Pros

  • Faster than ever before
  • Small size
  • Inexpensive
  • Burns dual-layer DVDs

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. The higher-end Mac mini also comes with 4MB of shared L2 cache, instead of 2MB on the 1.83GHz offering. 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

The Mac mini with 2 GHz Intel Core Duo CPU from Apple gives you all the power of a Macintosh computer in a small, compact desktop computer. It is powered by a 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and is loaded with 1 GB of RAM, a 120 GB SATA hard drive and Apple's slot-loading SuperDrive, an 8x speed DVD burner with support for writing 8.5 GB dual-layered discs.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.apple.com/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor speed 2000.0 MHz
Display
Included monitor No
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
General Information
UPC Code 885909175772
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces Bluetooth
Memory
Memory type DDR2
Motherboard
Motherboard Chipset Intel 945GM Chipset
Other Features
Devices Remote Control

Performance

Macworld Labs
Cinema 4D XL 10.5 1:07
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.5 with 2GB of RAM
Speedmark 5 Score 172
Photoshop CS3 1:19
Compressor 2:21
iMovie HD 6 0:56
iTunes 7.5 1:09
Unreal Tournament 2004 23.4fps