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Mac mini/1.42 GHz (SuperDrive)

At a Glance
  • Apple Mac mini/1.42 GHz (SuperDrive)

While the value of Apple's three Mac minis is fairly even across the line, this is the model for anyone who prizes a DVD-burning SuperDrive along with other niceties likes built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth wireless networking capabilities.

At a Glance
  • This model -- added when Apple doubled the installed memory on Mac minis to 512MB in July 2005 -- is essentially a 1.42GHz Mac mini G4 with a SuperDrive instead of a Combo drive. All other specs are the same, including the standard AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth wireless technologies.


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


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