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Linux Mint announces mintBox PC, available now

CompuLab teams up with Linux Mint to create the mintBox, a slimline, portable PC running the popular operating system

It was announced today on the Linux Mint blog that CompuLab will be releasing two mintBox computers in association with the distros developers. The two small form factor PCs are receiving Mint branding, along with Linux Mint 13 pre-installing.

The mintBox is based on the fit-PC3, also made by CompuLab, and both models come with the following features:

Dual-head display HDMI + DisplayPort
Digital 7.1 S/PDIF and analog 2.0 audio, both input and output
Gigabit Ethernet
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n + BT combo with dual antennas
2 USB3 ports + 2 USB2 ports
2 eSATA ports
Bay for 2.5” SATA HDD
2 mini-PCIe sockets / 1 mSATA
Serial RS232 port

Linux Mint CompuLab fit-pc3
It looks somewhat like a Router, but has plenty of power. Picture from the Linux Mint blog

The basic model will ship with an AMD APU G-T40N, which includes a dual core core 1.0 GHz CPU and Radeon HD 6290 graphics, along with 4GB of RAM. The Pro version, which comes in a ribbed case, has double the RAM, and an upgraded APU G-T56N. The T56N has a 1.65 GHz dual core CPU, and a Radeon HD 6320.

The case is apparently very easy to get in to, allowing for hardware upgrades where the owner sees fit. The Basic model will retail for $476 (£310), with the Pro priced at $549 (£355), and is available now from the CompuLab website.