It is far, far away the time when the Mac mini would be the Mac 500. The small desktop computer, which allowed to recycle to save money, an old keyboard and mouse old PC or Mac. The entrance fee for this remodeled version.
It must be said that Apple has completely revised his computer that has never been more deserved its name. The Mac mini does not measure just 3.5 inches thick, against slightly more than 5 previous generations. However, it is a little wider as its size increased from 16.5 to 19.7 cm. Its new design is thinner so thanks to the aluminum hull Unibody now present on all elements of the range Mac.
Its adoption has two other major amendments. On the one hand, it is now easier to open the Mac mini, to access the memory at least. This will enable relatively easy to increase the 2 GB of memory supplied the basis for achieving the maximum allowed 8 GB. On the other hand, it allows for better interiors. Apple has succeeded in integrating the supply into the case. Gone are the power supply half as big as the Mac mini as can be hidden under the desk. In this regard, note that Apple says that its Mac Mini consumes 25% less energy than the previous generation and it is also less noisy. And it’s good, because Apple has corrected a fault …
The long-awaited HDMI output finally makes its appearance on the Mac mini. No this is not an eSATA port, but suddenly, the Mac mini is becoming more and more tunes Media Center to be attached to a TV. Add to that an SD card reader and your photos will be visible on the big screen in no time.
Damage, however, that the basic hard drive is only 320 GB A disk of 500 GB is available as an option (for 90 euros more), but it remains rather thin … For those who want even more, of course, the new Mac mini comes in a server version (sold 1149 euros). New to the previous generation, it gets rid of optical drive and replace it with a second hard drive and runs on Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server.
As always with the Mac mini, we are faced with a compact and attractive, rather oriented desktop, even if the graphics card with shared memory, the Nvidia GeForce 320M (256MB), should be able to run some fairly intensive applications and even some games on Steam is a native Mac OS X or from a Boot Camp partition under Windows. Ultimately, though once again captivated the design, however, it was difficult to swallow without grimacing, the new price.