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The CuBox Pro Open-Source computer, the latest in a growing line of small, energy-efficient, linux-powered computers, has recently become available for consumers to purchase.

The CuBox is a tiny 2 cubic inches, and is one of the smallest “desktop” PC’s available on the market. The Linux operating system is also well-known to be an energy-efficient alternative to Windows and Mac OS.

Along with its miniscule design, the CuBox also uses only 3 watts of energy. Even though it may have a small power output, the computer is great for a wide range of application-heavy projects.

The specifications include an 800MHz dual issue ARM PJ4 processor, 1080p Video Decode Engine, OpenGL | ES 2.0 graphic engine, Android TV, and more.

The CuBox is a linux-powered device, which means it’s easily customizable, and can be designed around your needs. It’s priced at $130 for pre-orders, however it will shoot up to $160 after it officially goes on sale. Another similarly capable computer device is the Raspberry Pi, which is a popular computer among developers, designers, and Linux enthusiasts.

However, since the Raspberry Pi only costs around $35, the CuBox isn’t exactly a competitor. The CuBox is also more of a comprehensive and user-friendly device, perfect as a desktop PC on the side. People with DIY needs will particularly enjoy the CuBox. And those who keep watch of their electric bill will also appreciate the minimal carbon footprint the CuBox leaves behind.

It’s nice to see an apparent trend towards energy-efficient computers. And following along the lines of Moore’s Law, these computers are becoming smaller and smaller as the trend continues. However, we would like to see more prominent computer developers take on this type of design, rather than continue producing the same style of desktops while making little attempt to lower their impact on the environment.

Linux has a slight learning curve for those who haven’t used its interface before, but you can find numerous tutorials and resources on Youtube and linux-based websites.

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