The Apple Mac mini has a sleek, anodized aluminum case and clean, white surface. It's small, elegant, and unassuming. In fact, it looks so simple it's hard to believe it's a computer at all. Unlike tr... Click To Read More About This Product
The Apple Mac mini has a sleek, anodized aluminum case and clean, white surface. It's small, elegant, and unassuming. In fact, it looks so simple it's hard to believe it's a computer at all. Unlike traditional desktop computers, its small size lends it to portability and can be used just about anywhere.
However, it was engineered to fit a lot of computer into a little space. Powered by a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 2x2GB RAM, this Apple Mac mini also includes an advanced NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM memory. There's plenty of storage space — up to 320GB — for just about anything, and it comes with Mac's OS X Snow Leopard advanced operating system.
True plug and play
The Apple Mac mini includes five USB 2.0 ports and one FireWire 800 port, so you can connect your keyboard, mouse, iPod, iPhone, digital camera, DV camcorder, external hard drive, printer, and any other peripherals you use. It even lets you connect up to two displays, including your TV, with the mini-DVI port and Mini DisplayPort. On the front of the Apple Mac mini is an ultrafast, slot-loading SuperDrive for playing DVDs and CDs — or burning your own.
The latest 802.11n wireless technology is built into every Mac mini. Once you set up a Wi-Fi network, you can surf the web, print, and stream your music wirelessly. The computer has Bluetooth capabilities built-in, so you can connect Bluetooth accessories such as a wireless keyboard and mouse.
A green machine
What the Apple Mac mini doesn't do could be its biggest feat. It doesn't waste energy. When the Apple Mac mini is idle, it consumes less than 14 watts — no other desktop computer does that. It's made from highly recyclable aluminum, and the small package means less waste during shipping.
Display, keyboard, and mouse (not included)
However, if you already have them, you can use it with Mac mini. Plug in your own display, keyboard, and mouse, turn it on, and just like that, it's your instant desktop. You can even share peripherals with another desktop computer.
Two displays are better than one.
The Apple Mac mini comes with both mini-DVI and Mini DisplayPort output ports so you can connect two displays to do more with your photos, movies, and files.
Connect Apple Mac mini to your TV to watch DVDs or movies and TV shows from iTunes. You can also hook it up to your speakers to play your music.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Mac OS X is renowned for its simplicity, its reliability, and its ease of use. So when it came to designing Snow Leopard, Apple engineers had a single goal: to make a great thing even better. They searched for areas to refine, further simplify, and speed up — from little things like ejecting external drives to big things like installing the OS. In many cases, they elevated great to amazing.
The Finder has been completely rewritten in Cocoa to take advantage of all the modern technologies in Mac OS X, including 64-bit support and Grand Central Dispatch. It's more responsive from top to bottom, with snappier performance throughout the Finder. It includes useful features like customizable Spotlight search options and an enhanced icon view that lets you thumb through a multipage document or watch a QuickTime movie.
Exposé is refined and more convenient. It's now integrated in the Dock, so you can just click and hold an application icon in the Dock and all the windows for that application will unshuffle so you can quickly change to another one. Exposé also has a whole new look. Windows are displayed in an organized grid, making it even easier to find what you're looking for. Stacks — Dock items that give you fast access to a folder of files — are now scrollable so you can easily view all items. You can also navigate through folders in a stack to see all the files inside it.
Introduced in Mac OS X Leopard, Time Machine made backing up your hard drive easy for the first time. Time Capsule took backup even further with its wireless hard drive that works seamlessly with Time Machine. Now Snow Leopard makes Time Machine up to 80 percent faster and reduces the time it takes to complete your initial backup to Time Capsule.
Speaking of fast, with Snow Leopard, your computer wakes from sleep up to twice as quickly when you have screen locking enabled. Shutting down is up to 80 percent faster, saving precious moments when you're trying to head home or to the airport.
Upgrading your Mac computer has never been easier. For Snow Leopard, the entire process has been simplified, streamlined, and is up to 50 percent faster, yet more comprehensive and reliable. For example, Snow Leopard checks your applications to make sure they're compatible and sets aside any programs known to be incompatible. In case a power outage interrupts your installation, it can start again without losing any data.
Snow Leopard takes up less than half the disk space of the previous version, freeing about 7GB for you — enough for about 1,750 more songs or a few thousand more photos.
Safari 4 is the latest version of the blazing-fast web browser. It renders web pages at high speed and delivers a range of new features, including full history search, smart address, and search fields, an innovative way to display your top sites, industry-leading support for web standards, and more.
Other features on the Apple computer include a more reliable disk eject, more efficient file sharing, easy PDF text selection, automatic updates for printer drivers, automatic timezone setup, a Services menu that allows you to use features of one application while working in another, and more.
iLife '09 includes:
•iPhoto '09: Organize photos two new ways: Faces, based on who's in your photos, and Places, based on where your photos were taken. Then share on Facebook or Flickr with a click
•iMovie '09: Make a great movie in the time you have. Choose a dynamic theme to enhance your movie in seconds. Or refine every shot with the Precision Editor
•GarageBand '09: Learn to play piano and guitar. Learn songs from the artists who made them famous. Rock like a legend with new guitar amps and stompbox effects
•iWeb '09: Design a website to share your photos, movies, and music just by dragging and dropping. Add new dynamic widgets and publish and share with a click
•iDVD: Create your own DVD in less time than it takes to watch one. With iDVD, you can premiere your movies and photo slideshows on a professional-quality DVD with animated menus, buttons, scene selection, and more. All customizable to suit whatever you're sharing
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Comments about Apple Mac mini (2.53GHz, 2X2GB RAM, 320GB HD, SuperDrive, Airport Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth):
The Mac Mini is a solid work platform that is also pleasing to look at. Set-up is straight forward as you would expect from Any Mac product. It lacks the expandability options you get with a tower, but provides plenty of storage and speed in a very small footprint. just what a small studio needs.
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