Linux MintBox 2 sells out in European debut

Summary:The CompuLab MintBox 2, a fanless mini-PC running Linux Mint is available to buy directly in Europe, but the first batch has already sold out.

The CompuLab MintBox 2, the second generation mini-PC running Linux Mint is available to buy directly in Europe.

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The Linux MintBox 2. Image: CompuLab

The MintBox 2 is a small form factor, fanless PC designed to run quietly at low power.

The machine features a die-cast, solid metal case which acts as a passive heatsink and cools down components without needing any fans. While the case design adds to the weight it reduces noise, with the only sound coming from the internal 500GB SATA hard drive.

Inside the MintBox is an Intel Core i5 processor running at 1.8GHz, and 4GB of DDR3 RAM. Graphics are served by an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU.

There are six USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, one serial and two gigabit Ethernet ports. Additional storage can be attached to via an mSATA socket or two 2 SATA ports. Support for b/g/n wi-fi and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connections is also built-in.

The diminutive machine measures 16cm by 19cm by 4.1cm and weights 1.9kg in total.

The MintBox is also designed to have low energy consumption, with power draw estimated at between 10W and 26W. The machine is currently available for €599 through amazon.de, and is expected to be listed on Amazon UK in the near future.

Previously, people living in Europe had to order the MintBox2 from Israel or the US, and incur additional customs and shipping costs.

Interest in the device has led to machine selling out through amazon.de, but CompuLab says a new batch of computers will be available through the website from 31 March.

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Topics: Hardware, Linux

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