It seems mini PC boxes are the latest fad. While the traditional PC boxes (read CPU) takes huge space either under the desk or on the table, these mini PC boxes can be conveniently placed in just few inches of space. No wonder these are getting popular, at least among the manufacturer for the start.
System76 is a computer manufacturer that exclusive builds Ubuntu based laptop, desktop and servers. In a Google+ post, it unveiled the 4″ x 4″ Meerkat Ubuntu desktop. I do not understand why did they name it Meerkat considering that Meerkat was the codename of Ubuntu 10.10. Just saying that Meerkat Ubuntu desktop might confuse a few people.
Meerkat Ubuntu desktop specifications
There are not many details available about the specifications of Meerkat. Few basic features of System76 Meerkat include:
- Intel 5th Generation processors, available options i3-5010U and i5-5250U
- up to 2 TB of storage (M.2 SATA SSD)
- 16 GB DDR3 RAM
- Graphics Intel HD 5500 and Intel HD 6000 for i3 and i5 respectively
- 4″ x 4″ in size
- 1 Gb NIC
- 2 USB 3.0 ports (with one being PoweredUSB)
There are no clear pricing tag but it is supposed to cost in the range of $500. It is supposed to be released on 19th March.
The basic model comprising of 4GB RAM, 32GB SSD costs $499. You can configure it to have better hardware but it also means a greater price tag. You can see the configuration and price detail here.
Do you think it’s a good configuration in the given price range? Would you be interested in replacing your existing desktop with Meerkat Ubuntu desktop? Or perhaps you would like to explore other Linux based mini PCs. Do share your views.