“The Apple Mac mini makes an attractive entry point for the Windows-to-Mac switcher, the Mac user who needs an upgrade from a pre-1-GHz Mac, or the user on a budget who wants a small, silent desktop with a really cool design. Just be sure you already have the essential peripherals (monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers), since purchasing them separately quickly makes the system not such a great bargain—especially given the low RAM and hard drive space that come standard,” Joel Santo Domingo writes for PC Magazine’s review. Apple’s Mac mini received 4 out of 5 stars in the review.
“The Mac mini was a snap to set up. Five minutes after unpacking the unit, we were typing our user info into the setup wizard, and fifteen minutes later, we were surfing the Internet with the built-in Safari browser. As with all Macs, we did not have to do the usual second setup step: install or set up an antivirus client. Macs running Mac OS X are still free of viruses and spyware. Apple’s venerable AppleWorks gives the user basic word processing capabilities out of the box, and Apple has just introduced its more powerful iWork package ($79 direct) for better-looking documents and presentations. Best of all, the fine Apple iLife ’05 multimedia suite comes preloaded on the Mac mini, which means in no time you’ll be managing and sharing photos, digitizing your music collection, creating video and music projects, and more.”
“If you’re starting from scratch and need to buy a keyboard, monitor, mouse, and so on, the Mac mini isn’t for you (you’ll save in the end by opting for a $799 eMac). But as an additional system for a Mac-centric household, or as a cheap way for Windows-based PC users to introduce a Mac into their lives, the Mac mini succeeds, stylishly.”
Full article here.