Linux Mint Presents the mintBox

A mini PC powered by Linux Mint, MATE/Cinnamon and XBMC

Linux Mint, in collaboration with CompuLab, is proud to announce today, June 8th, the immediate availability for purchase of a mini PC called mintBox.

mintBox is powered by a custom version of Linux Mint 12 with MATE 1.2 desktop environment and the XBMC media center. Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon is also supported, with full 3D desktop effects.

"We’re passionate about what we do and for our very first Mint device, we wanted something unique, something special and extraordinary. The mintBox is Mint in a box. It’s tiny, it’s silent, it’s extremely versatile and it comes packed with connectivity."

"The mintBox is amongst the toughest computers on the market. It features a die-cast solid-metal case which acts as a giant passive heatsink. [...] More importantly, it cools down its components without needing any fans. Other than the noise coming from its internal 250GB hard-drive, the mintBox is completely silent," the official announcement stated.

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The pro model is recognizable by its ribbed case (its faster performance requires more heat dissipation)

mintBox comes in two editions, basic and pro. The basic edition comes with 250GB HDD, an APU G-T40N (1.0 GHz dual core + Radeon HD 6290 – 9W), 4GB RAM and a flat metal case. On the other hand, the pro edition comes with 8GB RAM, an APU G-T56N (1.65 GHz dual core + Radeon HD 6320 – 18W), 250GB HDD and a ribbed metal case.

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A mintBox plugged to a keyboard, a mouse and a TV

Here are the highlights of mintBox:

· Dual-head display HDMI + DisplayPort;

· Digital 7.1 S/PDIF and analog 2.0 audio, both input and output;

· Gigabit Ethernet;

· Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n + BT combo with dual antennas;

· 2xUSB3 ports + 2xUSB2 ports;

· 2 eSATA ports;

· Bay for 2.5” SATA HDD;

· 2 mini-PCIe sockets / 1 mSATA;

· Serial RS232 port.

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As you can see on this picture, the mintBox is tiny

Prices start from $476 (€382) + shipping, duty & VAT for the basic edition, and $549 (€440) + shipping, duty & VAT for the pro edition.

More technical details about mintBox can be found on the official announcement. Those interested in buying it, click here.

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