The Apple Mac Mini is an excellent computer for those who currently have a Windows PC and would like to enjoy the advanced yet simple technology of a Mac. The computer has miniature dimensions of 16cm x 3cm x 3cm. It has 2 cores and is available in the 1.83GHz or 2GHz version. It is an extremely powerful computer, especially considering it's size. It is also very small so conserves space.
It has it's own disc drive so you can insert DVDs, blank discs or games to watch movies, burn CDs and have fun! Whoever says Macs aren't for games is a liar. You can walk into any Apple store and see a whole wall of games for Macs including some of the best such as World of Warcraft, The Sims and many more. The GHz of the mac are proportionally more powerful than those of PCs so this computer is very fast and powerful making use very efficient.
The current Mac Mini comes with the latest Leopard OS X operating system. It is excellent with many features that you will love! With the use of the Mac keyboard and Mighty Mouse (highly recommended), you can use your Mac with great ease. The dashboard is a new feature in which you can customise by adding snippets such as weather/tracking flights/dictionary/translator and more.
The Mac Mini comes with many great applications with this latest operating system such as iTunes, iMovie, Garageband, iCal, iMail and Safari. iTunes can be used to organise your music and listen to it. iMovie is great for creating movies before exporting them as a specific file type to be uploaded to YouTube or sent to iTunes for your iPod. Ever wanted to make your own music? Well now you can with the superb application - Garageband. You can use a variety of instruments and also add vocals with many preset sounds, beats and more to create audio tracks. iCal is great for organising your everyday activities along with iMail where you can link your email account to. Safari is the official Apple browser and is very fast and efficient in my opinion. The Mac Mini even has a built in speaker although I use the ones on my monitor as they are considerably louder. The Mac Mini is absolutely silent when turned on, which is excellent.
The Mac Mini must be set up with your own screen, keyboard and mouse. You can buy Apple versions of all of these but I would stick to a cheaper screen as the Apple ones are very expensive, despite the great quality. However, be sure to buy an Apple keyboard and Mouse as they are designed to work well with the Mac and also look good with it. You can buy the Mac Mini 1.83GHz version for £391 off the Apple site or in offline stores/across the internet on sites such as amazon.co.uk. The 2GHz version is £488, which isn't really worth it as it isn't much faster.
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The Mac Mini is a revolutionary computer. It is so small yet so capable. I have had mine for 2 months now and it has performed brilliantly. It is very small at around 16cm x 16cm x 5cm. It has a hole to insert a disc into, so can be used to watch movies, burn CDs, play games and more.
The new Mac Mini comes with the all new Leopard version. This brings great functions such as 'Stacks' to help clear up your desktop and make it neat and easy to use. There are so many functions that the Mac Mini is capable of that you will just have to find out for yourself.
It is very easy to work and you will get used to the new feel quickly if you are an ex PC user. This computer is designed for users who choose to buy a mac after having a PC. You can keep your old monitor and hook it up to the Mac Mini even with your old keyboard and mouse by using any of the 4 USB ports the mac mini has. The mac mini even has a built in speaker to support sound, although it is not of excellent quality.
The Mac Mini is very fast and can support numerous applications opening at once whereas a PC would most probably freeze or crash in comparison. It is also a lot safer to use than other computers with its built in security. By accessing the system preferences, you can customise your mac however you like by choosing everything from the desktop picture to energy saving settings.
What makes the mac mini so much greater than any other mac is it's size. Despite being so small, it is extremely capable due to the remarkable technology it consists of. The new Mac Mini consists of a Core Duo hard drive at either 1.83Ghz or 2.0Ghz depending on the version you buy. Further upgrades can be chosen from the apple store and they will custom-make your mac to your preferences within a week. Prices start at £399.99.
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The Apple Mac Mini is a remarkable machine, which is ideal for PC users wishing to purchase a Mac. The Mac Mini I own is the 1.83GHz version, but you can also buy a 2GHz version. It has an intel core 2 duo processor, 1GB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive and 64MB video card. When you buy the Mac Min it comes in a small box with the instructions, start up discs and cables. The Mac Mini also comes with a small controller for the dashboard.
You simply hook it up to a monitor, keyboard and mouse before booting it up to get on the way with your new computer. The dimensions of this gadget are amazing. It is 16.5 cm x 16.5 cm x 5.1 cm and weighs just over 1.3kg. It has a disc drive too and is absolutely silent when running. It even has a built in speaker, which isn't very powerful, but it is a benefit to have. There are 4 USB slots at the back where you can plug in your keyboard, mouse, printer and scanner or any other devices.
This Mac comes with the version 10.5 Leopard operating system. This is currently the latest version and features a variety of options. It comes with several applications such as Safari (internet browser), iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iCal, Address Book, iChat and more. The Dashboard features a few things to make your life easier including weather, calculator, calendar, flight information and more things you can add to it. With the Apple Mighty Mouse (recommended), you can access the dashboard at a click of the scroll button. It is very useful and easy to use.
The computer is lightening quick and runs smoothly. You can open several applications at once and the Mac Mini will handle this well and rarely crashes. The Mac Mini is extremely secure against viruses and spyware. It has built in security, which can be updated using the Software Update program. There are many options in the System Preferences to change everything from your display, desktop picture, screensaver to settings, security, parental controls and many more.
You can buy the 1.83GHz version for £399.99 and the 2GHz version for £499.99 at any Apple store or online. They are very powerful computers and are ideal for making music, editing photos and composing high quality movies. The Mac Mini is very easy to use and takes little time to get used to. I would recommend the Wired Mighty Mouse and new Apple keyboard to suit your Mac Mini. They all work well together to give you an excellent computer.
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I love my Mac Mini, It's sleek and looks great on my desktop. Let me take you through the features.
Slot Loading Superdrive. This means you can read and write DVD's. This is great, especially with the inbuilt iLife suite. With this suite, you can create movies and photo slideshows, burn them to disk and share them with your friends and family.
USB ports. I will admit, because of the space available these are particularly fiddly, so I would advise a USB hub if you are frequently plugging and un-plugging USB devices.
Aesthetics. It has a solid metal casing, with an acrylic top with the apple logo engraved into it. It looks fabulous. When you switch it on, it makes the traditional Apple sound which as Mac users we all love. There is a tiny little LED in the casing which pulsates when on sleep and fades in and out when switching on and off.
The software on a mac is excellent, it runs on Mac OS X, which is a fantastic operating system. I have never crashed the operating system to the point where it needs restarting. The only problems I have had is unsurprisingly with Microsoft Internet Explorer, which comes pre-installed. I would recommend getting Firefox to browse the internet with, it is far more stable.
This is the cheapest way to get an Apple Mac. Make sure you get 2GB of ram so that it runs fast. I have 1GB and struggle running higher end applications on it sometimes. The hard drive is excellent at 120Gb. My advice on this front is just to make sure you purchase the next model up, with the extra RAM. This will bring you up to spec with the latest software.
I have set it to shut down at midnight, which is good as I can forget to turn it off and it will switch itself off. One time though, I have tried to switch it off and I have come back to it and found that it has an error message on the screen requiring a hard shutdown (holding the button on the back). This has only happened once though.
If you want a simple, easy to use computer, I would recommend this very much!
The Mac mini is known for its style, size and sheek look. It comes with no mouse, keyboard or monitor - meaning users who are switching to mac can do it cheaper than ever before. But the lowest priced apple pc does not cut corners with its features. The features of this miniature desktop pc are endless.
Apple have packed an entire computer into the size of an average desktop pc's cd drive. Only 6.5"x6.5"x2", the petite mac is breathtakingly small.
- Enough USBs
Four USB 2.0 means there is plenty of room for external hardware, cameras, printers, iPods and more can be connected to the Mac Mini with ease.
- Magnetic power
The power lead is clevery designed (as on all macs) to be magnetic to the power slot. So if someone accidentally trips over the power lead, it pulls out of the slot without pulling the computer onto the floor. In result, no crushed macs on the office floor.
The Mac mini has a built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet, meaning speedy internet connection without connecting external hardware to the Mac.
- Built in software
The new operating system of 2008 is Leopard. The Mac Mini comes installed with it, meaning new features such as updated iMovie, GarageBand, Time Machine and many more can all be easily accessed on the Mac Mini.
Overall, the Mac Mini does not skip out on the good features, although it skips out on size. The Mac Mini runs innovative software at a fraction of the size of what it should be.
The mac mini from Apple is renowned as one of the most famous and stylish desktop PCs that can be bought. It features a great metal rounded off finish and the trademark apple logo, and on the front is a very discreet dvd drive and power switch. I have owned one for around a year and a half, when the first core duo one ones where released, and I am currently writing this review on my Mac Mini. Throughout this review you will learn of the ups and downs of using it.
The newest mac mini contains a 2.0 GHZ CPU I think, though I only have the 1.6 GHZ version, and it is incredibly speedy though and loads applications with surprising speed. The CPU is boosted with a healthy 1GB of ram, although it can be upgraded to a total of 4GB, and runs very quickly. The graphics and sound card run smoothly as well. There are integrated speakers also, which really do mean that all
that you will need is a mac mini, mouse, keyboard and screen.
The mac itself looks absolutely fantastic, I love the trademark Apple logo and aluminum finish. The absence of any ports on the front of the computer do mean though that the back becomes crowded up though, there is a great big tangle of wires on the back of my one.
I suppose that a few people reading will know well that macs cannot have windows pre installed on them and if you really do need to have windows running, then you will either need to install boot camp, that dual boots your PC, or there are many other programs that will do this for you. Do not forget that running mac software instead of windows will prevent you from running most pc programs and games.
Overall the mac mini is a fantastic computer system that can be used for many different purposes, media, work, internet use, but possibly not gaming. It looks great too, and can easily fit on your desktop, it does not weigh much, which makes it easily portable. At £300, it's an absolute bargain for money.