Linux MintBox 2 sells out in European debut

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.

TOPICS: Hardware, Linux

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

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, 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, but CompuLab says a new batch of computers will be available through the website from 31 March.

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Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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  • A batch of how many?

    10? 10 million? It's an important data point that;s missing.

    I like the idea of a purpose built linux based PC and would like to see more.
  • If only

    the content providers would stop going Windoz only...
    • How much sense would that make?

      Do you honestly think that the average consumer has the technical skills to install their own operating system?

      Besides that, it doesn't really add much to the cost, unless you're looking at extreme budget devices.
      • It would make more sense than your comment :P

        He was talking about having another option. i.e come preloaded with something just like this MintBox is removing the need for the average consumer to install anything.

        Also there was no mention of cost in his comment. His comment is about offering choice for those of us that dont want a windows device.
      • Install your OS

        Exactly why Linux doesn't come close to Windows in popularity, no matter how much the Linux Fanboys want it to conquer the world
    • The Windoz market share is likely that of the Linsux market share

      so not sure what OS you're talking about....
  • mini-PC seems like a format of the past...

    considering dongles are getting pretty good at doing what people used them for
  • theoilman: "mini-PC seems like a format of the past... "

    Rabid Howler Monkey
  • Which version does it come preloaded with?

    Mint 13 with LTS, or something different?

    I'm a Windoze convert, using primarily Mint now. But it isn't an easy switch, there has been some real pain. Those that deny that there is real and measurable challenges when choosing to run a Linux-only desktop are just not being honest.

    It's also rather scary taking the training wheels off. It is easy to break stuff in Linux. And, granted that for the experience Linux user, fixing said broken stuff is not difficult. But with Windows, at least for me, the OS just simply never broke. I would get slow, clearly bloated, and would require a some clean up and maintenance (which, btw, also requires a moderate amount of under the hood knowledge).

    It seems like with Linux I don't have some of the same headaches, but that I have switched to new ones.

    So, if the idea is a very small form factor, that is fantastic. As for specs, put 8GB in it and offering nVidia graphics and I could see myself actually using it for work.