|Screen Resolution||1920x 1200|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920x 1200 pixels|
|Processor||2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo|
|RAM||1 GB DDR2|
|Memory Speed||667 MHz|
|Hard Drive||120 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel GMA950|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||4|
|National Stock Number||7010-01-557-7156|
Apple Mac mini MB139LL/A (2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 667 MHz system bus
- 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM (expandable to 2 GB), 120 GB SATA hard drive, and slot-loading SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/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); 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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When I got this machine, I immediately replaced the two 512 MB sticks with two 1 GB sticks that I bought online for about $35 each (much cheaper than Apple). I also had an existing 200GB external drive which is the same form factor as the mini and sits underneath it in addition to a Belkin USB hub (same form factor as well), since you can never have enough USB 2.0 ports.
The machine is great and much faster than my old Power PC mini. iPhoto opens very quickly and I can immediately browse through all my film rolls, even with other programs, such as Safari and Eudora, running. I am glad I waited until Apple changed from the Core Duo to the Core 2 Duo, although I am not sure how much difference there is between the newer and older Intel mini.
I also love the included remote for iLife. It's nice to be able to browse through iTunes, iPhoto, etc. without the keyboard/mouse.
There are rumors that Apple will discontinue this little machine soon, but I hope they don't as it is a great buy for anyone who already has a nice monitor/LCD. I would like to get a 24" iMac but they are too expensive and I would much rather just buy a Mac mini and hook it up to a 20" or 24" external LCD since I don't like all-in-one devices (printers or computers).
Update (11/2011): This Mac mini is still going strong. I have since upgraded the HDD to a 250 GB, 320 GB and recently a 1 TB drive. The upgrades went smootly and I even installed Bootcamp and Windows 7 (needed for work) onto a 300 GB partition without any problems.
-- This little guy is fast and reliable. The 1 GB RAM is good enough for most users, although you can expand to 2 GB. (See Cons.)
-- Size. No more towers!
-- Leopard is utterly fantastic. Make sure you take the "tour" to fully appreciate its capabilities and features since many aren't immediately obvious. It allows easy sharing of files within a network, wireless or otherwise, automatics back-ups to an external hard drive (purchase separately) that can be accessed according to a specific date and time, and in-network video conferencing (again, you have to supply the web cam.) My favorite feature is setting my computer to turn on at the same time every day so it's ready to go when I walk into my home office.
-- The no-frills package allows users to buy their preferred size of monitor. Since monitors bought separately usually cost far less than what Apple charges, this ends up being a cost saver as well. The Apple keyboard works best with the Mac mini since there's a special key for ejecting CD/DVDs, but any keyboard will do.
-- The memory upgrade is not as easy as it should be. Look online for detailed instructions, including removing the Blue Tooth antenna.Read more ›
I upgraded it with 3GB of ram (though you have to do that yourself, apple will only install 2GB, but 50% more ram makes it MUCH faster. (the max it will recognize is 3.3GB but you'd have to install 4gb for that.. so it's kind of a waste)
You can EASILY hook it up to an HDTV through DVI-DVI, DVI-HDMI, or DVI-VGA. I do this when I download either a broadcast HDTV show or to watch a recorded show or movie from my cable box. You can record a digital stream to the mac mini through the Firewire connection of your cable box.
I recommend getting an external hard drive, and just using the internal drive for applications.
It seems to keep things snappy.
Anyway, I bought this mainly because I need to do 4 illustrations at 4 feet by 6 feet, I used Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Corel Painter X all at the same time with documents ipen in each. I saved them as pdfs, and really never had to wait for any functions.
Only 3D and Video apps take time to render, everything else in real time.
So if you want a fairly inexpensive desktop computer (and understand you have to know a bit about computers to do any sort of upgrades) this is really pretty solid.
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Probably my own fault but I thought it was new or newer but it was discontuied in 2009 so I to date haven't found a cord to hook to a monitor or TV
2nd attempt this week threw... Read more
Nice Mac Mini..... no interest for 6 months work out well for me...Published 19 months ago by William L. Thompson
I have had a number of problems with it--OS incompatibilities, not starting, sometimes impossible to drag-and-drop--but that's true of all computers. Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Michael Karpa
I've been working with my Mac Mini since I got it a couple of weeks ago. For clarification, I got the 2.0 Core 2 Duo model with 4 GB RAM and a 250 GB hard drive. Read morePublished on July 10, 2009 by MagnumMan
I had 2 apple G3s that I had purchased used a few years ago (a 450MHz & a 300MHz). I was using the 450MHz for OS10 & the 300MHz for classic OS9.2. Read morePublished on April 4, 2009 by Ralph F. Lytle
Great machine, good value but I recommend upgrading the memory to 3Gb if you want games or video editing. It's a easy and inexpensive way to turn a good buy into a great buy. Read morePublished on March 17, 2009 by D. Moffitt
I'm very happy with this little Mac. It replaced an old 1.6-GHz P4 machine that has served my wife and kids for at least 4 years. Read morePublished on December 6, 2008 by Rus Healy