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

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.

Manufacturer’s Description

Mac mini was engineered to fit a lot of computer into a little space. It's powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, with advanced NVIDIA graphics and fast DDR3 memory. There's plenty of storage space for just about anything. And it comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the world's most advanced operating system.

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor speed 2.53 MHz
Display
Included monitor No
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce 9400M
General Information
UPC Code 885909337729
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • Bluetooth
  • Mini DisplayPort
Memory
Memory type DDR3

Performance

Macworld Labs
SpeedMark 6 Score 118.0
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.6.1 with 4GB of RAM
Cinema 4D XL 8.5 118