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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

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By omnicronx on 6/15/2010 11:51:30 AM , Rating: 1
I don't think they can combine an nvidia integrated gpu of that calibre with an i5..(as per Nvidia's legal issues) They would have to include a dedicated GPU or use Intel integrated graphics.

When it comes down to it, what will make the most impact for the kind of things the mac mini will be used for? GPU power? (so you can watch HD video etc) or increased clockspeed?

I'll have to go with the former.. CPU speed is irrelevant if you can't make use of it, and I really doubt you can do things such as output 1080p video with Intel integrated graphics, iCore5 or not..

By Pirks on 6/15/2010 12:26:35 PM , Rating: 3
I really doubt you can do things such as output 1080p video with Intel integrated graphics, iCore5 or not
Read this:
and this:

Don't you see that you look like an idiot now, omni? ;)

Stop spewing BS about i5 being unable to play back 1080p videos or play old or low detail games, or else I'll drawn your sorry ass with links to i5 reviews that show how idiotic your comments are ;)

You just have to keep up to date with Anand's reviews, that should be easy enough for ya buddy :))

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