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 €.
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?