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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 Bateluer on 6/15/2010 8:42:20 AM , Rating: 2
I said 'most compelling' of Apple's product line. Their desktops are outrageously expensive and only those people with lots of cash to burn or a complete ignorance of technology buy them. Their laptops are ok, but priced extremely high as well, and coupled with QA issues that Apple barely acknowledges and never completely resolves.

The form factor of the Mac Mini is ideal for an HTPC, but, as most of us seem to state, its priced itself out of its most ideal market while offering minimal hardware improvements.

Its said though, the closest OEM machine I can think of off the top of my head with a similar form factor is the Dell Zino. The Zino's CPUs are even more underpowered, though it does have the option of discrete video. If Dell were to couple the Zino with a more powerful CPU, say an i3 530 or Athlon II X2 240 and ditch the 3.5in hard drive for a 1.8 or 2.5in hardware, while keeping almost the same price point, the Zino would be fantastic.

For the moment, people looking for decent HTPCs are best served by building their own mini-ITX systems.


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