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

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.

Manufacturer’s Description

Not Available

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.apple.com/macmini/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core Solo
Processor speed 1500.0 MHz
Display
Included monitor No
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
General Information
UPC Code 885909079834
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces Bluetooth
Memory
Memory type DDR2
Other Features
Devices Remote Control

Performance

Macworld Labs
iTunes 7.5 2:50
Photoshop CS3 2:16
iMovie HD 6 2:09
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.5, 2GB of RAM
Unreal Tournament 2004 19.2fps
Cinema 4D XL 10.5 3:00
Speedmark 5 Score 100
Compressor 8:03