Fan of Linux?
I know I am…I basically run my Laptop on Fedora Linux and my PC back in Milk River, Clarendon gets a quick jog on Fedora ever once in a while to do some diagnostics (Deer, 2013) and Virus removal.
If you like it enough to play games and do document using Open Source Programs and you want a Mini PC that runs a flavor of Linux sans the headache of Dual-Booting, (Deer, July 2014) Linux Emulation and Virtual Machines, then the US$295 CompuLab’s MintBox Mini (Newman, 2015) is the Linux PC for you.
The specs are quite impressive for a machine running Linux Mint, a flavour of Linux that’s small and cool as the name suggests. The aesthetics of the PC itself reminds me of a very green chameleon slingbox or a Thin client PC lying on its side.
The 0.22L Linux Mint PC with a thickness of 0.95″ (Clem, 2015) is pocketable and portable and has a ribbed feel on the top and an ample supply of ports at the back:
- 2 HDMI ports
- 2 headphone/microphone jacks
- 5 USB ports
- 11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Ethernet jack
But don’t let its size fool you.
The MintBox Mini runs on an AMD A4 6400T processor supported by a Radeon R3 graphics. With some 4GB of RAM a 64GB SSD (Solid State Drive), it’s clearly a fast machine, especially as it’s running Linux Mint OS and not some bloatware like Windows.
Still, you’ll need to get a Google Drive Account and a Dropbox, as that 64GB will fill up fast with music and video files. At that point the Wi-Fi will come in might handy to access your Cloud Folder filled with files!
US$295 CompuLab’s MintBox Mini – Great start to a MintBox Mini Dynasty of Linux PC’s
At US$295, it’s in the same price range as a US$279 HP Chromebook 11 (Deer, October 2014), which is a fairly good comparison.
To honest, it’s a first of its kind.
It would be great to see more Linux based PC coming out to challenge Google Chrome, Apple Mac OS and Windows based Mini PC like the recently launched US$319 Pavilion Mini (Deer, 2015) and the US$179 Stream Mini desktop PC.
CompuLab’s is selling the US$295 CompuLab’s MintBox Mini on Amazon by the Second Quarter of 2015 so add it to your Amazon Wishlist!
Here’s the link
- Clem, (2015, January 15). Introducing the MintBox Mini. Retrieved from http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2760
- Deer, L (2013, December 29). How to Remove Rootkit Virus or Hidden Folder Virus using Bootable Rescue Discs. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/remove-rootkit-virus-hidden-folder-bootable-rescue-discs/
- Deer, L. (2013, October 2014). US$279 HP Chromebook 11 with stylings mimicking the Google Chromebook Pixel – Low-end Laptop with high-end specs and sub-US$300 pricing is a great Christmas present for Millennials. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2013/10/us279-hp-chromebook-11-with-stylings.html
- Deer, L. (2014, July 6). How to install Windows, Fedora Linux and Ubuntu Linux on the same Computer – Dual-Booting, Linux Emulation and Virtual Machines. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/07/how-to-install-windows-fedora-linux-and.html
- Deer, L. (2015, January 21). US$319 Pavilion Mini and the US$179 Stream Mini – Microsoft Windows 8.1 Desktop with OneDrive Cloud that’s a Chromebox killer. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/01/us319-pavilion-mini-and-us179-stream.html
- Newman, J. (2015, January 16). The MintBox Mini is a silent, quad-core Linux Mint PC that fits in your pocket. Retrieved from http://www.pcworld.com/article/2871328/the-mintbox-mini-is-a-silent-quad-core-linux-mint-pc-that-fits-in-your-pocket.html