Pros

  • Good value
  • AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 1.0 now standard
  • Adequate memory
  • Large hard drive
  • Fast enough for basic tasks
  • Excellent design
  • Small and light
  • Good video-out options

Cons

  • Modem not included (optional)
  • No audio-in port

At A Glance

Apple's least expensive Mac ships without a mouse, display, or keyboard. But it does feature a G4 processor, up to 80GB of storage depending on configuration, and a slot-loading DVD-ROM/CD-RW optical drive. In July 2005, Apple doubled installed memory to 512MB across the mini line. AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth wireless capabilities are now standard on this model.

Manufacturer’s Description

Welcome a Mac mini into your digital life. Discover everything you need ? and not an ounce more ? to enjoy digital photos, music and movies. Get a fast G4 processor, slot-loading Combo or SuperDrive and a reliable operating system in a body just 6.5-inches square and 2-inches tall. Simply add monitor, keyboard and mouse. You?ll be organizing music and photos, composing tunes and editing movies with iLife ?05 in no time. Surf the Internet with the peace of mind of the reliable Mac OS X Tiger operating system. And since Mac mini can do wireless, you don?t even have to put it near a phone jack. Or listen to tunes from your Mac mini on speakers in a different room thanks to Airport Express.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.apple.com/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type PowerPC G4
Processor speed 1420.0 MHz
Display
Included monitor No
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset ATI Radeon 9200
General Information
UPC Code 885909058952
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces Bluetooth
Memory
Memory type DDR-SDRAM

Performance

Macworld Labs
Cinema 4D XL 9.1 4:54
Photoshop CS2 1:47
Speedmark 4.0 Score 115
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.4, 512MB RAM
Unreal Tournament 2004 12fps
iMovie HD 1:01
iTunes 4.7 2:33
Compressor 14:16