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Mac mini/1.5GHz

At a Glance

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  • Apple Mac mini/1.5GHz
    4/5

    One of two Intel-based Mac minis, this model features a 1.5GHz single-core processor. The form factor of this mini remains unchanged from its PowerPC-based predecessor, although it adds two additional USB...

At a Glance

One of two Intel-based Mac minis, this model features a 1.5GHz single-core processor. The form factor of this mini remains unchanged from its PowerPC-based predecessor, although it adds two additional USB 2.0 ports for a total of four while dropping S-video and composite ports. Internally, the new mini has a faster frontside bus and built-in wireless networking via AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth. The mini uses the Intel GMA950 as its graphics processor; since the chip doesn' have its own dedicated video memory, it shares memory with the main system RAM. The mini also gains the remote-and-software combo that makes up Front Row, allowing you to control audio, video, and photos from across the room.

Price when rated: $599
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Pros

  • Analog- and digital-audio input and output
  • Four USB 2.0 ports
  • Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0
  • Front Row software with Apple Remote
  • Improved performance in many native applications
  • Gigabit Ethernet

Cons

  • RAM is difficult to upgrade
  • Improvements over G4 Mac mini not as dramatic as Core Duo model
  • Unable to play HD video without dropping frames
  • Integrated graphics reduces available RAM
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