“Now you can take a bite of Apple’s easy-going technology for a lower price, courtesy of the Mac Mini ($500). It’s the first Mac priced to compete in price with low-cost Windows PC s and the smallest desktop computer from any major maker. The downsizing sacrifices some of Apple’s plug-and-play convenience, but the Mini does offer an inexpensive option for anyone thinking of retiring an old Windows PC,” Larry Magid writes for U.S. News & World Report.
Magid covers the hardware aspects of the Mac mini and compares it to other Apple offerings like the iMac G5, iBook and the eMac and writes, “But hardware, of course, is not the entire story. The Mac is less prone to viruses and other security problems than the PC, and Apple’s OS 10.3 operating system is elegant measured against its Windows and Linux competitors. It also comes with a suite of highly regarded applications such as iPhoto 5, iMovie, and GarageBand. For those ready to commit to Apple, an iMac is still the best bet. But the Mini does offer a money-saving option for PC users who want to test-drive Apple’s reputation without having to buy the whole orchard.”
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