Rikomagic’s latest mini-desktop computer features an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and 802.11ac WiFi.
The Rikomagic MK36SLE (Linux Edition) is available from Cloudsto for £115 (about $175) and should begin shipping next week.
Yes, that means you may end up paying more for the model with a free operating system than for one with a Windows license. That’s partly because Cloudsto is based in the UK, where taxes keep prices high. And it’s probably partly due to the amount of work involved in altering the software on the Linux Edition model: even Cloudsto charges £5 (about $8) less for a Windows edition.
It might be worth paying the premium if you really want a functional Ubuntu mini PC in this price range and don’t want to go through the trouble of installing and configuring the software yourself.
Both the Windows and Linux versions of the Rikomagic MK36S feature 10/100 Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, three USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, HDMI, and a microSD card slot.