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  1. KSBAY says:
    200 of 214 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good MAC MINI!, July 23, 2011
    By 
    KSBAY

    This review is from: Apple Mac Mini MC815LL/A Desktop (NEWEST VERSION) (Personal Computers)

    The Mac Mini has been updated on July 20th 2011. It no longer includes an optical drive. The price has also been reduced by $100. There are some major upgrades and minor changes between the 2011 base Mac Mini and 2010 model which I’ve detailed below.

    Major Upgrades

    2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor – a major upgrade over 2010’s model which used the antiquated Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

    Intel HD Graphics 3000 integrated graphics processor – An upgrade but not really as benchmarks show that the I.G 3000 is worse or at best equal to the Nvidia 320m integrated graphics processor in last years model.

    Thunderbolt port – a super fast data transfer port. Data transfer speeds (in daily use) are supposed to be as fast as USB 3.0 and firewire 800 if not more. As of now, no consumer level thunderbolt compatible products are available but should be available soon. The TB port also functions as a Minidisplay port. For connecting your Mac Mini to an external monitor, you’ll need a Syba High Quality Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter If you want to connect it to a tv, you’ll need a Kanex iAdapt MDPHDMIV2 HDMI V2 – Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter with Audio Support

    Bluetooth 4.0 technology – the latest version of Bluetooth. Useful for transferring data off your mobile phone and connecting other Bluetooth peripherals (keyboards, magic trackpad etc) to your Mac Mini.

    500 gb (5400 rpm) hard drive – last years model had a 320 gb hard drive. A minor upgrade.

    NOTE – the Mac Mini no longer has an optical drive (Superdrive)

    STANDARD FEATURES – from last years model (minor changes noted in brackets) are

    Unibody enclosure
    2gb of 1333 MHz DDR3 Ram – 1gb ram sticks x 2 (It supports up to 8 GB. In the 2010 model it was 2gb of 1066 Mhz DDR3 Ram.)

    HDMI audio/video output with support for up to 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution and multichannel audio output (HDMI to DVI output adapter included if required to connect to a DVI only monitor)

    Four USB 2.0 ports
    One FireWire 800 port
    Combined optical digital output/headphone output

    Secure Digital memory card slot compatible with SD, SDHC, and SDXC media
    Gigabit Ethernet wired networking (10/100/1000BASE-T)
    Wi-Fi – 802.11n specification; 802.11a/b/g compatible

    Software included is OS X 10.7 Lion and a 1 year warranty on parts and 90 day telephone technical support is standard.

    The new Intel i5 processor in the base Mac Mini is a speed demon, allowing the Mac Mini to obliterate 2010’s model in performance benchmarks as well as real world usage. The Mac Mini is excellent when it comes to watching full HD videos, working on documents, listening to music, streaming movies / music, surfing the web and other regular computing tasks.

    Something to be aware of though,there is no optical drive in this year’s Mac Mini. If you need one, you’ll have to purchase an external DVD drive and connect it to the Mini through one of it’s USB 2.0 ports. Apple expects you to download all software from the internet (Amazon digital downloads,Itunes Store, etc etc). Taking away choice from the buyer is never a good thing in my humble opinion.

    Apple is still including 2 gb of ram in this machine – which is shameful for a product being sold in 2011 but I’m sure they have their reasons (Upsell to the mid level Mac Mini or the Mac Mini Server. Higher profit margins. Etc etc) but this leads to a degraded user experience out of the box. I’d recommend adding 4gb (2 x 2 sticks) Corsair 8 GB DDR3 Laptop Memory Kit CMSO8GX3M2A1333C9 of ram if you want to multitask smoothly. It’s easy to replace the ram, just twist the bottom cover, open it up, pull out the old ram sticks and add the new sticks. (I suggest reading through the manual once before you do so though) Apple has also bumped up the hard drive capacity from 320 to 500gb but it’s still a 5400rpm hard drive. Another helpful way for contributing to a degraded user experience as programs take longer to launch.

    Thunderbolt is a good addition to the machine but as of now, no consumer level (affordable) Thunderbolt products exist. The products that do exist like the Apple Thunderbolt Display and the Promise Pegasus NAS Hard Drive Array, both cost $1000. The Thunderbolt cable itself costs $50.

    Last year, when I wrote my review of the 2010 Mac Mini. I said that…

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  2. Brian Stucki says:
    53 of 64 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Incredible performance., July 22, 2011
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    Brian Stucki (Las Vegas, NV) –
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    This review is from: Apple Mac Mini MC815LL/A Desktop (NEWEST VERSION) (Personal Computers)

    We’ve installed a good number of machines at Macminicolo, here is what we learned

    A quick list:

    The base mac mini now starts at $599. This is a $100 decrease from the previous base mac mini.

    The Mac mini has kept the same basic shape. You can still twist the bottom cover to upgrade RAM easily.

    Apple has eliminated the optical drive across the board with this release.

    There are a good number of build-to-order options. You can use SSD, upgrade any machine to 8GB of RAM, upgrade both internal drives for a total of 1.5TB. Amazon only offers the three stock machines.(But you can upgrade the RAM easily on your own.)

    The Mac mini has left the Core 2 Duo family and now uses Intel i5 and i7 processors. A significant upgrade. In some cases doubling the performance.

    The RAM has changed from PC8500 DDR3 1066MHz to PC10600 DDR3 1333MHz.The Apple avilable limit is 8GB, but we’re hoping to test 16GB soon.

    The Mac mini gains Thunderbolt. This will be a huge deal eventually as more ThunderBolt Accessories are released.

    The mini machine still uses a ridiculously small amount of power and is nearly silent in operation.

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  3. Hasodi says:
    44 of 54 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good upgrade – UPDATE, July 22, 2011
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    Hasodi

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    This review is from: Apple Mac Mini MC815LL/A Desktop (NEWEST VERSION) (Personal Computers)

    This is a great upgrade to the last model. I bought the 2GB base model with a side of Corsair 8GB ram kit. I am liking Mac OS X v10.7 Lion but I would like to try installing Windows 7 on here with an external dvd drive (Bootcamp). The sandy bridge chipset works wonders for video encoding. The exclusion of an optical drive was not a big issue for me as I like to use flash media anyways.

    Wish it had USB 3.0 but we can’t have it all. At least it has bluetooth 4.0 and gigabit ethernet.

    UPDATE

    I was able to install Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit onto this mini with no need for an optical drive. I used a flash drive and an offical Microsoft Windows 7 iso file.
    Using BOOTCAMP you can switch from either OS.

    Windows Experience Index
    6.9 Processor
    7.4 Memory (Corsair 8GB ram kit)
    6.3 Graphics
    6.3 Gaming Graphics
    5.9 Primary Hard Disk

    I can play youtube 1080 fine with flash player installed and Netflix works good with silverlight installed. I am not sure how much this will matter, but with the stock 2GB of ram I think the Intel HD shared 288 MB of ram with the system. After I installed the 8GB my Intel HD shared 512MB of ram with the system. This machine was not made for gaming but i checked out WoW and I got 30 fps on medium settings.

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