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Mac mini/1.66GHz

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  • Apple Mac mini/1.66GHz

    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 --...

At a Glance

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.

Price when rated: $599

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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