|Processor||2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo|
|RAM||2 GB SDRAM DDR3|
|Memory Speed||1066 MHz|
|Hard Drive||160 GB IDE|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel GMA HD Graphics 3000|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||256 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||5|
Apple Mac mini MC238LL/A Desktop (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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Let's start with the basics. It's whisper quite, and it uses about as much power as fluorescent light bulb when idle.
I can watch or listen to anything in iTunes using an IR remote (I use a "Logitech Harmony XBox 360" remote) via the built-in Apple Frontrow software or using Apple's magical Remote app for the iPhone (or iPod touch).
Or I can control the mini media center from my laptop across the room using Mac "Screen Sharing" (or VNC on any PC) to watch any video or audio source from the internet (Hulu, Silverlight, Flash, Amazon VOD, Netflix VOD etc.) or use the Apple DVD Player to play VIDEO_TS folders. (Please respect filmmakers and don't pirate movies.) You can watch what ever you want. You name it.
Although it's an option, it really doesn't even need a dedicated keyboard and mouse.
Other non-computer media boxes that are available can only play a fixed set of sources -- e.g. iTunes and YouTube (AppleTV). Netflix or Amazon VOD (Roku) or ripped or downloaded video files (WDTV). Support for anything outside of what those devices do today is just a wishing game or requires a lot of painstaking media format conversion.
The mini as a media center is pretty much obsolescence-proof. So while it may seem a lot more expensive than something like WDTV today, I'll bet I'll still be using the mini media center long after that WDTV has joined the pile at the back of the closet.
I already had the last generation, Spring 2009 Mac Mini, but decided to go for yet another. The reason being is I use the Mac Mini connected to my large screen television. This allows me to easily look up information in my living room from the couch, using a wireless bluetooth mouse and keyboard. However, most of all, it takes online streaming to the television screen. Whether I want to stream from a TV network's website, or from Amazon, or anywhere in between, the Mac Mini is not limited to a specific box serving one service, but being a full fledge computer can obviously go anywhere on the Internet for streaming content. I like this. Of course, I also show off vacation images, and whatnot on the Mini connected to the big screen. The uses are really unlimited.
The purpose of my second Mini will be to connect it with a bedroom flat panel, for similar uses. The little guy is a hard worker. This entry level model is even more competent now that Apple has bumped its memory to 2 GB, which for your average work in OS X Snow Leopard is an efficient amount. The processor speed has also been bumped and hard drive size, making the entry level Mac Mini an even better value than before. Wi-Fi and bluetooth are built-in once again.
I find the entry level Mac Mini to again be the best value. The higher offering is a couple hundred more, it does give a faster processor, twice as much memory and twice as much hard drive space.Read more ›
One complaint I did have with my old Mac mini was that it was a pain to configure my internet connection. The internet setup for this new model is simply plug and play. Absolutely no configuration is needed if your plugging in an Ethernet cable, whether it's hooked up to a router or not.
I basically only use my Mac Mini for the Internet, downloading music and video for my Ipod, digital picture storage, and occasionally typing and printing a paper. If that's all your going to use it for and your sick of all the viruses and hidden internet files that slow down your computer when you use a PC, then buy this entry level Mac Mini.
What took me so long! I will never buy another PC again. This little beauty boots faster, shuts down faster, and seems more responsive than my core i7 Dell with 6 gigs of RAM. Even with a 5400 RPM hard drive it seems just as fast as the 7200 RPM SATA on my Dell. It is powerful enough to run Photoshop and Illustrator well, don't know about video editing speeds.
Two gigs of RAM seems enough, but if I had it to do over I would buy the new iMac with 4 gigs of RAM, faster hard drive and CPU, and built-in monitor. Either way you can't go wrong.
I had a USB keyboard and mouse (longtime PC user), so I didn't go for the pricey Mac stuff. The only downside to switching is the software from your PC won't work and games may be unavailable (I am not a gamer).
I would give this puppy 5 stars but I am not by nature overly optimistic. Great little machine, if you are on the fence just go for it. The next model up ($800 mini)would have been even better for me, but this is a very capable machine. Then again, if you need the options the $800 model has, kick in another $400 and get the iMac with mouse, keyboard, and monitor.
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This mac mini is still up and running. Use it everyday , No problems with it. It running the latest APPLE OS X .Published 2 months ago by stantheman
Perfect! saved me so much and allows me to be able to have a great mac at home!Published 6 months ago by Brian Coons
I had a bad experience with the vendor I bought from. The mini is a grate product, mine just didn't work. Good luck with your purchase
turns out I need to upgrade the unit form a 10. to a minimum of 10.7 means more money safarie did not meet expectations as a browser when i have Google as a e mail at least in my... Read morePublished 12 months ago by greg
This runs the newest OS Yosemite just fine. I've upgraded to 8GB of ram and can surf, watch video and DVD's just fine. I ran out to my TV and hooked up to the HD on the TV. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ange Rosser
I am very pleased with the Mac Mini, it is working very well!Published 15 months ago by Nathan King
I have had several problems with this. First, it does not seem able to connect to my wireless keyboard. I have spent two hours with Help trying to make this happen, to no avail. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Harvey Pines