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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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RE: Eh..
By gcor on 6/15/2010 7:27:28 PM , Rating: 2
I built a Windows based HTPC a while back, with LCD screen and remote on/off etc. Honestly, I thought the machine and interface were more than a bit clunky. The wife and kids found it too unfriendly and slow (i.e. resume from standby) to want to program TV recordings, etc. Really, it didn't come close to being a "consumer electronic" device, it was still too much of a PC trying, and found wanting, to be something else.

On the other hand, we tried setting up a Mac laptop as an HTPC for a trial run and it performed much better for the job. Except for the cost of course.

Perhaps I'd better start looking into a Hacintosh.

RE: Eh..
By B3an on 6/17/2010 12:19:17 AM , Rating: 2
Have you ever even used Win7?
Because i cant believe you honestly prefer OSX for a HTPC, it's just ridiculous.

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