“Though smaller than a lunch box, Apple’s Mac Mini doesn’t want for computing power. In my tests of a $673 shipping unit equipped with a 1.25-GHz G4 processor, 512MB of RAM, a combination CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, and built-in 802.11g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, it handled most tasks gracefully, without hesitating or freezing. I even opened and switched among a half-dozen applications without any system slowness,” Rebecca Freed writes for PC World. “But I’m not convinced that Apple’s $499 base configuration model, which includes just 256MB of RAM, would manage task switching or large files as nimbly as my test system. The base model lacks built-in wireless, too. For my money, the upgrades are worth the extra $174. It is possible to upgrade the Mini later, but it can be a tricky job.”

MacDailyNews Take: We agree with Freed about the extra RAM, Airport, and Bluetooth upgrades. Most consumers will be better off adding these upfront.

Freed concludes, “For Windows users who want to experiment with a Mac on the side, the Mini is a great way to get started.”

Full article, “Apple’s Diminutive Mac Mini Seems Pretty Mighty – Powerful but tiny Mac just might lure curious PC users,” here.

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