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Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer

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Product Highlights

  • 2.3GHz Intel Core i5
  • 2GB (2x1GB) RAM
  • 500GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
  • Intel GMA HD 3000 GPU
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • May Ship with OS X Lion or Mountain Lion
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The Mac mini Desktop Computer from Apple is a quiet and compact desktop computer in a sleek aluminum unibody enclosure. The system, only 7.7" square and 1.4" high, is a great option for users who would like an inexpensive, yet fully-functional, desktop Mac. The mini ships sans keyboard, mouse, and monitor, allowing you to choose the accessories that best suit your needs for use with the system.

iLife '11, a complete suite of digital creativity applications, is installed on the system. Easy enough for anyone to use, iLife will help you edit your home movies, organize digital photos, and compose original music. The system features an HDMI output port, making it a great option for users who would like a home theater computer for Internet video streaming and big-screen computer gaming. An optional remote control is available separately for purchase.

The system is powered by 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 CPU and includes 2GB of RAM, a 500GB 5400rpm hard drive, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, an SDXC card reader, and Intel GMA HD 3000 graphics.

The computer is loaded with Apple's Mac OS X operating system. The 64-bit OS features Time Machine backup, which automatically backs up system data to an external hard drive. It also features intuitive natural scrolling, the innovative Launchpad application launcher, and support for full screen applications. Mission Control combines the functionality of Dashboard, Exposé, and Spaces -- giving you a bird's eye view of everything that is happening on your computer.

Mac OS X also adds Auto Save to your Mac, ensuring that you won't lose data if you forget to save a file. The OS tracks different versions of your documents, so you can go back to a previous draft of a document with ease. AirDrop makes it easy to transmit files wirelessly between computers, even if there is no central Wi-Fi network available. The revamped Mail application takes full advantage of modern widescreen displays.

And of course, you can expand the functionality of your computer system by browsing through the multitude of productivity applications, games, and other software that is available for purchase from the Mac App Store. Because the software in the store is curated by Apple, you can be sure that it is free of malware and safe to use. And, like the iOS App Store, you'll automatically be notified when updated versions of your favorite programs are available for download.

Design

Forged Ahead. Way Ahead
Mac mini features a 1.4-inch-thin seamless unibody enclosure carved from a single, solid block of aluminum. It's created using computer numerical control, or CNC, machines -- the same kind used by the aerospace industry to build mission-critical spacecraft components. This ensures absolute precision of every component of the Mac mini enclosure. Not to mention a stunning aluminum fit and finish that will make any desk proud.
No Detail is Too mini
The power supply is built right into Mac mini. So there's no bulky brick, and there are fewer cables to connect. A removable panel on the bottom makes upgrading the memory completely painless. And once you're inside, you'll see how clean and organized Mac mini is. With attention paid to the tiniest details. Like the air intake vent. It's practically invisible. And when the fan is running, you'll barely hear it. Mac mini is full of big ideas.
Many Ports. Major Possibilities.
Built-in Thunderbolt technology lets you daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt peripherals, including the Apple Thunderbolt Display, to a single port. It also supports Mini DisplayPort peripherals you might already have, including the Apple LED Cinema Display. The HDMI port lets you connect Mac mini to your HDTV with a single cable. And a built-in SDXC card slot makes speedy work of transferring photos and videos from your digital cameras.
Exactly What You Need. And Nothing You Don't
Mac mini is designed without an optical disc drive. Because these days, you don't need one. It's easier than ever to download music and movies from the iTunes Store. And you can download apps from the Mac App Store with a click. So what did we do with all the extra space? We squeezed in more powerful processors, advanced graphics, and Thunderbolt technology. And removing the optical drive gave Apple room to do one more thing with Mac mini: lower its price. If you still want to burn discs, consider the external MacBook Air SuperDrive, which connects to Mac mini with a USB cable.
One of the World's Most Energy-Efficient Desktop Computers
What Mac mini doesn't do could be its biggest feat. It doesn't waste energy. When idle, Mac mini consumes less than 13 watts. Mac mini is also made from highly recyclable aluminum. And even its package is designed to be mini, so it's as efficient as possible to ship.

Features

Intel Core i5 Processor
The dual-core 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 CPU comes standard on this Mac mini. With up to two times the performance of the previous generation, Mac mini keeps up with computers twice its size.

When you're using processor-intensive applications, Turbo Boost 2.0 increases the clock speed. Hyper-Threading lets each core run two threads, so OS X multitasks even more efficiently. And an integrated memory controller connects fast 1333MHz memory directly to the processor, so it gets right to work on your data. In short, Mac mini is a little box of vroom.
Intel GMA HD 3000 Graphics
The Mac mini features an integrated Intel GMA HD 3000 GPU delivers plenty of power for everyday tasks like managing photos and editing HD video.
Thunderbolt
The Thunderbolt technology in Mac mini is phenomenally fast. It features two 10Gbps channels for data transfer. That's up to 12 times faster than FireWire-800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. But beyond speed, Thunderbolt technology gives you unprecedented expansion capabilities. You can daisy-chain as many as six Thunderbolt peripherals, including the Apple Thunderbolt Display. And since Thunderbolt is based on DisplayPort technology, your Mini DisplayPort devices plug right in, too.
Plenty of Ports Make It Ready for Anything
The Thunderbolt port lets you connect up to six Thunderbolt devices, including the Apple Thunderbolt Display. You can also daisy-chain an Apple LED Cinema Display. Have a third-party display? Use the HDMI port and HDMI to DVI adapter that comes with Mac mini to connect it. You can even connect two displays to see more of your photos, movies, and documents at the same time.

A built-in SDXC card slot makes it easy to grab all those photos and videos from your digital cameras. And four USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire-800 port let you plug in your keyboard, mouse, iPod, iPhone, iPad, digital camera, DV camcorder, external hard drive, printer, and just about any other device you use.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
802.11n wireless technology is built into every Mac mini. It automatically connects to your Wi-Fi network, so you can get right down to browsing the web, printing, and streaming your music wirelessly. Bluetooth wireless technology is also built in, so you can connect accessories such as a wireless keyboard and mouse.
Use What You've Got
Plug your own display, keyboard, and mouse into Mac mini. Turn it on. And just like that, everything works together. That's one of the great things about Mac mini. You can mix and match it with almost anything.
No Screen Is Too Big
It's easy to connect Mac mini to the biggest screen in the house -- your HDTV -- courtesy of a built-in HDMI port. All it takes is one HDMI cable to start enjoying movies and TV shows from iTunes, browsing the web, and flipping through your photo library, all in brilliant HD. There's also a handy control that lets you adjust the output on Mac mini to fill even the biggest HDTV screen. And when you just want to listen to music, you can play your entire iTunes collection through your home entertainment center, or stream it to a set of speakers in any room via an AirPort Express Base Station.
Start with 500GB of storage. And Take It From There
Mac mini comes with a 500GB hard drive. So you can pack in your photo libraries, movies, music, files, and more, more, more. Need to burn discs? The external USB-based MacBook Air SuperDrive does the job for a modest cost.
Add Memory with a Twist
Mac mini comes with 2GB of fast 1333MHz DDR3 memory. And thanks to a removable bottom panel, it's easy to add more. Just give it a twist, and you're in. Pop your new memory into the SO-DIMM slots, and you're ready to go.

Mac OS X

Hardware and Software Made for Each Other
Since the software on every Mac is created by the same company that makes the Mac, you get a fully integrated system in which everything works together perfectly. OS X works with the processor in your Mac to deliver the best possible performance. The Multi-Touch trackpad on every Mac notebook gives you more than enough space to pinch, swipe, and tap your way around most of the apps on your system. OS X gives you long battery life by dimming the screen in low-light conditions and even regulating processor activity between keystrokes.
Interact with Your Computer in a Whole New Way
Tap, scroll, pinch, and swipe using Multi-Touch gestures, directly controlling what's on your screen in a more fluid, natural, and intuitive way. When you scroll down on your trackpad or Magic Mouse, your document scrolls down. When you scroll up, your web page scrolls up. When you swipe left, your photos move left. And there are many more gestures that make all you do on your Mac the best experience you can have on a computer. Hands down.
Easy to Use and Incredibly Powerful
From the desktop you see when you start up your Mac to the applications you use every day, everything is designed to be simple and intuitive. Of course, making amazing things simple requires some seriously advanced technologies, and OS X is loaded with them. Not only is it built on a rock-solid, time-tested UNIX foundation that provides unparalleled stability, it also delivers incredible performance, stunning graphics, and industry-leading support for Internet standards.
Easy Access to All of Your Apps
Working and playing on a Mac is all about apps, so OS X makes it simple to find and open those apps fast. The Dock is a handy place on your desktop for storing and launching your favorite apps, and it makes switching between them a breeze. The Dock also includes Stacks, folders that give you quick access to documents, files, and downloads. Launchpad is a full-screen home for all the apps on your Mac. It lets you arrange them the way you want, group them in folders, and delete them with ease. And apps purchased from the Mac App Store automatically appear in Launchpad, so you can browse thousands of apps and start using the ones you buy right away.
Find, Organize, and Share Files Fast
The Finder gives you easy access to all the files on your system. It lets you find, organize, and access practically everything on your Mac -- including applications, files, folders, discs, and shared computers on your network. You can sort files by kind, application, date modified, date added, or size. But with so many files on your computer, finding a specific one can be a challenge. Not on a Mac. Features like Spotlight and Quick Look make locating the file you're looking for effortless -- even if you don't know the filename. Say you're searching for a document, and the only thing you recall about it is the phrase "surrealist painters." Open Spotlight, start typing "surrealist painters," and your Mac generates a list of files that contain those words. And with Quick Look, you don't need to open an application to verify that you've found the right file - view a full-screen preview by hitting the space bar. Want to share a file with someone nearby? Just drag and drop to send it to the person wirelessly with AirDrop.
See Everything Running on Your Mac. In an Instant
OS X offers systemwide support for gorgeous, full-screen apps that use every inch of your Mac display. You can have multiple full-screen apps open at once -- along with multiple apps in windows. And it's easy to switch between full-screen and desktop views. Mission Control gives you a bird's-eye view of all your windows and full-screen apps, and allows you to instantly navigate among them.
It Does the Saving for You
Say goodbye to the worry and the hassle of manually saving your work. Auto Save automatically saves your work, while you work, without you having to do a thing. Versions creates a new version of a document each time you open it and every hour while you're working. It saves only the differences between successive versions, so the impact on your disk drive is minimal. Just open Versions to see the current document next to a cascade of previous versions. You can copy and paste between versions or revert to an earlier version. And when you share a document, you share only the most recent copy.
Highly Secure by Design
OS X doesn't get PC viruses. And with virtually no effort on your part, the operating system protects itself from other malicious applications. Because every Mac ships with a secure configuration, you don't have to worry about changing complex settings in order to stay safe. Even better, OS X won't slow you down with constant security alerts and sweeps. Apple responds quickly to online threats and automatically delivers security updates. And with FileVault 2 in OS X, all the data on your Mac is protected by powerful encryption.
Built for Compatibility
The versatility and power of OS X help a Mac fit in just about anywhere -- including Windows networks. Want to transfer your files, photos, and other data from a Windows PC? OS X lets you do that easily. If you want to run Windows on your Mac, you can do that, too. OS X has built-in support for the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server, so you can use your Mac at home and at work and keep all your messages, meetings, and contacts in one place. OS X works with virtually all of today's digital cameras, printers, and other peripherals without the need to manually download separate drivers. And it opens popular file types such as JPG, MP3, and PDF, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.
Accessible Innovation
OS X comes standard with a wide range of assistive technologies that help people with disabilities experience what the Mac has to offer, including many features you won't find in other operating systems -- at any price. For example, built-in VoiceOver screen-reading technology, available in over 20 languages, makes it possible for those who are blind or have low vision to control their computers using key commands or gestures on a Multi-Touch trackpad. OS X also offers out-of-the-box support for more than 40 Braille displays (including Bluetooth displays) and many other accessibility features, such as dynamic full-screen magnification, playback of closed captions, and a scalable screen.
Reliable from the Very Start
Just about everything you do on a Mac -- even upgrading to the latest version of the OS -- is safe and reliable. OS X checks your applications to make sure they're compatible and sets aside any programs known to be incompatible. If a power outage interrupts your installation, OS X can start again without losing any data. Best of all, upgrading doesn't require reformatting your drive -- you keep all your compatible applications, files, and settings. And if something goes wrong when you're using your Mac, Time Machine is there to restore your data if needed.

Built-In Apps

iPhoto
iPhoto is an easy-to-use photo application that makes it fast and fun to organize and find your pictures, as well as make them look their absolute best. With features like Faces, Places, and Events, iPhoto helps you keep track of your photos by who's in them and when and where you took them -- all in an immersive full-screen view. Use quick and simple editing tools to make so-so shots picture perfect with just a few clicks. iPhoto even lets you share your photos with the world with beautiful photo books and letterpress cards or online via Facebook and Flickr.
iMovie
Don't settle for boring home movies. With iMovie, you can transform the videos you shoot into your very own indie flicks. Create a Hollywood-style trailer that'll make your audience laugh, cry, and cheer for more. If you know how to drag and drop, you can make a movie in iMovie. It comes with Apple-designed themes that look fun and professional. Just choose one and iMovie does the rest, adding animated titles and sophisticated transitions automatically. Customize your screen gem further with your own words and audio.
GarageBand
Whether you're musically gifted or mostly curious, GarageBand is the application for you. Plug in your electric guitar or USB music keyboard and get ready to rock with virtual replicas of the most revered amps and stompboxes in the world, as well as over 100 software instruments. Just because you didn't grow up learning your A, B, and C sharp doesn't mean you can't. Basic Lessons teach you just that: the basics. Choose from 40 lessons that cover blues guitar, rock guitar, classical piano, pop piano, and more. Or get a private lesson from one of your musical heroes, like Sting or Death Cab for Cutie, with Artist Lessons.1 GarageBand even tells you how well you're playing in real time with a feature called "How Did I Play?"
Mac App Store
Just like shopping the App Store on iPad, the Mac App Store offers endless possibilities to browse and purchase apps. Apps install in one step right to Launchpad. And the Mac App Store lets you know when app updates are available, so you always have the latest versions.
Safari
Designed with the Mac in mind, Safari emphasizes browsing, not the browser. In full-screen view, the browser frame is only a pixel wide, and you can hide almost the entire interface if you choose. So there's nothing to distract you from an article, video, or photo album. Navigating web pages is easy with trackpad gestures -- flip through web pages with a swipe, and double tap or pinch the trackpad to zoom in on text or images. Safari also features Reader, which lets you peruse articles sans annoying ads. Or save articles for later with Reading List. And since pages render fast in Safari, you won't miss a minute of the web.
Mail
Mail makes it easy to manage all your e-mail from a single, ad-free inbox. It features powerful search capabilities, with search suggestions and tokens built in. It works with most e-mail standards -- including POP3 and IMAP -- and popular e-mail services such as Gmail, Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, Cox, Yahoo! Mail, and AOL Mail. Mail supports Microsoft Exchange 2010, too. If you have more than one e-mail account, no problem. Add your accounts to Mail and you'll be able to access all your e-mail from one place.

And Mail looks as great as it works. It makes full use of your display with a gorgeous widescreen view featuring a full-height message and a message list that includes snippets. With Conversations, messages from the same thread appear in an elegant timeline showing each communication as it was sent while hiding redundant text.
iCal
Keep track of your busy schedule and share it with others using iCal. Create separate calendars -- one for home, another for school, a third for work, and so on. See all your calendars in a single window or choose to see only the calendars you want. iCal lets you create invitations using contact information from your Address Book, update your guest list, keep track of responses, and receive the latest status information. When you or another Mac user receives an iCal invitation via Mail, it's automatically added. iCal works with Yahoo! and Google calendars too, and syncs to iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, so you'll always be up to date on all your devices.
Address Book
With Address Book you have a flexible and convenient place to store contact information for everyone you know. You can import names, numbers, addresses, and photos from other applications, create smart groups for clubs, activities, and business purposes, print address labels and envelopes, and more. It syncs to iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch so there's no need for duplication. And since Address Book is built on vCard, an industry standard for storing contact information, your friends can send you cards that you can add simply by dropping them in -- no typing required.
Time Machine
Time Machine works with your Mac and an external hard drive or Time Capsule. Connect the drive, assign it to Time Machine, and start enjoying some peace of mind. Time Machine automatically backs up your entire Mac, including system files, applications, accounts, preferences, music, photos, movies, and documents. But what makes Time Machine different from other backup applications is that it not only keeps a spare copy of every file, it remembers how your system looked on any given day -- so you can revisit your Mac as it appeared in the past.
FaceTime
FaceTime for Mac makes it possible to talk, smile, and laugh with anyone on an iPad 2, iPhone 4, iPod touch, or another Mac from your Mac. So you can catch up, hang out, joke around, and stay in touch with just a click. And when someone tries to reach you, the call rings through on every Mac you own, even if FaceTime isn't running. So you never have to worry about making yourself available. If you don't want to receive calls, just turn FaceTime off in preferences. FaceTime is integrated with your Address Book so you can initiate chats easily.
Photo Booth
Take photo snapshots and video clips with your Mac using Photo Booth. Send them to your friends, use one as an iChat icon, add them to your Address Book, or organize and edit them in iPhoto. The real fun starts when you use the effects and backdrops in Photo Booth. Snap a photo of yourself at the Eiffel Tower or in outer space. Choose from nine effects that use facial tracking technology so effects look great whether you're front and center -- or left of center. Snap single photos or shoot multiples in a four-photo burst. You can even shoot video clips, complete with effects, then trim them right in Photo Booth and send them to friends and family. And since Photo Booth can be viewed full screen, you'll enjoy every detail down to the last pixel.

The Mac Experience

Every Day Use
Every Mac is designed to make your life easier, not more difficult. The system ships with Mac OS X, which gives you all the tools you need for e-mail, personal organization, Internet browsing, watching movies, and more. Its software and hardware are designed work to together seamlessly, eliminating the compatibility nightmares that often plague PC users. What's more, the Mac mini can run Windows via Boot Camp, perfect for users who have a Windows-only application that they absolutely need to use.
iLife '11
The included iLife '11 suite is a suite of applications that help you organize your digital life. It includes iPhoto for photo management and editing, iMovie for HD video editing, iDVD to burn your movies to disc, GarageBand for music production, and iWeb for web publishing.
Secure and Reliable
Worried about viruses and malware? Don't be. The Mac mini isn't plagued by constant attacks from the outside world. It is designed to be secure out of the box, eliminating the need for additional software to protect your system from danger. OS X will warn you if a downloaded file is potentially dangerous, ensuring that you don't accidentally open a malicious application. Apple responds quickly to any security threats, prompting you to download updates that keep your Mac up to date and safe.
Advanced Technology, Standard
Powered by an Intel dual-core CPU, the Mac mini is fully loaded with 3D graphics, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. You'll find features on this system that are foreign to the PC world. A powerful 64-bit operating system built on a UNIX foundation is pre-installed on the system.
Environmentally Friendly Design
Apple understands that the Earth is our most precious resource. They've worked to create a computer that is energy efficient, free of many toxins, and highly recyclable. Because Apple designs both hardware and software, the Mac mini is able to use a highly efficient power supply that reduces wasted power. The computer is free of mercury and arsenic, and its internal components are free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs). When the computer reaches the end of its long life, you can rest assured that it can be recycled. It is constructed from materials that are highly desirable to recyclers. The Mac mini has been awarded EPEAT Gold status for responsible manufacture, energy efficiency, and recyclability.
Tech Support
Have a problem with your Mac? Get support and advice at the Genius Bar, located at every Apple Retail Store. Apple also provides online tutorials, troubleshooting forums, and 90 days of phone support for users who aren't able to make it to an Apple store.
Optional AppleCare
Apple provides 90 days of free phone support and a 1-year limited hardware warranty on the computer. You can opt to add an AppleCare Protection Plan, at additional cost, which covers support and repairs for 3 years from the date of purchase. AppleCare can be purchased at any time within the first year of ownership of the computer.
UPC: 885909455386
Performance
Processor 2.3GHz Intel Core i5
Cache L3: 3MB
System Bus Not Specified by Manufacturer
Memory Slots: 2x 204-pin SO-DIMM
Type: PC3-10600 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Installed: 2GB (2x1GB)
Capacity: 8GB
Graphics Display Intel GMA HD 3000 with 288MB of Shared DDR3 SDRAM
Storage and Expansion
Hard Drive Bays: 1x
Installed: 500GB 5400rpm
Type: SATA
Optical Drive None
Input/Output
Ports 1x Thunderbolt
1x 9-pin FireWire-800
4x USB 2.0 (A)
Display 1x HDMI
Audio 1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Microphone
Memory Card Reader 1x SDXC
Communications
Wired 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
Wireless Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
General
Operating System May ship with Mac OS X Lion or Mountain Lion
Electrical Requirements AC: 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz
Maximum Continuous Power: 85W
Environmental Requirements Operating Temperature: 50-95°F (10-35°C)
Storage Temperature: -40-116°F (-40-47°C)
Relative Humidity: 5-95%, non-condensing
Maximum Altitude: 10,000' (3048 m)
Typical Acoustical Performance: 16dBa SPL (Idle)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 7.7 x 1.4 x 7.7" (19.7 x 3.6 x 19.7cm)
Weight 2.7 lb (1.22kg)
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.4 x 10.2 x 4.5"
Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer
  • HDMI to DVI Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • Software Bundle
    • Mac OS X (Mail, Address Book, iCal, The Mac App Store, iTunes, Safari, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, Mission Control, Launchpad, AirDrop, Resume, Auto Save, Versions, Quick Look, Spotlight, QuickTime)
    • iLife '11 (iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iWeb, iDVD)
  • Printed and Electronic Documentation
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    AppleMac mini Desktop Computer
     
    4.6

    (based on 93 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (59)
    • Quiet (57)
    • Versatile (48)
    • Good power output (37)
    • Never freezes (35)

    Cons

    • Too slow (5)
    • Freezes (4)

    Best Uses

    • Home (47)
    • Multimedia (43)
    • Office (32)
    • Dorm room (14)
    • Educational purposes (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (43), Multimedia professional (12), Technically challenged (5), Avid gamer (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (19), Business (4)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (23)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A great media machine, good server

    I just set up the machine to be a media client for my TV. I had Plex delivering my DVD library, home movies, and a bunch of internet tv stuff. EyeTV was delivering...Read complete review

    I just set up the machine to be a media client for my TV. I had Plex delivering my DVD library, home movies, and a bunch of internet tv stuff. EyeTV was delivering over the air TV. I set up Karaoke software (my kids love karaoke). MAME OSX was delivering video games. Everything was working great in my test environment... ready to deploy for the family... then BAM!...

    I was using an older mac Mini for a server feeding the data to the machine when the main hard drive crashed on the older machine. (No real data loss, just the OS & Programs) Since I now need to rebuild the server software, I decided to upgrade the new machine to Lion Server, and when the old one comes back, it will be the media client.

    So far the server upgrade has gone pretty smooth. I am not an IT guy so the setup is taking me a while (I am setting up a more advanced server than the default settings/options Lion provides-- apple provides extra tools to make Lion Server just as capable as Snow Leopard server-- with a few changes)

    Advice for Apple mini owners-- especially those using server-- GET THE APPLECARE WARRANTY!!!
    The tech support on my older Mini Server paid for itself many times over when I had problems setting up the mini. It has now paid for itself again with apple installing a new Hard disk in the machine!!

    I am not usually an extended warranty person. I fix everything myself. If your system is at all complicated-- get Applecare!!

    Oh yea, a spare hard drive with a backup of your OS & applications will save you a bunch of aggravation eventually. Applecare and a spare hard drive is my recommendation :)

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Worth the headache?

    This is probably a great product, but the new OS Lion is premature. My external hard drive which I used to boot up on my Macbook Pro does not work now because it has...Read complete review

    This is probably a great product, but the new OS Lion is premature. My external hard drive which I used to boot up on my Macbook Pro does not work now because it has Snow Leopard (a Great OS!!), my scanner won't work at all when it did work fine with Snow Leopard, and my plug and play DVD burner isn't recognized except on System Profiler. So I tried to downgrade from Lion to Snow Leopard. Ouch!! I mean, tried and tried to get it to work, but finally had to take it into the Genuis Bar. Surprise! A bad logic board, which they did not have in stock, so now I am facing another hour drive to the Apple Store. Am I whining, or giving an accurate report of my experience? Time will tell, I suppose. 3 Stars. Actually, one star for Apple putting out a beta version of a new operating system without telling us. If I wanted Vista, I would have purchased a PC.

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    5.0

    My New Mac Mini

    By Bosun Bob

    from Atlanta, Georgia

    About Me At 73 Literate No Geek

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Network
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Never Freezes
    • Powerful
    • Quiet
    • Versatile
    • Very Attractive Machine

    Cons

    • Are You Kidding None

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Multimedia
    • Research

    Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

    Friends have been after me for years to get a Mac, but Macs are so costly that I've resisted. In frustration with the constant problems I've had with Windows XP and my old computer, I decided to buy a new PC. Of course it would come with Windows 8. Rather than learn a new Windows Operating System, I decided to spend the money and get a Mac Mini. Where to begin. I love it. It is so compact. It is whisper quiet. Mountain Lion is easy to learn. I am on the MAC a considerable amount every day. It is fun to use it. So I bought one for my wife. Networking the two Macs was as easy as plugging both of them into the router. I'm beginning to work with music and art. It is an expensive product, but once again, it turns out that you get what you pay for. So far no complaints.

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    4.0

    Power, but a few frustrations

    By Jimr

    from Santo, tx

    About Me Multimedia Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Never Freezes
    • Powerful
    • Quiet
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Office

      Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

      We use these in our church. Plenty of power for our purposes. The well known Apple ease of use and set up is here as well. The lack of an optical drive is kind of a pain (all of our software is on cd or DVD). Easily remedied with an external drive.

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      5.0

      Great machine for a great price!

      By Chemist 4 Christ

      from Lynchburg, VA

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Never Freezes
      • Quiet
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • A Bit Slow W Factory Ram

      Best Uses

      • Dorm Room
      • Home
      • Office

      Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

      This is a great "first Mac" for those PC users who contemplate switching. And when packaged with the Parallels virtual machine software (one of the choices when purchasing from B&H Photo), which allows you to run Windows from within Mac OS, it's hard to beat! This way you can have the best of both worlds!

      One things you may consider buying along with this is a RAM upgrade, especially if you plan to use Parallels to run Windows. This also does not come with a built-in CD/DVD drive, so you will want to purchase Apple's USB SuperDrive or a third-party equivalent.

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      5.0

      This is my 3rd Mac Mini and my favorite.

      By fcta

      from Anaheim, CA

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Never Freezes
      • Powerful
      • Quiet

      Cons

      • Nonne

      Best Uses

      • Dorm Room
      • Home
      • Office

      Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

      My fastest mini yet. Do a lot of photo editing and this system just hums along.

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      5.0

      Mini Powerhouse

      By TAI Prof.

      from Costa Mesa, CA

      About Me Graphic Designer, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Never Freezes
      • Powerful
      • Quiet
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Super Drive Is Separate

      Best Uses

      • Multimedia
      • Office

      Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

      What more can you say about a machine that does it all. Speaking for Mac this is a great little machine that packs a bunch. I can run Adobe Suite on it, with office and networking tools with other apps open with no problem while browsing the internet. The price is perfect. My only issue is I wish Apple kept the Super Drive with it as one unit, but I understand leaving it out since most things are virtual now-a-days. It's a small quiet machine that doesn't take up too much space. Would buy another in a heart beat.

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      5.0

      Excellent once you upgrade the memory

      By jjc

      from dallas, tx

      About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Multimedia
        • Office

        Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

        Great product. I needed it for development of iOS apps. Excellent value and product.

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        5.0

        Excellent Product at a great deal!!

        By Felix the Cat

        from Bellevue, WA

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • Freezes

        Best Uses

        • Dorm Room
        • Home
        • Multimedia

        Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

        With the new spec came out from Apple, and no change of outlook of the mac mini, this 2.3 model becomes a great deal!!
        Performance can (should be) enhanced by a couple of aftermarket 4GB rams at and very competitive price!
        Buyer outside NY also pay no tax, turns to be a big difference from buying directly from Apple.

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        5.0

        Mac Mini

        By Chuck

        from SOUTH CAROLINA

        About Me Technically Challenged

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Never Freezes
        • Powerful
        • Quiet
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • None At This Time

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Multimedia

        Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

        I was almost ready to go crazy with Windows Vista. My computer tech said to get a Mac if you are going to do home recording with software from all around the world. So I ordered a Mac Mini from B&H and got the 4GB RAM upgrade (easy to install, and trust me its worth it) and express shipping (be forewarned: you have to sign for the package, so plan to be home for UPS). If you are tired of fighting Windows Vista, just breakdown and get a Mac. How I wished I would have done this years ago. Very easy transition if you are a windows user. Just a YouTube video here, and a Google question there, and you are a Mac user and grinning ear to ear with accomplishment My home recording software that used to give me and my computer tech mental anguish, now self installs into Garageband and now it is all coming together for me. GET A MAC Mini!!!!!About the size of a box of chocolates and I was able to use my monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

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        5.0

        Great gift

        By Shopper

        from Dallas, Tx

        About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Powerful
        • Quiet
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Dorm Room
          • Multimedia

          Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

          I gave this to my sister for starting college. it is a great starter computer with plenty of speed and features for the new student

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          5.0

          dont let the small package fool you

          By wadefish

          from NAVARRE,FL.

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Dorm Room
              • Gaming
              • Home
              • Multimedia
              • Office

              Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

              I love it, I use mine to edit photos. I am very happy with this product.

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              5.0

              Great Intro to Macs

              By Neal2Me

              from Normal, IL

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Never Freezes
              • Powerful
              • Quiet
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Office

                Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                After using a Windows PC for many years, we decided to get a Mac when our other computer died. The main reason we chose the Mini was because of how little it was. We wanted something very small, yet capable of handling every day task. The Mac Mini is so much quieter and more powerful than our Sony we were using. Granted, the Sony was about 8-9 years old. I only wish it shipped with more RAM, but RAM is cheap and easy enough to upgrade. The other reason we chose to go with the Mini was because B&H offered a good price and a free version of Parallels 8. This helped ease our minds about still being able to use some Windows programs.

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                4.0

                Not bad, could be better!

                By Daria

                from Los Angeles CA

                About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Powerful
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • Freezes

                Best Uses

                • Home

                Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                I've used the PowerPC Mac Mini for years and loved it, but the lack of Adobe updates became tedious. I've waited a while to upgrade and have now purchased the Intel version. Size-wise, you can't beat it, and it's the least you can pay to get a brand new Mac (excellent deal w/ B&H, by the way). Unfortunately, I didn't forsee having to buy a new monitor, since this one has a more modern interface (and buying the patching cords for the non-DVI monitor is nearly as expensive). Also, this thing crashes far too often, even when just turning it off (and this is even after upgrading to Mountain Lion). Not very happy about that!

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                5.0

                Great Product

                By JC

                from San Diego, CA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Never Freezes
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                  Nice and small and works great

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                  5.0

                  Its apple!

                  By Vong

                  from Shelton CT

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Never Freezes
                  • Powerful
                  • Quiet
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Gaming
                    • Home
                    • Multimedia

                    Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                    For music!! Apple is verynice product.i love it. I hook up with my power amps mixer,when i power down ,its just shut down quietly. I dont have to turn off my power amp first!

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                    4.0

                    mac mini, yes

                    By mac newbie

                    from northeast isa

                    About Me Technically Challenged

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Never Freezes
                    • Powerful
                    • Quiet
                    • Size

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                      we're working thru the transition from pc to mac and the live help from apple has been invaluabletonite it's migration assistant time, anticipating that it will all work out wellone issue that we discovered, there's only 4 usb ports, used them all up with a mouse, printer, keyboard and photo transfer cable.....have to unplug something to use a usb stick......we have to catch up to the apple standard of wireless connections for mice, keyboards and printers.

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                      4.0

                      Great product... bad memory

                      By juankvillegas

                      from Bogota, Colombia

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Quiet
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Freezes

                      Best Uses

                      • Dorm Room
                      • Home
                      • Multimedia
                      • Office

                      Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                      This is my first Mac after a whole life of PCs, including Windows and Linux experiences. It may sound as a cliche, but "It just works", it is perfect. In the product specifications it says that comes with "Lion" and you could use the option that Apple is giving for a free OS upgrade for computers bought since July (I don't remember the exact date). What a great surprise when I turned on my Mac mini and it already had installed "Mountain Lion".

                      I've been using it for a few days and it is good, except for the memory. It only has 2GB RAM and it is not enough, if you have a program opened for a long time without visiting it, once you need it again it take some (or a lot) seconds to charge. In my case I prefer Thunderbird rather than Mail, and the email app is something you can avoid for 30 minutes or more.

                      Today I received my 8GB memory to upgrade my Mac. The process is very easy, in the Mac mini manual you can find the step-by-step guide to change it. It took less than 3 minutes to add it and now I have a different computer. It runs smoothly... this is the computer I wanted all my life.

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                      4.0

                      great machine

                      By tr

                      from colorado

                      About Me Multimedia Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up

                      Cons

                      • Tough To Add Memory

                      Best Uses

                      • Office

                      Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                      great little machine for the money...

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                      4.0

                      Pretty good

                      By Photo Man

                      from Warwick, RI

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                      • Freezes

                      Best Uses

                      • Dorm Room
                      • Home
                      • Office

                      Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                      I got this to replace a large desktop PC because I was downsizing my home office to a smaller area in my house. Overall, with the RAM upgrade I installed, this works very well. Its not as fast as my PC with an i7 processor, but its speedy enough.

                      Lack of USB 3.0 is a major drawback as is only having 4 USB ports.

                      After the Mountain Lion upgrade, WiFi drops after sleeping for a few hours and I have to restart to get it to work again. AppleCare hasn't been able to resolve yet.

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                      3.0

                      Good product, a little underpowered.

                      By DC Dave Video

                      from DC

                      About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Quiet
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Too Slow

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Multimedia
                      • Office

                      Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                      This is the best bang for the buck Mac offers, add a few gigs of third party memory and you've got a powerhouse for photo editing and decent video editor.

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                      5.0

                      New mini, same results.

                      By Lex

                      from Kansas

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Never Freezes
                      • Quiet
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Multimedia

                        Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                        Replaced an older mini from 2007, and just like that one did, this one does exactly what I need it to do. It's faster and more powerful which helps with the photo editing I do. Would whole heartedly recommend that you put more than the 2 gigs of ram that comes with the machine if you want this mini to live up to its potential.

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