David Coursey gives Apple’s new ‘Mac mini’ an ‘A’ grade and ‘iPod shuffle’ a ‘C-’

“A $499 Mac ought to be the ultimate ‘switcher’ box. Not that most Windows users actually switch to Macintosh, but many have bought a Mac for use at home. Buy a KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) switch, and the Mac mini can share mouse, keyboard and screen with your PC. This gets users a Mac without a lot of work and for a minimal investment,” David Coursey writes for eWeek. “Having this machine in the Apple product line allows Mac fanatics to tell their Windows friends that instead of upgrading their Windows machine, they should add a Mac to their desktop or home—and save money in the process.”

“The downside of the Mac mini may be performance in the graphics-intensive applications toward which Mac users tend to gravitate. I want to see an independent, hands-on review before committing to a final score, but as a preliminary grade, I think a [letter grade of] ‘A’ is right on target. I’m about ready to pull out my credit card for this one,” Coursey writes.

Coursey also grade Apple’s other Macworld Expo product intoductions, giving a B+ for iWork, a C+ for iLife ’05, and a C- for the iPod shuffle, expliang, ” I am sure they will sell a zillion of these—just not to me.” Find out Coursey’s reasons for his grading in the full article here.


  1. I purchased two Shuffles. One I kept for myself. I love it. The other I sent as a gift to the 13 year old daughter of my best friend. They have an eMac. And now I learn from Appleinsider that the Shuffle won’t connect to the USB port of an eMac. Comon Apple, couldn’t you at least have told us about this problem uo front? Didn’t you try the Shuffle with eMacs? Just how dumb are you?


  2. iPod Shuffle Score:
    Simplicity of use while exercising: A (has one control in back one in front), Switching between Off, Shuffle, Repeat: A+, Display: A+ (no display,LEDs), Weight: A, Battery life: A, Recharging: A, and Loading up your favorite songs: A+.

  3. Steve Jobs has been trying to make the computer an appliance since day one. It’s just that the tech, the manufacturing and distribution channels, and the world’s acceptance of/dependance on personal computers have finally reached the point where he can achieve that vision. Two more years and the pricing level ought to come down enough to start buying frenzy of the new “Home Lifestyle” appliances. Who wants to bet how long it takes for the term “Computer” to fall out of use in retail?

    magic word “army”. The Mac army is marching indeed!

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