|Processor||2.3 GHz Intel Core i5|
|RAM||2 GB DDR3|
|Memory Speed||1333 MHz|
|Hard Drive||500 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||288 MB|
|Wireless Type||802.11A, 802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||4|
Apple Mac Mini MC815LL/A Desktop (OLD VERSION)
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- 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB on-chip shared L3 cache
- 2GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory
- 500GB (5400-rpm) hard drive
- Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 288MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
- Mac OS X v10.7 Lion
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Also, the undersized memory is 1333 mhz speed, where the Mini will run memory as fast as 1600 mhz.
Armed with this knowledge, I bought a Mini and made two upgrades:
* Swapped the 2 gigs of 1333 mhz memory for 8 gigs of 1600 mhz (cost about $20 more than 8 gigs of 1333 mhz memory, but gives a 5-20% speed increase depending on what you are running)
* Replaced the hard drive with a 64 gig SSD that runs at SATA III speeds, and placed the original hard drive in a $7 USB case so I can still us it for bulk storage and Time Machine backups.
Boot up time is 15 seconds from power-on to ready-to-surf the web.
This kind of speed makes the difference from 'painful to use' to 'fun to use'.
*** Update - Folks have asked for the parts I used to upgrade. Here they are: ***
Kingston HyperX Plug n Play 8 GB Kit (2x4GB Modules) 1600MHz DDR3 SODIMM Notebook/Netbook Memory 8 Dual Channel Kit (PC3 12800) 204-Pin KHX1600C9S3P1K2/8G
Crucial 64 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT064M4SSD2
2.5" SATA Hard Drive Case (Blue) 500GB Max Capacity
*** End of Update ***
2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor - a major upgrade over 2010's model which used the antiquated Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
Intel HD Graphics 3000 integrated graphics processor - An upgrade but not really as benchmarks show that the I.G 3000 is worse or at best equal to the Nvidia 320m integrated graphics processor in last years model.
Thunderbolt port - a super fast data transfer port. Data transfer speeds (in daily use) are supposed to be as fast as USB 3.0 and firewire 800 if not more. But useless as of now, because no consumer level thunderbolt compatible products are available. The products that do exist are horribly overpriced. The TB port also functions as a Minidisplay port. For connecting your Mac Mini to a monitor, you'll need a Syba High Quality Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter If you want to connect it to a tv, you'll need a Kanex iAdapt MDPHDMIV2 HDMI V2 - Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter with Audio Support
Bluetooth 4.0 technology - the latest version of Bluetooth. Useful for transferring data off your mobile phone and connecting other Bluetooth peripherals (keyboards, magic trackpad etc) to your Mac Mini.
500 gb (5400 rpm) hard drive - last years model had a 320 gb hard drive. A minor upgrade. Slow.Read more ›
Wow, what a difference. This computer is so user-friendly and intuitive, it's incredible. Sure there's a learning curve but there's just no comparison to the PC. It's obvious Apple has the customer in mind when they made this product. If you have any problem, you can call customer support and usually within five minutes they will be on the phone with you. Or you can go into one of their stores. Also, I've been taking free workshops at the store to help me with the learning curve plus there are lots of instructional videos on their website. Also, there's a great tutorial from the Apple App store on the Lion operating system that was $4. Lots more tutorials at Youtube as well.
This computer was about $750 for the unit and extended customer care and it looks like I need to buy a powered USB hub ($30) since the four USB ports won't be enough. Note to Apple: Add at least two more ports! Oh, I also paid $20 for Pages from the Apple store online so I can use all my old Word Docs. In pages, I can save as a Page Doc., Word Doc or PDF and they can easily be sent via e-mail through the Pages program. This new computer also allows me to easily take screen shots of the entire screen or a portion of it. With the PC, I had to buy another program to do this.
PC folks: now that Apple is offering a powerful computer for a decent price, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Read the reviews here and throughout the net and also stop at an Apple store and ask CUSTOMERS what they think.
After my HP laptop stops working, I will never buy another PC again. It's a no-brainer. This is why Apple is making so much money. Wonderful products and great customer support.Read more ›
A little bit of background -
I have been a windows user my whole life. It was all I knew until I got the first iPhone and so on. I use windows everyday at work, and I previously used windows at home up until a month ago when I bought the Mac. I mainly prefer desktops because it is more comfortable to sit at a desk and use a 27 inch screen vs a laptop you hold in your lap and have a small screen. I use computers for word processing, videos, music, pictures and web browsing. I was tired of vista and I thought w7 was good but still much of the same.
So I finally got the Mac and I LOVE it. Love it. Using gestures is awesome. I hate using a mouse when I go back to work. It took a little bit of time to learn and get used to, but I think the new lion software is great. If you like iPhone's, iPads, and iPod touches, you will love this Mac. It is a better version of what you use on your portable devices. You can do some amazing things with video editing and photo editing....before the Mac, I knew nothing about that stuff. Now after the Mac I feel like a pro at editing videos and pictures. Making slideshows is great for the wife, family, friends. Everybody loves slideshows(almost). With the base version of the mac mini, plus the 8gb RAM upgrade I am more than happy with my purchase. I thought I might need the more expensive versions with the video card or larger hard drive capacity but I am glad I saved the extra money because this computer is a workhorse. I am confident it is fast enough for 95%+ of the purchasers.Read more ›
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The best computer deal I have ever gotten. As advertised. Fast service. Works like it should.Published 3 months ago by Mark
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