“This is a review of an interesting new entertainment-center component that happens to also be a personal computer — a computer fully capable of, say, creating a spreadsheet, but one you might never use that way. This new product also happens to be a new Macintosh model from Apple Computer, but, in its entertainment-system role, it works perfectly with Windows computers,” Walter S. Mossberg reports for The Wall Street Journal. “The new gadget is the latest version of Apple’s tiny Mac Mini desktop computer — a petite silver and white box that’s just 6.5 inches square and stands just two inches tall, small enough to tuck away on a shelf near a TV. This Mini costs $599 and doesn’t include a monitor, keyboard or mouse.”
“The most important thing about the new Mac Mini is that it comes with Front Row, Apple’s handsome software for controlling a computer from across a room, and with the tiny, simple remote control Apple designed to work with Front Row. You can just plug it into your TV and home audio system, fire up Front Row, and watch any videos stored on its hard disk, listen to any songs it holds, or view any photos it contains. It also plays DVDs,” Mossberg reports. “Even better, this new Mini can automatically find — and stream to your home entertainment system — all music and videos stored on any other computer on your home network, whether Windows or Mac. All that’s required is that the other computers be running Apple’s free iTunes software. The Mini can’t stream photos from a Windows PC, but it can do so from another Mac.”
“In my tests, all of this worked fine, and I can recommend the new Mini with Front Row for anyone who wants to play back, on a home entertainment system, media stored on a computer or multiple computers,” Mossberg reports. “If you click on ‘shared music’ or ‘shared videos’ in Front Row, the Mini will search your home network for other computers, and list them. I was able to stream music and videos from my Hewlett-Packard desktop and my IBM ThinkPad laptop, both running Windows XP; and from my portable and desktop Macs.”
“There were a few issues,” which Mossberg reports in the full article, but “all in all, the new Mini is a solid addition to any entertainment center,” Mossberg reports.
Full article here.
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