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Apple Mac mini MB138LL/A (1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, Combo Drive)
List Price: $499.00

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Product Description

The Mac Mini features the powerful 1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. It has two cores, so it's like having two 1.83GHz processors in one! Another great feature is the suite of applications in iLife '08. A full-featured collection 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 is packed inside a svelt and stylish 6.5" body that can fit anywhere! 2 RAM Slots (occupied) 80GB 5400RPM SATA HDD Slot-loading DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo Drive - reads DVDs up to 8x, writes CD-Rs up to 24x, & writes CD-RWs up to 16x Intel GMA 950 Graphics Processor with 64MB of shared memory (memory is shared with the main system) Ports - 1 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet, 1 Firewire 400 (8 watts), 4 USB 2.0, 1 DVI Out, 1 VGA Out (using included adapter) Built-in Speakers Built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi 802.11g wireless network card Built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) module Unit Dimensions - 2 (h) x 6.5 (w) x 6.5 (d) Unit Weight - 2.9 lbs.

A great choice for home computing tasks and creating a digital media hub, Apple's Mac mini desktop PC combines design simplicity with powerful computing resources. Nicely compact at just 6.5 inches square and 2 inches high, the Mac mini offers an affordable avenue to dual-core processing power via the 1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and Apple's latest suite of digital media applications--iLife '08. It also comes with the Apple Remote and Front Row media display software, which enables you to easily play your music, enjoy photo slideshows, and watch DVDs, iMovies, music videos and television shows from across the room.

Inside its 2-inch-tall, 6.5-inch-square anodized aluminum enclosure, the Mac mini houses the fast Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
This Mac mini also features 1 GB of installed RAM (with a 2 GB maximum capacity), 80 GB hard drive, a combo DVD-RAM/CD-RW drive for watching DVD movie discs and burning your own mixes to CD, Gigabit Ethernet wired networking and 802.11b/g wireless LAN, and the Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard operating system. You'll have to supply your own keyboard, mouse, and display.

Preinstalled with iLife '08
Every Mac mini includes iLife '08, the latest version of Apple's award-winning suite of digital media applications, with major upgrades to iPhoto, iDVD, iWeb, and GarageBand and a completely reinvented iMovie. iPhoto '08 now automatically organizes photo libraries into Events that let you more easily manage your growing photo collections, and iMovie '08 can import video from the latest AVCHD, HDV and DV camcorders, as well as from digital cameras, and displays your entire video library whether it's stored on internal or external drives. Both iPhoto and iMovie integrate seamlessly with the new .Mac Web Gallery, Apple's new service for .Mac members to instantly create and host websites for their photos and videos.

The pre-installed iLife '08 software suite includes a completely redesigned iMovie, which makes it even easier to share your videos on the Internet.
iLife '08 also features iWeb '08, with live web widgets such as Google Maps that let you create even more dynamic websites, and GarageBand '08, with its new Magic GarageBand feature that makes it fun and easy for both musicians and non-musicians to create great sounding songs.

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
The Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 processor has a 1.83 GHz processor speed, fast 667 MHz front-side bus (FSB), and large 2 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 Intel Core 2 Duo's 128-bit SSE3 vector engine handles 128-bit computations in a single clock cycle, accelerating data manipulation by simultaneously applying a single instruction to multiple data. And its two execution cores are designed to share resources and conserve power, helping it to achieve higher levels of performance since it uses fewer watts.

Wired and Wireless Connectivity

The small form of the Mac mini features several ports for a variety of different devices.
The Mac mini gives you plenty of room to grow with four USB 2.0 ports on the back--for connecting devices such as cameras, iPod, printer, camcorder, or keyboard--as well as a FireWire 400 port, which enables super-fast connectivity to hard drives as well as digital video camcorders. Share files around your house with built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet as well as 54g Wi-Fi (802.11b/g). The integrated Bluetooth wireless connectivity--version 2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)--allows you to use a wireless keyboard or mouse, and synchronize peripherals such as cell phones and PDAs. Enjoy high-quality sound on almost any speaker system with double-duty analog/digital audio. Record digital and analog sources through audio line in, perfect for your latest podcast in GarageBand.

Graphics and Video
The Mac mini has a DVI video output that supports digital resolutions up to 1920 by 1200 pixels and is compatible with the 20-inch Apple Cinema Display and 23-inch Apple Cinema HD Display. It also supports coherent digital displays up to 154 MHz, and non-coherent digital displays up to 135 MHz. Using the included VGA video adapter, you can connect to analog displays at a resolution up to 1920 by 1080 pixels. Video is powered by the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950, which uses Intel Dynamic Video Memory Technology (DVMT) and provides up to 64 MB of shared video memory.

Other Features

  • 1 GB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300) on two SO-DIMM with a 2 GB maximum capacity
  • Slot-loading Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW): reads DVDs at up to 8x speed, writes CD-R discs at up to 24x speed, writes CD-RW discs at up to 16x speed, and reads CDs at up to 24x speed
  • Built-in speaker
  • Meets ENERGY STAR requirements with maximum continuous power of 110 watts

Included Software
Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard operating system (includes Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat AV, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Xcode Developer Tools); iLife '08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand); Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive; iWork (30-day trial); and Front Row

What's in the Box
Mac mini, Apple Remote, power cord, install/restore DVDs, printed and electronic documentation

  • 1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 667 MHz system bus
  • 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM (expandable to 2 GB), 80 GB SATA hard drive, and slot-loading slot-loading Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
  • One FireWire 400 port (8 watts); four USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps); DVI output; VGA output (using included adapter); S-video and composite video output
  • Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit), built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi (802.11g)3; built-in Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Enhanced Data Rate) module
  • Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard, iLife '08, and Front Row software included

Customer Reviews:

  • Great way to go Mac on the Cheap
    Using monitors, keyboards, and mice I already had, my wife was pleased that she could go Mac at the price of an entry PC. I did upgrade to 2 GBytes of memory by spending $50 at Crucial.

    Adding memory is difficult. It may not have been worth the hours spent. You'll feel like a surgeon afterwards. This is why the 4 stars, not 5, were given.

    This Mac runs far faster than the Core 2 Duo PC's running at 2.2 GHz....more info
  • Fantastic
    I had 2 apple G3s that I had purchased used a few years ago (a 450MHz & a 300MHz). I was using the 450MHz for OS10 & the 300MHz for classic OS9.2. I am reluctant to give up my classic because I have a small fortune in graphic applications that still serve me very well. I was limited to how far I could go in OS10 because of the G3 processor and my online speed was becoming real slow. I was using both of these machines from a common desk location. I was using them both with the same LCD display via an ABC switch and sharing the keyboard by using a UBS switch. I wanted to get a replacement for my OS10 machine without spending a lot of money and taking up more desk space. The MINI was to me, was the perfect solution. I moved my classic system to the 450MHz machine and my MINI sits on top of an external super drive and I have more foot room under my desk. The MINI came with the latest OS and runs very fast. I am not at all concerned over the small size of the MINI because I know there is allot of open space the present day towers. For me, this was a very good move.


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  • Mac Mini
    Great machine, good value but I recommend upgrading the memory to 3Gb if you want games or video editing. It's a easy and inexpensive way to turn a good buy into a great buy. Works great as a dvr/media station when hooked up to an HDTV :) ...more info
  • Older Cinema Displays require expensive adapter
    Complaint #1: First thing I discovered when I went to hook up my new Mac Mini: I could not connect my "older" (c. 2004) 23" Cinema Display. Apple doesn't tell you that part. If you have an older Cinema Display with an ADC connection (it looks like it'll fit this DVI connection, but count the pins - it's wider), you'll have to purchase Apple's DVI-to-ADC adapter (P/N M8661LL/B). Unfortunately, it's expensive ($99 from apple or $89 on amazon plus shipping), it's bulky (almost as big as the mac mini), requires use of one of my precious USB ports and yet another electric outlet. Also, when my Mac goes to sleep, both USB ports on the rear of my 23" Cinema Display shut down. AND, because I have a "white-light Cinema Display" (i.e. the power button has a white glowing light behind it rather than a green glowing light), the button will no longer work as a power-on button. It just sort of pulses white light when you touch it. So there's that. Still, I'm able to use my "old" display with the new Mac Mini, which means a lot to these old eyes. btw, you might think you can get one of the other "DVI to ADC" cables that come up with a search here - but take close look at the male and female ends - as far as I can tell they're really ADC to DVI, i.e., for a newer DVI display to an older ADC Mac. Just a warning if you've got an older Cinema Display you want to work with a newer mac.

    Complaint #2: Leopard. Sidebar in the Finder is now far less customizable than in Tiger; Sherlock is gone w/inferior Spotlight in its place (it doesn't separate search items in categories--boo); etc.

    Complaint #3: My only other complaint on the Mini so far is that because it's basically a notebook without the screen, the ports are very close together. I'd rather see it be an inch or two wider just to accommodate the cords better.

    The Mac Mini performance seems, at two days now, almost on par with my old G5 and is SO much quieter. That alone gets 3 stars! ...more info
  • Runs smoother than an 86 Yugo
    So far I am very pleased with my new MiniMac. I switched over from a PC because I was sick and tired of my PC and its continuous problems/viruses. I had little to no experience with MAC's but making the transition was easier than I thought. A quick tutorial and I was up and running. I primarily use it for internet, email, etc. and so far so good. It runs like a top, comes with cool software, and no viruses make this a good buy. ...more info
  • Formidable machine at any price.
    Its true: the space age has come to earth in this little miracle.
    I recently bought a 1.83 GHZ Mac Mini with a combo drive and 1 GB of RAM. I upgraded the RAM to 4GB and replaced the combo with a superdrive, following the instruction video available on the Other World Computing (OWC) website and its pretty easy to do. 4GB on two chips cost me 40 bucks plus shipping - It took 8 minutes total to replace the stock combo drive with a superdrive and to do the RAM upgrade. It would have been faster had I thought to have a pair of tweezers nearby to reattach the fan timer wire.
    For my effort, I am now working with a tiny, simple to use device that easily runs (simultaneously) Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Bridge and Lightroom, as well as iTunes, Mail and Safari. Switching between apps is fast and seamless.
    I like to listen to music while working on graphics and photographs. Working in Photoshop with iTunes in the background, even while working on very large image files with memory intensive filters, there are no signal drops or audio distortion in iTunes.
    A few personal benchmarks (these were pre-upgrade as I haven't timed anything since adding more RAM)
    Startup of the Mini takes about 25 seconds total, from chime to first keystrokes.
    Launching Photoshop takes just under 16 seconds.
    Using filters in Photoshop, even memory intensive ones, is remarkably fast - no spinning beachballs!
    Creating an HDR image in Photomatix Pro from five photos, including noise reduction filters and ghost reduction filters took just under 40 seconds. On my 1.5 GHZ mini that took over 8 minutes!
    Launching iTunes (with 12,000 song library, and several days worth of video) takes under 5 seconds, likewise Mail and Safari.
    My assessment: at any price, this machine is formidable. It is fast, powerful, stable, reliable and easily upgradable.
    I have heard that Minis are not great gaming computers - I don't know, because I don't play games much. My only gripe , and its a minor one, is that the graphics card does not handle OpenGL features in CS4 applications. Otherwise, the Mini handles CS4 apps as well or better than any other machine I've seen or used. ...more info
  • Good little computer.
    First> OS X Leopard rocks on any mac!

    With that said...

    This is a fine computer for older people or people who just want to check email, browse the web, and tool around with some pictures/home videos.

    This Mac Mini (MB138LL) is a tad slow compared newer ones. If you do lots of youtube videos or lots of pictures you WILL need more speed and more hard drive space. It took a bit of time to render pictures when you open several at the same time. Something I've not noticed on any other newer macs.

    If you purchase the USB mac keyboard (MB869LL) the USB ports on the underside of the keyboard won't work with this mini. The USB bus power is to low. That plan sucks if you want a convenient place to plug your iPod or mp3 player in.

    If you use your computer for work and not just typing resumes or checking email... I would strongly recommend spending the extra cash on either the MB463LL or the MB464LL Mac Mini.

    If your looking for a great bargain monitor to go with the Mini (any of the mini models) try the Hanns G Hi-221DPB. Looks amazing for the price.

    Overall not a bad little machine for a "lite" computer user.
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  • I am very much happy with this product ! just need to extend the RAM to 2 GB ;-)
    I am very much happy with this product ! just need to extend the RAM to 2 GB ;-)...more info
  • Simple, fun computing that doesn't take forever to load at startup
    Let me start first-off that product loyalty is important to me. Marketers love me. When something impresses me with quality, I stick with it.

    I made the switch. I still hate the commercials, but I love my new, fast, ready-to-get-to-work computer and if you'll allow me, take you on the journey I took to get here.

    My last Windows computer died of natural causes last week. It's not the first Windows PC that did that to me, but this time it was *different*. For months I knew it was barely chugging to the next day, but I kept crossing my fingers every time I hit the "ON" button. It was old, obsolete and completely not worth upgrading, but I stuck with it because I loved Windows XP and the familiar wheeze of an old machine coming back to life. I've had many computers and started with MS-DOS and made the trip all the way through Windows 95, 98, 2000, and XP. I am not a Microsoft hater. I like their products and appreciate their contribution to personal computing.

    I built PCs and considered myself a decent techie. Until Vista. I hate Vista. The bloat, the driver situation, and the lack of compelling reasons to upgrade to an OS told me that this was not an improvement over XP. I searched for an XP loaded machine (computers are so cheap now, building one from scratch was out of the question) and came up with some choices that sucked less than others, but nothing to my satisfaction. Again, I could build one as a project but I needed one for work and remembered the last nightmare I had mounting a RAID array for a gaming computer and have been on the wagon since then. That project was like a DoD contract that went overbudget and overboard very, very quickly.

    Finally I stopped by the local Apple store and found this odd looking napkin boxed shaped "computer" called the Mac Mini and laughed. Was that a toy? Does a Kleenex come out of it? Ok, I said to myself. I'll be thorough. So, I took a test drive, fully expecting to walk away with a snarky comment on the Mac Mini. I opened the applications and had no idea what I was fooling with, but soon got into the groove and found myself spending serious time with the applications. The Mac staff (I think they were called "Geniuses"?) kept coming buy trying to sell me a computer, but I wanted to keep on test driving it, opening up the applications and doing my best to fend off other people looking over my shoulder.

    When I left, I could hear the collective sigh of the "Geniuses," and came back later. I wanted a Mac Mini and wanted them to add 1 GB of RAM. I wasn't happy that they discouraged you from doing this on your own and apparently you void your warranty for even trying to open the box. Fine. I had a spare monitor and compatible pointing device at home. I'd need a Mac Bluetooth keyboard and got one (see my other review).

    A week later I am happily integrating my Apple mail program with web mail and installing Firefox. Safari is a nice Apple Internet browser, but not my cup of coffee. I like Firefox more. I picked up the Missing Sync application for my Pocket PC PDA and found drivers for my printer and scanner. I downloaded to replace MS Office, which I had already been phasing out of my life. Google Documents is also part of my toolbox, so "cloud computing" is already something I am comfortable with doing. For desktop publishing, I armed myself with a new copy of Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro and was ready to go to work.

    Within a few days I was back in business. My dead HP laptop lies in state in a box awaiting scavenging. Maybe it will lie there forever like Chairman Mao or Lenin or like Countrywide Financial Corporation's Living Mummy/CEO Angelo Mozilo.

    I can also imagine that someday it will find itself atop a pile collected by WALL-E. I won't be there, I'll be dead and happy that I walked into a pretentious looking Mac store one sweltering summer afternoon with a low expecations and left with a little white plastic bag holding a 3 lb. computer only a few hours later (it took 1.5 hours for them to install the extra GB). Yes, it is worth installing that 1 GB....more info
  • Mac Mini Intel 1.83
    Although Apple has recently replaced it with a slightly faster processor and more hard drive memory, I like this device a lot. When I received it, I purchased a RAM memory upgrade from Kingston. The upgrade process was frustrating because I had to search online to learn it. Removing the cover involved a steel putty knife, and removing a ribbon cable was a delicate situation. Imagine if you were to bend or damage that ribbon cable. Overall, this computer is a good value. It is the least expensive solution to getting on the Apple platform. Its OS X operating system is a pleasant to use, although I am still not liking its inconsistent (which is debatable) method of maximizing windows. Selecting an open window among the various ones that are open is too involved and needs to be simplified. It requires selecting the application from the dock and then moving the top windows away by dragging or minimizing with the mouse until you locate the right one. Microsoft's solution is better here....more info
  • Cute, but Powerful
    For it's size, this computer can handle a lot more than one would expect. This is my second Mac (I got a MacBook Air a few months ago), and so far I love them better than any XP or VIsta computer I have ever used. I use this computer to run File Maker Advanced 9, Adobe's CS3 suite, and VMware Fusion (both XP and Vista) for SQL Server, Visual Studio, Access and a few other programs, it runs everything pretty well stock. Being the crazy IT person that I am though, I did end up creating a Mini mod, I added 4GB of RAM (yes, it will work with up to 4GB's, despite what APple says), a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, a Sonnet Aria Wireless N card, a SuperDrive for burning, and a paint job by ColorWare PC, and with these upgrades, this computer is by far the best little machine in the market. If your a typical, everyday user, only running Office 2008, or iWorks, than your fine running this computer stock, even for what I do, stock works, but I wanted to see how much this tiny little computer could handle. ...more info
  • Excellent System, but overpriced...
    Never had a Mac before, this is great! Way better than my custom-built Vista Ultimate computer! Though I have found glitches in Mac OSX, the glitches are far more minor than those found in Vista. If it weren't for the ease of use and the tiny design, I would have given this computer a four star rating because it is overpriced for what you get. Not a gaming machine, but certainly a reliable computer for all sorts of activities that have minimal hardware requirements. (Such as web browsing, basic photo editing and music production, word processing, and so on and so on.) I am very pleased with this computer. I am now a Mac convert....more info
  • Buy the new Mac Mini instead!!!
    Unless your strapped for cash ... there's really no point in saving a $100 when you can get the newer Mac Mini which put this model to shame.

    The newer Mac Mini for $599 comes with a faster processor, big hard drive, more RAM (supports up to 4GB), a Super Drive, and better onboard graphics. There's really no point in buying such an inferior computer just to save $100 ... now if it was $200 cheaper ... then yes ... but a $100 savings ... PLEASE!!!...more info
  • Coolest MAC around!!
    This weekend I picked up a Mac Mini (with the above mentioned specs..) after doing tons of research and truly looking at my overall needs. Originally my thought was to pick up a Macbook but after focusing on my needs and seeking a cheaper alternative to jumping into the MAC arena I decided to go this route. After being a PC user for many many years the thought of learning a new operating system seemed rather intimidating but having friends who have made the jump made the task seemed a bit less daunting..

    I spent many hours perusing You Tube for Mac reviews...everything from Macbook Macbook and eventually MINI. There's a lot of good informative stuff out there!! Also reading the reviews on this site and many other online reviews I felt I was armed with enough knowledge to finally visit an APPLE store and ask some intelligent questions. Fortunately I ran into 2 young sales guys who knew their product well and tried to be as objective as possible about the product they were selling...I got the feeling they were truly interested in making sure I understood the differences between Windows Vista and Leopard and spent a great deal of time showing me features in ilife and Leopard in general. This made a difference to me in that the APPLE store staff exhibited such "refreshing" professionalism. I think that in itself made a big difference in helping me make a decision to try APPLE products. Their support was top notch compared to the experience I had received in the past from other vendors.

    After I picked up my Mac Mini...set up was a breeze. I had a Dell 17" 1703 monitor that was formerly coupled to my Dell Dimension 8300 that I hooked up to with no problems. I had a made a decision to get the APPLE keyboard due to the Command features and the fact that I liked the way the keys felt and am glad. Dell speakers and a Logitech wireless mouse completed the set up and I was off and running! The OS booted up so quickly that I immediately thought I'll never be able to go back to VISTA again..LOL! And setup was very intutive and painless. No wonder APPLE has so many people switching!
    Once everything was set up I was working within the OS within minutes and what's cool is on the APPLE website there are many informative video tutorials as well as written support that helps a lot.

    For video & pictures the OS recognized both my Sony digital & video cameras and I was able to download all my files seamlessly with iphoto and imovie. Here is where I can see the advantages of having additional memory but generally it wasn't too much of an issue..I will eventually upgrade my memory in the near future..

    Overall for the weekend spent acclimating myself to this amazing little computer, the experience has been pretty darn good! I still have much to learn and will follow up with a more detailed review further on down the road...

    But for first impressions I'm pretty happy! The bottom line is...look at your computing needs and budget and work within those parameters. You don't really need to pump out a couple of grand for an ideal APPLE experience..If you have a good monitor, keyboard and mouse..and are looking to change to the APPLE OS this would be the best and economical way to go!

    Updated 8-24-08

    Well after checking out some of my earlier reviews..I decided to update this one as I ended up bringing this Mac Mini back and returning it for a Macbook Pro. My decision was mainly because of the lack of video quality due to anemic memory and no dedicated video card. I ended up having to pay a restocking fee but I didn't mind it so much as I got what really wanted!!

    My review of my Macbook Pro will come separately.....more info
  • A little dream computer
    This is my first Apple product since the original Apple computer that was my introduction to computers in the early eighties. What a nice change from win computers. No installation crashes--no glitches at all.

    I purchased the Mac Mini to connect to a Samsung 46 inch LCD TV for the living room. Connected to an Apple wireless keyboard/mouse combo (more kudos on the Apple design here as well), I can connect to the internet with a BIG monitor and switch back to viewing normal TV without leaving the comfort of my recliner.

    The Mac Mini is sleek, quiet and unobtrusive. Though pricier than other options for small footprint computers from HP (and a new one from Dell), the change from a windows computer has been a breeze, and the error free performance has been refreshing. I still have my Gateway in the other room and have set up wireless networking for connecting to the outside world. I am still adding programs and exploring the Mac. So far, not a single regret.

    I will eventually add a tuner card, probably and Elgato product, and a separate mass storage device. Looks like I have finally found the best alternative for me for both normal computing and home entertainment....more info
  • My second Mac Mini, perfect for my home theater/media center
    This is my second Mac Mini. My first one still works great, never had a problem with it ever, despite upgrading the original memory and clumsily performing a delicate overclocking operation that brought me up to 1.5Ghz on the old CPU. Still, my old Mac Mini kept on ticking. Never crashed once in over 3 & 1/2 years. Not once. Never once had any issues or problems at all. I just wanted the Intel Core 2 Duo chip and all of the new software (Leopard). I love this new Mac Mini ... much faster at 2.0 Ghz with the Intel Core 2 Duo chip. I sincerely recommend buying an upgrade to the stock memory from 1G to 4G, for around $80, since this Mac Mini shares system memory with the video card. It greatly increases the speed of virtually everything. Some people have said the 4Gig upgrade to the Mac Mini is a waste because it will only recognize 3.5 Gig of the memory. Nonsense. I installed the 4 Gig and my system profiler shows 4 Gig available, installed, and functioning properly. Awesome speed and power. Can now run Windows XP in Parallels faster than on a PC. I also recommend buying a NewTech MiniStack external drive accessory, because it give you a bunch of extra firewire and USB ports. ...more info
  • Alot of power, In a small package.
    The Mac Mini really packs a punch for its size. As soon as it arrived, i upgraded the memory to 2 gigs. Works fine. I have it running 24/7....more info
  • Walt from Dallas
    Apple Mac mini MB138LL/A (1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, Combo Drive)I have used a PC for many years: My first PC was a 1987 Zenith, the first portable on the market and a weighty 18 lbs: with DOS. I am on my 5th PC.

    Since this was my first Apple computer, a MAC Mini, I decided to spend the $150 for a 3 years tech-service and warranty.

    1) During research on Apple's website on the Mac Mini I noted that the applications in Leopard did NOT include a word-processor. I entered a search "word processor" but the only result was their iWorks an added cost option of $ 80. A friend who has an iMac told me the name of the software is "TextEdit". I was told at the Dallas Apple store that TextEdit is in fact part of the Leopard offering and was confirmed by an on-line chat. No where on Apple's website is a users manual listed. After I setup my Mac I checked out TextEdit and found it comparable to Windows WordPad: This was confirmed in a borrowed "Mac for Dummies." I have used Word-Perfect and Microsoft's Works & Word and expected that TextEdit was similar. Apple was too ashamed to list TestEdit in Leopard, but for a reason: When you get your Mac they have a sucker-punch offer for you: You get a free 30-day trial of their word processor. So, I gotta lay out $80 extra for their iWorks word processor. Not a good way to earn creditability with a first-time customer.
    2) During my telecom with a Tech, I was given instructions on how to install my Logitech wireless 2-year old keyboard/mouse which is designed for OS X. Some 20 minutes was spent on the installation process and the Rep gave up saying: Your keyboard/mouse can NOT be installed. We than installed my old hard-wired keyboard/mouse. So, now I have a $100 Logitech paper-weight. So far I have "lost" $100 on buying the Mini, and will need to spend another $80 for iWorks. Total now: $180
    3) When I visited the Apple Store for a second time, I asked what `preparation work' must I do to make my Works files capable of migrating to TextEdit. He said, and later confirmed by an Apple instructor, that I would need to change the code from ".wps" to either ".doc" or ".txt"
    I told the telecom Tech that I wanted to migrate some of my Works files, and told him about the scenario involving "change wps: to doc or txt" And he responded you need to call Microsoft for instructions on how to migrate "Works files." More $$ need to be added to my un-expected incremental increase of $180. Only once did I find it necessary to spend $40 for a Microsoft engineer's "fix" of my computer: money well spent. I told the Rep that I spent $150 for your Apple Care Protection Plan, which now is very apparent that I needlessly spent $150 for being told, "we are not capable of installing your OS X wireless keyboard/mouse" And "We at Apple are not capable of migrating your word-processor files, but for more $$ I could buy Apple software to accomplish this. On their website the following information is found: Copying the files from your PC onto external or removable to storage media and then use that media in your Mac to transfer the files to your hard drive. And, further states: If you don't want to install Windows and Boot Camp on your Mac, you can move just your Windows files to your new Mac and use them with Mac applications. This is a lotta Apple B.S. Again, I told 5 Apple "experts" that I only want to migrate some Works files and Pictures to iPhoto. After all this disappointment with Apple I did not find it worthwhile to talk about iPhoto. The Tech-Rep was pleased that I took the time to fill out two forms: "email account settings for my mac" and "My Mac Cheat Sheet."
    4) Notoriously absent from their website is any information regarding internet security software (Search), yet other companies offer it is for sale. My own Trend-Micro just announced the availability of Mac software.
    5) On my 4th startup, the keyboard & mouse would NOT function.

    So here is my tally of "$ 370 down-the-toilet," if I choose to keep the MacMini:
    $ 100 wireless keyboard/mouse: great software; + $ 80 iWorks; + $ 40 Microsoft Engineer; + $ 150 AppleCare." Bogus "truth in advertising" on website.

    -- unanswered is: Will I find in the future, a need to spend more money for Apple's internet-security ? Stay turned for an expected announcement from Apple on its new internet security software.
    UPS just picked up the MAC Mini.

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  • A new Mac user's review
    The aluminum casing feels strong, and the plastic cover is glossy yet it doesn't seem to show that it gathers too much fingerprints. On the bottom of the Mac Mini is a large rubber grip that's just about the size of the bottom itself. It helps quite a bit should an excess of rocking should happen, that you won't have to worry about it slipping off and falling.

    One of the few gripes I have with the Mac Mini so far in my few days of owning one is the location of the USB ports. They are located bottom left on the backside of the mini. Now they are placed in a spot where it won't intrude on the overall aesthetics of the mini, but the location of the audio cable is just above the four USB ports. Someone with larger fingers might have a little bit of trouble should there be a need to take a USB accessory out for whatever purpose. Then again, it could just be some getting used to.

    The superdrive is quite noisy at first and there is a bit of a hum when its running. It's completely understandable considering it's less than an inch of being exposed if it wasn't for the mini's casing. My only worry is about how hot the disc gets after even a little bit of use.

    I'm mostly a writer, so when buying this, I wanted a word processor and I knew that a good one wouldn't be installed on it beforehand. I also gave a try at iWork '08 with it being only $79 instead of $149.95 for Office 2008 for Mac - Home and Student Edition. With that I'm glad about the purchase, it didn't take too much trouble getting used to it. As a writer, I've hundreds of books lying around both on my desk, and whatever spot can hold a few books. So the small footprint of the mini also persuaded me to buy it.

    I could have went for a slimlime tower that some PC manufacturers offer such as what HP offers. I could have got one for more than half the price of what the mini costs. However I dislike the possibility of a virus attack while doing research online. Reading up on 15+ tabs of websites, there was always a possibility of a virus attack. With Mac OS X, I've little worry for any sort of malicious attacks.

    A plus side with the built-in speaker is I could listen to music without having to attach any speakers or use my current built-in speakers on my lcd screen. They aren't strong speakers, but for being at a desk, it certainly does it's duty.

    For me, I'll take the added security and the small footprint of the Mac Mini....more info
  • affordable switch from PC to Mac
    moved form a PC to a mac and am soooo happy that I have done so! It's a good choice for those wishing that they had a good computer. This is the one!

    I don't need tons of gaming stuff and all that, just a good solid computer. I love this little guy!

    easy painless switch!...more info
  • The perfect hub
    I used to live my life on one computer: a 15"PowerBook G4. I stored everything on it - music, photos, videos, tools, documents, and games - and when it ran out of disk space I plugged in various FireWire and USB drives. I added more hubs to accommodate cameras, printers, scanners, and so forth. With all of these peripherals, it became less and less conveniently portable, so last March I got myself a MacBook Air. Then in November the PowerBook started to die (PMU issues), and I had a tough choice. I was committed to a Mac, but the budget was tight. Fortunately I had a TV/monitor that supported DVI input, so I decided to buy a Mac Mini together with an Apple Keyboard. And it's worked out just fine.

    But it ONLY has 1GB RAM and 80GB HD! That's OK; a FireWire HD is quite fast enough for photo and movie work, and a 250 GB USB portable HD is perfect for my music. (And everything gets backed up to my 1TB Time Capsule anyway.) It's a print and fax server for the other four or five computers in the apartment. The graphics are weak, but I don't play graphics-intensive games or do much video editing these days. And it's tiny and unobtrusive - the perfect digital hub.

    The one thing that I worry about is the Combo Drive: what happens if I want to burn a DVD? Right now I can rely upon my partner's Windows machine, but I can imagine compatibility issues arising there. (Technical, not personal!) I think I'll wait until the need arises, and then pick up an external SuperDrive for my MacBook Air.

    Above all, this was the perfect answer for my tight budget. I hope Apple continues (and enhances) the Mini: it's an essential part of the product line. ...more info
  • Great computer!
    I have been using the Mac Mini for less than a month, but it has become my primary computer. Out of the box, it is just fine as a general purpose personal computer.

    I purchased the Mini to allow me to develop iPhone code. I connected it to a 24" 1080p monitor. Running Xcode, Interface Builder, the iPhone simulator and Safari and supporting 1920x1200 it was a bit slow.

    I bought and installed 4GB of RAM. No problems now!...more info
  • Overall great product
    The Mac Mini works great as a simple desktop solution. It was very easy to setup and worked with all of my existing PC components without issue. I was also surprised by it finding and installing my older printer (Epson Stylus Photo 825) and camera, although that speaks more for the MAC OS than the Mac Mini itself.

    My only minor gripes is that the system is sometimes slow with only 1 GB RAM and a slow hard drive. I also get annoyed b/c it takes a while to find my wireless network everytime it "wakes up" from going into hybernation mode....more info
  • a little tricky but worth the effort
    I am by no means technologically advanced and I was able to get the Time Machine up and running. Really love the worry free life of have my information forever backed up...more info
  • Excellet computer
    I do lots of computer support for people so I appreciate how virus free the macs are.

    We have two mac mini's in our house plus I used to own the single cpu mac mini but upgraded to this one. I have lots of experience with the machine.

    They are a great form factor. Hardly takes up any room yet powerful enough for day to day tasks.

    The machine is very reliable. You can leave it on for days or just turn it on and use it.

    The dual processor is pretty fast. My problem is I'm an impatient "power user". So if you want to get the most out of your mac, order the 2 gb of memory - the machine will definitely run faster than the stock 1 gb.

    The machine is not easy to upgrade the memory after purchase and Apple will surely hose you (like $150) if you want to upgrade to 2gb after purchase. You can upgrade yourself but I'm a home support technician and I'm not too crazy about "breaking into" a laptop-like computer to upgrade memory.

    Also, I ordered the 80 gb hard drive which is almost full with a few years of photos (woops!). So if your a power user get the 120 gb drive.

    The stock software like iTunes, mail, Safari, iPhoto etc. is excellent software for the average consumer. If you want something more than that, you can buy more powerful software like Photoshop or whatever and this machine can run that level of software.

    So all in all, this is a very good machine and I highly recommend it. If you can buy one used, that's great too.

    My only warning is that if you buy a LCD for it, get an LCD with a DVI connection so that you get the best digital output. A DVI connection will make your text on-screen look crisp and the graphics look good.

    I have a 24 inch Samsung for my Mac Mini and the real estate is great.

    So, I recommend any MAC MINI. If you are any kind of power user or are apt to take videos or lots of photos, upgrade the memory to 2gb's and buy the larger hard drive. You'll get many more years of enjoyment if you do. ...more info
  • great machine but hard to upgrade
    I purchased this machine a few days ago. It works very well but Apple makes it really difficult to upgrade the ram in this machine. You have to use a putty knife to open up the bottom of the case; because Apple has never heard of using screws. Other than it taking 20 minutes to open up the case the memory upgrading process wasn't too bad after unscrewing the optical drive.

    Otherwise this machine runs pretty well, you definately do need to upgrade the memory on this machine because 1gb simply is not enough for OSX to run properly; it seems Apple based OSX on Vista and decided that you need atleast 2gb of ram for the machine to function properly. ...more info
  • Apple Mac mini MB138LL/A 1.83Ghz Intel Cre 2 Duo
    Nice little starter Apple and it works with inexpensive (Non Apple)monitors using the included VGA adapter. I normally wouldn't spend the extra money on an Apple (compared to the memmory, hard drive space,and mouse and keyboard included in IBM Clone PCs) but I like to explore all the Micro Operating systems and this product was a reasonable price....more info
  • Great little machine
    What more can be said that hasn't been said before. This was purchased for my daughters (6 and 4). The only cons that I can give it are:

    1) The fan is noisy (much noisier than the Mac Mini G4 that I use)
    2) Not all educational software will work natively on Leopard. Reader Rabbit in particular does not support Leopard, it requires Classic Mode to run, and that isn't supported under Leopard.

    All that aside, I still think it's a solid 5 starts for form-factor, ease of use and overall value.
    ...more info
  • Awesome home theater mac computer....
    Awesome home theater setup.

    I was debating for a while if I should purchase a mac mini with the hd homerun or an apple tv or tivo. A tivo will cost me $299 plus a monthly cost. The apple tv will cost $299. A mac mini is $599 plus $170 for the hd homerun for a total of $769.

    It cost more than tivo or the apple tv but you can do a lot more with a mac mini and hd homerun combined. You can use it as a standalone computer and dvd player.

    The hd homerun can record two shows at once and will work just like the tivo.

    If you pair the hd homerun with elgato eyetv software this setup becomes superior and easy to use.

    The mac mini can do the same as the apple tv. You get less memory on the mini but cheap external hard drives take care of the problem. The mini comes with a remote and front row as well.

    Here is my setup:

    -Mac Mini 1.83ghz c2d

    -Silicon Dust HD HomeRun

    -Elgato EyeTV Software

    -Google these free plugins for EyeTV: pyetv (integrates eyetv into front row), etvcomskip (skips commercials automatically when watching a recorded show.

    -Google Remote Buddy: Great software. You can use various remotes like your iphone, ipod touch, etc..I have it set up with my Wii Remote. You can point items on the screen with the Wii remote acting as a mouse. With one click of a button you can pop up a virtual keyboard and point to the letters you want to type. If you know how the wii remote works on the wii then you know what I am talking about. This helps in eliminating the need for a keyboard and mouse when you are at a distance. You will also need a wireless wii sensor bar.

    I will try to get a video review so you can see and understand how everything works so well with the mac mini.

    I use the mini as a server to my other computers. It is always on and it stays cool and works perfect with no lag....more info
    Not much to say here, other than I am replacing all of my PC's with Macs. This is long overdue, and I hope to never lay hands on a Windows based machine again. Horrible, horrible, horrible. Microsoft is the devil. Get out while you can! can upgrade the RAM in the Mac Mini very easily with a couple of putty knives and an order from Newegg. There are guides all over the internet showing you step by step how to do it. Saves you hundreds!...more info
  • Great Deal
    Apple Mac mini MB138LL/A (1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, Combo Drive)

    This was great price for a good product. Especially great for someone who has any monitor and keyboard already....more info
  • Back To Mac
    I have been a Mac user on and off over the years. Like Mac better, but overpriced. I decided to try the Mac Mini with my 40 inch LCD and Voila! I now have a Mac with a 40 inch screen with WiFi and linking to ITunes and Internet with Safari and Leopard. Easy as pie. My daughter uses this in the living room and it adds another computer to the household for little money. Not a powerhouse, but if you want to use for surfing and other non-heavy duty purposes, this is the way to get back to Mac. Wireless keyboard and mouse allow us to sit on couch and use with ease and comfort. Very glad I purchased! I am writing this on my Compaq notebook and have an old E Machine too. Like the Mac Mini the best. If Apple ever lowers their notebook prices to more competitive prices, I will buy then. Hope this helps....more info