Even those who follow the evolution by years Apple is often surprised in the face of dynamic update the products of the California home, and instead have been involved in operation all three families desktop computers .
And there was Also a small update to the portable , though presented only a few month ago. The most significant for our readers , however, is probably the new Mac mini, machine was not subject to updates for 18 months ( a real record). To the delight of those who have invested in external drives and other accessories dedicated to the mini , the “new edition ” maintains the aesthetics and size the previous machine .
But inside , everything has changed . the processor is the Core 2 Duo 2 GHz bus to 1,066 MHz and DDR3 memory ( 1 Gb standard, expandable up to 4 of two slots) . The chipset , instead , it is the nVidia Geforce 9400M Manning Also the MacBook , and uses from 128 to 256 Mb of memory system for graphics. If only this change a fivefold increase in the graphics performance , just passable in the old model , and opens the machine many new possibilities of use, or as an average center for high definition , both even ( for the first time ) as game machine : Call of Duty 4 runs at 1024 x 768 35 fps on when not in the previous version not even started . Other improvements concern the connections , all panel rear . The USB 2.0 ports are now 5, and the Firewire port has become type 800 Mb . But the change is most striking about the ports Video : There are now two, one mini-DVI with Dual Link support and a mini- DisplayPort, which is now standard on all machines apple .
The ports are active at the same time , then you can drive two monitors at the same time . With the mini comes an adapter from mini-DVI to DVI but if your monitor is analog (or if you want to use port DisplayPort ) you should buy part of its adapters. other ports (Gigabit Ethernet , Audio in / out analog and digital ) is not were unchanged compared to the previous version of the machine. Other interior upgrades concern Wi-Fi (now ” n” backward compatible a / b / g ), Bluetooth ( 2.1 + EDR) and DVD burner , SATA now 8X double layer also in the model basis .
The hard disk , 2.5 “SATA , part of a blend of 120 Gb . A pernicious side effect of all these changes has been the increase 100 € the price of the model basis , increased little justification the light of the economies of scale allowed the unification of components among almost all the Apple machines. even less 200 euro more understandable asked for the model “superior ” which has the same frequency of the processor, 1 GB of RAM and 200 GB of more disk . Setting up the Mac mini is disarmingly simple : born to connect to the keyboard, mouse and video already in your possession , it has pre-installed Mac Os X and all programs in the iLife suite , a creative tool for use home that has no equal for ease of use, consistent interface and operational capabilities (or , if you prefer, the quality of the results obtained ) .
iLife covering needs such as archiving and retouching of photos ( iPhoto ) , video editing (iMovie ) the creation of music ( GarageBand ) and its storage / purchase (iTunes ), the recording DVD ( iDVD ) and the realization Web sites also present BootCamp , which converts the mini a Windows PC compatible ( However, you must also purchase a copy of the operating system Microsoft). When you first start , the mini allows you to transfer you programs and settings found on another Mac , or , alternatively, guide the user step by step in setting connections , email accounts electronics and everything else goes configured : the practice within a quarter of an hour it was fully operational. Despite the increased performance , the new model remains and more silent as the previous one. In fact , inside it produces less heat and consumes less energy than before .
Yet the fluidity Use the “Finder” (the interface of system ) is much improved , as well as the reactivity of programs heavy as iMovie and Front Row the software ” media center ” of Apple. Too bad that the remote control does not longer be supplied as standard …
Model MB463xx/A 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo/1 GB DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-8500)/120 GB HD/SuperDrive/GeForce 9400M/AirPort & Bluetooth Built-in
- Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard (includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools)
- iLife ’09 (includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
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