Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 15th Jun 2010 10:03 UTC
Apple Apple have updated the Mac Mini. It now sports an aluminium (no, I am not going to spell it "aluminum") enclosure, an HDMI port, an internal PSU (no power-brick!) and oddly, an SD card slot in the back. There's also an access hole on the bottom to change the RAM easily.
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RE[6]: UK Price
by NeoX on Thu 17th Jun 2010 06:48 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: UK Price"
NeoX
Member since:
2006-02-19

Thank You mabhatter, that was well said. Every time Apple releases a new upgrade the trolls come out of the woodwork complaining that the Mac is a rip off and a PC is half the price.

Well sure you can get a cheap PC for half the price and that is fine. But it is not a Mac. There is only one Apple and you are not just buying an assemblage of chips and bits. You are buying fit and finish, highly engineered products with top quality Industrial Design and a level of high-grade that I have not seen in any other computer manufacturer.

Are the PC's you buy going to have an Aluminum enclosure that is manufactured in such a precise nature? No. Is the PC in this size going to have Bluetooth, 802.11n, gigabit Ethernet, IR sensor, Firewire 800, and dual video ports? No. You won't find these in any PC of this size because it does not exist. So while I would like to see it priced at $499, Apple has a right to make money too. Think about all the money they had to put into this in R&D.

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RE[7]: UK Price
by dizzey on Thu 17th Jun 2010 11:32 in reply to "RE[6]: UK Price"
dizzey Member since:
2005-10-15

well i just built some ubuntu dev boxes with core 2 quad cpus on a mini-itx motherboard. ok i will give that the case is a little bit wider than de mac mini case. but most people wisiting our office prefer it to the mac minis that we have.

so what will 400usd give
core 2 quad 2.4
integrated nvidia 9400
500gb hardrive
gigabit e
802.11n

no fw 800 and no cdrom but optical drives now days feels ancient

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RE[8]: UK Price
by NeoX on Sun 20th Jun 2010 16:12 in reply to "RE[7]: UK Price"
NeoX Member since:
2006-02-19

well i just built some ubuntu dev boxes with core 2 quad cpus on a mini-itx motherboard. ok i will give that the case is a little bit wider than de mac mini case. but most people wisiting our office prefer it to the mac minis that we have.

so what will 400usd give
core 2 quad 2.4
integrated nvidia 9400
500gb hardrive
gigabit e
802.11n

no fw 800 and no cdrom but optical drives now days feels ancient


Hardly comparable to what the Mac Mini is offering. FW 800 and Optical drives might feel ancient to you but many of us require them. So add in the cost of a commercial OS like OS X or Windows, add in FW 800 and a DVD burner, then were are you at? nvidia 9400 is also not as fast as the 320M.

I can buy what you had for $400 but the point is that it is not a Mac mini and it is not comparable to one, so that is pretty much irrelevant.

Personally I do wish the Mini was about $200 cheaper, but there is not much competition in this sector and until there is it is going to be a somewhat premium.

One thing people seem to forget is that an Apple is not a nameless clone thrown together by an enthusiast. It is a highly engineered thoughtfully designed system, like all other Apple's. In this case, you do get what you paid for.

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