“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.
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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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