Dell can’t match Apple’s Mac mini

“Apple Computer’s tiny Mac mini is the only desktop computer DoubleClick has ever lost — if only briefly — on our dining room table. Someone had dropped a folded newspaper on it. The thing really is ridiculously small, certainly small enough to sit in the palm of your hand,” David Frith writes for Australian IT. “Once it was rescued, we connected it to a monitor, keyboard and mouse, switched on and were entranced. The Mac mini, we think, is not just the cutest, smallest PC on the market, but one of the best and cheapest.”

“Apple is aiming at selling this model to current Windows users as well as Mac fans, and a quick glance suggests it has a very good chance of making converts – once it gets over supply problems,” Frith writes.

“Compared to Dell’s basic home and small-office desktop, the Dimension 3000, Frith explains that unlike the Dell, “the Apple machine comes with the innovative and easy-to-use iLife 05 suite of digital lifestyle software. This $119-value suite includes iTunes for handling a music collection, iPhoto for snaps; iMovie and IDVD for making classy home movies and burning them to DVD, and GarageBand for producing music. You’d pay hundreds for similar software on Windows. The mini also comes with AppleWorks to handle world processing, spreadsheets, slide shows, graphics and more – and with two action games,” Frith writes.

“The Mac has the advantage that the Dell’s Celeron processor has to share memory with the Intel graphics chip, which can hog up to 64MB of those 256MB. The Mac mini has a faster Radeon graphics card with its own built-in memory… The mini may not be everyone’s choice, but Apple has convincingly shown you no longer have to pay more for a Mac. The Dell is possibly slightly ahead on performance, and upgrades and add-ons are generally cheaper – and it’s delivered to your door. But it simply isn’t as small or cute as the Mac mini,” Frith writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Sounds like Frith believes that Dell isn’t “in the same league” as Apple, huh, Mr. Rollins?

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  1. Why is it that EVERY SINGLE REVIEW of the mini, it has to be predominately described as “cute”. Is there no reviewer who is interested on what goes on inside the case or software?

    Oh the new Mac Mini? It appears to be some sort of computer, like a Dell, but refreshingly CUTE. I don’t know what you would use if for, but gee it sure is cute though!

  2. This is becoming more and more like sports. All the trash talking vs. Tuesday morning quarterbacking, etc. Some guys read the sports pages every morning. I read the technology section.

    All I can say to Apple is, rember the Lakers….

  3. Mac mini’s aren’t “delivered to your door”? Hmmm. Apple should work on that. Maybe it only goes as far as your front porch. No wonder they have supply problems!

    MW: hell

  4. “The thing really is ridiculously small, certainly small enough to sit in the palm of your hand…”

    So is it a desktop computer or a palmtop computer??? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  5. after all these years of PC heads saying.. ‘mac users only care about looks’.. now the pc guys are saying ‘this is a cute computer.. who cares about the OS?’


  6. I also think iWork should become part of the iLife suite and standard with any Mac purchase…after a spreadsheet is added. I believe this will create major incentive and it is like getting a more intuitive basics of Office for free. Powerpoint for Mac alone is three times the price.

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