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The Apple Mac Mini is a computer with an extremely small form factor, allowing it to fit nearly anywhere.

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Pros

now includes an HDMI output - important for use of the device as a media center PC, capable of connecting with compatible HDTVs, receivers, displays, etc...

5 agree

compatible with Apple's optional remote control - an essential for use as an HTPC

5 agree

power supply is now built in - no more bulky adaptor

5 agree

extremely compact and lightweight for a full PC - 60% the size of the last generation model

5 agree

now includes an SD slot for easy use with SD-based cameras and camcorders

4 agree

stunning unibody brushed aluminum enclosure - a huge improvement over the plastic body of the previous generation offering

4 agree

easy RAM upgrades via twist-off bottom

4 agree

powerful for the majority of consumers - way more horsepower than a comparably sized nettop

3 agree

still the cheapest way to own a Mac

3 agree

you can install Windows 7 or Linux with BootCamp

2 agree

keeping the power button and SD card reader on the back of the device allow for a clean, minimalist Apple aesthetic

2 agree

capable Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics

2 agree
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Cons

no Blu-ray - limiting factor for use as a HTPC

5 agree

$100 premium over the previous generation - quite expensive at $699 for a Core 2 Duo based device

5 agree

power button and SD card reader are located on the back of the device - difficult to get to easily

5 agree

same old Core 2 Duo inside

4 agree

Nvidia 320M graphics system has no dedicated graphics RAM, uses 256MB system RAM (same as MacBook Pro 13")

3 agree

cannot be ordered as barebone (no harddrive, no RAM, no optical drive, no OS, etc)

2 agree

no TV tuner option (could have replaced cable TV / terrestrial TV as it has HDMI output to HD monitors)

1 agrees

no PCI ExpressCard expansion option (for powerful graphics cards etc)

1 agrees

no SSD option, only traditional hard-drives (SSDs are absolutely silent, secure, and very fast)

1 agrees
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The Apple Mac Mini is a computer with an extremely small form factor, allowing it to fit nearly anywhere. At 1.4 inches tall (and about 60% of the size of the previous Mac Mini) and missing its predecessor's large power supply, this new Mac Mini is quite small indeed. Despite this, the Mac Mini's specs have grown from previous versions: 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, 2GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 320M GPU and a 320GB hard drive (at base configuration) as well as and HDMI output, SD card reader, 802.11n wireless and a Mini DisplayPort jack.

The Mac Mini's small form factor, lack of power brick and aluminum unibody ensure that it will be comfortable in any environment, from desktop to living room. Its 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo CPU, 2GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor make the Mac Mini more capable, allowing it to easily handle day-to-day activity as well as some gaming. Additionally, the Mac Mini's HDMI port enables it to easily be integrated into any modern home video setup.

Features
  • Tiny form factor
  • Unibody aluminum exterior
  • 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M GPU
  • 320GB hard drive
  • HDMI output, Mini DisplayPort jack
  • 802.11n wireless
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