, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage, with space for another 32GB through its microSD card slot. The decored format is HD AVC/VC-1 and H.264, and that means no 4K, but it’s still going to be an awesome viewing experience no matter what you try to do.
Under the hood, the Beelink M808 also supports XMBC, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n. Bluetooth 4.0, OTG charging through a dedicated port, HDMI, audio jack, DC 5V power slot, RJ45 Ethernet and of course, 4 USB 2.0 ports. What’s more is that you can actually place it on the back of your TV (not every TV is compatible, though) and have it act like a back panel. It’s also detachable and can be easily disassembled and you can actually use the Beelink M808 Mini PC to learn about the hardware that’s inside and how it works, so it can be considered rather educational.
Overall, the Beelink M808 is a great Mini PC and the fact that it can be disassembled and reassembled only adds to its appeal as an educational device and one that can be used by students and teachers alike, not just for entertainment purposes. Still, it’s a device that’s focused on entertainment, so that’s what it is perfect for and I would definitely recommend those who haven’t invested in a smart TV to check it out and see if this would satisfy their needs before investing 10 times as much (or more) in a smart TV.