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At a Glance
  • Apple Mac mini/1.42GHz

The Mac mini won't appeal to computer users looking for a lot of raw processing power. But it's a stellar bargain if you want a tiny machine for performing basic tasks--even with its skimpy amount of preinstalled RAM. And it's especially appealing to users who already have their own monitor, input devices, and peripherals.

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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.


    • Fast enough for basic tasks
    • Excellent design
    • Small and light
    • Good video-out options


    • Doesn’t come with enough memory
    • Hard-to-find power button on back of unit
    • Performance not as good as similar, larger Macs
    • No audio-in port
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