Aptly named, the Apple Mac mini is an ultracompact computer featuring the same easy-to-use Mac operating system as its larger iMac and Mac Pro counterparts. If you're unfamiliar with Mac computers but considering a switch from a Windows PC, choosing a new Mac mini is an affordable option.
The computer's small footprint fits almost anywhere you put it, while the sleek, low-profile design blends into your decor. The Mac mini is also extremely energy-efficient — going well beyond basic ENERGY STAR requirements — making it a good choice for a machine you intend to leave running.
Like other desktops, the Mac mini does not include a computer monitor. You also won't find other accessories inside its box (outside of the power cord). However, the Mac mini is compatible with almost any Bluetooth keyboard and wireless mouse, allowing you to customize your input accessories for style and comfort, without adding bulk or clutter to your workspace. If you wish to play physical DVDs or CDs in addition to streaming videos and songs, simply connect a plug-and-play disc drive.
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Despite its small exterior, this Apple mini computer is packed with possibilities. It features next-gen Wireless-AC networking built in, giving you wireless speeds up to three times faster than Wireless-N when using a compatible 802.11ac Wi-Fi router. With an HDMI cable, you can connect to your HDTV as an extra-large monitor, or even use your Mac mini as a dedicated home theater server for streaming your iTunes music and movie collection. Mac OS also includes a variety of apps for creativity and productivity, so you can get started right away without buying and installing lots of other software. And even though the Mac mini is a desktop computer, it's small and light enough to be portable.