We’ve been seeing some deep discounts for systems based on older Intel processors recently, and the $105 BMAX B1 Plus mini PC joins other systems such as a $100 Gemini Lake laptop or an Atom x5-Z8350 mini PC going for under $90 shipped.
So what do you get for that price? An Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core Apollo Lake mini PC with 6GB RAM, 64GB eMMC flash, as well as an M.2 SSD slot, Gigabit Ethernet and WiFi 5, HDMI and VGA video output, and four USB ports.
BMAX B1 PLUS specifications:
- SiC – Intel Celeron N3350 dual-core Apollo Lake processor @ 1.1 GHz / 2.4 GHz (Turbo) with Intel HD Graphics 500; 6W TDP
- System Memory – 6GB LPDDR4
- Storage – 64GB eMMC flash, M.2 M-Key 2280 slot for SATA SSD, MicroSD card slot
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4Kp60, VGA
- Audio – 3.5mm stereo audio jack, digital audio via HDMI
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Dual-band 802.11b/g/n/ac WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 4.2
- USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports
- Misc – Clear CMOS pin hole
- Power Supply – 12V/2A via 5.5×2.1mm DC jack
- Dimensions – 12 x 12 x 2.6 cm
- Weight – 220 grams
The mini PC ships with a power adapter, a user guide, an HDMI cable, and what appears to be a VESA mounting bracket. Windows 10 is pre-installed, but bear in mind Microsoft will only support it with updates until October 14th, 2025. It’s unclear whether the Intel Celeron N3350 will support Windows 11, although it should be noted it’s not on the list of Intel processors supported for new devices, and there isn’t any TPM 2.0 security module based on the specs we’ve been given.
You should also set your expectations right for the performance of such entry-level mini PC, as Celeron N3350 and other Apollo Lake are not suitable for most recent games, and multitasking may be slow even with 6GB RAM. But checking your emails, browsing the web, watching YouTube videos, or using it as an HTPC should work fine. Some people will prefer to run Linux, either with a desktop environment, or as a small server for home automation, or other purposes. Cheap mini PCs often come with slow eMMC flash storage, but in this case, there’s always the M.2 SATA slot on the bottom as an alternative that should deliver much faster I/O performance.
The $105 price tag includes free shipping, or there may be a small shipping fee depending on your country and is only valid until September 30. If you select free shipping, you may want to make sure tracking is included, as for example, shipping is free to the US, but there’s no tracking, so another shipping method may be preferable. Also note that a search for Intel mini PC on sale for under $120 returns quite a lot of models, so it’s the only option at this time.
Thanks to Theguyuk for the tip.
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.