Mac Mini Gets Ready for the Living Room
At a Glance
Apple's latest Mac Mini brings a $100 price jump, a new processor from Intel, and some slick new entertainment features designed to bridge the gap between the home office and the home theater. The $649 shipping unit I tested included Intel's 1.5-MHz Intel Core Solo processor, 512MB of memory, a 60GB hard drive, and an 8X SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD
Our friends at Macworld ran tests on the single-core Mac Mini and the $799 dual-core version (running Intel's 1.66-GHz Core Duo processor). The numbers were unsurprising: The Mac Mini is less powerful than the Intel-based iMac and MacBook Pro, each of which feature faster processors. However, the dual-core version outperformed the previous top-of-the-line model--the 1.42-GHz G4 Mac Mini--in most tests, and the single-core system did better in about half the tests. That said, most prospective Mac Mini buyers aren't looking for raw power, and as an entry-level home system this newest version shines both in its features and in its bundled applications.
Apple Computer Mac Mini
Entry-level Mac with Intel inside costs a bit more but adds several worthwhile multimedia features.
Price when reviewed: List: $649
Current prices (if available)