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Apple Mac mini MC239LL/A Desktop (OLD VERSION)

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  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.53GHz
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 320GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • GeForce
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
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Product Description

Introducing the new Mac mini. Just connect this tiny 6.5-inch-square Mac to your own display, keyboard, and mouse and you've got an instant desktop computer loaded with Mac OS X Snow Leopard and iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand. The new Mac mini features a faster processor - up to 2.53GHz - and up to 4GB of memory. That's twice as much memory as before. It also comes with up to 320GB of storage space and high-performance NVIDIA graphics. What doesn't Mac mini do? It doesn't waste energy. Mac mini uses less than 14 watts of power when idle, making it the world's most energy-efficient desktop computer. NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB DDR3 Shared Video Memory Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+-RW DL/CD-RW) Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) Ethernet Audio - Built-in speaker, combined optical digital audio input/audio line in, combined optical digital audio output/headphone out Ports - 5 x USB 2.0, FireWire 800, mini-DVI output; VGA output (using optional adapter); Mini DisplayPort Approximate Unit Dimensions - 2 (H) x 6.5 (W) x 6.5 (D) Approximate Unit Weight - 2.9 Pounds

Upgraded with a faster 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, Apple's innovative Mac mini desktop is a great choice for home computing tasks and creating a digital media hub. It fits everything that makes a Mac a Mac inside an elegant 2-inch-tall, 6.5-inch square--just add your own keyboard, mouse, and display. The Mac mini also includes excellent video processing power from the integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics chip, an ultra-fast FireWire 800 port, and dual video outputs--a Mini DisplayPort and a Mini-DVI port.

Inside its 2-inch-tall, 6.5-inch-square anodized aluminum enclosure, the Mac mini houses the fast Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
Officially, Mac mini is a desktop computer. But because it can go places no other desktop can go, it's been used everywhere from boats to server rooms, as the heart of an entertainment center--and even to power robots. Small, elegant, and unassuming, it has a sleek, anodized aluminum case and clean, white surface.

Continuing Apple's commitment to the environment, the Mac mini exceeds current Energy Star 5.0 requirements by consuming less than 14 watts when idle 45 percent less power than the previous generation. It's also made from highly recyclable aluminum, uses PVC-free internal components and cables, contains no brominated flame retardants, and even features smaller packaging.

It comes pre-loaded with Apple's Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system--an operating system custom-designed for the advanced technology inside--and it also comes with the iLife '09 suite of applications, including iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband, and iTunes.

Key Specifications

  • Faster 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor helps you breeze through everyday tasks such as emailing, web browsing, and working with documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in iWork or Microsoft Office for Mac (both sold separately).
  • 320 GB hard drive (5400 RPM)
  • 4 GB installed RAM (1066 MHz DDR3; maximum capacity)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor (with 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory) for an outstanding everyday graphics experience
  • 8x slot-loading SuperDrive with double-layer DVD support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Wi-Fi wireless networking (based on 802.11n specification; 802.11a/b/g compatible)
  • Gigabit Ethernet wired networking (10/100/1000BASE-T)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) for connecting with peripherals such as keyboards, mice and cell phones
  • Dual video output options with Mini DisplayPort and Mini-DVI (includes Mini-DVI to DVI Adapter; optional Mini-DVI to VGA Adapter)
  • Built-in mono speaker
  • Combined optical digital output/headphone output (also includes line-in/microphone jack)
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 6.5 x 2 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 2.9 pounds

What's in the box
Mac mini; Mini-DVI to DVI Adapter; 110W power adapter and power cord; install/restore DVDs; printed and electronic documentation

Limited Warranty And Service
The Mac mini comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan to extend your service and support to three years from your computer's purchase date. Only the AppleCare Protection Plan provides you with direct telephone support from Apple technical experts and the assurance that repairs will be handled by Apple-authorized technicians using genuine Apple parts.

Key Features

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
Experience improved energy efficiency and improved multitasking with the 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, which also offers an ultra-fast 1066 MHz front-side bus (FSB) and a large 3 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance. The FSB carries data between the CPU and RAM, and a faster front-side bus will deliver better overall performance.)

The hafnium-infused circuitry--which reduces electrical current leakage in transistors--conserves even more energy. With a substantial 3 MB of shared L2 cache, data and instructions can be kept close to the two processor cores, greatly increasing performance and allowing the entire system to work more efficiently. And, because the processor cores share the L2 cache, either can use the entire amount if the other happens to be idle.

Graphics Processor
The Mac mini features the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics processor for up to five times better graphics performance than its predecessor, and its dual display support can drive two Apple or third-party displays with Mini DisplayPort or DVI connections. The NVIDIA GeForce 9400M shares 256 MB of DDR3 SDRAM with main memory. You'll notice the difference when you work with high-resolution photos and high-definition video, where graphics-intensive features in iPhoto and iMovie are smoother. And 3D game play--from Spore to Call of Duty--is faster and more responsive.

Wireless Connectivity
The built-in 802.11n wireless networking provides up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g, but it's also backward-compatible with 802.11a/b/g routers, enabling you to communicate with the a wide variety of Wi-Fi resources. It works seamlessly with the new AirPort Extreme with 802.11n. Use the built-in Bluetooth wireless technology to connect to your PDA or cell phone, synchronize addresses, or download pictures from your cell phone. You can also use a wireless headset for iChat audio chats and VoIP calls as well as quickly share files with a colleague.

Pre-Loaded with Mac OS X Snow Leopard and iLife '09

Every Mac comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the world's most advanced operating system, and iLife, Apple's innovative suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music. Snow Leopard builds on a decade of OS X innovation and success with hundreds of refinements, new core technologies and out of the box support for Microsoft Exchange. iLife features iPhoto, to easily organize and manage photos; iMovie with powerful easy-to-use new features such as Precision Editor, video stabilization and advanced drag and drop; and GarageBand which introduces a whole new way to help you learn to play piano and guitar.

Installed software

  • Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard (includes Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools)
  • iLife '09 (includes iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iWeb, iDVD)

Because Apple designs both hardware and software, we can reduce our environmental footprint in ways others can't. For starters, a highly efficient power supply reduces the amount of power wasted when bringing electricity from the wall to your Mac. Unlike a lot of PCs, a Mac uses energy-efficient hardware components that work hand in hand with the operating system to conserve power--even between keystrokes.

A Mac also doesn't contain a lot of toxic materials. All Mac displays are mercury and arsenic free, and the internal components are free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs).

Efficient Power Supply
Mac mini includes a highly efficient power supply that reduces the amount of power wasted when bringing electricity from the wall to your computer. Lower power consumption reduces energy bills and lessens the environmental impact of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Advanced Power Management
Unlike a lot of Windows-based PC systems, Mac mini uses energy-efficient hardware components that work hand in hand with the operating system to conserve power. Mac OS X spins down hard drives and activates sleep mode. And it balances tasks across both central processors and graphics processors. Mac OS X never misses a power-saving opportunity, no matter how small. It even regulates the processor between keystrokes, reducing power between the letters you type. That's just one of many ways Apple manages small amounts of power that add up to big savings.

Mac mini is a great example of Apple's energy-efficient design philosophy. It uses less than 14 watts of power when idle--that's something no other desktop computer can do.2

ENERGY STAR Qualification
Mac mini meets the stringent low power requirements set by the EPA, giving it ENERGY STAR qualification. ENERGY STAR 5.0 sets significantly higher efficiency limits for power supplies and aggressive limits for the computer's typical annual power consumption.

Product Information

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Processor2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Hard Drive320 GB
Graphics CoprocessornVIDIA GeForce 9400M
Chipset BrandnVIDIA
Card Description9400M
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 5
Brand NameApple
SeriesMac mini
Item model numberMC239LL/A
Hardware PlatformMac
Operating SystemMac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard
Item Weight6 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H6.50 x 6.50 x 2 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count2
Computer Memory TypeSDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #16,041 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight6.4 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 AvailableOctober 20, 2009
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151 of 153 people found the following review helpful By Glenn R. Howes TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 5, 2009
[Update June 15, 2010: this version of the Mac Mini has been superceded by an even slicker looking, smaller, more powerful model. Unless you can get this model at a great closeout price, I would get the newer Mini. It looks great.]

First of all my credentials, I have been writing Mac software since 1992. I've had on my various desks a Mac Plus, Performa 605, PowerBook 100, several iBooks, PowerBook G4s, MacBook, PowerMacs 7600, 8100, G3, G4 and G5, a couple recent generation iMacs and a previous generation Mac Mini. I have seen Macs come and go, and I just love this little desktop. It is exactly what I need for compiling a large desktop application using Apple's development tools. What I need is a reasonably fast processor, Firewire, 4GB of RAM and multiple monitor support. I do not need a huge box filled with disks. I do not need some super fast GPU. I do not need PCI cards. If I did, then yeah, a Mac Pro would be sitting under my desk sucking up the Watts.

My company has also provided me with a monstrous, fully loaded, Dell whose case could hold upwards of 30 Mac Mini's. In the one processor intensive task I do--doing a full rebuild of a large C++ application--the Xenon processor and desktop hard drives in the Dell can complete the task in 6 minutes while the Core 2 Duo processor and laptop drives in the Mini can do the task in 13 minutes. If I were doing that task many times a day (as opposed to several times a week) then I would need to move up to a high end iMac or Mac Pro; but I don't and I can live with the more typical single change, compile, link time of 14 seconds on the Mini versus a very erratic 6 seconds on the Dell (for whatever reason Visual Studio on the PC will sometimes take over a minute to do this).
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By D. Spong on December 14, 2009
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This is my first Mac and Mac used since the Apple II was out in the 1980's, so I've owned a PC for almost 20 years. Bottom line is it works as a computer user would hope without all the issues related to using a PC. Connects (wireless network) to my old PCs and peripherals without any compatibility issues. It makes no noise, takes up a 6x6" area on my desk and does everything as well as my monster (9x24x20") 3.2Ghz PC I built awhile back and does without crashing. I thought I loved Windows XP, which was/is MSs best OS ever released (I have Win 7 Ultimate trial on my PC, nice but still bloated) however the Mac OS is much simpler without all the added nonsense (popups, balloons, smart copy, desktop cleanup, Aero graphics etc.), the OS is not meant to be entertainment, just a means of running the apps you actually want to install efficiently. My Mac came with zero crapware installed, no trial this or that; just the basic apps an average user would need and access to anything else you might ([...]).

I am still learning new things each day but was able to figure out everything I needed to the first week. Installing applications is odd, not the same as a PC... So many free applications. I am running Star Office (similar to MS Office), it was completely free and no ads or popups. It opens, displays, edits etc all of my Office 2007 files. I had issues writing to my PC hard drives (via USB hard drive enclosure and network) initially but found a free app that corrected that issue and made the NTSF drive fully compatible, again, no advertisements or popups.

I don't play computer games so I can not comment on its performance for games, however everything I do is instantaneous without locking up or hesitating.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Vox Locus on November 17, 2009
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I have lots of Mac computers, both the ones I am in charge of at work, and my own at home.

This 2.53ghz Mac Mini is my desktop at work, pushing to the side a MacBook Pro 15" 2.2 ghz


I was using the MacBook Pro mostly as a desktop, driving a 24" monitor, and using the 15" MBP as the secondary monitor.

I do a lot of spreadsheet work, and decided the Mac Mini's ability to drive two 24" monitors simultaneously would be a big help.

And it sure is.

I'm now running a Dell LED 24" and an HP that offers pivot for when I need to view all of a really long document.

I am very happy with the purchase. Even tho the Mini sits about 2 feet from my ears, I can't hear it run.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dave on November 29, 2009
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The Mac mini is getting better each year. This is the fourth one I've owned (for home and business) starting with a G4 a few years ago.

The 2.53GHz 2009 model is quite speedy and has good graphics. You might not want to play high end 3D games with a mini but everything else, including HD video works just great.

It's very quiet, with only a whisper of a fan. It'll drive two displays if needed. It has five USB ports which I usually have filled. And Firewire 800 lets me attach a big fast external drive.

Highly recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ScW on December 9, 2009
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At work, I got a MacBook Pro and decided that I liked Mac OS X well enough that I'd run it at home. This little box is like the micro-desktop equivalent (performance-wise) to my MacBook Pro. Low power, small, simple... and I don't feel overly tied in to a specific monitor. I already had an HP 24" and the mini fits perfectly on the actual monitor stand, below the screen. They were made for each other.

I also bought an Apple keyboard to keep things consistent but use my logitech wireless laser mouse with it. Another great combo.

No regrets so far.
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