What is the Mac Mini?
The Mac Mini packs serious power in its wee profile, but it’s often overlooked in Apple’s product line. This is because many consumers and tech reviewers tend to focus on Apple’s mobile devices like the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad which come equipped with Retina displays and multi-touch gestures.
The Mini boasts neither of those popular features—because it doesn’t have a monitor. This tiny box is just less than eight inches wide and a mere 2.7 pounds, considerably smaller than Apple’s other desktop models, the iMac and Mac Pro.
Priced at $599, the Mini is a great option for Apple fans who want to customize their viewing space with dual monitors or extra large screens. A $999 version with an OS X server is also available. Although the Mini is small, it’s baseline model offers the same processing power as the Macbook Pro and can hold twice the memory.
If you’re considering a Mac Mini, now is a great time to pick up an oversized monitor to pair it with thanks to pre-Christmas sales. You’ll also want to be on the lookout for deals on a keyboard and mouse. While these accessories are not included with the Mac Mini, they can be bundled into a package purchase through Apple.
The Mac Mini is Energy Star qualified and is also an ideal product for pairing with a home theater system. The device packs more power than Apple TV and boasts an HDMI port for use with HDTV.