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Apple Mac mini MB138LL/A (1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, Combo Drive) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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3.6 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews
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  • 1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 667 MHz system bus
  • 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM (expandable to 2 GB), 80 GB SATA hard drive, and slot-loading slot-loading Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
  • One FireWire 400 port (8 watts); four USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps); DVI output; VGA output (using included adapter); S-video and composite video output
  • Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit), built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi (802.11g)3; built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) module
  • Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard, iLife '08, and Front Row software included
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Product Description

Product Description

Experience Apple computing in a super-compact, space-saving design with the Apple Mac Mini!This Apple Mac Mini is powered byan Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83 GHz dual-core processor and includes 1 GB of system memory expandable up to 2 GB! The built-in 80 GB hard drive provides enough storage for your music and movies! Burn CDs and watch DVD movies with the slot-loading CDRW/DVD-ROM drive!The super-compact design includes all you need, with integrated video with DVI out, integrated audio, Ethernet LAN , AirPort wireless, Bluetooth 2.0,USB 2.0 ports, and a FireWire port! The Apple iLife software suite is included along with Mac OS X! Powerful and easy computing in a small package can be yours today! Order this Apple Mac Mini now!

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 23 inches
Screen Resolution 1920x 1200
Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels
Processor 1.83 Intel Core 2 Duo
Memory Speed 667 MHz
Hard Drive 80 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor Intel GMA 950 Graphics
Chipset Brand Intel
Card Description Graphics Media Accelerator950
Wireless Type 802.11G
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 4
Brand Name Apple
Series Mac Mini
Item model number MB138LL/A
Hardware Platform Mac
Operating System Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
Item Weight 2.9 pounds
Product Dimensions 6.5 x 6.5 x 2 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 6.5 x 6.5 x 2 inches
Color Silver,White
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 1
Computer Memory Type DDR2 SDRAM
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 5400 RPM
Optical Drive Type DVD-ROM
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Voltage 240 volts

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3.6 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #3,124 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#204 in Computers & Accessories > Desktops
Shipping Weight 5.5 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available August 6, 2007

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I have been a Windows hacker for over 25 years. In that time I have owned many Intel/Windows based computers, several of which I built myself. But I always felt that Windows was a pain, not to mention unreliable. The latest Vista version is a perfect case in point. Hence my decision to invest in the 1.83GHz Mac Mini to see what the fuss with Apple and Leopard was all about. All I have to say is "Wow". This is one nice computer, especially with a couple of minor upgrades that I did myself in about 30 minutes (1G to 2G memory, 80G 5400 RPM hard drive to 100G 7200 RPM hard drive). Coupled with Fusion, which allows all of my critical Windows apps (Office for example) to run virtualized under Leopard, this little jewel is a very solid, impressive unit. It even fit right in with my home network consisting of three desktops, a laptop, and a home server. I will always use Windows for some complicated jobs, but for everyday use, I will be using this Mini and the accompanying Leopard. They are a pleasure to use. I only regret not having tried Apple sooner. If you are even remotely considering Apple, I highly recommend this unit.
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Getting my Mac to work the way I want has been a little frustrating. First, I purchased the version with only 1GB of memory with the intention of installing additional 3rd party memory (what Apple charges for additional memory is nothing short of criminal). As I am a very old hand at cracking open PCs, I thought this would be a straight-forward process, but it isn't.

First off, opening a Mac Mini on your own violates the warranty! This is an absolutely ridiculous policy on the part of Apple and harkens back to the days of the old Mac 128K. But I plowed on, and found myself stunned by what I needed to open the case: a spackling knife! I'm trying to upgrade a computer, not a house!

Anyway, I get the case off, and am amazed at what a tight fit everything is inside. Things are even more cramped than in a notebook. The directions I found online on how to proceed at this point had me confused and concerned that I was about to convert this Mac into a $600 doorstop, but I finally found the screws I had to remove (note: they are the 4 black screws in the four corners of the mount that holds the Combo drive in place above the motherboard, after you pop off the WiFi antenna). CAREFULLY, I set the Combo drive aside, removed the old memory, and installed two 1GB modules I bought off Amazon from Crucial.

I put everything back together, plugged a DVI-to-HDMI cable from the Mac to my hi-def TV, powered on and: nothing. Panic-stricken, I swapped the original memory back in place, and everything worked fine. Putting the Crucial memory in place: nothing. So I had bad after-market memory. I went back to the original memory, and I had a working computer.

Setup at this point was almost painless.
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By V. Kayambu on November 28, 2007
After doing lot of research whether to go for Apple laptop or Mac mini.settled with Mac mini as the price was good.I would say it is really a good investment.Setup was very easy and got the Leophard DVD from Apple within a week and upgrade took less time.Only thing you need to have in mind is the Monitor which you are using should be DVI compatible then only you can get a better resolution.If you have a VGA monitor the resolution will be ok but not that great/

Installed Microsoft XP using Bootcamp.Install was a issues Apple have given all the drivers needed to run Windows.Both works fine

Light weight
No noise
Fits your desktop
Easy setup
Apple OS

Installing Additonal RAM.It is a pain to open the box to do it.

Overall if you are looking to switch to MAC from Windows then go for this.
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Apple's miniMac, although not for power users, makes a great purchase for casual users and those who want to dedicate a computer to a specific purpose (i.g., TIVO type of service, a small network server, controlling lights and security in the house, as in interface between a Ham Radio and the whole world, home theater setup, etc.) Just be sure to purchase as much memory as possible! Windows and Linux can run on this computer in emulation as quickly as on a regular laptop PC. (I have found that VMware's Fusion is simple and almost foolproof! Parallels is more complicated, but it works well, also.) Disadvantages? -- Not enough USB or Firewire ports, and inability to connect 2nd monitor. Also, I wish the on/off button was on the front of the machine instead of the back, but that could be an advantage in some cases!. With Leopard as the operating system, the computer is quick and responsive and can do so much. But don't expect it to do everything as quickly as a PowerMac or one of the faster iMacs. It has it's limits, but they are very high, and the average user will not reach them for a loooong time!
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I bought this item 2 weeks ago and just upgraded the memory to 3Gigs. I have a 160GB Ministack (same form factor) sitting under it which serves as an alternate boot drive and a Firewire/USB powered hub. The machine works great and is very silent. It takes up minimal space on the desktop. A great buy for switchers and new users as an introduction the Macs.
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