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Apple Mac mini gets a thorough redesign

When it comes to Apple's computing products, there are a few that seem to not get much attention. The Mac Pro is one of them, and the other is the Mac mini. Today, however, Apple is showing a little bit of love for its tiny little desktop machine.

The Mac mini is now sporting an all new design, which looks to be both flatter and wider. The body is now only 1" thick and is carved from a single piece of aluminum. On the bottom of the device is a circular access panel that allows you to gain access to the memory modules.

The Mac mini now sports either a 2.4GHz or 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB of RAM (up to 8GB is supported). Graphics duties are handled by an NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated GPU with 256MB of DDR3 memory.

Storage duties are handled by either a 320GB or 500GB SATA hard drive. An 8x slot-loading SuperDrive soldiers on for your DVD and CD media.

Port selection includes one Firewire 800 port, four USB 2.0 ports, GbE, HDMI, mini DisplayPort, and an SD slot. Wireless connectivity includes Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and 802.11n.

“The sleek, aluminum Mac mini packs great features, versatility and value into an elegant, amazingly compact design,” said Apple's Philip Schiller. “With twice the graphics performance, HDMI support and industry-leading energy efficiency, customers are going to love the new Mac mini.”

While Apple's new Mac mini is no doubt stylish, you will pay through the nose to get one. Pricing starts at a a whopping $699 (a $100 increase over the previous model) and it is available now from Apple.com.



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By MonkeyPaw on 6/15/2010 7:41:21 AM , Rating: 5
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Well, considering they raised the price by $100, they should have given folks a lot more than a C2D.


Remember when the Macmini was affordable? This product has completely lost it's niche. I remember buying the original for, what, $399? It is now a $699 piece of hardware. I don't care how thin it is or how cool it looks, it's just too expensive. In a world where most companies update the specs of hardware and keep the price the same, Apple goes and jacks the price up some more. So much for an entry level Mac.


By Spivonious on 6/15/2010 10:11:18 AM , Rating: 4
But it's white! But it's got half-eaten fruit on it!


By Dennis Travis on 6/15/2010 12:54:50 PM , Rating: 2
Just a note. The first G4 low end Mini was $499 and not $399. I wish they would have kept a lower cost version in the lineup.


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