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CompuLab aims to put a Mint in your pocket

The MintBox Mini from Israel's CompuLab
The MintBox Mini from Israel's CompuLab
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The MintBox Mini features an AMD A4 6400T processor, a Radeon R3 GPU, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM (supports up 8 GB) and 64 GB of solid state storage
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The MintBox Mini features an AMD A4 6400T processor, a Radeon R3 GPU, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM (supports up 8 GB) and 64 GB of solid state storage
Connectivity is served up in the form of 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, five USB ports, a microSD reader and two HDMI ports
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Connectivity is served up in the form of 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, five USB ports, a microSD reader and two HDMI ports
The MintBox Mini from Israel's CompuLab
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The MintBox Mini from Israel's CompuLab

Israel's maker of small fanless computers CompuLab has revealed a tiny computer for Linux lovers, the MintBox Mini. A fifth of the size of the original MintBox, which was based on the company's fit-PC3 and launched in 2012, the silent, fanless Mini will come with a quad-core processor, solid state storage and be available in the second quarter of 2015 for US$295.

The passively-cooled MintBox Mini is based on CumpuLab's new fitlet PC. Within its 10.8 x 8.3 x 2.4 cm (4.25 x 3.27 x 0.95 in) enclosure, the company has managed to pack in an AMD A4 6400T processor, a Radeon R3 GPU, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM (supports up 8 GB) and 64 GB of solid state storage.

The MintBox Mini features an AMD A4 6400T processor, a Radeon R3 GPU, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM (supports up 8 GB) and 64 GB of solid state storage
The MintBox Mini features an AMD A4 6400T processor, a Radeon R3 GPU, 4 GB of DDR3 RAM (supports up 8 GB) and 64 GB of solid state storage

Connectivity is served up in the form of 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0, a microSD reader, an audio jack and two HDMI ports. The MintBox Mini will run the Linux Mint 17.1 MATE 64-bit edition OS in OEM mode out of the box.

The MintBox Mini comes with a 5 year warranty and a percentage of the sales proceeds will go to Linux Mint.

Source: CompuLab

5 comments
Oun Kwon
At $259 with no Windows X? Compare with a tiny desktop - HP Stream Mini and Pavilion Mini starting at $180.
Anthony Dodd
Compare subscribing to Windows X and Office annually.
Nigel Allen
@Oun Kwon - not sure that is a fair comparison. The Pavilion STARTS at $319 and to quote CNet regarding the Stream Mini: the Stream Mini is designed to be cloud-based, which is another way of saying it lacks a traditional hard drive. Inside, you'll get a small 32GB SSD, most of which will likely be taken up by the operating system files. The processor is a low-power Intel Celeron, and the RAM in the Stream Mini gets cut to only 2GB. Not quite in the same race. This could be my next MythTV box. Windows? Did you read the part about "The MintBox Mini will run the Linux Mint 17.1 MATE 64-bit edition OS in OEM mode out of the box". N/
martinkopplow
It does pretty much the same the shuttle 35 I assembled last year does, except the MintBox is still a bit smaller. And with no Windows X, well, Oun Kwon, I'd rather see that as an advantage! I am much in favour of Linux, but not so much in favour of a cloud, as least as long as I don't own it. I'd be interested, if it only had a decent SSD!
OwkayeGo
With all that connectivity I'm sure you could add a huge external hard drive to complement its internal 64GB SSD. And what other computer on Earth comes with a 5 year warranty these days? I would have to say that this is an excellent deal. In my opinion Mint is a great OS. I've been using it as my desktop OS for 2-3 years now. I even replaced Windows with Mint on my father's, son's and wife's computers ... and none of us miss Windows in the least. I'm sure some others won't feel the same as we do because some people will never be happy with anything other than Windows. But for us Mint has been a huge time and money saver, not the least of which is the result of Mint never getting screwed up with undesirable viruses or malware. It just works, at least for us.