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 a compact, inexpensive system to use as a server. It ships sans optical drive, keyboard, mouse, and monitor, allowing you to add peripherals as needed.
The system is powered by a quad-core 2GHz Intel Core i7 CPU. Dual 500GB 7200rpm hard drives are installed, making the system an ideal choice to serve data-intensive network applications. The system's impressive spec set is rounded out with 4GB of RAM, integrated Intel GMA HD 3000 graphics, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi.
The computer is loaded with Apple's Mac OS X Server operating system. The 64-bit OS is able to run a File Sharing Server, IM server, Mail Server, Address Book Server, Calendar Server, and Web Server with the robust OS.
Mac OS X Server includes 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 Server 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.
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.
And of course, a Mac wouldn't be a Mac without iLife '11. The 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.