The mintBox is available in two versions.
mintBox Basic ($476 + shipping, duty & VAT):
APU G-T40N (1.0 GHz dual core + Radeon HD 6290 Ė 9W)
Flat metal case
mintBox Pro ($549 + shipping, duty & VAT):
APU G-T56N (1.65 GHz dual core + Radeon HD 6320 Ė 18W)
Ribbed metal case
Another highlight of the mintBox is how easy it is to open it. Both the RAM and the HDD are accessible from underneath the box. Use a standard screwdriver to open the bay and you can upgrade your RAM or switch the HDD for a SSD drive without any hassle.
The case itself is held by 4 additional screws. Unless youíre interested in changing the front face of the mintBox (CompuLab provides modular face modules) you probably wonít need to ever open it, but itís nice to know that itís quite easy to do so may the need arise.
The case also features a Kesington lock and there are 4 small dents underneath it for the mintBox to be mounted on a VESA mount bracket (which will be sold separately by CompuLab). These two features and the low-power consumption of the unit (respectively idle and full load: 8-17W for the basic model, 9-24W for the pro model) make the mintBox an attractive device for companies, hotels and cybercafes where it can be placed or mounted on walls securely and significantly reduce noise levels and electricity bills.
Cinnamon, 3D effects and video acceleration
CompuLab supplies our project with hardware equipment, and Linux Mint 13 was tested on the mintBox itself prior to being released. CompuLab and Linux Mint also worked together on a custom version of Linux Mint 12 with MATE 1.2 and XBMC for the fit-PC3. Going forward, the mintBox is likely to come pre-installed with Linux Mint 13.
Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon is fully functional, with 3D effects, and without the need for ATI drivers on both the mintBox basic and pro models.