Apple updates Mac mini with unibody case, better graphics

By Jos ยท 17 replies
Jun 15, 2010
  1. Just as it started taking pre-orders for the new iPhone 4, Apple has quietly rolled out a redesigned Mac mini featuring up to twice the graphics performance of the previous model, a new HDMI port and an SD card slot. Taking a cue from the MacBook Pro line, the new Mac mini rocks a unibody aluminum enclosure that is only 1.4-inches tall and 7.7 inches square, with a removable panel on the bottom to access the computer's RAM for upgrading.

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  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,012   +2,536

    I'm pretty sure that everybody was tired of either using a crowbar, or banging their mini on a sharp rock to open up the case. Thanks Apple, just in the nick of time.
  3. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    Still ridiculously overpriced
  4. jink

    jink TS Rookie Posts: 23

    Nice work apple. A little pricey but lots of power and useful features in a very handsome petite body. Would be an awesome Home Media Server but even better with a Blue-Ray option.
  5. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    Wow, that price went up way too much for my interest.
  6. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    For that price I would expect a core i3 or core i5. I really like the looks of it, but they could really do alot better on the guts imo.
  7. kakarot27

    kakarot27 TS Member Posts: 80

    ive recently been thinking of getting a mac because i dont have one and i would like the experience.....but WAY too pricey....
  8. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +113

    ...but its shiney. That alone warrants Apple's 200-300% mark up on the system.
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Its a very nice looking little machine. Wish the old ones looked like that, I'm using one right now as a media center computer with Plex for the software.
  10. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    You know they are still made by Apple......
  11. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,382   +168

    Finally a Mini with decent enough hardware that I'd consider buying it, but they had to go and up the price.... Oh, yes, and Blu-ray would really be nice. So, still not something I'd buy.
  12. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    Looks better but the price again..
  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    The price is high, but if you are considering a Mac but don't want to pay the price for the laptops, and don't want a built in screen this is your only option other than a Mac Pro. And really, very few people would be able to justify the expense of a Mac Pro. The Mini is pretty powerful now as is. I think the price is too high for only using it as a media center, but for a desktop it isn't.
  14. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    The fact that you can't even get the older, cheaper mac mini is very upsetting to me. They've completely lost my interest at this price point and I was very close to buying one simply for a plex machine.
  15. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    Well you can, but you have to look on Apple's refurbished page.
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,012   +2,536

    My son just bought another Mac Mini, (the old, new Intel version) for his wife. The little turd whines like the dickens, don't know if it's the HDD or the PSU. I might add I don't care either.
  17. The server version is interesting. I can see it having appeal in small business/home office setups.

    I just compared it to the Dell PowerEdge T110 server and the Mac Mini is about 25% cheaper for a similar specced box. MS Windows Server 2008 is a big part of the price difference. With no OS, the Dell box is similar in price to the Mini.
  18. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Mine is silent, you shouldn't be able to hear it unless you are in a very quiet room and only a foot or 2 away. He should call AppleCare or take it to an Apple store.
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