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MintBox, junk or something to consider?

Postby BIGMAN131307 » Tue Aug 18, 2015 10:19 am

While checking out the Linux Mint distro site I came across these.
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.

MintBox 2:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3337U dual-core 1.8-2.7 GHz
Maximum RAM capacity: 16 GB
Storage: 500 GB HDD
LAN: 2x Gbit Ethernet
Linux Mint Desktop Environment: Cinnamon
Dimensions: 190x160x40 mm
Price: $599

MintBox Mini:

CPU: AMD A4 Micro-6400T quad-core 1.0-1.6 GHz
Maximum RAM capacity: 8 GB
Storage: 64 GB SSD
LAN: 1x Gbit Ethernet
Linux Mint Desktop Environment: Mate
Dimensions: 108x83x24 mm
Price: $295

So what are your thoughts? Are these any good, or are they junk?
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Re: MintBox, junk or something to consider?

Postby evasive » Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:35 am

It all depends on who made the motherboards and what kind of capacitors are being used on them and in the power supplies. You could try and see what a home-made box with the same specs would cost you, then you would know how much you save by installing Mint yourself...
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Re: MintBox, junk or something to consider?

Postby Mr T » Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:19 am

They are good... But.... You could do better yourself - if you get an ATOM based thin client (ie Dell FX160, 170, HP T5745) and stick a bigger SSD module in, install mint/lubuntu etc you will get a good mini media machine for basically peanuts... (I paid UK£23 for a 16Gb IDE SSD and UK£22 for a HP t5745 from ebay, running Ubuntu easily....)..
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