Apple refreshes Mac mini

Apple has refreshed its Mac mini, with the diminutive desktop boasting increased graphics performance and improved green credentials.

According to the company, the new mini, available now, includes improved graphics courtesy of the NVIDIA GeForce 320M integrated graphics, which should mean a twofold leap in performance in graphics hungry applications.

The mini ships as standard with a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a 320GB hard drive and 2GB of RAM for £649, a princely sum for a standalone system without a display, keyboard or mouse.

The mini does, however, include features that will appeal to consumers using the device in the living room, including a new HDMI port for connecting up to a HDTV and an internal power supply that reduces clutter and, Apple says, reduces system noise by 20% over the previous model.

The aluminium casing is 7.7 inches square and 1.4 inches thick.

Apple Mac mini

Mac mini ships with Mac OS X Snow Leopard and iLife, Apple’s media suite and the new SD card slot enables transfer of photos and videos from digital cameras.

Apple also makes a big deal of the reduced environmental footprint of the mini, claiming that power consumption of 10W when idle makes it the most efficient desktop on the market.

Aimed at the small business market, the Mac mini with Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server features a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, two 500GB hard drives running at 7200 rpm, 4GB of RAM and supports unlimited clients for £929.

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