Apple should have called the new 1.4″ Mac Mini the “Apple TV 2”, because they definitely had home entertainment in mind when they redesigned their popular sub-$1000 desktop.
The new Mini is encased in a unibody aluminum enclosure (like the back of the iPad) and features a slew of outputs on the back, including:
- Mini DisplayPort
- 4 USB 2.0 ports
- SD card reader
All of these outputs mean you can hook the Mini up to any HDTV or HD computer monitor and get incredible audio and video via streaming services or local content. The new Mac Mini also features easily upgradable RAM up to 8GB via a slide-out bottom panel, a 2.4 or 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, up to 500GB of internal memory and a NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor.
Unfortunately, along with these significant upgrades came a price bump of $100, so now the Mac Mini costs $699 as opposed to $599, but considering what you’re getting, it’s still a steal.