Beelink EQ12 Pro Power Consumption and Noise
The system came with a fairly weak power adapter.
We saw idle power consumption ranging from 11-12W in high-performance mode to 9-10W in power-saving mode in Windows 11 Pro. Maximum power consumption was 34-36W. We would see that spike fall to 24-26W sustained.
The noise, we also showed in the video. It was not loud, but also not silent. Overall, it was a bit strange that we saw higher idle power consumption and noise on this unit versus the HP Elite Mini 600 G9 which is a result we were not expecting.
Key Lessons Learned
Our obvious key lesson learned if you saw the performance section was that the Intel Core i3 N305 is very good. It is desktop-class performance with an E-core-only CPU. Finally. Getting to that point, swapping between Linux and Windows meant that we had to re-install Windows and that is where we ran into a fun challenge. Windows 11 Pro did not activate via BIOS activation like Dell, HP, and Lenovo Project TinyMiniMicro units and some of the other Mini PCs we have tested.
We looked for drivers and a fix on the Beelink site, but we did not find them. We found references on other machines saying we should download and use the Windows 11 re-install image from Beelink, but there was not a version for this system. So we sent a note into support, and this is the note we got:
Instead of downloading from Microsoft, there was another download link with a tutorial. This is similar to some other mini PCs.
Where things got even crazier was that we got two Windows 11 Pro keys via support. We never sent a serial number in, so we are unsure how they found our serial number.
It is possible they figured out that we do reviews, but we did not get this unit from Beelink’s review program, we bought it at retail.
This is one of the most intriguing packages out there. The Beelink EQ12 Pro has a lot of great features like dual 2.5GbE ports and the Alder Lake-N processor. For years we have not liked the idea of using E-core machines as desktops just due to the latency of the experience. With the new AV1 capable GPU, new E-cores with up to 3.8GHz speed, and eight total cores, this is now a fairly normal desktop experience. We showed the differences in the video.
In the mid $300’s cost range, this is an interesting package. We get solid performance and features. At the same time, one can often get newer P-core machines in the $500 range. Going to TinyMiniMicro we can get systems that can re-install Windows without contacting support, have lower idle power consumption, and potentially more performance.
Still, we are excited to get some of the other N305 units we ordered because this is a great CPU.
If you want to purchase the same unit we did, you can find it on (may be affiliate links):