Apple's Mac mini hadn't seen a substantial update for about a year, but with Intel's Sandy Bridge-based second generation Core processor family arriving in 2011, it was only a matter of time before one of those chips found favor with Apple's tiniest desktop. The Mac mini design really hasn't changed all that much in the year or so it took the folks in Cupertino to swap out the Core 2 Duo for a Core i5. In terms of volume and dimension, it's almost exactly the same as the 2010 edition, but with a major addition—support for Thunderbolt... Apple's Sandy Bridge-Based Mac Mini Review
"I see this as the starter kit into getting in the MAC world and also a neat looking HTPC. I Like it, Its nice, but it is not for me. Excellent review."
Most of Apples products do indeed look sleek I give them that.
I guess that sort of answers my question about what CPU provided they were going to go with, although this is an entry level product one would think Apple might entertain a Fusion APU strictly for the graphics and power consumption.
Good review Ray
Excellent review, though the Mac Mini's are not my cup of tea but I am intrigued by the way that they put so much performance into a small machine...
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I started my Mac experience with a mac-mini years ago. It had the G4 CPU in it and was a good little PC. These new boxes actually look pretty good to me and if I had the cash, I'd get one of them. If I end up with the cash, I most likely will. There is nothing wrong with OS-X folks,....it does everything it's supposed to do quite well. I would never use it for gaming though.
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