|Max Screen Resolution||2560x1600|
|Processor||2.5 GHz Intel Core i5|
|RAM||4 GB DDR3|
|Memory Speed||1333 MHz|
|Hard Drive||500 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||AMD Radeon HD 6630M|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||256 MB|
|Wireless Type||802.11A, 802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||4|
Apple Mac Mini MC816LL/A Desktop (OLD VERSION)
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Mac mini is a good choice for those who need a compact, powerful Computer but already own the essentials - like a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Mac mini features a sleek, aluminum design and includes ports and slots to connect to all your devices and networks. Mac mini is the world's most energy-efficient Desktop computer, and it's the most affordable way to enjoy the new Mac OS X Lion and iLife.
Mac mini features a 1.4-inch-thin seamless unibody enclosure carved from a single, solid block of aluminum. The power supply is built right into Mac mini. So there's no bulky brick, and there are fewer cables to connect. A removable panel on the bottom makes upgrading the memory completely painless. Mac mini is full of big ideas.
The latest dual-core Intel Core i5 processors come standard on Mac mini. Built-in Thunderbolt technology lets you daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt peripherals, including the new Apple Thunderbolt Display, to a single port. It also supports Mini DisplayPort peripherals you might already have, including the Apple LED Cinema Display. The HDMI port lets you connect Mac mini to your HDTV with a single cable. And a built-in SDXC card slot makes speedy work of transferring photos and videos from your digital cameras. The latest 802.11n wireless technology is built into every Mac mini. Bluetooth wireless technology is also built in, so you can connect accessories such as a wireless keyboard and mouse. AMD Radeon HD 6630M Graphics with 256MB of GDDR5 memory 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet Audio - Built-in speaker, Audio line in minijack (digital/analog), Audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog), HDMI port supports multichannel audio output, Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone Connections & Expansion - 4 x USB 2.0, FireWire 800, Thunderbolt (2560 x 1600)
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The base mac mini now starts at $599. This is a $100 decrease from the previous base mac mini.
The Mac mini has kept the same basic shape. You can still twist the bottom cover to upgrade RAM easily.
Apple has eliminated the optical drive across the board with this release.
There are a good number of build-to-order options. You can use SSD, upgrade any machine to 8GB of RAM, upgrade both internal drives for a total of 1.5TB. Amazon only offers the three stock machines.(But you can upgrade the RAM easily on your own.)
The Mac mini has left the Core 2 Duo family and now uses Intel i5 and i7 processors. A significant upgrade. In some cases doubling the performance.
The RAM has changed from PC8500 DDR3 1066MHz to PC10600 DDR3 1333MHz.The Apple avilable limit is 8GB, but we're hoping to test 16GB soon.
The Mac mini gains Thunderbolt. This will be a huge deal eventually as more ThunderBolt Accessories are released.
The mini machine still uses a ridiculously small amount of power and is nearly silent in operation.
Quietness: This thing is silent. I upgraded to the SSD, which I suggest everyone do, and I cannot hear it at all, except once in a while when the fans come on (only Flash can do that). Even then, it's much quieter than my old Dell, which was twice as expensive and had that constant whine of cheap fans that's signals a PC like buzzing signals the housefly.
Power: This has a great Unix underneath, that is easy to access via Terminal and emacs. I had to suffer for years with Cygwin on the PC (Windows pathetic attempt to copy Unix - the world's worst Unix, constantly crashing etc., bugs galore). I prefer this Unix to Linux on the client side simply because all the polish is there - I can access really good sound cards, sequencers, video editors, and so on, without spending all my time researching drivers. Linux of course is excellent on the server side, but for client-side work, I found the Mac more pleasant.
Persistence: This is so quiet and so reliable that I really never, or almost never, have to shut down my apps. I only very rarely even hard boot the machine. That lets me just keep things up indefinitely - I have an emacs that's been up for a week, running stuff. It's really hard to explain this to a PC person, but to have the same app just up for weeks and weeks while you hone it and work on it, it's very productive.
Support: With Dell, when I had a problem, even after paying for support, they would invariably blame some third-party software vendor (e.g. Cyberlink) who in turn would blame the hardware, or just tell me to live with it (e.g. noisy fans). With Apple, the problems don't arise in the first place, or they are solved.
Usefulness: You just get more stuff done with this. The software just works better.
Cheap: There is so much free software that comes with this that you just can't get on a PC or would be really expensive. Sequencers, video editors. Even Preview would cost $200 to get on a PC (I know, I paid that to get Acrobat Standard, but Preview already has the same functionality). With Windows, it was so hit-or-miss whether anything you bought or downloaded would work at all, or would be a Trojan or some buggy piece of junk.With the Mac I get all kinds of software tools that would cost a fortune on the PC - the whole XCode suite is basically free, something comparable for Windows is four figures.
Sound: the sound on this is better than my Dell's even with a higher-end sound card.
No Junk! What's on there, works, in general. And it's there for a reason.
One example of the "No Junk" policy helped me.
My (much more expensive) Dell had a Blu-Ray player. Sounds great, doesn't it - and you can't get one for a Mac. But this was a typical Dell/Windows/PC world Blu-Ray player: in other words, junk. It was incredibly noisy, especially with the even noiser PC on. The software Dell shipped was even junkier, "Cyberlink PowerDVD", just, utter, complete junk. The Dell/Cyberlink so-called "Blu-ray" player not only lacked a step-frame feature, and only ever could play about half of Blu-Rays at all, but the whole thing stopped working a year after I bought it! Apparently some Cyberlink "upgrade" ruined it. (And dealing with PC software vendors --- the hours of wasted time, the constant demands to reinstall and reboot everything no matter what, their inevitable conclusion that the problem lies with some other vendor's product---I do not miss that, I can tell you)
On my Mac, there is no Blu-Ray player, true. So, just spend $100 on a separate Blu-Ray player. I did this, it works way better and more reliably than the PC blu-ray ever did. And the Mac is so quiet, I don't even have to turn it off to watch a Blu-Ray. It's just an example of how on *paper*, some PC feature sounds great; but in *reality*, Apple's implementation saves time because you don't have to fight the junk software and junk hardware with which typical PCs are crammed to the gills.
The main downside is the learning curve (for a PC user): it can take a few weeks to get the system configured how you want it and are used to where everything goes. And I don't really know a single good reference, other than a friend, experience, Apple Support, and Google. For some Windows programs, especially games, you need Parallels. Flash is worse on Mac than on the PC. Also, you want at least 4 GB.
You want at least 4GB RAM. I strongly recommend an SSD as well.
I personally prefer a gaming mouse+SteerMouse, and a good mechanical-touch PC keyboard, to the Magic Trackpad/Apple Keyboard that Apple sells, but I know people who prefer the TrackPad.