PC World gives Apple’s Mac mini 4 out of 5 stars

“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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38 Comments

  1. Apple’s strategy here is a good one: hit the sub-$500 price point to get your customer to look, then hit them with a few recommended add-ons (with higher profit margins) that most folks will spring for. The consumer pays a bit more for a souped-up machine, and Apple almost certainly gets as much actual profit from the wireless/RAM upgrades as they do from the original box itself.

  2. Thelonious Mac gives pop under Windows 1 out of 5 stars. God that’s annoying.

    These fricking pop under Windows are bigger than my Mac Mini!

    It’s not just MDN any more either. These evil bastards, yes EVIL BASTARDS are popping up Windows all around my Safari and Firefox browsers. Somehow Omniweb seems to block them.

  3. Yeah but it still chaps me the rip off prices Apple charges for ram upgrades. Give me a break $75 for going from 256->512. $75 for 256megs of RAM! Heck a 512 PC3200 DIMM can be purchased for $50-$60 bucks, sell the old 256meg stick and get $30 for it. The ram upgrade would cost an end user $30-$40. Not $75. Apple get real 256 is a joke.

  4. t-Mac (and anyone else not happy with the pop-under annoyances)

    Try this – and so far I’ve found that you only have to go through this exercise once – at least until it changes:

    1 – Get the freeware program “SafariCookieCutter” – from MacUpdate or some other fileserving site.
    2 – Quit Safari
    3 – Open SafariCookieCutter 1.3
    4 – Find the cookies for MacDailyNews (there are two that I’ve found) that have “he” in the Name section and “llo” as the Value.
    5 – Double-click on and change the expiration date to sometime well into the future – like January 15, 2025.
    6 – The annoying pop-unders will be a thing of the past. A figment of your prior frustration. Gone. Eliminated. (For now, at least.)

    I’ve not seen a popunder from MacDailyNews in the last several days following the implementation of this little fix.

    Enjoy! (Hope it works for you, too… my thanks to a much earlier poster who suggested this – would give credit, but now I can’t find it.)

  5. Who was the tech guy who posts here who swapped his Mac mini in for some guy’s busted Dell server, which they wanted $1500 to fix? How is that working out for him?

    I still think you need to write up your side of the story, and assuming things are still working for him, get him to write up his side and then send both off to Apple.

    Post an update for us if you don’t mind.

  6. That was theloniousMac, mike.

    Funny thing about popups/unders … who in their right mind would do anything but just click them off, yet companies pay to serve such annoyances.

  7. Advertisers wouldn’t pay for pop-under ads if they weren’t successful. And sites wouldn’t offer such advertising if advertisers didn’t want them. Pop-under ads are one of the most successful of all ad types on the ‘Net. These are facts, based upon reality, not based upon one soul’s lone perception of the way they think things are or should be. I now return you to your Apple Mac fantasy land where everyone is switching to Mac from Windows.

  8. Giggle, giggle.
    Yeah, if all you read is MDN you would think that there are no more Windows computers out there because everyone has bought a mini mac and an ipod.

    Sorry, but it ain´t true. For every mini mac sold there are probably 10,000 new peecees sold…and some to mac owners.

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