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This tiny Linux PC has a unique feature that sets it apart from the rest of the market

Pantera Pico
(Image credit: Pantera / Indiegogo)
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The Pantera Pico PC, by XDO.AI, is the fourth thin client/mini PC we’ve seen with this tiny cubic form factor.

However, unlike the GMK NucBox and the Chuwi Larkbox that we reviewed (and Xiaomi’s almost identical computer), this one has three unique selling points that make it stand out from the competition (for better or for worse).

First, it is the only model to date that is certified to run on Ubuntu, the popular Linux distribution. Then there’s the fact it's available in a number of color schemes with matching LED lights. And, finally, it is the only PC we know of that includes an (optional) docking station.

The rest of the specification sheet is familiar: an Intel Celeron J4125 processor, up to 8GB LPDDR4 memory, WI-FI 5, up to 512GB eMMC 5.1 storage, four full-size USB ports, one Type-C power connector, an HDMI 2.0 port, a 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card reader.

An aluminum chassis and an improved cooling system mean the Pantera should also be cooler to run under load compared to its rivals.

Like so many others, the device will start life on a crowdfunding platform (Indiegogo) and early bird backers will get up to 40% discount. The stretch goal for the project will be an entertainment platform (the docking station) called Xentaur.

A Windows 10 version is also in the pipeline and there will be a spare M.2 slot for additional onboard storage.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.