“The Mac mini is tiny, beautiful and dirt cheap. And, remarkably, Apple Computer didn’t compromise on performance or features in pricing it at $499 for the starter model with no keyboard, mouse or display. Apple took hardware components it has incorporated in its laptops for several years and which have become commodity parts. The mini and PowerBooks released before this week were kissing cousins,” Glenn Fleishman writes for The Seattle Times.
“But I can work with a PowerBook anywhere; for that privilege, I’ll spend well over $1,000 more for a set of features similar to the mini’s but including an integral LCD display, backlit keyboard (most models), PC Card slot and a trackpad. To keep its price low, the 6.5-by-6.5-by-2-inch mini avoids peripherals. You can pick and choose how to enhance it. You could add a $50 monitor or a $1,000 LCD panel, or use an existing monitor. It might be a regular home computer or a home-entertainment powerhouse playing DVDs, CDs and MP3s to your high-definition television,” Fleishman writes. The new Mac mini “includes the full iLife ’05 suite with updates to iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie and iDVD, as well as AppleWorks and Quicken 2005. (The new $79 iWorks program with Pages and Keynote 2 is sold separately.)”
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