Beelink GTQ Product Overview
The Beelink GTQ Android TV BOX Media Center sells online for $76.99 (GearBest | ShopBot), which places its price directly between the WD TV Live ($79.99) and 2015 Roku 2 ($69.99). The Beelink GTQ includes the media player, remote control, power adapter (with EU/US adapter), HDMI and USB 2.0 cables, and a user guide. Beelink GTQ measures 4.91 x 4.91 x 0.86 inches, and weighs a mere 9.17 oz.
At the front of the Beelink GTQ media player is a small round translucent plastic window, which houses the infrared sensor for the remote control. Positioning the device with a direct line of sight with the remote will yield the best control response. As with every other media player we’ve seen, Beelink GTQ is not designed with built-in playback control buttons, so all functions of the device are controlled by the remote. The one exception is the power button at the top of the chassis, which must be pressed to initialize the system. Once powered on, the media player can be shut down or placed into standby to be later resumed through the remote.
Along the right side of the media player is a MicroSD memory card slot (microSD card not included), used as an alternate installation destination for apps or for storing multimedia files. An USB On-The-Go (OTG) port is available to make use of Android’s ability to sync with other Android-based devices for media playback. Two Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports are also available for connecting external storage or peripheral control devices to the media player.
Beelink GTQ features built-in support for 802.11-b/g/n wireless networks, and utilizes a 6 db external antenna to receive optimal Wi-Fi reception. The antenna rotates out and upward 90°, so you can tune the location to existing router beamforming designs. While not evident, the Beelink GTQ also communicates with Bluetooth 4.0 devices, such as specialized multimedia controllers, smartphones, speaker systems, and other capable devices.
A lightweight infrared remote control is included with Beelink GTQ Media Center. Designed to accommodate Google Android operating systems, all of the same options offered to an Android-based smartphone are offered on the remote (excluding the touch screen). The remote control requires two AAA batteries, which are not included.
At the back of Beelink GTQ you’ll find the majority of interface connecting points. A 5V/2A AC power adapter receptacle shares space with an analog A/V plug output. Nearby is a RJ-45 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet port for a cabled network connection. Digital audio/video is output by the units HDMI 1.4 port, while an optical SPDIF digital audio port supports high-definition surround sound output (TosLink cable not included).
In the next section, we take a closer look at what the Beelink GTQ Android TV BOX Media Center offers and how it compares with some of the competition…