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New Mac Mini July 2011

July 20, 2011

Apple today released new Mac Minis and Mac Mini Servers that include Core i5 dual-core processors and Core i7 quad core processors respectively. Not only do we get a nice speed bump with the new processors but we also get a bit of a price break from 699 on the low end model down to 599. Find out what is expensed in the price drop below.

The Mac Mini is Apple’s base line desktop computer that comes in a compact aluminum shell. It is sold as BYODKM or bring your own Display, Keyboard and Mouse. For 599 on the low end Mini we now get a nice dual-core Core i5 processor at 2.3GHz which should be a nice upgrade from the aging 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo in the previous generation. The 799 version includes a 2.5 GHZ processor with the option for a dual-core 2.7 Ghz Core i7 processor. The Base model comes with a seemingly small 2 GB of ram for today’s world where 4 GB is pretty much the standard minimum. The 799 model does include the extra 2 GB of memory and both get a 500 GB hard drive upgradable to a 750 GB drive. The 799 model has multiple hard drive upgrade options that include a 256 GB SSD or a combo 750 GB HD and a 256 GB SSD.

The server Mini comes with a quad-core Core i7 running at 2 Ghz and two 500 GB hard drives standard with 4 GB of memory.

Why is it we get a 100 dollar price drop? Well, the Mac Mini no longer includes an optical drive. Thats right, just like its Mac Mini Server brother and the MacBook Airs there is no optical drive for software installs, CDs or DVDs. This is becoming less and less of an issue as Apple is really pushing its consumers to download software and media digitally through iTunes and the Mac App Store.

All models ship with Lion pre-installed and the server Mini has OS X Lion Server, naturally. Ports include Thunderbolt to connect to the new Thunderbolt Display, HDMI, USB, Ethernet, Audio in/out and an SDXC card slot.

If you are looking to migrate from a PC desktop to a Mac than the Mini has enough going for it now with the new processor upgrades. My suggestion is to get the base model and upgrade the Hard drive and memory your self with sites like iFixit.com and Macsales.com offering great deals on parts.

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