Linux PC retailer ZaReason has released one of its first computers with an Intel Broadwell processor. The ZaReason Zini 1550 is a tiny desktop computer which sells for $549 and up.
It’s based on Intel’s NUC mini PC platform, but unlike some NUC systems, the Zini 1550 comes with memory, storage, and an operating system which means you should be able to start using the computer almost as soon as you plug it in.
The Zini 1550 measures 4.5″ x 4.3″ x 1.2″ and the entry-level model features 4GB of RAM, 120GB of storage, and an Intel Core i3-5010U Broadwell processor. It supports dual-band 802.11ac WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth.
There are four USB 3.0 ports, a mini HDMI port, and mini DisplayPort, as well as a headphone jack. Note that the computer isn’t fanless… but ZaReason says it has a “silent fan,” which should at least be fairly quiet.
You can opt for additional storage or memory, and ZaReason plans to offer an Intel Core i5-5250 processor option soon.
ZaReason offers a range of operating system options including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, OpenSUSE, Debian, and Fedora.
This isn’t the first Broadwell NUC-based mini PC to ship with Linux. The System76 Meerkat is a similar system that has a starting price of $499. But that’s the price for a model with 4GB of RAM and just 32GB of storage. The Meerkat is also a slightly larger device that measures 1.9 inches thick and which has room for a 2.5 inch hard drive or SSD. Like most System76 computers, it’s only available with Ubuntu (but there’s nothing stopping you from installing your own operating system).