Purism Librem Mini: A Privacy-First Linux-Based Mini PC

Brief: Purism launched a mini PC, “Librem Mini” tailored to provide privacy and security while offering a small form-factor. Here, we talk about the details.

Purism is usually known for services or products that focus on enhancing the digital privacy and security of the user.

Purism flaunts itself as “Social Purpose Company” aiming to do good for society and they have several services and products to offer in this regard.

While you might be aware of its Librem series of Linux laptops, Librem One (encrypted services), PureOS Linux, and the Librem 5 Linux smartphone. Now, they have come up with a small-factor mini PC targeted at the users who want to take control of their privacy and security.

Librem Mini: Purism’s Mini PC

Librem Mini Pc
Librem Mini PC

Purism‘s Librem Mini is intended to be a small, light, and powerful mini computer.

Of course, there are a bunch of Linux-based mini PCs out there – but Librem Mini specifically focuses on the privacy and security of its users. It comes included with PureOS, Pureboot, and Librem Key support.

The base configuration will be available for $699. Which is expensive than most other mini PCs. But unlike most others, Librem Mini is not a re-branding of Intel NUC. So, what does it offers then?

Specifications of Librem Mini

Librem Mini Pc 1

Here’s the spec sheet:

  • Intel Core i7-8565U (Whiskey Lake), Active (fan) Cooling
    4 Cores, 8 Threads, up to 4.6GHz
  • Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • RAM: Upto 64 GB DDR4 2400 MHz (2 SO-DIMM Slots)
  • 1 SATA III 6GB/s SSD/HDD (7mm)
  • 1 M.2 SSD (SATA III/NVMe x4)
  • 1 HDMI 2.0 4K @ 60Hz
  • 1 DisplayPort 1.2 4K @ 60Hz
  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x Type-C 3.1
  • 3.5mm audio jack (Mic-in & headphone out combo)
  • 1 RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
  • WiFi 802.11n (2.4/5.0 GHz) via Atheros ATH9k module (optional)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 included in WiFi module (optional)
  • Weight: 1 kg (2.2 lbs)
  • Dimensions: 12.8cm (5.0 inches) x 12.8cm (5.0 inches) x 3.8cm (1.5 inches)

I don’t know why they decided for going with Intel’s 8th gen processor considering that 10th gen processor is already in the market. Perhaps because Whiskey Lake is also the latest refresh on the 8th gen processor.

But, yes, just because they have disabled and neutralized Intel’s Management Engine on it – it could be still a viable option to go with.

In addition to that, you should also keep in mind that this mini PC features the ability to detect hardware and software tampering while providing full disk encryption.

And, of course, Linux powers it up.

Pricing and Availability

Librem Mini Back
Librem Mini from the back

The base configuration with 8 Gigs of RAM and a 256 GB SSD will cost you $699. And, if you want the most powerful configuration available, it will cost you about $3000 easily.

They have a pre-order goal of $50,000 and they plan to start shipping the units a month after reaching the pre-order goal.

So, if you’re going to pre-order now, you should not expect the shipping to start anytime soon. Hence, I recommend you to keep an eye on the pre-order goal on their Librem Mini product page.

Wrapping Up

If you’re looking for a mini PC (not specifically tailored for privacy and security), you can have a look at our list of best Linux based mini PCs to get more ideas.

Librem Mini is definitely going to sound expensive for an average consumer. It is still a decent choice for privacy enthusiasts.

What do you think about it? Let me know your thoughts!

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  • True, there is one born every minute; but at that price they have to be delusional if they think they are going to sell many.

  • They use 8th gen because it’s probably the latest version they’ve been able to disable IME and make it work with coreboot. Unfortunately, it’s the setback we consumers need to deal with if we want a more secured based PC.

  • They need to cool it and finish the phone before they go making more stuff! This is one of the reasons that librem is having so much trouble with the phone is that they can’t stay focused on it!

  • Aren’t there only the HEDT series and the low power versions of the 10th gen out?
    The fact that it is new and uses the same process as older parts means lower yields, less availability and more expensive than a part that is already here.