Mac mini GETS!Published on April 9th, 2010.
So the computer I’ve been talking about is this, a Mac mini. I had been thinking about what to get for quite some time as my two-year old MacBook is starting to get on my nerves. Mainly because the fans go all hurricane as soon as you start watching a YouTube video in HD. It was a bit on the slow side, but served and will continue to serve me well for portable use.
So I just went down to the nearest Apple premium reseller the day after I decided to get one, and 20 minutes later I was unpacking my new baby. The fact that they don’t use plastic bags made me happy^^
The mini I got is the 2.53GHz version with 4GB RAM and whatnot. I’ve heard rumors about updates coming soon-ish (maybe this summer?) but I decided to go for it as I have no need for those rumored updates (like HDMI). And the speed bump is supposedly going to be a small one.
The box is nice as always, easy to open and well designed. The top part that says “Designed by Apple in California” contains the Snow Leopard CDs, manuals and probably some Apple stickers (I didn’t open it up).
This was my first time unboxing a mini, so I was pretty excited about it^^ Just remove the top part and there’s your new mini!
A shot of the back of the mini. 5 USB ports was also one of my main reasons for getting it, just 2 on the MacBook doesn’t cut it. I’ve had a USB hub of course, but that’s not really a good solution when you have to plug in USB powered hard drives and other things that should be using one port by itself.
This is all that’s in the box, no “lull lull” as we call it in Swedish, just the parts you need to get going and no mess. It ships with a Mini-DVI to DVI adapter (the mini has both a Mini-DVI port and a Mini DisplayPort). So now I have two of those, which is good since I need to take one with me when I’m on the go with my MacBook :)
Plugged in and ready to go in no time! I’m very pleased with the result, I have more space on my desk, it’s super silent and performs really well. It’s nice to have some more hard drive space too, 320 GB internal vs 80 GB internal in my MacBook makes a huge difference, even though I mostly store my files on the external drive. Haven’t really decided how to organize things yet though, with backups and everything, but I’ll think of something.
Oh and for the record, I’ve named it HARUMI (春美, beautiful spring). The MacBook is MASAMI, the iPhone is ERI, the external hdd seen above is MARIMO and my second external is EMI. Too geeky for ya? :P