|Apple Mac mini MB463LL/A Desktop
|List Price: $599.00
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The Mac Mini features the powerful 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. It has two cores, so it's like having two 2.0GHz processors in one! Another great feature is the suite of applications in iLife '09. Full-featured collections of programs that are designed to let you easily take control of your creative projects. iPhoto organizes your Digital pics, and has a cool feature that groups them by event. iWeb makes it easy to create your own website. iMovie & iDVD lets you Edit your videos and make your own DVD movies. GarageBand gives you the tools to make your own music, and even start your own virtual band! All of this and more are made from sleek, anodized aluminum with refined, rounded corners and a pearly white cover that can fit anywhere! NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 128MB DDR3 Shared Video Memory Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive (DVD+-RW DL/CD-RW) AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) Ports - 5 x USB 2.0, FireWire 800, Optical Digital Audio Output/Headphone out, Optical Digital Audio input/audio line in, Mini DisplayPort with support for DVI, and VGA, connections via Optional Adapter, RJ-45 (LAN) Approximate Unit Dimensions - 2 (H) x 6.5 (W) x 6.5 (D) Approximate Unit Weight - 2.9 Pounds
An innovative, tiny desktop that's a great choice for home computing tasks and creating a digital media hub, Apple's Mac mini fits everything that makes a Mac a Mac inside an elegant 2-inch-tall, 6.5-inch square. Just add your own keyboard, mouse, and display. It's been upgraded with a faster 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor as well as a boost in video processing power from the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics chip. The Mac mini also now includes a FireWire 800 port as well as dual video outputs--a Mini DisplayPort and a Mini-DVI port.
Continuing Apple's commitment to the environment, the Mac mini exceeds current Energy Star 4.0 requirements by consuming less than 13 watts when idle 45 percent less power than the previous generation. It's also made from highly recyclable aluminum, uses PVC-free internal components and cables, contains no brominated flame retardants, and even features smaller packaging.
With a more powerful system architecture, Mac mini is faster than ever.
This model of the Mac mini also includes a 120 GB hard drive, 1 GB of RAM (4 GB max), a slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support, Draft-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n), Gigabit wired networking, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR connectivity, and optical digital audio input/outputs. It's pre-loaded with Apple's Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system, which enables easy backup of your most important data via Time Machine, a redesigned desktop that helps eliminate clutter. It also comes with the iLife '09 suite of applications--including iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband, and iTunes--and the newest version of the fast-loading Safari web browser.
Inside its 2-inch-tall, 6.5-inch-square anodized aluminum enclosure, the Mac mini houses the fast Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
Experience improved energy efficiency and improved multitasking with the 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, which also offers an ultra-fast 1066 MHz front-side bus (FSB) and a large 3 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance. The FSB carries data between the CPU and RAM, and a faster front-side bus will deliver better overall performance.)
The new hafnium-infused circuitry--which reduces electrical current leakage in transistors--conserves even more energy, giving you more time away from the wall outlet. With a substantial 3 MB of shared L2 cache, data and instructions can be kept close to the two processor cores, greatly increasing performance and allowing the entire system to work more efficiently. And, because the processor cores share the L2 cache, either can use the entire amount if the other happens to be idle.
Hard Drive and Memory
The 120 GB Serial-ATA (SATA) hard drive (5400 RPM) quickens the pace with a higher speed transfer of data--akin to FireWire and USB 2.0. The 1 GB of DDR3 RAM (two SO-DIMMs of 512 MB) have an industry leading 1066 MHz speed, and the RAM capacity can be increased to 4 GB.
The built-in 802.11n wireless networking provides up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g, but it's also backward-compatible with 802.11a/b/g routers, enabling you to communicate with the a wide variety of Wi-Fi resources. It works seamlessly with the new AirPort Extreme with 802.11n. Use the built-in Bluetooth wireless technology to connect to your PDA or cell phone, synchronize addresses, or download pictures from your cell phone. You can also use a wireless headset for iChat audio chats and VoIP calls as well as quickly share files with a colleague.
The Mac mini now features the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics processor for up to five times better graphics performance than its predecessor, and its dual display support can drive two Apple or third-party displays with Mini DisplayPort or DVI connections. The NVIDIA GeForce 9400M shares 128 MB of DDR3 SDRAM with main memory. You'll notice the difference when you work with high-resolution photos and high-definition video, where graphics-intensive features in iPhoto and iMovie are smoother. And 3D game play--from Spore to Call of Duty--is faster and more responsive.
- Five USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
- One FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
- 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
- Video output: Mini DisplayPort and Mini-DVI (adapters for DVI and VGA output included)
- Extended desktop and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports up to 1920 by 1200 pixels on a DVI or VGA display; up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on a dual-link DVI display using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (sold separately)
- AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi wireless networking (based on 802.11n draft specification); IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
- Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
- Combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack)
- Combined optical digital audio output/headphone out (minijack)
- Built-in speaker
- Slot-loading SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD¡ÀR DL/DVD¡ÀRW/CD-RW): Writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs at up to 6x speed, writes DVD-R and DVD+R discs at up to 8x speed, writes DVD-RW discs at up to 6x speed, writes DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed, Slot-load optical drive reads DVDs at up to 8x speed, writes CD-R and CD-RW discs at up to 24x speed, reads CDs at up to 24x speed
- Kensington cable lock slot
- Dimensions: 6.5 x 6.5 x 2 inches (WxDxH)
- Weight: 2.9 pounds
The Greenest Mac mini Yet
The energy-efficient hardware components in the new Mac mini work hand in hand with Mac OS X to create a system that can dynamically adjust power consumption to reduce the energy used overall. The new Mac mini uses an advanced power management system leveraged from technology that makes the most of battery life in Apple's MacBook family. This allows Mac mini to use dramatically less electricity--up to 45 percent less power at idle than its predecessor. And it makes Mac mini the most energy-efficient desktop computer (based on energy efficiency categories and products listed within the EPA ENERGY STAR 4.0 database as of February 2009).
Apple has worked hard to eliminate many of the toxins that are a common part of computer manufacturing. Apple engineers removed brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from circuit boards, internal cables, connectors, insulators, adhesives, and more in Mac mini. And the Mac mini uses a combination of highly recyclable aluminum and polycarbonate to create its incredibly compact enclosure--making it one of the most material-efficient desktop computers available.
The Mac mini meets the stringent low power requirements set by the EPA, giving it ENERGY STAR certification. In addition, Mac mini meets the latest efficiency requirements of ENERGY STAR Version 5.0 Specification for Computers before its July 2009 effective date. It has also earned the highest rating of EPEAT Gold. The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or EPEAT, evaluates the environmental impact of a product based on how recyclable it is, how much energy it uses, and how it's designed and manufactured.
Preloaded with Leopard and iLife '09
Preloaded with Leopard, you'll enjoy enhanced productivity and a clutter-free desktop (thanks to the the redesigned 3D Dock with Stacks).
The biggest Mac OS X upgrade ever, the Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system features over 300 new features, including:
Leopard's new desktop includes the redesigned 3D Dock with Stacks, a new way to organize files for quick and easy access with just one click. Leopard automatically places web, email and other downloads in a Downloads stack to maintain a clutter-free desktop, and you can instantly fan the contents of this and other Stacks into an elegant arc right from the Dock. The updated Finder includes Cover Flow and a new sidebar with a dramatically simplified way to search for, browse and copy content from any PC or Mac on a local network.
- Time Machine, an effortless way to automatically back up everything on a Mac
- A redesigned Finder that lets users quickly browse and share files between multiple Macs
- Quick Look, a new way to instantly see files without opening an application
- Spaces, an intuitive new feature used to create groups of applications and instantly switch between them
- A brand new desktop with Stacks, a new way to easily access files from the Dock
- Major enhancements to Mail and iChat
Time Machine lets you easily back up all of the data on your Mac, find lost files and even restore all of the software on their Mac. With just a one-click setup, Time Machine automatically keeps an up-to-date copy of everything on the Mac. In the event a file is lost, you can search back through time to find deleted files, applications, photos and other digital media and then instantly restore the file.
It also comes with the iLife '09 suite of applications that make it easy to live the digital life. Use iPhoto to share entire high-res photo albums with anyone who's got an email address. Record your own songs and podcasts with GarageBand. Break into indie filmmaking with iMovie and iDVD. Then take all the stuff you made on your MacBook and share it on the web in one click with iWeb.
Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard (includes Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools); iLife '09 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
What's in the Box
Mac mini, Mini-DVI to DVI adapter, power adapter and cord, install/restore DVDs, printed and electronic documentation
- Elegant, energy-efficient, compact desktop Mac measures 6.5 inches square, 2 inches tall--just add keyboard, mouse, and monitor
- 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 120 GB hard drive, 1 GB RAM (4 GB max), 8x SuperDrive with dual-layer support
- Draft-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n); Gigabit Ethernet; Bluetooth 2.1; NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics with 128 MB of shared memory (256 MB recognized if 2GB+ of RAM is installed)
- Five USB 2.0 ports; one FireWire 800 port; Mini-DVI and Mini DisplayPort video output (included Mini-DVI to DVI adapter)
- Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard, iLife '09, and Front Row software included
- A Powerful Machine For Many Things
This Mac mini builds on the success of the last one. The biggest upgrade to the machine is the new graphics. With this change, movies and games perform much better.
Items of clarification: Currently the description on Amazon lists 4 USB ports, but there are actually five.
Also, the Mac mini no longer comes with an Apple Remote so if you're looking to use it as a media server, you may want to pick one of those up.
Our favorite upgrade in this new machine is the ability to handle more RAM. It can now address 4GB of RAM, and it is also DDR3 RAM so it performs much better.
Also, the upgrade to Firewire 800 allows for some very fast external drives if you're looking for increased storage.
We have a few hundred Mac minis performing as servers at macminicolo. According to our early benchmarks, this machine will be even better at for a server. No doubt this is due mainly to the faster, increased RAM....more info
- I would not buy another Apple computer.
I bought the new 2009 Mac Mini. I was interested in getting an energy efficient computer and I liked that it used the new DDR3 1066 memory. I had the Mini for 1 week until I felt overwhelmed to upgrade it. I upgraded from the standard 1 gig of ram to 4 gigs and I also put in a Western Digital 160gb 7,200 rpm drive with 16 mb cache. The mini is still desperately slow compared to my other home PC. My other pc I built for only $200 and I have about $1,400 tied up in my Mac Mini already with having to upgrade, Mac keyboard, special mouse, 22" monitor (since Apple uses it own special DVI, thanks alot). My other computer is only a 2.0 ghz AMD cheapo chip with only 2 gigs of ram. My other computer smokes every single little thing about this Mac Mini. Granted this Mac Mini is faster than my Apple PowerMac Dual G5 that I upgraded from (that Mac was a total DOG and the worst $900 I ever spent). I am just unimpressed with this Mac, and all of my Apple products to tell you the truth. My kids have yet to use Leopard, except for Garage Band, because they say that the Mac side is too slow to have any fun on. I think this is the last time that I drag my teeth with getting Apple products. I have also had a horrible experience with Mac support with my son's Ipod 2 years ago. I bought the Mac so that my kids will have the experience of both machines. I am very pleased that at least I have Vista Ultimate on my Mac. This way the computer can at least accomplish some of its intended tasks.
In closing. Be smart...don't waste your money on Apple. You get faster products with better support and that work much better despite what the commercials say with regular PC's. This is my last Apple product, and this time I mean it....more info
- Awesome home system
Just purchased am already very happy with the decision. This was a replacement system that I purchased for my wife - I am the home tech support resource and I was tired of constantly having to keep her system patched, updated and rebuilt (from XP to Vista SP1) in order to fight off ad/malware that was constantly infecting it.
Even though the hardware spec's for the Mini are lighter than the Vista system that it replaced, it is much snappier in browsing and using the included applications as compared to the Vista equivalents. One correction to the displayed specs on Amazon - the included adapter is a mini-DVI to full DVI adapter, not a DVI/VGA adapter as listed. If your old monitor does not support DVI, you will need to get a new monitor that supports it. Considering the graphics focus of Mac systems, this is a worthwhile investment in any case if you have an old VGA only monitor - the graphics will really "pop" when you convert to DVI.
Update will follow in a few weeks once I have the wife fully converted over to the new system....more info
- You gotta love these little guys
I bought 4 of the minis, upgraded them myself (although I have never opened a computer in my life) to 4gb RAM and to 7200 RPM 320gb WD hard drives. Online video tutorials made it easy. I use a spatula with a 3 inch by 1.5 inch stainless steel blade and the minis open easily and quickly, without scratching. Be sure to use a magnetized phillips screwdriver when upgrading, the screws that hold the mini halves together are very small and hard to reach. Ram needs to be inserted with considerable force, most of the gold edge should not be in view or your machine will not recognize the new RAM.
I later added VM fusion, followed by Windows XP Professional sp3, then Microsoft Office 2007. Now these little guys can do almost anything. I also have a 2009 24 inch Imac and a late 2008 aluminum Macbook and these minis more than hold their own in comparison. I love that I can easily carry them from office to home if needed. Buy the new Mini Display to HDMI converter, and don't mess around with the bulky DVI adapters and cables unless there is no other choice.
I have since placed one of my minis under my T.V. and run the sound through an optical digital cable (tosk to mini tosk) to my surround sound system. I put a 500gb hard drive into this mini and placed all my movies and music on it. With my ipod remote I can now listen to music or watch movies from the couch. At work or at home, I highly recommend the 2009 Mac Mini....more info
- VGA adaptor not included
I initially purchased the MB138LL. I was completely happy with this purchase until a week later the next version came out (mb463ll) that improved nearly every feature for the same price. With Amazon's great refund policy, I returned the item for a full refund and purchased the mb463ll.
First, the product (mb463ll) does not include the VGA adaptor. The description says it does, but it does not. I have been to Radio Shack, Best Buy, Walmart, and Target (I called), but none of them carry the DVI cable. I was able to find an adaptor for DVI, but after I brought the item home, it did not fit. Long story short, I am still trying to find the DVI cable. It is amazing that Apple is so cheap to not include a remote and VGA adaptor with this model. The 138 model included both of items.
I typically do not write reviews or try to complain, however, this situation is ridiculous.
- MacMini is Great for a 2nd mac.
I Just purchased this Mac, after a year of my great switching from PC to Mac with Macbook, but i bought this as a replacement system for my office. i was sick of windows at all.
anyway, don't expect from the Mini to do your photoshop deep work (honestly i didn't try to) but it's more than great as a second Mac. it's perfect for my work as an editor such as dealing with text and organizing photos and contacting with writers via email.
i don't have to go in details to tell you how easy it to install and set up. i only bought a keyboard and the office has its own monitor and it works great with my mighty mouse.
go ahead and try it...more info