Mini Me? No! Mac Mini.
The Mac mini is the smallest Apple desktop computer,
weighing in at 2.9 pounds. The unreal size—and price—is a winning combination.
It’s certainly the most affordable way to get a Mac OS X-based computer
to date, and may just be the company’s next coup, after the iPod and its
spin-offs. Comparable in size to an external hard drive (or a medium-sized
book), the Mac mini stands 2 inches tall and only 6.5 square inches all-told.
The added bonus: It comes complete with iLife, a global collection that
features the latest versions of iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, and GarageBand.
One FireWire and two USB ports give users plenty of room for external
device use, when the stock model is not enough. The downside? Not much,
considering the low price. But users will need their own monitor, keyboard,
and other peripherals and will have to purchase them separately. Mac minis
start at $499 ($479 educational discount price).