Apple Mac mini

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Gadget of the Week

Apple Mac mini computer

 

Pros

Very small and very stylish

Features Apples excellent Mac OS X Operating System

Comes complete with Apples very good iLife 06 lifestyle software suite

Now features an Intel processor!

Affordable if you already have a screen, keyboard and mouse

Intel processor means that this Mac is now capable of running Windows XP (not supplied or supported) as well as the Mac OS X Operating System (supplied and supported)

Has a 1 GigaBit LAN connector

 

Cons

Most computer users use the industry standard Microsoft Windows Operating System. Apple computers run Mac OS X rather than Windows out of the box. However Apple has in the last few days released an unsupported Beta patch which will allow you to run Windows XP on your Intel based Apple Mac. The facility will it is claimed appear as a standard feature in a future version of Apples Mac OS X Operating System.

Hard drive spins at 5400RPM (not 7200RPM) making it slower than a typical desktop drive

Graphics RAM is shared with the main memory

 

List price: £559 inc. VAT for featured model (not including screen, keyboard or mouse). Mac mini computers start at £449 inc. VAT

 

Star Rating: 8.5 Stars - Excellent Intel based spec shoehorned into a small desktop. Potential purchasers should also consider a laptop computer before taking the plunge.

 

 

Specifications

1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor

512MB RAM upgradeable to 2GB

80GB SATA hard drive

Slot-loading SuperDrive with Dual Layer support(DVD+R, DL/DVD+/-RW, CD-RW)

Intel GMA950 graphics processor with 64MB RAM shared with main memory

Built-in 10/100/1000 Ethernet port

Built-in AirPort Extreme wireless networking (802.11g)

Built-in Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)

Complete with Apple Remote control

One FireWire 400 port

Four USB 2.0 ports

Combined Optical digital audio output/Headphone out

Combined optical digital audio input/audio Line in

Built-in speaker