Pros

  • 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
  • $200 premium over $599 model doesn’t get you many improvements
  • Slow hard drive

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. This system ships with a larger hard drive and more RAM--but also a $799 price tag.

Manufacturer’s Description

The more powerful Mac mini. The world?s most energy-efficient desktop computer. Because Mac mini is small, elegant, and unassuming, it fits in anywhere. From the living room to the car and beyond, adventurous Mac users have taken Mac mini to places even Apple may not have imagined. (One Mac mini owner even made his into a robot.) See for yourself how inspiration can run tiny.

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 885909222346
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces Bluetooth
Memory
Memory type DDR3
Other Features
Devices
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse

Performance

Macworld Labs
Quake 4 39.1fps
Cinema 4D XL 10.5 1:04
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.5.6 with 2GB of RAM
Photoshop CS3 1:08
Compressor 2:07
iTunes 7.7 1:13
Cinema 4D XL 8.5 100
iMovie HD 6 0:57