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  • Apple Mac mini/1.25GHz

Despite its slightly aging hardware and the fact that it still doesn't have an audio-in port or a built-in microphone, the Mac mini is still the best entry-level Mac. Doubling the installed RAM on this lowest-priced configuration to 512MB is a welcome change.

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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 the installed memory to 512MB across the mini line.


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


    • No audio-in port
    • No DVD burner, not even as a build-to-order option
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