A Linux-based Mini PC would be the perfect replacement for that bulky desktop computer as it provides the same functions with better quality within a compact-sized but powerful Mini PC. A mini PC is a relatively new concept, for both the market and the individuals – people are more comfortable with either laptops or desktops. This new gadget, however, has the potential of taking over the best in the segment as it fairly competes with traditional desktop computers that are huge in size and have even huger CPUs that require a lot of space adjustments, with the fan blowing hot air all the time. On the other hand, these Mini PCs are hardly 4” or 5” in size and fit easily on a moderately-sized table. Those who prefer desktop PCs for gaming purposes should also look towards mini PCs as more comfortable and convenient. They may be small, but their power is more than sufficient for every purpose possible, with specifications that already beat the best from the traditional desktop market. Here are the four best Mini PCs that have Linux installed for your reference.
ONE is a good example of a Linux based Mini PC that packs a lot more power and capacity than the traditional systems. Combined with the eighth generation Intel processor, the system packs quite a punch. The system boasts of M.2 SSD support of storage with a capacity of 500 GB and an extra capacity of cranking this storage space up to a whooping 2 TB, making for a great Mini PC that is perfect for intense computing tasks. The RAM capacity can also be amped up to 16 GB; it has an HDMI port that is ever ready for a 4K screen. There are also options available for choosing a previously installed Linux OS – Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Manjaro etc. If you want to use this system for multimedia purposes as well, it is better advised that you install the Ubuntu Multimedia Center for better reception. The specifications overview include a 8th generation Intel processor i5 or i7, a graphics processing unit of Intel UHD 620 (with capacity of 4K support), stretches up to 16 GB RAM with an M.2 SSD till 500 GB, an HDD that can go up to 2 TB, WiFi, an HDMI port and two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports and a USB Type-C port also.
MintBox Mini 2 and Mini 2 Pro
The new MintBox Mini range is a favored and ‘official’ hardware system that works as crowd favorite of the Linux Mint range. These versions come with Intel Celeron J3455 processor, 8 GB RAM, 120 GB SSD that allow the processing to be much faster than the usual Mini PC. A stunning Intel HD graphics 500 is also present on the system and combined with HDMI + miniDP support. The only difference between MintBox Mini and Mini 2 Pro are the SSD capacities – 64 GB and 120 GB SSD respectively for both. Another aesthetic feature of the MintBox range is the full metal casing that also provides it the added benefit of quick heat dissipation, thus reducing the chance of overheating. As a difference from traditional computer, these PCs have no fans and are completely silent. The version is roughed up for working in the industrial atmosphere, and therefore is also resistant to pollutants such as dust and humidity that may compromise with its efficiency. There is also a 5 years unconditional warranty, in case you are not satisfied with the services provided. The systems come already installed with the latest version of Linux Mint, but you can always install any preferred version of Linux distro (a specific distribution of Linux that has the foundation of a common Linux operating system but with added features to one’s preference) – for example, you can install Windows 10 on the MintBox Mini Pro.
This is yet another Linux manufacturer that also has their version of Linux distro. They offer a line of mini-computers which run specifically on the Endless operating system (OS); the OS is more common as a home-centric distro. The costs associated with the purchase are minimal and casual, light tasks of everyday can be done on this system. This means that for demanding tasks, it is best advised that this system should not be your preference. The specifications are an Amlogic® S805, Quad Core, ARM® Cortex A5 processor, 1 GB – 2 GB RAM, a 24 GB storage, 32 GB SSD, a Mali®-450 GPU graphics processor and the Endless OS.
TUXEDO Nano V8
TUXEDO computers are invested in building the perfect custom built PCs and notebooks for those in need. The Nano V8 is a Linux based mini PC that also comes with Ubuntu or the Ubuntu Budgie OS. Armed with an eighth generation Intel processor, the 32 GB RAM allows for a powerful mini PC. There are options for low-end configuration if that is more suited to your needs and you only want the system for basic computing tasks. It has the capacity for the addition of M.2 SSD that combines with HDD for faster storage and better performance with no lags. If you need to connect two 4K screens to this system, that too is a go-ahead. The overview of specifications include an i3 or i7 Intel processor from the 7th or 8th generation with integrated Intel HD Graphics, a capacity up to 32 GB RAM, an M.2 SSD slot for increasing storage, WIiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 capacities, four USB 3.0 ports and the capacity for two HDMI 2.0a 4K screens.