Apple Mac mini (MA205B/A)

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Apple Mac mini (MA205B/A)

Live the digital life in stylish simplicity - up to four times faster. Just 6.5 inches square and 2 inches small, Mac mini lets you have more fun with...

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Review of "Apple Mac mini (MA205B/A)"

published 19/04/2010 | bastones
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Pro Small and lightweight desktop Mac, cheaper than other Mac's, full OS X experience
Cons Cost of having to purchase keyboard and mouse separately - especially at £510 for a new Mac mini
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"A very nice Mac, portable desktop computer!"

The Mac mini is one of the most reliable Mac's I have ever come across; encased in a small form factor with a nice and appealing design - yet with having a processor that's really capable of multitasking tasks - the Mac mini really is a great choice especially if you are looking to purchase your first Mac.

This Mac computer is an older version that was released in 2006 and is a model that is no longer sold by Apple, as it has been succeeded by a better Mac mini model, which includes the latest memory, hard drive space and processor power you'd expect in 2010 and is still relatively priced affordably, considering where Mac computers are concerned. This older model I am reviewing can still be bought on eBay from those that wish to sell their older Mac mini (i.e. this one) to upgrade to a newer Mac, in some cases. This older Mac can still run the latest and greatest version of Apple's Mac operating system, Mac OS X version 10.6 (called Snow Leopard) - which is an added bonus of why buying a used Mac mini like this one is a great saving. If you intend to buy a cheaper Mac mini from eBay, make sure it has an Intel processor (it should clearly state this in each listing on eBay from sellers). Apple, back in 2006, switched from PowerPC to Intel processors (which most of the rest of the industry uses then - and also nowadays) and as of Mac OS X 10.6, only Intel processors are supported so it's important that if you buy a used / old Mac, to ensure it has an Intel processor. Also, in order to run Mac OS X Snow Leopard you need a minimum of 1GB RAM (or Memory, as it is also called) - this particular older Mac mini thankfully supports upto 2GB RAM and the particular Mac mini I purchased already had the RAM upgraded by the person I purchased it from - so another important factor if you intend to use Mac OS X Snow Leopard is to make sure the Mac mini has the required amount of memory. Generally, if you see an older Mac mini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, it will already have sufficient memory and an Intel processor!

Okay, the technical jargon aside - I see no need to purchase a new Mac mini, since the latest OS X is supported by my older Mac mini, and my Mac mini cost only £240 which was an absolute bargain considering the newer Mac mini's sold by Apple cost £510. The older Mac mini I have comes with 4x USB ports for mice, keyboards, USB drives, etc - and if you use an Apple Wired Keyboard it has an extra 2 USB ports on the keyboard itself - so in real sense, there are 6x USB ports available in that case. It also has WiFi built-in, as well as bluetooth so you can connect to your Internet broadband wirelessly out of the box - and it comes with built-in sound which is pretty good.

The Mac mini's design isn't much different to the current generation Mac mini, in that the top of the Mac mini has a white plastic coating, while the sides is anodized aluminum and the bottom is a smooth coating so it doesn't easily slide around as you place it on your desk, which is nice. The top part of the Mac mini has a gray Apple logo as well the bottom smooth coating with an embedded Apple logo in it. The Mac mini doesn't generally get too hot and has ventilation on the back where the USB ports are, etc but the bottom does get slightly warm during use - but nothing unusual. An overall very nice mini computer.

A full Mac experience with half the cost - I'm pleased with my purchase. eBay is a great way to get second-hand good-conditioned products provided you purchase from people with good positive feedback, etc. - and my purchase is no exception. I seriously do recommend the Mac mini - as well as for first time Mac users - as you get the full Mac experience with OS X installed with the ability to either use your own keyboard and mouse or use / purchase Apple's offering of keyboard and mouse.

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  • slayer1293 published 20/04/2010
    good review n yeh i agree with greenputty :)
  • bastones published 19/04/2010
    Your very welcome :).
  • liolia79 published 19/04/2010
    Well reviewed!
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Product Information : Apple Mac mini (MA205B/A)

Manufacturer's product description

Live the digital life in stylish simplicity - up to four times faster. Just 6.5 inches square and 2 inches small, Mac mini lets you have more fun with your music, photos and movies, more quickly and more easily. Mac mini makes it easy and affordable to work with digital photos, movies, music, and the web. And now it all happens with the blazing speed of the Intel Core Solo. Coupled with an all new architecture and the world's most advanced operating system, Mac OS X, Mac mini runs all your modern and innovative software, speedily. Mac mini also gives you plenty of room to grow, with more expansion options than previous models. Simply connect your digital devices, such as cameras, iPod, printer, camcorder or keyboard to the Mac mini over USB 2.0 or FireWire. Share files around your house at blazing speeds with built-in 10/100/1000 BASE-T Ethernet. Enjoy high quality sound on almost any speaker system with double-duty analog/digital audio. Record digital and analog sources through the line in, perfect for your latest podcast in GarageBand. Mac mini gives you built-in amenities you need to enjoy the digital lifestyle.

Product Details

Product Description: Apple Mac mini - Core Solo 1.5 GHz - 512 MB - 60 GB

Type: PC

Form Factor: Desktop slimline

Localisation: English / United Kingdom

Processor: 1 x Intel Core Solo 1.5 GHz

Cache Memory: 2 MB L2 Cache

Cache Per Processor: 2 MB

RAM: 512 MB (installed) / 2 GB (max) - DDR2 SDRAM - 667 MHz - PC2-5300

Storage Controller: SATA

Hard Drive: 1 x 60 GB - SATA 1.5Gb/s

Optical Storage: CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo

Graphics Controller: Intel GMA 950 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0

Audio Output: Integrated - stereo

Networking: GigE, 802.11b, 802.11g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Power: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

OS Provided: Apple MacOS X 10.4

Dimensions (WxDxH): 16.5 cm x 16.5 cm x 5.1 cm

Weight: 1.3 kg

Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

General

MPN: MA205B/A, MA205

Type: PC

Product Form Factor: Desktop slimline

Built-in Devices: Speaker, antenna

Colour: Anodised aluminium

Localisation: English / United Kingdom

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Core Solo 1.5 GHz

CPU Qty: 1

Max CPU Qty: 1

Front Side Bus: 667 MHz

Cache Memory

Installed Size: L2 Cache - 2 MB

Cache Per Processor: 2 MB

RAM

Installed Size: 512 MB / 2 GB (max)

Technology: DDR2 SDRAM

Memory Speed: 667 MHz

Memory Specification Compliance: PC2-5300

Hard Drive

Type: HDD

Capacity: 1 x 60 GB

Interface Type: SATA 1.5Gb/s

Spindle Speed: 5400 rpm

Storage Controller

Type: 1 x SATA - integrated

Optical Storage

Type: CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo

Read Speed: 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)

Write Speed: 24x

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed: 16x

Monitor

Monitor Type: None

Graphics Controller

Type: Integrated

Graphics Processor: Intel GMA 950 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0

Video Interfaces: DVI

Audio Output

Type: Integrated

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Networking

Wireless LAN Supported: Yes

Data Link Protocol: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Compliant Standards: IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED

Expansion / Connectivity

Bays: 1 (total) / 0 (free) x internal

Slots: 2 memory

Interfaces: 1 x FireWire - 6 pin FireWire ¦ 4 x USB 2.0 ¦ 1 x DVI-I ¦ 1 x audio - SPDIF input/line-in ¦ 1 x audio - SPDIF output/headphones

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Remote control

Cables Included: DVI-VGA adapter

Power

Device Type: Power adapter

Nominal Voltage: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Power Provided: 110 Watt

Operating System / Software

OS Provided: Apple MacOS X 10.4

Software: Drivers & Utilities, Apple QuickTime, Apple Hardware Test, Apple Mac OS X Mail, OmniOutliner, Apple iCal, Apple DVD Player, Apple Address Book, Apple Safari, Apple iChat AV, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive, Apple Dashboard, Apple Spotlight, Apple XCode Developer Tools, iWork (30 days trial), Front Row, Apple iLife '06, Freeverse Big Bang Board Games, plasq Comic Life

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year ¦ Technical support - phone consulting - 90 days

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 16.5 cm

Depth: 16.5 cm

Height: 5.1 cm

Weight: 1.3 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 10 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 5 - 95%

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