Since day 1 I’ve been a big fan of the Apple Mac Mini computer system. I love the small footprint and the flexibility of bringing your own, pre-existing peripherals to the design (existing keyboard, mouse, monitor).

Today Apple bounced the online Store a few times; we were all expecting to see the pre-order for the new iPhone4 (see my post here on my experience this morning living through that), but to our surprise there was an updated Mac Mini released as well.

They’ve taken the little computer and wrapped it in a very sharp aluminum enclosure and fit all the componentry into a 1.4-inch unibody construction case (very similar to the new Macbook laptops).

With the redesign, they’ve also taken away the dreaded power brick. Now, similar to the AppleTV, the power cord plugs directly into the backside of the Man Mini.

Answering the request of many users of the original Mini, Apple has loaded the back of this new model with all the ports necessary to be truly usable, and expandable. The addition of an HDMI port for connectivity to an HDTV is great, but the addition of a built-in SD card slot is even more convenient and useful as users transfer digital camera data to the Mini (or use the SD-slot, with a big enough card, as a Time Machine archival device).

From a design perspective, Apple finally got it right and there is no more voiding your warranty when you want to upgrade RAM on the Mac Mini. With the removable top, you can quite easily upgrade from the default 2GB of RAM up to the maximum of 8GB

Core Specs:

  • 2.4GHz or 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Due processor
  • 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache
  • 1066MHz frontside bus
  • 2GB of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; upgradeable to 8GB | 2 SO-DIMM slots
  • NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM
  • 320GB or 500GB SATA drive
  • 8x slot-loading SuperDrive
  • 802.11n WiFi integrated
  • One FireWire 800 port
  • Four USB 2.0 ports
  • SD card slot
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR integrated
  • 10 / 100 / 1000BASE-T Ethernet

Pricing is $699 for the 2.4GHz, 320GB HDD, 2GB RAM model and $999 for the 2.66GHz, dual 500GB HDD, 4GB  RAM model.

Click here to go directly to the Apple Store.