Mac mini

Mac mini Index

Mac mini

The Mac mini was both the smallest Mac ever sold and the least expensive. Introduced in January 2005, the Mac mini is now on its third revision:

  1. Mac mini G4 (Jan. 2005): 1.25 GHz and 1.42 GHz, 256 MB RAM, Combo drive standard, 32 MB video RAM.
  2. Revision B: same speeds, 512 MB RAM standard, Bluetooth 2.0 and AirPort Extreme standard on 1.42 GHz models, 4x SuperDrive configuration added.
  3. Mac mini, Late 2005: 1.33 GHz and 1.5 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 64 MB video RAM. Top-end model now includes 8x SuperDrive. 5400 rpm drives now standard.
  4. Intel Core: 1.5 GHz Core Solo and 1.67 GHz Core Duo, 512 MB RAM, 64 MB video RAM (shared with system RAM). 4 USB 2.0 ports. Top-end model includes dual-layer SuperDrive. 5400 rpm drives standard.
  5. Core Duo, 1.66 and 1.83 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 64 MB video RAM (shared with system RAM). 4 USB 2.0 ports. Top-end model includes dual-layer SuperDrive. 5400 rpm drives standard.
  6. August 2007, 1.83 and 2.0 GHz Core 2 Duo, 1 GB RAM, 64 MB video RAM (shared with system RAM). 4 USB 2.0 ports. Top-end model includes dual-layer SuperDrive. 5400 rpm drives standard.
  7. Mac mini (Nvidia). 2.0 GHz, 1 GB/2 GB RAM (4 GB max), Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics, 5 USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800 (but not 400), SuperDrive standard, Mini-DVI and Mini DisplayPort, dual display support.
  8. Mac mini (Late 2009). 2.26 or 2.53 GHz, 2 GB RAM (4 GB max), Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics, 5 USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800, SuperDrive standard, Mini-DVI and Mini DisplayPort, dual display support.
  9. Mac mini (Mid 2010). New unibody design. 2.4 or 2.66 GHz, 2/4 GB RAM (8 GB max), Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics, 4 USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800, SuperDrive standard, Mini-DVI and Mini DisplayPort, dual display support.
  10. Mac mini (Mid 2011). 2.3 or 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 2/4 GB RAM (8 GB max), integrated Intel HD 3000 Graphics or AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics, 4 USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800, Thunderbolt and Mini-DVI, dual display support, no internal SuperDrive.
  11. Mac mini Server (Mid 2011). 2.0 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, dual 7200 rpm 500 GB drives standard with SSD options, 4 GB RAM (8 GB max), integrated Intel HD 3000 Graphics, 4 USB 2.0 ports, FireWire 800, Thunderbolt and Mini-DVI, dual display support, no internal SuperDrive.
back of Mac mini

2006-2007 port configuration (above) and 2009 configuration (below)

back of Mac mini with Nvidia graphics

The Mac mini doesn't include a keyboard or mouse. Instead, you can plug in your favorite USB keyboard and mouse - or buy one from Apple or any computer retailer. Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) even includes support for remapping the Windows alt and option keys to option and cmd.

Memory on the G4 mini can be expanded to 1 GB (there's only one memory slot, so if you upgrade, you have to remove what's installed), and Apple doesn't recommend that users upgrade RAM (although it won't void your warranty). The Intel-based mini supports 2 GB of RAM.

Any laptop drive should work inside the Mac mini, and capacities have reached the 160 GB level. Higher speed 7200 rpm drives can make the mini an even perkier machine.

With USB 2.0 and FireWire, it's easy to add all sorts of peripherals.

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