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The Apple Mac mini is back with a bang. What with the Cupertino-based company dazzling the tech world with iPhones, iPads and MacBook Airs, the Mac mini seems to be the forgotten child in Apple’s product portfolio. Not any more. With the latest revision of the most inexpensive Mac ever, the mini boasts of improved performance thanks to Intel’s second-gen Sandy Bridge processor and a brand new Thunderbolt I/O port. For more details, keep reading after the break. The Apple Mac mini continues to be made out of a single block of aluminium, much like the MacBook Air. Its unibody single-block aluminium design is much the same as its predecessor, and the Mac mini looks so simple yet so elegant on the desk--not to forget its tiny, solid, and compact form factor. The greatest triumph in the Mac mini’s design is its extremely anorexic dimensions -- 7.75 x 7.75 x 1.41 inch. It is amazing to think Apple has crammed in so much in so little space with the Mac mini 2011. All the connectivity ports on the Mac mini are relegated on its back panel, and its bottom panel can be easily turned anti-clockwise to gain access to the mini computer’s RAM and Wi-Fi modules -- servicing the hard drive requires screwdrivers and a lot of patience. But we have no complaints on the Apple Mac mini’s constitution.
The Mac Mini, a compact computer for the desktop or for use in a kitted-out living room, has existed for years but it has now been updated with more powerful components. It's still just as small and has kept its original design, but what does the addition of a Core i5 give it? There haven't been many changes on the design side. It's very much the same as the 2010 version in aluminium. The front is even barer however as it no longer has a DVD player. All that's left is the power light and the infrared sensor. Not much change at the back either. There are still 4 USB 2.0 ports (no USB 3.0 from Apple), a FireWire 800, 2 optical mini-Jacks (mic and headphones), an Ethernet (RJ45) connection, a card reader and an HDMI out. The mini-DisplayPort has been replaced by Thunderbolt, Apple's new flagship connector which can be used both to link up a screen (DisplayPort or Thunderbolt) and one of the rare compatible storage devices. The disappearance of the DVD player doesn't only have an aesthetic impact on the Mac Mini. Most software can now be downloaded and doesn't require an installation disc, but to enjoy your DVD collection, you'll have to rip films on another computer before transferring them to the Mac Mini, unless you get an external player that you can link up via USB.
If you're after a decent desktop computer but you want to save as much space as possible for pictures of Emma Watson or little statues of kittens, Apple's latest Mac mini is definitely worth a look. Our model packed a 2.5GHz, dual-core Intel Core i5 chip with 4GB of RAM, delivering very swift performance. But, rather than use the mini as a stand-alone desktop PC, this guy might be better suited to being hooked up to a TV and used as a home-cinema computer.The Mac mini range starts at £529. Our configuration will set you back £699. The new Mac mini looks very similar to the previous model. It has the same square shape, with rounded corners and a shiny Apple logo on top. It's a very minimalist design but rather an attractive one -- the computer certainly looked pretty sat on our desk among the stacks of empty coffee cups and discarded crisp packets. The body is machined from a single piece of aluminium, rather than being built up from numerous different pieces, resulting in a very sturdy unit that resisted our attempts to cave its top in. It's not designed to be carried around on your travels, but we're sure it could take a beating anyway. The only discernible change in terms of appearance is the lack of an optical drive on the front.
The Apple Mac mini has come a long way since it was first introduced in 2005. The 2011 Mac mini refresh represents a radical change for Apple's small form factor computer. The ageing Core 2 Duo is gone, replaced by second-generation Sandy Bridge Core i5 processors. This is a substantial improvement in processing power for the Mac mini, which was forced to skip the first-generation Core iX chips because its onboard graphics weren't up to scratch, there was no room for a discrete graphics chip and a legal dispute prevented an integrated Nvidia chipset being used. Early Mac minis featured aluminium casings with a polycarbonate top and base, and used a G4 PowerPC processor. The Mac mini made the inevitable switch to Intel processors in 2006, switching from Core to Core 2 Duo chips the following year. The 2010 Mac mini dropped the polycarbonate case sections in favour of a wider, flatter aluminium unibody casing. This revision also brought the transformer into the main body of the Mac mini, so those who used it as a portable machine didn't have to carry around a large power brick. The Sandy Bridge Core i processors' Intel HD Graphics 3000 integrated graphics on the 2011 Mac minis are more powerful than any before, allowing the mini to switch to the more modern processors.