Beelink GS-King X Review – Part 1: Unboxing & Teardown

Beelink GS-King X is a 3-in-1 media center that works as an Android 9.0 TV box, a NAS with support for two 3.5″ hard drives, and a HiFi audio system with two ESS9018 audio DACs powering RCA and balanced audio outputs.

The company sent a review sample, and I’ll start by checking out the hardware and accessories, show how to install the hard drive(s), and attempt to tear down the device to check what it’s really made of.

There’s no mention of TV box nor Android on the package, just “STORAGE” and DTS plus Dolby Audio…

Click to Enlarge

The bottom of the package lists the Beelink GS-King X specifications which we already discussed in our previous articles.

Click to Enlarge

There’s a red ribbon that helps to take the device out of its package. I wish more companies would do this.

Accessories include the voice remote control, an HDMI cable, a 19V/3A power supply, HDD brackets with screws, as well as an 8GB MicroSD card pre-loaded with CoreELEC. There should also be a user manual, but Beelink removed it to avoid confusing officers at the customs department (that’s a country-specific thing…). There should also be four brackets in the package, but Beelink used two to install a drive into the review unit.

Click to Enlarge

The device is actually a bit more compact than I expected from the first product photos.

Click to Enlarge

The front panel comes with a power button, two USB 2.0 ports, and a MicroSD card slot, as well as “eyes” LEDs.


There are ventilation holes for the hard drives and a “cooling air outlet” for the fan place on top of the Amlogic S922X-H processor.

Click to Enlarge

Most ports can be found on the rear panel with an “HiFI sound” section with a 3.5mm audio jack, RCA output and balanced output, as well as a “TV box” section with the power supply, HDMI and AV ports, two more USB 3.0 ports including on OTG port, S/PDIF output, and Gigabit Ethernet.

HDD “installation”

Beelink GS-King X does not normally come with any hard drives, so you’ll have to install one or two 3.5″ SATA drive(s) yourself. The company was kind enough to ship the device with one 4TB SATA drive they already installed.  So the installation procedure will be shown “in reserve”.

Click to Enlarge

First, remove the four screws holding the hard drive cover to the main unit, and pull the “sticker” to take the cover out, and access the SATA drive bay.

Click to Enlarge

Beelink managed to find a method that looks quite cheaper than traditional hard drive slot mechanisms. You’d just need to install two brackets, one on each side of the hard drive, with each bracket fitted with two metallic hoops allowing you to take out the drive when needed.

Click to Enlarge

Once you’ve installed two brackets, fold the black hoops, and push it down until it’s inserted into the SATA connector at the back of the unit. Place the cover back, and you’re done.

Let’s try to do a teardown. There are four screws holding the board hidden behind two of the three long rubber pads underneath the device.

Click to Enlarge

You’ll also need to loosen four screws to take out the lower part of the rear panel.

There are two more screws holding the mainboard that would have required me to remove the plastic front panel cover. I did not feel I could do it without risking damaging the cover. I still managed to take some photos, albeit blurry.

Click to Enlarge

We can see the audio board with the two ESS audio codec, the fan covering the processor (and a few other components), as well as the SATA board at the back. There’s also a recovery button underneath the HDMI port.

Click to Enlarge

We can see the two other black screw on the left and right side of the board still holding to the chassis, The red thing on the top if an anti-dust filter, and we can also have a closer look at the SATA board with two SATA connectors and based on ASMedia ASM1156 USB 3.0 to SATA controller with support for 5Gbps speed and UASP. Despite being launched many years ago, tHere’s no product page on ASMedia, but it may be close enough to ASM1153E chip, and I just found information from another product on Amazon.

[Update: The company has provided some photos of the main board

Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge

]

I’d like to thank Beelink for sending GS-King X for review.  It is sold on GeekBuying for $269.99 plus shipping which brings the price to a little over $300 to the US. You’ll also find it on Aliexpress for $300 with free shipping, as well as GearBest for $289.99 plus shipping. The final price will vary from country to country due to different shipping fees, so it may be worthwhile to shop around.

Continue reading “Beelink GS-King X Review with Android 9 – Video & Audio Playback, NAS/File Server Function, and Benchmarks“.

Share this:

Support CNX Software! Donate via PayPal or cryptocurrencies, become a Patron on Patreon, or buy review samples

9 Replies to “Beelink GS-King X Review – Part 1: Unboxing & Teardown”

  1. There two to three reviews on YouTube with mixed opinions as a Android player. Also seems some struggle with google play and Netflix / Amazon streaming are in mobile resolution.

  2. My intuition was probably right when I decided not to remove the front panel:
     

    If you need to remove the internal motherboard, it may be very troublesome, because you need to remove the front panel with the skull on it. The front panel is an acrylic plate, which is It is glued to the metal bracket and is very strong. Only remove the front panel to remove the motherboard screws.

    1. I’ve added photos of the board at the end of the post. The company sent those to me.
      There’s a UART header (unpopulated) that’s should be partially coverd by the fan. It looks pretty hard to access it… Beelink also told me the serial console can only be accessed via network ADB.

  3. I’ve been told there may be a problem with Google Play with the firmware that was sent with my samples. Not sure whether it will affect people who buy online.
     
    There’s a fix, although not that user-friendly
     

    If you have this problem, please install the latest version of the burning tool sent to you to reburn the link The 914P0 version of the firmware, and then burn the usid_elinkid.img file. Because this key file was not previously recognized by Google, Google Play cannot be used. We have redefined this key file.

     

    914P0 firmware: https://sourl.cn/4vQTHa 

    key:https://sourl.cn/h96Hv5 

    Unzip the license, then place the folder in the root directory of the setup_v2.1.7.1 software, change the data in the usid.ini file and elinkid.ini file in the license folder, open your GS-King X, in Settings-About the device, check the Usd Status number, the first seven digits of the @ symbol is the key ID, you need to put param_1_start =******* and param_1_end = *******

    Replace * with the key ID, and then burn.

  4. General rule for chinese crap – NEVER EVER buy it first. wait. usually it’s a total crap. Chinese loves to make good specs but implement everything in such terrible way it bacomes garbage. BeeLink is not an exception.
    Not to mention that chinese became very greedy, prices almost reach European prices where companies already paid taxes and so on. 300$ for this??? better buy NUC will be MUCH more versatile.

  5. I tried to boot it up yesterday. It would not turn on. I just found out the power supply was DOA.

  6. My experience with the device so far:

    1. Tried to boot it up, Nothing happened. The company asked me to check the power supply, and indeed it’s dead. They sent me a new one
    2. Now I can boot the board, but it only brings me to a user interface with notification bar and background image. I can’t do anything
    3. So I was told to reflash the firmware wih USB Burning Tool. After spending one hour find a USB male to male cable, I got the following error when connecting the cable to the OTG port:

    I looked for another cable, and same error. That thing is complete garbage, I’ll have to think if I carry on with the review, or just stop it…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Advertisement
Advertisement