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New Mac Mini : The Perfect Media Centre ?

New Mac Mini : The Perfect Media Centre ?

Apple have launched a brand new Mac Mini with some exciting additions for the home media centre enthusiast.  The new device features a HDMI port and a new SD card slot, all in an amazingly compact aluminum enclosure. Apple are reporting that the Mac mini is the world’s most energy efficient desktop which makes it perfect for long term media use. We covered the Mac Media Centre concept previously in this post.

Mac Mini

Created with the unibody construction process pioneered by Apple, the new Mac mini features a compact aluminum enclosure just 7.7 inches square and 1.4 inches thin. A new integrated power supply eliminates the need for an external power adapter, reducing overall system volume by 20 percent and keeping cable clutter to a minimum.

A removable panel underneath provides quick access for memory expansion. Mac mini is incredibly versatile, effortlessly connecting to existing peripherals such as mice, keyboards and digital displays, while the new HDMI output connects Mac mini to an HDTV and the new SD card slot enables easy transfer of photos and videos from a digital camera.

Inside its sleek, compact enclosure, the new Mac mini includes the fastest integrated graphics processor on the market today. With 48 processing cores, the NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor delivers up to twice the graphics performance of its predecessor, making Mac mini ideal for graphics intensive applications or visually rich games. Mac mini comes standard with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 320GB hard and 2GB of RAM. Ideal for most home solutions.

Mac mini comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife, Apple’s innovative suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music. Snow Leopard builds on a decade of OS X innovation and success with hundreds of refinements, new core technologies and out of the box support for Microsoft Exchange.

What about AppleTV

Being a massive fan of the AppleTV the new sleek Mac Mini is remarkably attractive although perhaps equally remarkably expensive. If Apple offered the AppleTV software as a loadable app on the Mac Mini coupled with an Elgato TV device and Blue Ray player the Mac Mini would be unbeatable in the living room.  If you haven’t ventured into the realm of the Mac Mini as a media centre then check our article on Plex, The Mac Media Center,

Full Specification

The Mac mini  includes:

  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB of shared L2 cache;
  • 2GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable up to 8GB;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive® (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
  • 320GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics;
  • AirPort Extreme® 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet;
  • four USB 2.0 ports;
  • SD card slot;
  • one FireWire® 800 port;
  • one HDMI port and one Mini DisplayPort;
  • HDMI to DVI video adapter;
  • combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack); and
  • combined optical digital audio output/headphone out (minijack).

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