PC Magazine review gives Apple Mac mini 4 out of 5 stars

“The new Apple Mac mini has the Intel Core Duo processor, and adds Front Row, wireless 802.11g, and Bluetooth. It’s a good fit as a media extender or a second system for living room or bedroom use,” Joel Santo Domingo writes for PC Magazine’s review, giving Apple’s tiniest Mac 4 out of 5 stars.

Listing his “Pros” as”Airport Extreme (802.11g Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR now standard. Compact, sleek, quiet, and low-priced. Can use accessories from previous generation Mac mini. Four USB 2.0 ports and an audio input (finally). Intel Core Duo processor.” Santo Domingo’s “Cons” include, “No TV tuner. 512MB of RAM is good, 1GB would be better. Core Duo means some incompatibility with older software (such as “Classic” apps running OS 9.) No keyboard or mouse included.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “DigitalDame” for the heads up.]

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Related articles:
Chicago Tribune: Apple’s new Intel-based Mac mini might make you switch from Windows – March 07, 2006
Mac mini 6-button remote, Front Row typify Apple’s ‘sophisticated simplicity’ strategy – March 06, 2006
Reader report: 1080p 24fps playback on Mac mini Core Duo plays fine – March 03, 2006
Apple’s new Mac mini a HDTV media center in disguise? – March 01, 2006
Apple’s new Mac mini: perfect for HDTV – March 01, 2006
Analyst: Apple’s new Mac mini ‘a good first step into the living room’ – February 28, 2006
Apple introduces new Intel-based Mac mini – February 28, 2006


  1. 4 out of 5 stars again?

    I smell a ad revenue slant.

    I wonder when Microsoft starts thier “Vista” rollout that PC Magazine will change it’s tune.

    “Windows VISTA, 4 out of 5 stars”

    I’ve been watching them for years, give me Consumer Reports.

    They may be wrong half the time, but at least they are honest.

    Oh if you *cough* need a mini dissasembly manual *cough* my friends down south have one, get it quick


  2. Elgato would be really onto something if they redesigned their boxes to match the mini’s styling. Plus it would not doubt help apple because you could just point to them and say it does have a tuner, it’s just an add on dependent on what kind you want. Even if apple did add tv functions to it they’d probably have to do it as a separate box anyway just because of the space issue.

  3. Another thing that occurs to me; anyone wanting to use this as a TV device is unlikely to want to run Classic apps since they most likely won’t be making that kind of use of the machine. Some of the cons are almost mutually exlusive if not nearly redundant.

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