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Apple Mac mini MC239LL/A Desktop (OLD VERSION)

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4.2 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
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  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2.53GHz
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 320GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
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  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
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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

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Processor 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Hard Drive 320 GB
Graphics Coprocessor nVIDIA GeForce 9400M
Chipset Brand nVIDIA
Card Description 9400M
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 5
Brand Name Apple
Series Mac mini
Item model number MC239LL/A
Hardware Platform Mac
Operating System Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard
Item Weight 6 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
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 2
Computer Memory Type SDRAM
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 5400 RPM

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4.2 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #24,780 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#2,396 in Computers & Accessories > Desktops
Shipping Weight 6.4 pounds
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Date First Available October 20, 2009

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[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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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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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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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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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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