Pros

  • Includes Front Row software with Apple Remote
  • Decent dual-core processor performance
  • Analog- and digital-audio input and output
  • Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0
  • Gigabit Ethernet

Cons

  • Not enough built-in RAM
  • RAM is difficult to upgrade
  • Integrated graphics reduces available RAM
  • Not suitable for gaming

At A Glance

Apple moves to an all dual-core hardware lineup with the introduction of this low-end mini. No longer equipped with a 1.5GHz Intel Core Solo chip, this model now runs on a 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo -- without any change to its $599 price tag. Other specs -- the60GB hard drive, integrated Intel graphics, and 512MB of installed RAM -- remain unchanged from the previous entry-level Mac mini offering.

Manufacturer’s Description

Live the digital life in stylish simplicity up to four times faster. Just 6.5 inches square and 2 inches small, Mac mini lets you have more fun with your music, photos and movies, more quickly and more easily. Enjoy them up close or far away with the included Apple Remote. Delivering unprecedented power in such a small package the Mac mini runs up to four times faster than previously. Coupled with Mac OS X, Mac mini runs all your software speedily.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.apple.com/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core Duo
Processor speed 1660.0 MHz
Display
Included monitor No
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
General Information
UPC Code 885909130740
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces Bluetooth
Memory
Memory type DDR2
Other Features
Devices Remote Control

Performance

Macworld Labs
iTunes 6.0.4 1:39
Speedmark 4.5 Score 152
iMovie 6.0.1 1:15
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.4.7, 1GB of RAM
Photoshop CS2 3:04
Compressor 4:22
Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 1:25
Unreal Tournament 2004 19.3fps