Apple Mac Mini

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Apple Mac mini

features an all-new, 3.6 cm-thin aluminium enclosure. It’s called the unibody — a seamless enclosure carved from a single, solid block of aluminium. The unibody construction was originally developed for

Apple’s MacBook Pro

. It’s created using computer numerical control, or CNC, machines — the same kind used by the aerospace industry to build mission-critical spacecraft components. This ensures absolute precision of every component of the Mac mini enclosure. Not to mention a stunning aluminium fit and finish that will make any desk proud.

It makes the most of every micron

You may notice something missing from this

Mac mini

: the power supply. Actually, its power supply is built in. So there’s no bulky brick, and there are fewer cables to connect. Which means

Mac mini

takes up even less space than before. A removable panel on the bottom of Mac mini makes upgrading the memory virtually painless. And once you’re inside, you’ll see how clean and organised Mac mini is. With attention paid to the tiniest detail. Like the air intake and vents. They’re practically invisible. And when the fan is running, you’ll barely hear it. It's kind of surprising how so much fits into something so mini.

Many Ports

Now Mac mini makes it easier than ever to

hook up to an HDTV or digital display using the HDMI port and Mini DisplayPort

. There’s also a built-in SD card slot so you can grab photos and videos from your digital still or video camera.

And even though

Mac mini is ultra-compact

, there’s no shortage of ports. Which means the possibilities are endless. When you connect your peripherals and devices to Mac mini, you’ll notice that even the back has been carefully considered. And on the front of Mac mini is the fast, slot-loading SuperDrive for playing DVDs and CDs — or burning your own.

The world's most energy - efficient desktop computer

What Mac mini doesn’t do could be its biggest feat. It doesn’t waste energy. When Mac mini is idle, it consumes less than 10 watts — a 25 percent reduction from the previous generation. No other desktop computer does that.

Mac mini is made from highly recyclable aluminium

. And its redesigned, lighter package makes it more efficient to ship.

Plays well with others - An incredibly compatible computer

If you already have it, chances are you can use it with Mac mini. Plug in your own display, keyboard and mouse. Turn it on. And just like that, everything works together. You can even swap peripherals with another desktop computer. That’s one of the great things about Mac mini. You can mix and match it with just about anything.

Mac mini comes to the big screen


easy to connect Mac mini

to the biggest screen in the house — your HDTV — courtesy of a built-in HDMI port. Plug in one HDMI cable and start enjoying content on your Mac mini in brilliant HD.

Like movies and

TV shows from iTunes

, the

Internet and your photo library

. There’s also a handy control that lets you easily

adjust the output on Mac mini

to fill even the biggest HDTV screen. And when you just want to listen to music, you can play your entire iTunes collection through your home entertainment centre, or stream it to a set of speakers in any room via an AirPort Express Base Station.

More memory, More oomph!

A little Mac mini goes a long way. With up to

8GB of memory

, Mac mini supports twice the memory of the previous generation. So now you can run more applications at the same time.

Mac mini is powered by a 2.4GHz

or 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, with a superfast 1066MHz frontside bus and 3MB of L2 cache for a nice little performance boost. Which goes to show that size can be deceiving.

Instant connection

The latest

802.11n wireless technology

is built into every Mac mini.

It automatically connects to your Wi-Fi network, so you can get right down to surfing the web, printing, and streaming your music wirelessly.

Bluetooth wireless technology is also built in, so you can connect accessories such as a wireless keyboard and mouse.

Highly efficient, built-in power supply


power supply for Mac mini

has been reduced from 110W to 85W and is now up to 90 percent efficient. Lower power consumption reduces energy bills and lessens the environmental impact of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. A built-in power supply means no plastic housing, less weight and less cable clutter. It also allows Mac mini to take up 20 percent less space and fit into smaller packaging.

Advanced power management

Mac mini is a great example of Apple’s energy-efficient design philosophy. It uses less than 10 watts of power when idle — a 25 percent reduction from the previous generation. That’s something no other desktop computer can do.

And unlike a lot of Windows-based PC systems, Mac mini uses energy-efficient hardware components that work hand in hand with the operating system to conserve power. Mac OS X spins down hard drives and activates sleep mode after a period of inactivity. It balances tasks across both central and graphics processors. Mac OS X never misses a power-saving opportunity, no matter how small. It even regulates the processor between keystrokes, reducing power between the letters you type. That’s just one of many ways Apple manages small amounts of power that add up to big savings.

ENERGY STAR qualification

Mac mini meets the stringent low power requirements set by the EPA, giving it ENERGY STAR qualification. ENERGY STAR 5.0 sets significantly higher efficiency limits for power supplies and aggressive limits for the computer’s typical annual power consumption. Mac mini doesn't just meet the ENERGY STAR requirements, it meets them with an 80 percent margin.

1. 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.

2. Wireless Internet access requires a base station or other wireless access point and Internet access; fees may apply. Some ISPs are not currently compatible with AirPort.