The MintBox Mini is a small form-factor desktop computer that comes with Linux Mint software preloaded. If the computer looks familiar, that’s because it’s a version of CompuLab’s fitlet, a line of small, fanless desktops introduced this week.

What makes this model a little different is that it’ll have a green case and come preloaded with the popular Linux Mint operating system.

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Like several other fitlet models, the MintBox Mini features an AMD A4-6400T Micro processor based on AMD’s Mullins architecture. It has a Radeon R3 graphics processor, two USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, dual HDMI ports (for up to two displays), a microSD card reader, and a headset jack.

The computer also features 80.211/b/g/n WiFi and Gigabit Ethernet and this model will ship with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB solid state drive.

The MintBox Mini should be available in the second quarter of 2015 for $295 in the US or  €295 in Europe (VAT is included in the European price). Part of the money from sales will help support development of Linux Mint software, and the MintBox Mini will feature a 5-year warranty.

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19 replies on “MintBox Mini: Compact Linux Mint PC coming soon for $295”

  1. This is a good option for someone who wants preloaded Linux without springing for one of the good but more expensive boxes from ZaReason or System 76. With eBay prices on used SFF desktop computers now being so reasonable, one can set up a Mint system quite inexpensively indeed, but this unit makes sense for someone who wants pre-loaded Mint, likes SFF, wants a 64 GB SSD and has uses consistent with an AMD A4. It looks like a fun little unit to me.

  2. It does seem a little expensive for what you’re getting, but keep in mind that items like this aren’t produced in the same quantities of some larger OEM products. Plus, “part of the money from sales will help support development of Linux Mint
    software, and the MintBox Mini will feature a 5-year warranty.” That’s a generous warranty, and some of the profit is going to support further development of Linux Mint.

  3. I’ve never had a good experience with any Linux distribution and AMD/ATI… I don’t think this is a good idea.

    1. I’ve been using AMD graphics cards on linux for years. The open source driver works extremely well from what I’ve experienced.
      The binary blobs (nvidia or AMD) are where I’ve had issues.

  4. I’m gonna buy one now they’re half the price of the other overpriced Mintboxes. Even better with an AMD processor and NO WinTel Inside!

    1. Agreed, now i wish they would make a stack-able drive or drive holder so we can add storage that would match to box, they could make extra money to fund Linux Mint. I would buy/contribute to that too.

    1. What is with all the crying about ac wifi..? Plug a USB 802.11ac in? God damn it.

      1. Agreed. I have gigabit broadband service, but the vast majority of the time I can get by just fine 802.11N speeds. Most of the Internet can’t keep up gigabit speeds anyway.

      2. Wasted USB port, bulk, etc. The actual unit the Mint box is based off of has AC in it.

        What’s with all the crying about people wanting the product they want? Can you not ignore it? God damn it.

        1. All I hear is.. I want this, and they don’t have it, it’s going to be terrible. Dude. AC WiFi is a luxury, not a necessity. Many of us are using N WiFi and we have zero issues with streaming gaming, etc. And it’s also a luxury you can simply add-on yourself. You’re seriously telling me you can’t sacrifice the space required by a USB hub + a USB AC WiFi stick.. especially with the space you saved from switching to this mini pc form factor? Do you live in a box? You rather they markup the price for including AC wifi which the rest of us who don’t need so you feel satisfied?

          Also, the original barebones from Compulab has 3 different versions, only one of it has AC wifi. Why? Again, luxury.

          1. The purpose of the mini form factor is saving space. Tacking on an extra hub defeats the functional design of the product. If I wanted a desktop I’d get a desktop dude.

          2. Because a mini box plus a USB hub is larger than even an min-iITX tower… fantastic point. Also I just realized there’s 4 USB ports. You couldn’t spare just one?

          3. Not when there are competing products for the same price that include AC lol, why would I settle?

          4. And which competing products out there that includes AC is cheaper than this system?

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