For those not familiar with the Pinebook series of Laptops. These ultra low-cost devices have been engineered to run the modern OS – “Plasma Neon“.
2 Gigs of Ram and a small 16 Gig eMMC card – – so – – use a lighter browser like Midori and don’t expect fast internet if the site is media heavy (like “weather.com”). Still . . . . it’s $99 . . . .
PineBook Neon Laptop – Info & Specs
AI camera nice review but again its $299 for one camera
Link Text Shortcut – TechConnect Review
The new MintBox Mini (4th gen) offers a great price and warranty. It features a new Intel Quad-Core Celeron and 8 Gigs of ram for $349.oo.
These units are built to last 10-15 years. I’ve seen the prior version in operation at Omaha LUG and it’s fast and totally SILENT. We already have two club members happily running very similar systems.
OMG! Blog re 4th Gen MintBox Mini
This post will update a previous post about the same topic, but includes the latest info. WPA3 is a substantial improvement over the current WPA2 ecosphere.
It features 4 Main new or improved functionalities:
- Privacy on Public WiFi Networks
- Protection against “Brute Force” attacks
- Easier connection to “Non-Display” computing devices (aka, Amazon Echo & many similar IoT type of hardware)
- Higher Security for Gov, Defense and Industrial (& Business) organizations
When will it be available . . . ?? Hardware and software updates slated for release starting in 4q 2018 (although some devices from last half of 2017 are already wpa3 capable — but not activated).
HTG Article re WPA3
Don’t “FRY” your Tablet, PC, Phone etc. . . . .
HTG Article re USB-C Cables
Managed to ‘clean’ install Elementary OS on little, slow, old laptop! No apps yet .. but all  updates are done and works great so far.
Internet, sound, mouse . . . what more do I need!