Beelink AP42 Apollo Lake Mini PC Comes with a VESA Mount, an M.2 SSD Slot

Beelink has launched an update to their Beelink BT7 Cherry Trail mini PC with Beelink AP42 using a similar mechanical design, but upgrading the processor to an Intel Pentium N4200 coupled with 4GB DDR3 memory, and a 64GB eMMC flash. Like the previous model it can be mounted behind a VESA compatible monitor or TV, and can also be upgraded with your own M.2 SSD.

Beelink AP42 specifications:

  • SoC – Intel Pentium N4200 quad core Apollo Lake processor @ 1.10 GHz (baseline) / 2.50 GHz (burst) with Intel Gen9 HD graphics @ 200/750 MHz with 18EU (6W TDP)
  • System Memory – 4 GB DDR3
  • Storage – 64 GB eMMC storage, SD card slot, M.2 SSD slot up to 320 GB
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4 up to 4K @ 30 Hz
  • Audio – 3.5mm headphone jack and HDMI
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 3x USB 3.0 host ports
  • Misc – Power button and LED, reset pinhole
  • Power Supply – 12V/2A (TBC)
  • Dimensions –  11.90 x 11.90 x 2.00 cm
  • Weight – 337 grams

The current product page mentions that both Windows 10 and Linux are supported [Update: Linux is not supported, see comments section] . The mini PC will ship with a power adapter, and an user manual in English. Based on the pictures on GearBest, the VESA mount and fixtures should also be included, and looks to be the same as the one coming with Beelink BT7.

I’ve reviewed Beelink BT7 mini PC last year, and found that it would throttle from time to time, and while I found the fan to be quiet, some people commented that it was noisy. Beelink AP42 should also have a fan, but hopefully the company has done some work to improve thermal design, and fan noise.

Beelink AP42 is sold on GearBest for $210.47 including shipping with EU, UK, or US plug, and pre-loaded with Windows 10 [Update: GBAP42 coupon brings the price down to $179.99]. Delivery is scheduled for March 7 to 15, so you’d have to wait a few days to get it shipped. I could not find a Linux version, and maybe there’s none, you may just have to install your preferred distributions yourself.


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So, no HDMI 2.0 ? Which device have it?


Too bad it is not fanless.
Well, waiting for another Apollo Lake device to hit the market then (Mele, ECS Liva Z, …).


fanless and hdmi 2.0 would seal the deal for me.


MeLE have advertised a fanless Apollo lake for sometime around Q2


My deal breaker is that only Gearbest has it in stock. I already have a TV box and I ordered a replacement for my oDroid XU4 to use as a NAS. Even with M.2 port and SATA port (an internal HDD still needs power from an external source) it does not appeal to me. But this is just me.


In that case they would get my money 🙂


Nice. Let’s see what the reviews will say.


cnxsoft :
Note 2, and they don’t have any intentions to support Linux:

I hope my email finds you well.
Sorry for that we don’t allow the right of Linux now.
If you need to customize Linux, please contact with our sales departments. Also we need R&D to develop this rights.

How did they manage to prevent Linux from working ? Did they finally apply the original intent of secure boot which was to sell windows-only hardware ? If vendors start to lock down their platforms, we’ll probably need to establish a public list of useless products never to buy.