Amid iPhone 4 fever it’s easy to forget that Apple, y’know, makes computers too. Latest to get a much-needed makeover is the cheapest of the bunch (and we mean that in relative terms) – the Mac Mini.
So what do you get for £650? Well, nestled inside the small white box, alongside a power cable, an HDMI-to-DVI adaptor and the usual installation gubbins, you’ll find the new aluminium-clad Mac Mini and, well, that’s it. Considering how many people are likely to hook one up for a flatscreen it would’ve been nice to get a remote.
Out of the box the new Mac Mini is a real thing of beauty; a minimalist computing pebble that puts every other desktop-in-a-box to shame. And so it should.
In terms of specs, £650 doesn’t get you a great deal. The standard config includes a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive, plus an HDMI port, SD card slot and four USBs round the back. Not awful but hardly a powerhouse.
Graphics are now 2x nippier than before (the same as the 13in MacBook Pro) and the power supply is built-in rather than tagging along halfway down the cable, making it a neater package all round.
We do like the new removeable panel on the bottom (pictured), which allows you to upgrade the RAM yourself. The rear of the panel even has a face. Of course, a PC allows you to make all the upgrades and adjustments you like, but when was the last time you saw one that looked this good?