MintBox Mini: Compact Linux Mint Powered PC Unveiled

MintBox Mini by Linux Mint and CompuLab

Linux Mint has just announced MintBox Mini. A tinier yet more powerful version of its flagship hardware product MintBox.

If you did not know about MintBox already, one of the most popular Linux OS, Linux Mint is not just confined to software. It has a long term partnership with Israeli computer manufacturer CompuLab to produce Linux Mint powered PC range called MintBox. The first MintBox was released in January 2012 which was followed by an upgraded version MintBox 2. Guess the popularity of MintBox from the fact that it was sold out soon after its debut.

MintBox Mini specifications

So what’s new in MintBox Mini? Well, the first thing you can guess from the name is that it is miniature in size. The new MintBox Mini is 5 times smaller than the previous MintBox 2 with a height less than an inch. It will not be unfair to call it a pocket sized computer, though it is not as tiny as the Raspberry Pi.

It seems like everyone is going for compact design. Intel announced an HDMI Linux computer last week a CES 2015. Even Microsoft tried to do a Raspberry Pi. But just because MintBox Mini is tiny in size, do not underestimate its capabilities.

Like the previous MintBox versions, MintBox Mini too is fanless. It has internal SSD storage which makes it completely silent. The new hardware, as it claims, makes it twice as powerful as the first MintBox. What’s more, it has 5 years manufacturer warranty as well.

Let’s have a quick glance at MintBox Mini specifications:

  • AMD A4-6400T processor
  • Radeon R3 graphics processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB SSD
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports, 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • 2 HDMI out ports
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wifi
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • MicroSD reader
  • Input/output jacks for headphones and microphones

Similar to things you need for Raspberry Pi, with MintBox Mini also you will need an HDMI monitor, keyboard, mouse etc. It has been priced at $295 for US market while in the European market it’s been priced at Euro 295. I am not surprised at this “USD to Euro” conversion as most of the devices in Europe are sold at the same numerical value with the $ replaced by €.

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MintBox Mini is expected to be available in second quarter of year 2015. I think it makes one of the most sought after gadget in Linux world after Ubuntu Phone releasing in February’15. It could also get stiff competition by Meerkat Ubuntu mini PC by System76.

Worth your money?

In one word, absolutely. I am not a fan of desktop and have always preferred a laptop. But if I ever think of buying a desktop, MintBox Mini will be my first choice for its specification (better RAM should have been a plus), price and size. Compared to a regular CPU, it will take less space and will be silent. Perfect for a day to day computing need. What do you think about it?

Comments

  1. CPU is not the best way to describe a desktop tower. EVERY gadget out there, Android phone , windows phone, laptops, desktops, tablets, all have a CPU inside them. The CPU is the same thing as the processor and all gadgets have them.

  2. I can forgive the pricing but not the specs:
    64GB SSD, lame CPU, lame graphics render that thing unusable for me. Better make it a tad biggerer and give us moar powah =^.^=

    • I know this is an old post but just wanted to comment. If you’re using these specs for Windows, yes, they’re weak. However, this is Linux Mint. You only need 9GB for Mint, so 64GB is fine. You can always use external for more file storage. The Celeron CPU is preferred due to it’s low power consumption and no heat. It runs Linux beautifully! I have both Core i7 and Celeron Laptops. I prefer the Celeron by far for Linux. The included graphics are great for everyday computing and LIGHT gaming. This box is designed for every day computing, office work, etc. It is great for that and as a Media Center PC. I was never meant to be a gaming computer. I just wish it came in black or silver. I LOVE Linux Mint, but not mint green. I guess you could also attribute the green to power saving as this little guy sips power from the wall, but delivers great power to the desktop!

  3. Looks good but why the pricing in Europe? The dollar is worth a lot less than the Euro and even less than the UK pound. So realistically this should be priced at around 180 Euro’s or around £150 UK. I’d buy one at that price but not the price point it is projected at :(

    • I think there could be multiple reasons for that.
      First, there is almost 20% VAT in most of European countries. Which could be less in US.
      Second, the main currency of international trade is USD. The exchange rates fluctuate. US is the main market which is highly competitive.
      Third, they are sheer lazy and greedy. They have just made a thumb rule to have exact numbers in USD and Euro. Saves them effort and they earn more of it :D

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