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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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Disappointed!
By gcor on 6/15/2010 8:07:50 AM , Rating: 2
For me, the Mac Mini has definitely priced itself out of the market.

I've been wanting to get a Mac Mini to serve as an HTPC machine by adding an HD TV tuner and a large external HDD for storage of photos, home vidoes, music etc. I really like the Apple 10 foot interface and it'd play nice with the other Mac equipment in the house.

Sadly, the old price made it a bit too steep for what it was going to do for me and the CPU grunt only just allowed simultaneous recording and playback.

Now the price has gone up significantly, while the CPU has taken only a tiny bump. There's no chance of it handling two tuners. So other than a robust case on a non-portable device, what do I get for my extra $100? The old graphics could happily do 1080p playback, so the GPU update is of no value to me, or probably anyone else. It's not like it's going to play games at 1080p. Even old Steam ones.

So where's all the love gone Steve? You feeling poor or something? If you hold out your worn out old cap, I'll throw some coins in.




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