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Mac mini/1.66GHz

At a Glance
  • Apple Mac mini/1.66GHz

    Macworld Rating

    Unlike the single-core 1.5GHz Intel-based Mac mini, this model is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo chip. It also features more storage capacity and an 8X dual-layer SuperDrive. Other features -- an...

The Mac mini Core Duo's built-in improvements and performance boost are worth the increased cost over the PowerPC-based version of the desktop. As with other Intel Macs, non-native software performance for this configuration suffers when compared with previous models, and the integrated graphics chip diverts valuable system RAM. Nevertheless, this Intel-powered mini remains an attractive entry-level Mac.

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At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    Unlike the single-core 1.5GHz Intel-based Mac mini, this model is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo chip. It also features more storage capacity and an 8X dual-layer SuperDrive. Other features -- an integrated graphics processor that shares memory with the system RAM, built-in wireless networking capabilities, and the Front Row multimedia management program -- are the same as what you get with the 1.5GHz Mac mini.

    Pros

    • Two processing cores
    • 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
    • Built-in SuperDrive
    • Gigabit Ethernet

    Cons

    • RAM is difficult to upgrade
    • Integrated graphics reduces available RAM
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