Apple’s Mac mini an inexpensive way to get a full-featured Mac

“For about $600, you can get a good computer [in Apple’s Mac mini], now with the new Leopard operating system, that will do most anything you ask. The main issue with the Mini is the lack of expandability in that you can’t add internal drives or easily swap out the RAM. But today that is far less of an issue. You can order the thing with plenty of RAM to start and external drives are cheap and plentiful now. So for about $600 you have a full-featured Mac for everyday use,” James Derk reports for Scripps Newspapers.

“Of course, you’re bringing your own keyboard, mouse and monitor to the dance, but the prices of those items have dropped to new lows as well. I have seen 19-inch flat panel monitors for less than $130 on sale recently. Expect that to hit a hundred bucks by summer,” Derk reports.

“It is also good if you want to add a Mac to an existing PC setup. You can add a KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) switch to your setup for a couple of bucks and switch back and forth from PC to Mac and use the same keyboard, mouse and keyboard,” Derk reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Apple’s Mac mini is currently available in a choice of two base models:
1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1GB memory, 80GB hard drive – $599.00
2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1GB memory, 120GB hard drive – $799.00

Apple’s 6.5″ x 6.5″ x 2″, 2.9 pound (1.31 kg) Mac mini models ship with: Apple Remote with Front Row, Intel GMA 950 graphics processor, DVI connector, VGA adapter, Slot-loading optical drive, Analog and digital audio, One FireWire 400 port, 4 USB 2.0 ports, iLife ’08, and Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

Mac mini customization options include up to 2GB of Memory, up to 160GB hard drive, and, of course, you can create a complete Mac system by adding a wired or wireless Apple Keyboard, a wired or wireless Apple multi-button Mighty Mouse, Apple display, and/or Apple USB Modem along with any preinstalled Apple software you might want, such as Apple’s iWork ’08.

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53 Comments

  1. I’ve had my Mac Mini for 18 months now and LOVE IT.

    I reject the notion that it is difficult to service. After you’ve done it once it’s not difficult at all. A metal paint scraper to pop the top off, a magnetized small Phillips screwdriver to unscrew the fan and hard drive assembly from the motherboard, and a small pair of needle nose pliers to unplug and reseat one small plug. That’s it, it took me all of 15minutes to upgrade to 2gb of RAM and a SATA 2 160gb Hard Drive. I was surprised at how well it was engineered to fit all that stuff in that tiny box; and, how easy it was to service.

    I’m sure that other’s will have their personal opinion to this, but if I would order another mini today I would order the base model and then order the memory and hard drives separately and do it myself. I got better stuff for a lesser cost than going through Apple, even before you start talking labor.

    ‘RevNeal’ I’m curious as to what you need all that memory for? For the average porn surfing, word, excel, and mail person would 4 or even 8GB of memory really make a noticeable difference?

  2. As stated the problem with the mini is lack of any real video card.
    The GMA950 is fine in a laptop where u really need it for on the go stuff, but for a desktop, you want a cheap gaming computer and u just dont get it.
    Ill have to recommend the IMAC for that reason.

  3. I bought one of the new, fully 64 bit Mac Minis in October to replace an aging MDD Dual 1.25 Ghz G4 Power Mac and have been extremely pleased. I bought it with 2 GB of RAM (which is what my old G4 had) and have been pleasantly surprised by how well it handles anything I throw at it. Even Handbrake and VisualHub encodings are so much faster than I expected! My Mini will eventually wind up in the living room connected to my Sony Bravia flatscreen TV once the new Power Macs come out in January (I hope).

  4. >>’RevNeal’ I’m curious as to what you need all that memory for? For the average porn surfing, word, excel, and mail person would 4 or even 8GB of memory really make a noticeable difference?<<

    I’m looking at putting a mini at the sound-video board in the Sanctuary. I want to shift to digital recording of the audio and video feed of worship services, and I’m concerned that just 2 GB would be insufficient given the lack of a video card and the way in which Leopard demands RAM. I’d rather not have to pony up for a Pro if a Mini would do the trick. Our Technology budget isn’t that well-funded.

  5. The mini is right for everyone, but it is perfect for a great many. My wife uses her Mac mini for web and email; pull pics off the camera into iPhoto, print to our Canon i9900, and to listen to iTunes. An occasional Excel or Quark doc is as exotic as it gets for her. Even the mini could be considered overkill as far as computing goes. I’ve been thinking about hooking one to our kitchen television. The 21″ TV has a VGA input, and the mini would would fit hidden behind it perfectly and our Airport reaches there easily. It would be fun to have web and iTunes access

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