Mac mini (Early 2009)

At a Glance

The first Mac mini upgrade since 2007 replaces the integrated Intel graphics with an Nvidia GeForce 9400M card. Graphics still share memory with the system RAM, but there's more to share and its the faster DDR3 SDRAM. The new system features more USB 2.0 ports, but ditches FireWire 400 for a single FW 800 port.

Price when rated: $599

Pros

  • Performance comparable to that of the $799 model
  • Significantly improved graphics performance compared to older models
  • FireWire 800
  • Dual video outputs with support for extended Desktop mode and 30-inch displays
  • Tiny size
  • Five USB ports

Cons

  • Difficult to upgrade
  • Even slower hard drive than $799 model
  • Too little RAM
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At a Glance

The first Mac mini upgrade since 2007 replaces the integrated Intel graphics with an Nvidia GeForce 9400M card. Graphics still share memory with the system RAM, but there's more to share and its the faster DDR3 SDRAM. The new system features more USB 2.0 ports, but ditches FireWire 400 for a single FW 800 port. This system ships with a larger hard drive and more RAM--but also a $799 price tag.

Price when rated: $799

Pros

  • Significantly improved graphics performance compared to older models
  • FireWire 800
  • Dual video outputs with support for extended Desktop mode and 30-inch displays
  • Tiny size
  • Five USB ports

Cons

  • Difficult to upgrade
  • $200 premium over $599 model doesn’t get you many improvements
  • Slow hard drive
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