Linux Mint users have been talking about the MintBox Mini 2 since the new design got unveiled back in March. This fresh miniature desktop PC is based on the Compulab Fitlet2, and as a result it’s every bit as small as the original MintBox Mini Pro.
However, fans of the friendly open-source OS have had to wait to order second generation MintBoxes. Since Linux Mint 19 “Tara” is about to receive a full release, you can now finally order one to call your own.
Like the original line, the Mini 2 is offered in both a standard and pro variant. Standard boxes have 4GB of RAM while pro edition units ship with 8GB. In either case, you can always upgrade the amount of RAM to 16GB to run more intensive applications should the need arise.
While it’s not often that people talk about gaming and miniature PCs in the same sentence, each of these boxes comes with a quad-core Intel Apollo Lake Celeron J3455. This should be more than enough processor power for those who want to play some fairly intensive titles without having to sacrifice their open-source ecosystem.
Since it doesn’t have any real moving parts, the MintBox Mini 2 is completely silent. People who need to deploy PCs in areas where the noise of vent fans would cause problems will certainly appreciate the fact that the devices comes with fins to vent heat instead of blowing it away.
Dual 4K display options come as a result of an HDMI connect coupled with a miniDP jack. This alone should be enough to make it a viable option for those who want a new media center that doesn’t come tethered with any kind of telemetry.
Compulab, the MintBox Mini 2’s vendor, was apparently waiting for Tara’s release in order to ensure that new owners would be running the latest version of the operating system as soon as they connected their PCs. Tara also promises to be much faster than previous versions of Linux Mint as the result of some fairly major performance improvements.
This could have also influenced the vendor’s decision to hold the release back a few months.