capsule review

Mac Mini Core 2 Duo/2.53 GHz (Late 2009)

At a Glance
  • The Mac mini continues to be a great option for those new to the Mac who already have a display, keyboard, and mouse. However, the performance of this model is only slightly better than the less expensive...

The Mac mini continues to be a great option for those new to the Mac who already have a display, keyboard, and mouse. However, the performance of this model is only slightly better than the less expensive Mac mini, making that $599 configuration a better value.

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At a Glance
  • The Mac mini continues to be a great option for those new to the Mac who already have a display, keyboard, and mouse. However, the performance of this model is only slightly better than the less expensive Mac mini, making that $599 configuration a better value. Read the full review

    Pros

    • Impressive set of features
    • No longer a very poor value compared to the $599 model
    • Tiny size
    • All the dramatic improvements of the Early 2009 model plus better performance

    Cons

    • Performance increase over $599 model still not dramatic
    • Difficult to upgrade
    • Slow hard drive
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