As predicted, the mothership is now shipping a new living-room-ready Mac mini with an HDMI port. Further, in addition to faster processors and graphics, this headless desktop also features a completely redesigned enclosure and look that allows easy access to the internals.
Apple has announced a truly new Mac mini that’s styled and equipped for the living room, which is a natural evolution of the product that more closely aligns it with how people are using this computer.
“œThe sleek, aluminum Mac mini packs great features, versatility and value into an elegant, amazingly compact design,” said Philip Schiller, senior vice president, Worldwide Product Marketing. “œWith twice the graphics performance, HDMI support and industry-leading energy efficiency, customers are going to love the new Mac mini.”
There are now only two models in the Mac mini line. Sadly, it was the $599 model that got trimmed and there are no build-to-order options that allow a buyer to cut the price to a more reasonable level. Another disappointment is the fact that the $699 model doesn’t include an Apple Remote “” it’s a $19 BTO option “” but this is nothing new.
The 2.4GHz model sells for $699 and a $999 configuration ships with Snow Leopard server.
- ” 2.4 or 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo processor w/ 3MB shared L2 cache
” 2GB or 4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable up to 8GB
” 8X SuperDrive
” 320 or dual 500 GB SATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm
” NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics
” AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, Gigabit Ethernet
” (4) USB 2.0 ports
” SD card slot
” (1) FireWire 800 port
” (1) HDMI port and one Mini DisplayPort
” HDMI to DVI video adapter
” Combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack)
” Combined optical digital audio output/headphone out (minijack).
The new Mac mini looks great and the new top in design looks like a major improvement over the old enclosure that required users to pry it open with a spudger to install upgrades. Still, the integrated HDMI port and SD card reader are big improvements, and the look simply can’t be beat…
What’s your take?