Fanless MintBox PC Receives Price Cut, Makes It More-Competitive Intel NUC Alternative

Subject: Systems | February 3, 2013 - 09:32 AM |
Tagged: mintbox, mint, linux, fitpc3, compulab

The MintBox is a small form factor, fanless computer released in summer 2012. It was developed in collaboration between CompuLab and the Linux Mint project. At launch, the base model retailed for $476, but CompuLab has cut the price by almost $100 to kick off 2013.

 

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The MintBox basic is powered by a dual core AMD G-T40N APU clocked at 1.0 GHz, 4GB of RAM, an APU-integrated Radeon G290 GPU, and 250GB hard drive. The system has a aluminum chassis that acts as a heatsink. It is essentially CompuLab’s fitPC3 case with a few custom tweaks to add the Linux Mint logo. Further, it comes pre-loaded with the Linux Mint 13 operating system. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 radios are included as well as two mini-PCIe cards and one mSATA connector (for an SSD).

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The front of the MintBox has four USB 2.0 ports surrounding the Mint logo. The rear of the MintBox includes the following connectivity options:

  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 1 x S/PDIF
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x eSATA
  • 1 x RS232 serial port
  • 2 x external Wi-Fi antennas .

 

In many respects, the MintBox resembles a typical home wireless router, but it is actually a full PC. Before shipping and any applicatable taxes, the MintBox Basic is $379. Reportedly, 10% of the proceeds will go towards the Linux Mint project to assist with development of the open source operating system. While the hardware itself is not new, Mint and CompuLab are offering up a healthy discount which may bring it more in line with Intel’s NUC systems. It may not be as fast, but it will cost less and is pre-configured unlike the DIY NUC.

Have you been looking to get a small form factor system? What do you think about a fanless box running Linux Mint for your next PC?

February 3, 2013 | 03:52 PM - Posted by Patriot (not verified)

Unfortunately, no I will not get one or use linux mint. Per request of the Anti-sematic pro-Hamas leader of Linux Mint. He has asked that anyone who believes Israel has the right to defend itself to not support his project or use Linux Mint.

That said... That is one slick box.

February 4, 2013 | 01:11 PM - Posted by castlefox (not verified)

Show a link to prove what you say from a reliable source or it didnt happen

February 6, 2013 | 01:00 AM - Posted by Patriot (not verified)

Really dude?
http://bit.ly/WNNzGB

If you still can't find anything...
http://abriefhistory.org/?p=774

February 6, 2013 | 09:23 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Plenty of people in Israel do not support their government in all things. I don't see why anyone else should be expected to. From what I can see Clem once (and only once) said he didn't support Israel. Big deal. Neither do I.

February 3, 2013 | 10:48 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I've been using a small form factor PC for a year now in the form of a Zotac Zbox Nano AD10. Which is basically the design Intel copied with the NUC. It's been great and everything works flawlessly except for two things:

-The wireless has shitty range and I had to run ethernet cables to stream Full HD video without stutters.

-Full HD video streaming on the internet (like on Youtube or Netflix) doesn't work well at all, since you have to use GPU acceleration to play back 1080p content. Flash and Silverlight have flaky or broken GPU acceleration support, at least for the AMD e350/450.

But I'm guessing that last issue is even worse on the NUC, which has a stronger CPU but a worse GPU.

These boxes are great as secondary PC's though, or as HTPC's. They'll never be powerful enough to replace a gaming desktop, but they have "just enough" performance for browsing and playing back video.

February 4, 2013 | 02:29 AM - Posted by Beto (not verified)

The reduced price of $376.00 dls. is still remains over priced.
Very good box though.

February 4, 2013 | 06:32 PM - Posted by Sonic4Spuds

I can't see Clem saying anything like that after working with him on and off for the past three years.

The hardware of the computer is definately plenty for running Mint on, I was running it on a netbook with worse hardware for AMD for three years. The LM 13 version is one of the most solid versions of the OS for a long time, so I wouldn't be at all worried on that front.

June 10, 2013 | 06:02 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

@Patriot: I believe there is no point in bringing politics of Israel and Hamas in here. We are talking about LinuxMint and not Israeli atrocities committed against mankind in Palestine. It is therefore, not a good argument to make to say you will not use Linux Mint because of politics. Very sad to see such stupid reviews posted here.

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