Pros

  • Performance comparable to that of the $799 model
  • Significantly improved graphics performance compared to older models
  • FireWire 800
  • Dual video outputs with support for extended Desktop mode and 30-inch displays
  • Tiny size
  • Five USB ports

Cons

  • Difficult to upgrade
  • Even slower hard drive than $799 model
  • Too little RAM

At A Glance

The first Mac mini upgrade since 2007 replaces the integrated Intel graphics with an Nvidia GeForce 9400M card. Graphics still share memory with the system RAM, but there's more to share and its the faster DDR3 SDRAM. The new system features more USB 2.0 ports, but ditches FireWire 400 for a single FW 800 port.

Manufacturer’s Description

Mac Mini Desktop is the world's most energy-efficient desktop computer. When it's idle, Mac mini uses less than 13 watts - that's 45 percent less energy than ever before. With even more powerful nVIDIA graphics, Mac mini has all the speed you need for the latest 3D games and graphics-intensive applications.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.apple.com/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor speed 2000.0 MHz
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce 9400M
General Information
UPC Code 885909222339
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces Bluetooth
Memory
Memory type DDR3
Other Features
Devices
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse

Performance

Macworld Labs
iTunes 7.7 1:14
Photoshop CS3 1:15
iMovie HD 6 0:58
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.5.6 with 2GB of RAM
Quake 4 38.7fps
Cinema 4D XL 10.5 1:04
Speedmark 5 Score 189
Compressor 2:07