The unique Mintbox Mini is one of the best PCs available in case you’re on the lookout for a Linux-based tiny desktop. That is partially as a result of it runs the Mint taste of Linux desktop, which ZDNet’s personal Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has called “the very best of the very best” of desktop UI no matter working system.
However the people at Linux Mint clearly noticed room for enchancment, because the Mintbox Mini 2 was simply introduced at the team’s blog. A very powerful of those upgrades comes within the type of the processor, which matches from an AMD A4 Micro-6400T to an Intel Celeron J3455. Primarily based on the Geekbench four scores, the brand new Mini 2 gives a fourfold increase in efficiency over the unique. Even in opposition to the Mintbox Mini Professional, which makes use of an AMD A10-Micro 6700T chip as an alternative, the Mini 2 is over 50 % quicker.
There are various extra upgrades to the Mini 2 that ought to make for an improved expertise, all the pieces from transferring from 802.11n Wi-Fi to dual-band 802.11ac (and including Bluetooth assist) to altering the second HDMI to a Mini DisplayPort connection to putting a second USB three.zero port on the entrance of the chassis. Talking of the unit’s housing, the Mintbox Mini 2 relies on Compulab’s Fitlet2 fanless design, which now sports activities a taller high heatsink to assist maintain the elements inside cool and helps as much as 16GB of RAM.
As with the unique Mini, the Mini 2 will are available commonplace and Mini Professional editions after they change into out there in June, with comparable or lower cost tags to their predecessors. The Mini 2 ships with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of solid-state storage, whereas the Mini Professional 2 doubles the RAM and boosts storage capability to a 120GB SSD. Whereas the Mini 2 is a mere $four greater than the primary Mini ($299 versus $294), the $349 Mini Professional 2 is definitely $45 cheaper than the earlier model.