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CompuLab Intense PC Pro Review: The Mini PC of your dreams

Jan 11, 2013, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Zwetsloot)

The Pro comes packed with an astounding 8 GB of RAM, upgradeable to 16 if you so wish; a Sandy Bridge chipset with an Intel i7 Mobile CPU and HD 4000 GPU; and a 500 GB HDD as well. To access all this raw power, there’s Bluetooth, N-rated WiFi, two ethernet ports, two eSATA ports, HDMI and Display Port output, and a total of eight USB ports, two of which are USB 3.0. All of this is packed into a die cast, ridged case no bigger than a digital set-top box, which is frankly pretty amazing.

The Linux option of the Intense PC comes with Linux Mint 13 pre-installed, likely a result of CompuLabs work on the Mint Box, however it’s a fine distro to get up and running with the PC. Alternatively, bootable USB sticks are prioritised in the boot order, so replacing it does not require any fiddling with BIOS settings or figuring out which function key opens the boot menu.

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