At a Glance
- Includes Front Row software with Apple Remote
- Decent dual-core processor performance
- Analog- and digital-audio input and output
- Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0
- Built-in SuperDrive
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Not enough built-in RAM
- RAM is difficult to upgrade
- Ntegrated graphics reduces available RAM
- Not suitable for gaming
As Apple introduces a dual-core chip to its entry level Mac mini, the $799 mini gets a speed bump of its own to a 1.83GHz Core Duo processor. Otherwise, the specifications for this model remain unchanged from the dual-core 1.66GHz mini Apple introduced in February 2006.
Both new Mac minis are good values. If you’re a gamer, the Mac mini’s integrated graphics system won’t be powerful enough for your needs. But for everyone else, the Mac mini remains an excellent system, especially for users with a limited amount of free space or money–or both.