Apple Mac Mini: Smaller, More Stylish - and Cheaper Than a PC?

Hardware Configuration, Continued

Apple has also taken a very progressive approach where the video output is concerned, opting for the more modern DVI interface instead of the aging VGA connector. Thanks to the DVI->VGA adapter Apple ships with the mini, users can also still hook up their analog monitor as well - again tying in with the "BYODKM" theme. Of course, on a display that offers both the digital and the analog connector, it makes more sense to use the DVI connection. On the whole, the integrated graphics solution is sufficient for all 2D and 3D applications. Don't expect high 3D performance, though - you're bound to be disappointed, as the limits of the mini's Radeon 9200 (32 MB) are quickly reached.

Interfaces like Firewire, USB 2.0, a network port, modem jack, and audio are standard fare - nonetheless, on a PC of such minute dimensions, their inclusion deserves mention. The combined Bluetooth / WLAN module, another BTO option, might also be an interesting choice.

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Available as an option: the combined WLAN and Bluetooth module for $100.

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  • tipoo
    the new mac mini is confirmed to use the Atom 333 processor on Nvidia's Ion platform...wouldn't this be a huge leap BACKWARDS in performance? please let me know if im missing something here.
  • krazyderek
    ummm dude.... 1. this article is 4 yrs old 2. the new mac mini's Q1 2009 are core 2 duo