The Beelink GTR7 has become one of our favorites over the past few weeks. The new system is a significant departure from previous generations, or perhaps better said, Beelink has improved upon the many points of feedback from the GTR5 and GTR6 versions. Combined with a new fast AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS CPU with integrated RDNA 3 graphics, this is the mini PC that will start making many traditional desktop users pause and consider a mini PC instead. Still, we found a few things that gave us pause that we have not seen mentioned elsewhere.
Beelink GTR7 Overview
We purchased both the GTR7 and GTR7 Pro and we only had the GTR7. We do have the GTR7 Pro version, but it arrived as the GTR7 video and this article was set to publish. Here is the accompanying video for this one:
We demonstrate eGPU usage, the fingerprint logon, as well as the noise in the video that folks may find useful to see and hear. As always, we suggest opening that in its own tab, window, or app for the best viewing experience.
This unit we purchased for $689 with a $100 pre-order discount. The current price is $789 with a coupon for a further discount. Our sense is that in the near term, the street price is going to be $680-$725.
The Beelink GTR7 came configured with 32GB of DDR5 memory, a 1TB NVMe SSD, and WiFi 6. Since this is the GTR7, we get the AMD Ryzen 7 7840HS. The GTR7 Pro comes with the Ryzen 9 7940HS.
We also had Windows 11 Pro pre-installed. We did not re-install Windows 11 Pro, but our guess is that the experience would be more like what we saw with the Beelink EQ12 Pro instead of like what we see with 1L PCs from Lenovo, HP, and Dell as part of our Project TinyMiniMicro series.
Beelink GTR7 External Hardware Overview
On the front of the system, we get something that is very Beelink GTR. There is a power button, a clear CMOS button, a USB Type-A, and Type-C port, as well as a headset combo jack.
At this point, we should mention the color. This is the “Green” option but there are also Dark Blue, Space Grey, and Hermes Orange options. We skipped blue because we use a blue background for photos. You can see Space Grey and Hermes Orange make quick B-Roll cameos in the video.
Those colors are part of an overall re-design for the system. Instead of various fabric top colors (GTR6), or light-up AMD logos (GTR5), the color of the system is found throughout, including some big GTR7 branding.
The top fingerprint reader is a nice option for those that have these sitting on their desks. One small challenge we saw was that when we were demoing the Thunderbolt 3/ USB4 with an eGPU dock in the video, this fingerprint reader stopped working. It started working again once the eGPU enclosure was removed.
On the sides, we get more GTR branding and vents. Our readers may be able to tell at this point, but the new system is noticeably taller than previous generations. Beelink has a similar footprint but the height is now 1.92 inches or around 48.77mm. The GTR5 is around 1.5 inches tall or 39mm. The GTR6 is 1.69 inches or around 42.93mm. The extra height seems to be used for better cooling, which helps a lot with the performance and noise of this unit.
While the front of the system looks similar to the previous generations, the rear of the system takes the best from the GTR5 and GTR6 and then adds its own flavor. We get four USB Type-A ports. Two are USB 2 ports and two are USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps ports. The Type-C ports are USB4/ Thunderbolt3 ports, and we show them running with an eGPU in the video. They can also provide a DisplayPort output meaning we can run four displays with this system in addition to the HDMI and DisplayPort.
Another small feature is that we get a second audio combo jack on the rear of this system making this one of the only mini PCs we have tested with two audio jacks. Pairings to not stop with two 2.5GbE LAN ports. These are Intel i225-V B3 ports. It is a bit strange that launching in mid-2023 these are not using i226-V NICs instead.
The bottom of the chassis carries over our green theme to the bottom panel, its pull tab, and the large rubber feet. The AMD Ryzen and Radeon branding has moved from a light-up advertisement on the top of the GTR5 to stickers on the bottom of the GTR7.
One feature that you may have noticed is the DC power input. The Beelink GTR7 has a bottom-mounted power input that uses a magnetic mating puck. We are not really sure why this is such a fancy design. Apple MagSafe is designed to disconnect when a lot of force is applied so that one does not pull a notebook off a surface by hitting a charging cable. This design does not do that because it is physically locked under the system. Instead, it seems to be a much more secure connection than the typical DC input, and perhaps that is the point.
Next, let us get inside the system to see how it works.