Pros

  • Faster than ever before
  • Small size
  • Least expensive Mac available

Cons

  • Hard drive and graphics performance underwhelming
  • Slower, shorter-ranged 802.11g wireless networking

At A Glance

Apple made little noise about this update to its Mac mini line, which is highlighted by the addition of Intel Core 2 Duo chips to replace the older Core Duo processors. The minis also now ship with 1GB of RAM, up from 512MB, and more hard-drive capacity. However, the minis continue to use an integraged Intel graphics processor that shares memory with the system RAM, hampering performance in graphic-intensive applications.

Manufacturer’s Description

Live the digital life in stylish simplicity - up to 39% faster. Mac mini lets you have more fun with your music, photos and movies, more quickly and more easily.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.apple.com/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor speed 1830.0 MHz
Display
Included monitor No
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
General Information
UPC Code 885909175598
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces Bluetooth
Memory
Memory type DDR2
Motherboard
Motherboard Chipset Intel 945GM Chipset
Other Features
Devices Remote Control

Performance

Macworld Labs
iTunes 7.5 1:25
Photoshop CS3 1:24
iMovie HD 6 1:02
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.5 with 2GB of RAM
Unreal Tournament 2004 23.6fps
Cinema 4D XL 10.5 1:14
Speedmark 5 Score 159
Compressor 2:37