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Mac mini Forever

October 28, 2009 - Dave Hecei
Last Tuesday, Apple released several product updates. One of these included an update to the Mac mini, Apple smallest and least expensive Macintosh computer. This update did not include any major design changes, just a bump in speed and capacity. But Apple did have a surprise up their sleeve.

The Mac mini is the perfect ‘second’ Mac, or better yet an upgrade from an older Mac or switching from a PC. It does not come with a keyboard, mouse, or monitor. If you don’t have these, then you would be better off looking at an iMac, unless you need the mini’s form factor.

The prices for the mini have not changed. The base model at $599 now has a Core 2 Duo Intel processor running at 2.26 GHz, 2 GB of DDR3 RAM, 160 GB hard drive, GeForce 9400M graphics, and a dual-layer SuperDrive DVD burner. The top model at $799 has all this but with a 2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo Intel processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 320 GB hard drive. The mini can be custom configured with up to a 500 GB hard drive and a 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

The big surprise was the server mini. This model comes with a copy of OS X Server, 10.6 Snow Leopard. There is no optical drive in the server mini, but they use this space for an additional hard drive. The standard configuration is with a 2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 4 GB of RAM, and dual 500 GB hard drives. The mini server is priced at $999, which is pretty good considering that Snow Leopard Server sold separately is $499

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