Got some time visit Apple iStore near JP Nagar over the weekend. I have been thinking of changing the computer at home for a while now and decided to take a look at Apple Mac mini. As usual, the Macs rock! I really got sold for the whole concept and design of this small wonder in the very first look. This Mac Mini is such a small one, it made me recall my good old school days lunch box :).
Through these years, I have seen the Macs from the bulkiest size iMac to the sleekest Macbook Air. But, Apple Mac mini is certainly an out of box concept where in you can attach your own video display and the input devices. Just one small box that you can carry easily since it weighs so less, plug up accessories as you need and start using without any hassles. The best part of this small box is that, it comes with Intel Core 2 Duo processors. I am certainly tempted to get one of the Mac Mini soon. Here is a quick comparison between the two models available in Indian market under this series.
|120GB Mac mini (MB463LL/A)
|320GB Mac mini (MB464LL/A)
|2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
|2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
|1GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; supports up to 4GB
|2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; supports up to 4GB
|120GB Serial ATA; 5400 rpm
|320GB Serial ATA; 5400 rpm
|Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
|NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 128MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
|NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
|One FireWire 800 port (8 watts); five USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps); mini-DVI output; VGA output (using optional adapter); Mini DisplayPort
|Built-in speaker, combined optical digital audio input/audio line in, combined optical digital audio output/headphone out
|Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
|Built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi (802.11n); built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
|Limited warranty and service
|Mac mini comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan to extend service and support to three years from your computer’s purchase date. Only the AppleCare Protection Plan provides you with direct telephone support from Apple technical experts and the assurance that repairs will be handled by Apple-authorized technicians using genuine Apple parts. For more information, visit Apple support.
The mentioned price is as on today and it is just the base price, doesn’t include taxes and if you opt for any configuration different from the base config, obviously the price goes up. Additional options include: LED Cinema Display, Apple Keyboard, Apple Keyboard with numeric keypad, Apple Wireless Keyboard and Wireless Mighty Mouse; AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme Base Station, Time Capsule; Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, Apple USB Modem, Apple Remote, the AppleCare Protection Plan; and pre-installed copies of iWork ’09, Logic Express 8, Final Cut Express 4 and Aperture 2.
Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard will be the operating system in this box while the standard applications include Cover Flow, Mail, Quick Look, iChat, Stacks, Safari, Time Machine, Spaces etc., Ofcourse you will get iLife. But iWork and MicroSoft Office softwares would be 30 day trial versions. If you need full versions, it costs extra! There are a couple of drawbacks I could make out with Apple products in India. The warranty period is valid only for one year and any support there after costs really hefty! For such services one needs to take the product to the nearest service center and the time to fix the issue is subjected to availability of hardware components. There is no way to get these products serviced outside the authorized service centers as Apple doesn’t share any hardware and technical architecture. I will evaluate a couple more options before making a final call on what to buy. Any suggestions/feedback on this product from readers?