Apple Mac Mini (Spring 2010) comparison

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Apple Mac Mini (Spring 2010)

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Price $1,299 at 1 store $549 to $594 at 3 stores $364 to $412 at 6 stores
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3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.2 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
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Release date June 15, 2010 September 11, 2012 June 21, 2012 October 27, 2009
The Bottom Line Apple's new Mac Mini includes an elegant new design and some long asked-for features, including HDMI output and user-accessible memory. The system still faces a value challenge for its given specs, but Apple has done enough to improve the Mac Mini's appeal for Apple loyalists and design fans looking for a living room computer. With or without its new Fusion hybrid drive, Apple finally has a Mac Mini that competes well against mainstream Windows PCs in the same price range.

Basic specs

Features See What's the Same or What's different
Audio Output Integrated - Stereo
Integrated - Stereo
Integrated
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Type Personal computer
Personal computer
Personal computer
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Storage Controller Serial ATA ( Serial ATA-300 ) ; None
Serial ATA ( Serial ATA-300 ) ; None
Serial ATA ( Serial ATA-300 )
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Optical Storage (2nd) None
None
None
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Optical Storage DVD±RW (±R DL)
None
None
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Hard Drive 1 x HDD 320 GB - Serial ATA-300 - Serial ATA
500 GB
1 x HDD - Serial ATA-300 - Serial ATA
1 x HDD 320 GB - Serial ATA-300 - Serial ATA
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Processor 1 x Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz ( Dual-Core )
Intel 3rd Gen Core i5
1 3 2.5 GHz ( 3.1 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
1 x Intel Atom D425 / 1.8 GHz
Intel Core2 Duo 3.33 GHz
RAM 2 GB (installed) / 8 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1066 MHz - PC3-8500
4 GB
16 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1600 MHz
2 GB (installed) / 4 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 800 MHz
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Cache Memory 3 MB L2 cache
3 MB L3 cache
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Dimensions (WxDxH) 7.8 in x 7.8 in x 1.4 in
7.8 in x 7.8 in x 1.4 in
7 in x 8.8 in x 1.1 in
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Hard Drive (3rd) None
None
None
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Weight 3 lbs
2.7 lbs
2.6 lbs
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Monitor none.
none.
none.
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Packaged Quantity 1
1
1
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Graphics Controller NVIDIA GeForce GT 320M Shared video memory (UMA)
Intel HD Graphics 4000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
Intel GMA 3150 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 4.0
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Storage Removable None
None
None
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Networking Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
IEEE 802.11a
Fast Ethernet
Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11g
Bluetooth 4.0
IEEE 802.11a
Fast Ethernet
Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11g
Fast Ethernet
Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11g
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Product Form Factor Desktop slimline
Desktop slimline
Mini desktop PC
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Product Description Apple Mac mini Mac Mini (Spring 2010)
- Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz - 2 GB - 320 GB - none.
Apple Mac mini Mac Mini (fall 2012) - 3rd Gen Core i5 - 4 GB
2.5 GHz - 500 GB - none.
ASUS Eee Box EB1007P - Atom D425 1.8 GHz - 2 GB - 320 GB - none.
- Core2 Duo 3.33 GHz
Operating System Apple MacOS X 10.6
Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
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