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Mac mini/1.66GHz

At a Glance
  • Apple Mac mini/1.66GHz

    Macworld Rating

Apple made an excellent choice in dropping the underpowered Core Solo-based model. As a budget Mac, a supplemental home computer, a server, or a home media set-top box, the Mac mini's price and size make it an impressively versatile system, though the integrated graphics won't meet the demands of gamers.

At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    Apple moves to an all dual-core hardware lineup with the introduction of this low-end mini. No longer equipped with a 1.5GHz Intel Core Solo chip, this model now runs on a 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo -- without any change to its $599 price tag. Other specs -- the60GB hard drive, integrated Intel graphics, and 512MB of installed RAM -- remain unchanged from the previous entry-level Mac mini offering.

    Pros

    • Includes Front Row software with Apple Remote
    • Decent dual-core processor performance
    • Analog- and digital-audio input and output
    • Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0
    • Gigabit Ethernet

    Cons

    • Not enough built-in RAM
    • RAM is difficult to upgrade
    • Integrated graphics reduces available RAM
    • Not suitable for gaming
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