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Introduction

Let’s analyze the ASRock Beebox, an ultra-compact PC kit, with an Intel Celeron N3000 CPU, two sockets for DDR3L memory modules, one 2.5-inch bay for a hard disk drive or SSD, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, and four USB 3.0 ports, with one of them using the new type C connector.

Mini PCs are not something new: there are plenty of compact and ultra-compact desktop computers. However, the Beebox is, according to ASRock, the first one with a type C USB 3.0 port. This new connector type is amazing as it is reversible (you can be installed in any position) and supports up to 100 W, allowing faster battery charges for smartphones. The type C port was launched simultaneously with the USB 3.1 standard, so many people believe type C connectors are always USB 3.1, which is not true; on the Beebox, its type C port is USB 3.0.

The Beebox can be found as a ready-to-use computer (with SSD and memory modules installed, with or without an operating system installed) or as a barebone (without RAM and a storage unit), which is the model we analyzed.

It is avaliable also with a Celeron N3150 CPU (four cores, 1.6 GHz clock, 2.08 GHz turbo clock, 6 W TDP) or with a Celeron N3000 (two cores, 1.04 GHz clock, 2.08 GHz turbo clock, 4 W TDP), which is the one we are showing. The quad-core model uses a fan, but the dual-core model is fanless, which means it is completely quiet.

In Figure 1, you can see the box of the ASRock Beebox.

ASRock BeeboxFigure 1: box

Figure 2 shows the accessories that come with the computer: an external 36 W power supply, manual, drivers disc, remote control, SATA adapter, screws, and a VESA mount for installing it behind your video monitor.

ASRock BeeboxFigure 2: accessories

Figure 3 unveils the ASRock Beebox, which measures 1.8 x 4.3 x 4.7 inches (46 x 110 x 118.5 mm). The Beboox is available in three different colors: white, black, and gold.

ASRock BeeboxFigure 3: the ASRock Beebox

In the following pages, we will look at the Beebox in detail.

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Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master’s degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.