“The pros of a mini-PC shine in open-spaces, in cybercafe, in labs mostly because the unit is small (less space used), because it takes very little power (for big installations with many units that makes a significant different in electricity costs), because it has a kesington lock and because it’s silent. Imagine a room with 30 desktop computers… replace them with fanless mini-PCs.. all of sudden all the noise is gone, you’ve reduced your power bills, it’s all locked nicely and doesn’t gather dust or take space underneath the tables :)”

Clement Lefebvre,
Project Leader at Linux Mint

MintBox is a product line of miniature fanless PCs ready to use with Linux Mint pre-installed. It is the result of a close partnership between Compulab and the Linux Mint team which started in 2012 with the introduction of the first MintBox.

Currently there are two MintBox variants:
MintBox 2 is a high-performance model based on Intel Core i5.
MintBox Mini is the smallest and most cost effective model.
Both models are fanless and come with a 5 year warranty.

Brief side-by-side comparison between MintBox 2 and MintBox Mini. For full comparison check models specifications

MintBox 2 MintBox Mini
CPU Intel Core i5-3337U dual-core 1.8-2.7 GHz AMD A4 Micro-6400T quad-core 1.0-1.6 GHz
Maximum RAM capacity 16 GB 8 GB
Storage 500 GB HDD 64 GB SSD
LAN 2x Gbit Ethernet 1x Gbit Ethernet
Linux Mint Desktop Environment Cinnamon Cinnamon
Dimensions 190x160x40 mm 108x83x24 mm
Price $599 $295
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