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Mac mini/1.42GHz

At a Glance
  • Apple Mac mini/1.42GHz

    Macworld Rating

    Apple's least expensive Mac ships without a mouse, display, or keyboard. But it does feature a G4 processor, up to 80GB of storage depending on configuration, and a slot-loading DVD-ROM/CD-RW optical...

This $599 model loses a modem but gains standard AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 1.0, along with 512MB of installed memory -- a welcome change for those who found the original Mac mini's base RAM to be inadequate.

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At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    Apple's least expensive Mac ships without a mouse, display, or keyboard. But it does feature a G4 processor, up to 80GB of storage depending on configuration, and a slot-loading DVD-ROM/CD-RW optical drive. In July 2005, Apple doubled installed memory to 512MB across the mini line. AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth wireless capabilities are now standard on this model.

    Pros

    • Good value
    • AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 1.0 now standard
    • Adequate memory
    • Large hard drive
    • Fast enough for basic tasks
    • Excellent design
    • Small and light
    • Good video-out options

    Cons

    • Modem not included (optional)
    • No audio-in port
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