Excerpt: If you’re a PC user with a spare monitor, looking to dip your toe into Mac waters, the Mini is a nice introduction to Apple computers. All others, though, should weigh this tiny PC's value versus an iMac.
Pros: Very compact, Decent performance, Great connectivity for a tiny chassis
Cons: Keyboard, mouse, monitor not included, Not upgradable, Costly for what you get
Conclusion: The new Apple Mac mini has the Intel Core Duo processor, and adds Front Row, wireless 802.11g, and Bluetooth. It's a good fit as a media extender or a second system for living room or bedroom use.
Pros: Airport Extreme (802.11g Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR now standard. Compact, sleek, quiet, and low-priced. Can use accessories from previous generation Mac mini. Four USB 2.0 ports and an audio input (finally). Intel Core Duo processor.
Cons: No TV tuner. 512MB of RAM is good, 1GB would be better. Core Duo means some incompatibility with older software (such as "Classic" apps running OS 9.) No keyboard or mouse included.
Conclusion: The Apple Mac mini makes an attractive entry point for the Windows-to-Mac switcher, the Mac user who needs an upgrade from a pre-1-GHz Mac, or the user on a budget who wants a small, silent desktop with a really cool design.
Pros: Sleek design. Tiny chassis. Most affordable Mac yet. Built-in Bluetooth and 802.11g wireless available. Quiet, single-fan system.
Cons: Base price ($499) does not include keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, or wireless; RAM and hard drive space are barely adequate. No audio input. Limited internal expansion.
Summary: The ultimate small form-factor PC gets even better thanks to the addition of a high-speed, dual-core Intel processor and the latest chipset. It's the perfect machine for anyone who requires a second home PC, and is also ideal for those who want to jump on the shiny white Mac bandwagon without...
Pros: Excellent styling; quiet operation; value for money.
Cons: Graphics performance; lack of upgrade potential.
Summary: Apple's small form factor Mac takes a step forward, but not a giant leap
Pros: Excellent new processors, USB 3.0, Better integrated graphics, Faster memory, The 2012 Mac mini retains the qualities that endeared us to previous generations of Apple's small form factor Mac. It's very convenient; if you want to use the same computer at home and in the office, you can set up a m...
Cons: No optical drive, No discrete graphics, No media centre software, SD card reader awkwardly placed, Apple appears to be phasing out the optical drive. It was dropped from the Mac mini in the previous generation, and unsurprisingly, it doesn't make a return here. We miss the discrete graphics proce...
Summary: Sadly, there was no Apple Tablet in this year’s Autumn Apple harvest. Still, we’ve got plenty to keep us occupied: the new four-core iMac is a five star winner, and the unassuming but popular Mac Mini has been given a seasonal spruce up.