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Apple 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Mac Mini Review

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Apple’s new Mac mini is a nice solution for those who like elegant tiny things packed with useful features. It comes as a seamless little box with the height of 1.4 inches and weight of 3 pounds. The only dismountable element it has is a hatch on the bottom that enables you to upgrade the memory. Mac mini already includes 2GB of RAM, but you can increase it to a maximum of 8GB. The hard drive volume is 320GB and 500GB.

Despite its small size, new Mac mini is even more efficient now, as it consumes about 10 watts of power while being idle. Its 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor includes the integrated Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics processor, the performance of which is comparable only to the Core i5 MacBook Pro.

The little thing has eight ports:

• one for FireWire 800,

• four for USB 2.0,

• one for Ethernet,

• one for an SD card,

• two video-out ports: Mini DisplayPort and HDMI.

It supports a 2560×1600 Mini DisplayPort or VGA screen and a 1920×1200 HDMI or DVI display at the same time. HDMI port is suitable both for 1080p video and 8-channel 24-bit audio. The mini also has a HDMI-to-DVI adapter, though it supports only videos.

The new Mac Mini has only two drawbacks:

1. The arrangement of the ports is quite inconvenient. All of them are placed on the back, so that you cannot plug in several devices at once.

2. Hard drive cannot be upgraded like RAM.

As for the price, the mini costs $100 more than the previous version – $699. Additional memory (8GB) costs $500.

SUMMARY

The new Mac mini efficiently combines high performance with elegant design. It’ll be a computer of choice for those who seek minimalism combined with outstanding features.

2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Mac Mini

PRICE: $699

SPECIFICATIONS: 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 3MB shared L2 cache, 320GB 5,400-rpm SATA hard drive, Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 shared with main memory, 4 USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800 port, SD card slot, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI port, audio in, audio out, built-in speaker, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n AirPort Extreme, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR

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