Beelink is better known for its Intel mini PCs, so the first time I saw Beelink Expand X I thought it was a mini PC somehow fitted with a smartphone stand… But instead, it’s a USB dock for your mobile phone or tablet, that comes with a foldable stand to use your smartphone into a computer by connecting it to a monitor, USB keyboard & mouse, and maybe throw a USB hard drive in the mix to complete your setup.
Beelink Expand X specifications:
- Video Output – 1x HDMI port up to 4K UHD resolution
- 1x USB Type -C input port to connect to the host device (data, video, audio)
- 1x USB Type-C port for power/charging
- 2x USB 2.0 host ports
- 1x micro USB port to connect a PC
- Mode switch button
- Foldable stand for smartphone or tablet
- Dimensions – 120mm (length folded) x 65 x 13 mm (Full metal body)
- Weight – 210 grams
As I understand it the micro USB port and mode switch button enable to switch the use of the keyboard and mouse from the mobile phone to a computer connected through the micro USB port. You’d still need one monitor for the phone/tablet, and one separate monitor for the computer.
Beelink Expand X works best with phones that support desktop mode with solutions like Samsung DEX, Huawei EMUI, or Smartisan TNT, but the company also lists other models such as LG G5, the Razer Phone, Sony Xperia 1, OnePlus 7, and so on. Since it’s just another USB-C dock, it can also be connected to compatible laptops and computers with a USB-C port carrying data, audio, and video.
Beelink Expand X is available for pre-order now for $40 including shipping either on Indiegogo or directly on Beelink store. The USB dock will start shipping on April 1st with user manual, and all necessary USB and HDMI cables.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.