However, unlike the GMK NucBox (opens in new tab) and the Chuwi Larkbox (opens in new tab) that we reviewed (and Xiaomi’s almost identical computer (opens in new tab)), 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 (opens in new tab), the popular Linux distribution (opens in new tab). 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.
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The rest of the specification sheet is familiar: an Intel Celeron J4125 (opens in new tab) 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.
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