Compulab Mintbox 2
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- 3rd Gen Intel Core i5 (Ivy Bridge) 1.8 GHz dual-core, 4 GB RAM
- 5 year warranty
- Fanless aluminum case, 500 GB hard-disk pre-installed with Linux Mint
- Dual Gbit Ethernet, WiFi 802.11n, HDMI + DisplayPort, 7.1 channels S/PDIF audio
- Note: ships with schuko AC cord
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Top Customer Reviews
I purchased mine directly from the manufacturers 6 months ago (Sept. 2013), and it's been my only desktop ever since.
The build quality is superb, and to put it mildly, it's hefty! It has a solid, die-cast, finned, aluminium case. It is in fact its own heatsink.
It is completely fanless, and therefore unbelievably quiet. With an SSD, it would be absolutely silent.
There is a lot to be said for "fanless", of course. Quite apart from noise with small fans, there is also the problem of dirt ingress and consequent risk of over-heating. With completely passive cooling, the manufacturers are able to give a FIVE YEAR warranty! (HD = 2 years?)
Temperature on mine has not been a problem at all. CPU sensors show typically in the 40s, and the highest I've ever seen has been just over 60C. I believe the safety cut-out is at over 100C!
Read the specs for all the I/O. They are impressive.
It came with Mate, I swapped to Cinnamon, and then installed Cairo Dock, so yes, it looks like a Mac.
However, as far as price goes, I reckon far better value than a Mac-Mini.
Average Power consumption (at the wall socket) is 10.5 watts, so compared with the tower (of half the processing power) which it replaced, I have an "unseen" saving in electricity of about £60 a year.
It worked straight out of the box, no worrying about Linux distro’s and installation procedures, just plug it in and switch it on.
I use it mostly for software development work (which means loads of fairly demanding apps always open, though no gaming, video rendering, or any such stuff). It feels pretty snappy and responsive for everything I do, with no noticeable lagginess.
I replaced the stock 4GB of memory with 8GB before even switching it on; I now find I tend to have around half the available memory used (sometimes a little more), with almost no swapping (‘$ free -m’),
I use it with dual monitors (AOC I2369VM 23") – I had them both plugged in the first time I switched the MintBox on, and they were both recognised automatically (HDMI on the left, DisplayPort on the right); I had no fiddling to do. WiFi is, of course, recognised automatically. My wireless keyboard & mouse (Logitech K360/M325) just worked. I’ve been able to use a scanner (Canon N670U) which no longer works on Windows, though I’ve struggled with a Brother HL-2270DW wireless printer which works better on Windows – individual driver issues, I guess, though printers is perhaps one area where Linux is less smooth than Windows.
Having no fans, the MintBox runs almost completely silent (the hard disk is the only noise, which is far quieter than my central heating). It typically runs at around a pleasant 55°C - 65°C (‘$ sensors’).
Moving from Windows, I miss almost nothing, and gain loads. Linux Mint (16 ‘Petra’ / Cinnamon) largely just works out of the box. It’s mostly pretty similar to Windows – including an improved version of the (pre-Windows8) start menu.Read more ›
I didnt notice any noise coming from this box but swapped the HDD for an SSD mainly so that I could keep the heat level down as much as possible and reduce boot times a lot. I also installed the maximum 16GB of memory and added an external RAID box where I can safely store the big files.
I use the box as a server that I can access from work or at home, running various personal software development tools from it. I also use it as a home media server for watching videos and playing music from my TV.
These jobs it performs flawlessly and there are plenty of connections for expansion.
I would thoroughly recommend this device to anyone needing a basic PC or something more complex like me. I am considering buying a 2nd just to replace my aging and comparatively noisy desktop PC.
Oh, did I mention the low power consumption, If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce your leccy bills, then this device wins here too. Fantastic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Generally pretty good for the size. Very quiet, solidly made and stylish. I found it worked a lot smoother running a lightweight desktop environment; it's not really up to running... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matt J
As a very compact, low power Linux/Windows PC, the MintBox 2 does the job really well. I chose it over a laptop as I wanted the versatility of the outputs and the connectivity... Read morePublished 13 months ago by The Red Baron