Richard Poulin III  Posted on Jul 28, 2011
Apple Mac Mini

Apple Mac Mini

The new Apple Mac Mini, a real over achiever…

The new Mac mini features state-of-the-art processors, advanced graphics, Thunderbolt technology, and plenty of ports. Expect big things.

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Apple Mac Mini Key Features

Forged ahead. Way ahead.

Mac mini features a 1.4-inch-thin seamless unibody enclosure carved from a single, solid block of aluminum. It’s created using computer numerical control, or CNC, machines — the same kind used by the aerospace industry to build mission-critical spacecraft components. This ensures absolute precision of every component of the Mac mini enclosure. Not to mention a stunning aluminum fit and finish that will make any desk proud.

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Aluminum Body

Up to 2x faster processors. Up to 2x faster everything.

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2x Faster Processor

The latest dual-core Intel Core i5 processors come standard on Mac mini. Choose a 2.3GHz or 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, or configure Mac mini with an even faster 2.7GHz Intel Core i7. With up to 2x the performance of the previous generation, Mac mini keeps up with computers twice its size.

When you’re using processor-intensive applications, Turbo Boost 2.0 increases the clock speed up to 3.4GHz. Hyper-Threading lets each core run two threads, so OS X multitasks even more efficiently. And an integrated memory controller connects fast 1333MHz memory directly to the processor, so it gets right to work on your data. In short, Mac mini is a little box of vroom.

Up to 2x faster graphics. Game on.

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2 x Faster Graphics

The 2.5GHz Mac mini features a discrete AMD Radeon HD graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR5 memory. That brings up to twice the power to graphics-intensive applications and gives you a super-responsive gaming experience. The Intel HD Graphics processor in the 2.3GHz Mac mini delivers plenty of power for everyday tasks like managing photos and editing HD video.

Thunderbolt. The fastest, most versatile I/O
in any desktop. Of any size.

The new Thunderbolt technology in Mac mini is phenomenally fast. It features two 10-Gbps channels for data transfer. That’s up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. But beyond speed, Thunderbolt technology gives you unprecedented expansion capabilities. You can daisy-chain as many as six Thunderbolt peripherals, including the new Apple Thunderbolt Display. And since Thunderbolt is based on DisplayPort technology, your Mini DisplayPort devices plug right in, too.
Ports, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. You’re very well connected.

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Ins and Outs

Plenty of ports make it ready for anything.

The new Thunderbolt port lets you connect up to six Thunderbolt devices, including the new Apple Thunderbolt Display. You can also daisy-chain an Apple LED Cinema Display. Have a third-party display? Use the HDMI port and HDMI to DVI adapter that comes with Mac mini to connect it. You can even connect two displays to see more of your photos, movies, and documents at the same time.

A built-in SDXC card slot makes it easy to grab all those photos and videos from your digital cameras. And four USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire 800 port let you plug in your keyboard, mouse, iPod, iPhone, iPad, digital camera, DV camcorder, external hard drive, printer, and just about any other device you use.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The latest 802.11n wireless technology is built into every Mac mini. It automatically connects to your Wi-Fi network, so you can get right down to surfing the web, printing, and streaming your music wirelessly. Bluetooth wireless technology is also built in, so you can connect accessories such as a wireless keyboard and mouse.

Bring your own display, keyboard, mouse, and HDTV.

They plug right in. Use what you’ve got.

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HDMI

Plug your own display, keyboard, and mouse into Mac mini. Turn it on. And just like that, everything works together. That’s one of the great things about Mac mini. You can mix and match it with almost anything.

No screen is too big.

It’s easy to connect Mac mini to the biggest screen in the house — your HDTV — courtesy of a built-in HDMI port. All it takes is one HDMI cable to start enjoying movies and TV shows from iTunes, surfing the web, and flipping through your photo library, all in brilliant HD. There’s also a handy control that lets you adjust the output on Mac mini to fill even the biggest HDTV screen. And when you just want to listen to music, you can play your entire iTunes collection through your home entertainment center, or stream it to a set of speakers in any room via an AirPort Express Base Station.

Storage and memory. Make it as big as you need it to be.

Start with 500GB of storage. And take it from there.

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Big Storage and Memory

Mac mini comes with a 500GB hard drive or an optional 750GB hard drive. So you can pack in your photo libraries, movies, music, files, and more, more, more. Choose the 256GB solid-state drive for your 2.5GHz Mac mini, and it will be even more responsive, boot up even faster, and launch applications in no time. Need to burn discs? The external USB-based MacBook Air SuperDrive does the job for just $79.

Add memory with a twist.

Mac mini comes with 2GB or 4GB of fast 1333MHz DDR3 memory. And thanks to a removable bottom panel, it’s easy to add more. Just give it a twist, and you’re in. Pop your new memory into the SO-DIMM slot, and you’re out. Or you can configure your Mac mini with 8GB of memory from the start.

Apple Mac Mini Technical Specifications

Processor

  • 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB on-chip shared L3 cache
  • 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB on-chip shared L3 cache

Memory

  • 2GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory
  • 4GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory

Storage

  • 500GB (5400-rpm) hard drive

Graphics

  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 288MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
  • AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR5 memory

Video Support

  • Thunderbolt port with support for up to 2560-by-1600 resolution
  • HDMI port with support for up to 1920-by-1200 resolution
  • DVI output using HDMI to DVI Adapter (included)
  • Support for dual display and video mirroring

Audio

  • Audio line in minijack (digital/analog)
  • Audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog)
  • HDMI port supports multichannel audio output
  • Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone
  • Built-in speaker

Connections

  • Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps)
  • FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
  • Four USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
  • HDMI port
  • SDXC card slot
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Audio in/out

Communications

  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking;4 IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible

Bluetooth

  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology

Ethernet

  • 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)

Electrical and Operation Requirements

  • Line voltage: 100-240V AC
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, single phase
  • Maximum continuous power: 85W
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: -40° to 116° F (-40° to 47° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum altitude: 10,000 feet
  • Typical acoustical performance
  • Sound pressure level (operator position): 16 dBA at idle

Warranty and Service

  • Your Mac mini comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan to extend your service and support to three years from your computer’s purchase date. Only the AppleCare Protection Plan provides you with direct telephone support from Apple technical experts and the assurance that repairs will be handled by Apple-authorized technicians using genuine Apple parts

DVD/CD Sharing

  • With the Mac App Store, getting the apps you want on your Mac has never been easier. No more boxes, no more discs, no more time-consuming installation. Click once to download and install any app on your Mac. But if an app you need isn’t available from the Mac App Store, you can use DVD or CD Sharing. This convenient feature of OS X lets you wirelessly “borrow” the optical drive of a nearby Mac or PC. So you can install applications from a DVD or CD and have full access to an optical drive without having to carry one around.

In the Box

  • Mac mini
  • HDMI to DVI Adapter
  • Power cord
  • Printed and electronic documentation

Software

  • OS X Lion: Includes Mail, Address Book, iCal, the Mac App Store, iTunes, Safari, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, Mission Control, Launchpad, AirDrop, Resume, Auto Save, Versions, Quick Look, Spotlight, QuickTime, and more.
  • Lion Recovery: OS X Lion includes a built-in set of tools for repairing your Mac in the Recovery HD, a new feature that lets you repair disks or reinstall OS X Lion without a physical disc.
  • iLife: Includes iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand.

Configurations Options

  • 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor
  • 8GB DDR3 memory upgrade
  • 750GB (7200-rpm) hard drive
  • 256GB solid-state drive
  • 256GB solid-state drive and 750GB (7200-rpm) hard drive
  • Apple Remote

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