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The Apple Mac mini, launched on Monday, is aimed at homes and small businesses. It adds an HDMI digital media port for TV use at home, and there's a 1TB version with Snow Leopard Server for organisations. Both models now come in a smart aluminium unibody, and an optical drive slot sits at the front for non-server versions, which start at £649 including VAT. The server version — available from £929 including VAT — drops the optical drive to make room for two 500GB hard disks. As the power supply is now internal, the retail packaging is a lot smaller.
You get a power lead and an HDMI-to-DVI adapter in the box, and that's all. The Mac mini remains compatible with the Apple remote control, but this is now extra. The brushed aluminium finish elicited strong positive responses from Apple enthusiasts in the office: it will also help to cool the unit — especially useful given the internal power supply.