The CompuLab and Linux Mint won’t dishearten on the front because they have just unveiled the MintBox 2 which is a big time improvement to their open source mini PC. It’s the second generation compressed desktop that runs Linux Mint out of the box. While the predecessor ran embedded chips like AMD E series ‘Zacate’ APUs, the latest version gets its hands on Intel Core i5 that is allegedly four times faster than the AMD T56 present in the MintBox Pro . We personally presume that Compulab might be using mobile dual-core variants, which is considered to be four times as fast as an E-series APU.
In addition to the faster processor, the refreshed model possesses double the storage than that of its previous generations by adding a second gigabit Ethernet jack responsible for server duties. It is expected to ship with at least 4GB of dual memory, a hard disk space of 500GB and two Ethernet gigabit interfaces.
Coming down to its size, it measures 190x160x40mm. For the purpose of cooling the processor, the MintBox 2 has a double metal body . Besides this, Linux Mint 15 ‘Olivia’ comes in preinstalled.
CompuLab and Linux Mint haven’t revealed how soon they want to ship MintBox, although they’re expecting a price tag of $599 at Amazon.