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Linux Mint announces mintBox PC, available now

by Rob Zwetsloot

CompuLab teams up with Linux Mint to create the mintBox, a slimline, portable PC running the popular operating system

It was announced today on the Linux Mint blog that CompuLab will be releasing two mintBox computers in association with the distros developers. The two small form factor PCs are receiving Mint branding, along with Linux Mint 13 pre-installing.

The mintBox is based on the fit-PC3, also made by CompuLab, and both models come with the following features:

Dual-head display HDMI + DisplayPort
Digital 7.1 S/PDIF and analog 2.0 audio, both input and output
Gigabit Ethernet
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n + BT combo with dual antennas
2 USB3 ports + 2 USB2 ports
2 eSATA ports
Bay for 2.5” SATA HDD
2 mini-PCIe sockets / 1 mSATA
Serial RS232 port

Linux Mint CompuLab fit-pc3
It looks somewhat like a Router, but has plenty of power. Picture from the Linux Mint blog

The basic model will ship with an AMD APU G-T40N, which includes a dual core core 1.0 GHz CPU and Radeon HD 6290 graphics, along with 4GB of RAM. The Pro version, which comes in a ribbed case, has double the RAM, and an upgraded APU G-T56N. The T56N has a 1.65 GHz dual core CPU, and a Radeon HD 6320.

The case is apparently very easy to get in to, allowing for hardware upgrades where the owner sees fit. The Basic model will retail for $476 (£310), with the Pro priced at $549 (£355), and is available now from the CompuLab website.

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    • Leighton Brown

      I think the units are too expensive and that it will be difficult to sell the unit at the price point

    • LoveyGrace

      Once again, the Mint team takes an existing product and rebrands it.

    • Ferniez

      I agree that this is a very high priced machine. Given the buzz about the Pi and others like that it seems Linux users might raise an eyebrow at this price point. Better to take an older model machine with better specs and throw Mint on it.

    • Oh come on, guys. It’s not THAT expensive. The RaspberryPi is only cheap if you don’t consider buying storage, wireless, gigabit Ethernet, etc… not to mention other “PC-like” things you’re used to like 7.1 audio, USB ports, eSATA, multiple cores, lots of RAM and an OS which you can use out of the box on an architecture you’re used to (x86!).

      Also, not everyone’s a hobbyist; the Pi and friends are for hobbyists. :)

    • craigevil

      Still a bit high you can get a decent system in a tower for around $300, with a good nvidia card.

    • Edward

      Yeah I would have to agree with others seems high price considering the hardware. Whats really the draw to it, Why would I want one ? Because its small? The case looks like its plastic so cant cost that much to make, Why the high price. Sorry but I am not really getting cool factor …. At least not at that price .

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    • Fritz

      While it has average all round specs, the aluminium case, size and vesa mounts, justify paying a little extra. Considering it is ready to go out of the box as well, I think it’s a goer as a first release. If they continue to improve specs they’ll be onto a winner here.