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Apple Mac Mini

"This is a stylish space and energy saving desktop more geared towards a light user who wishes to double it up as a mini entertainment system."
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Overview

It is slimmer, more powerful and greener than a Granny Smith; introducing the latest Apple Mac mini desktop, a PC which shows that good things definitely come in small packages.

What we like best

Let’s start from the outside and work our way in. This PC is very pleasing to the eye, it is enclosed in an aluminium unibody which is just 7.7 inches square and 1.4 inches thin. It is carved from a single solid block of aluminium using computer numerical control.

Underneath this shiny exterior lies an NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics card, a 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 8 Gb of memory, and a 320 Gb or 500 Gb hard drive.

One of my favourite features of the new Mac mini is that it comes with a new integrated power supply which means no more external power adapter and much less clutter.

What we like least

It is disappointing to see that there is no Blu-ray drive, although this feature however would have had a pretty detrimental effect on the slim body and seriously affected the system’s energy consumption so it’s easy to understand why.

The verdict

The Apple Mac Mini upholds Apple’s green consciousness, it meets the Energy Star 5.0 requirements and achieves EPEAT Gold status. It is highly recyclable, uses PVC- free components and cables and contains no brominated flame retardants.

This is a stylish space and energy saving desktop more geared towards a light user who wishes to double it up as a mini entertainment system.

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Specifications

Processor Speed

2.4 GHz

Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo

RAM

Up to 8 Gb 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM

Graphics

NVIDIA GeForce GT 320M Shared Video Memory

Hard Drive Storage

Up to 320 Gb - Standard - Serial ATA - 300 Hard Drive

Multimedia

DVD +/- RW
1 x audio – SPDIF input/Line-in – mini-phone 3.5 mm
TOS Link 1 x audio – SPDIF input
line-in – mini-phone 3.5 mm

Weight & Size

197mm (W) x 197 mm (D) x 36 mm (H)
1.4 Kg

Connectivity

Wireless LAN
Ethernet, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR

Operating System

Apple Mac OS X 10.6

Product Description

It is slimmer, more powerful and is greener than a Granny Smith apple; introducing the latest Mac mini desktop, a PC which shows that good things definitely come in small packages.

Let’s start from the outside and work our way in. This PC is very pleasing to the eye, it is enclosed in an aluminium unibody which is just 7.7 inches square and 1.4 inches thin. It is carved from a single solid block of aluminium using computer numerical control.

Underneath this shiny exterior lies NVIDIA GeForce 320M, a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 8Gb of memory, and a 320Gb or 500Gb hard drive.

One of my favourite features of the new Mac mini is that it comes with a new integrated power supply which means no more external power adapter and less clutter.

The green way

Upholding Apple’s green consciousness, it meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements and achieves EPEAT Gold status. It is highly recyclable, uses PVC- free components and cables and contains no brominated flame retardants.

It is disappointing to see that there is no Blu-ray drive. This is a stylish space and energy saving desktop more geared towards a light user who wishes to double it up as a mini entertainment system. Prices start at around £649.

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