Apple’s long suffering under-powered Mac Mini is a strange thing, to say the least. Possibly Apple’s most copied design by other PC manufacturers, true Mac users always saw the Mini as an attempt to offer an easy entry point for dubious Windows exiles.
But today the Mini earns its stripes, no longer the Mac lineups only white brethren. The new Mini is thinner, gets its own aluminum unibody and loses the heavy power brick that trailed behind it like a ball and chain.
The new Mini also gains an HDMI port, a nod to the many users who have adapted Apple’s smallest offering as a media server. It also gains an SD card slot, Firewire 800 and a 7200 RPM hard drive, a nice little boost for those using the Mac Mini as a server.
The Mini still boasts a low entry price point at $749, with the Snow Leopard Server model starting at $1099.
All in all its clear that Apple wants to keep the Mac Mini around. While the Mini will never be what some people want it to be, this is a huge update to a popular, affordable Mac that has plenty of uses around any home or small office.