Tom’s Hardware: Apple Mac mini’s size, design, attractive price sets it apart

“Its compact size, cool yet simple design and its attractive price set the Apple Mac mini apart from anything the competition has to offer,” Frank Völkel writes for Tom’s Hardware.

“A problem that has plagued the x86-based Windows world of late is that of high power requirements. This has been especially true of systems based on current Intel processors, a fact we already covered extensively in previous articles,” Völkel writes. “During testing, our Mac mini was able to shine in this respect, drawing a mere 20 watts of power; during DVD playback, this rose to only 28 W. In contrast, the power requirements of current Intel-based PC systems is anything but reasonable – under comparable conditions, these power-hungry machines draw up to 160 W, as tests in our THG lab have shown.”

Völkel writes, “Strictly speaking, the Intel system’s 700% higher power draw (!!!) is not justifiable, considering today’s energy costs. And users should definitely be considering the energy cost to run a computer, not just looking at the price tag on the machine. Corporate users, especially, need to think about long-term total cost of ownership (TCO).”

“The bottom line is that in many respects, Apple’s Mac mini is a real trend-setter in the small computer market. The only downside is that there are many fewer applications for the Mac than there are in the Windows world. Office tasks, however, can be just as easily and readily be accomplished on the Mac mini – indeed, MS Office is available for the Mac platform, as are other office suites. Meanwhile, Mac OS X 10.3 offers much greater ease of use than Windows XP,” Völkel writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: There are over 18,000 Macintosh applications. Take a week to learn each one and you’ll be done about 346 years, during which time you’ll likely have died at some point, all while untold millions of additional new Mac applications will have been created.


  1. You really have to cut people some slack on the software comment. While 18,000 titles is a lot, it is a FACT that many many critical business software apps are not available on Mac. If they were, I’d have switched my company to a Mac network. In business, where legacy systems are a reality that must be dealt with, you don’t have unlimited options as to what software ot hardware you can run.

    However, the writers SHOULD clearly state that for home users, where a FUNCTION is the key issue of software selection, there is no task/function for which there is not a great Mac app to do the job (most likely better than the windows version, even for MS Office)

  2. M. T. MacPhee,

    probably because these hardcore PC sites are used to really thoroughly stuff and put it through its paces and therefore detect things the others miss.

    A related question: How come it takes a hardcore PC site to come up with some really good arguments for the Mini? I’ve never heard the low energy consumption mentioned before.

  3. Good point, but I think you answered your own question. Tom’s and Anand’s are based on REAL expertise, not BS. Real experts appreciate Apple’s advances, while the hacks…well, there’s a reason we refer to them as hacks.

  4. “Good point, but I think you answered your own question. Tom’s and Anand’s are based on REAL expertise, not BS. Real experts appreciate Apple’s advances, while the hacks…well, there’s a reason we refer to them as hacks.

    OK, I’ll say it…the reason is that they’re morons. And quite possibly paid or ordered by paid superiors to spew their venom.

    Tom and Anand are true professionals.

  5. It won’t play my games. I can’t build my own from parts for half the price. It doesn’t come with anit virus and anti spyware software.

    What good is it. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. RE: critic
    The software you speak of are custom-made in house. By your reasoning, not much biotech software is available for Windows.
    TH and other’s making the same tied argument are still under the impression that 14 different email applications is the standard measure of software availability.

  7. I wonder how many Applications are multiple versions of the same App? How many greeting card programs do you need?

    Granted there will always be more applications simply because of the marketshare but volume does not always denote quality.

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