Mac Mini: Tiny, Quiet, Energy Efficient, With Lasting Value
Apple is showing up the Windows world: the new Mac mini with its ultra-compact exterior
The concept is reminiscent of the Bauhaus style of the '20s - simple shape, compact exterior, and a certain coolness of design. And, above all, no frills. However, the Mac mini's minimalist appearance belies the very high level of functionality it offers.
The little cube-shaped device could just as well be an object from the higher-end HiFi world. Yet the case, which is barely larger than a 20-disc DVD holder, houses a full-fledged computer, complete with drives and modern interfaces. The insertion slot for the optical drive on the aluminum-cased front of the mini is so unobtrusive that the new user might at first not even realize its function. Upon insertion, the disc is "automagically" drawn into the case, thanks to the slot-in mechanism within the Mac. An eject button is absent, though, and Apple has also decided to forego the inclusion of a blinking status LED.