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Photos: Apple Mac Mini gets a refresh

Aluminium box computing at a price...
By Natasha Lomas, Contributor
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Aluminium box computing at a price...

Apple has refreshed its minimalist Mac Mini desktop PC.

The new Mini (shown above) is encased in a 1.4-inch-thick metal casing, carved from a single, solid block of aluminium.

The refreshed Mini has a faster graphic card - Nvidia GeForce 320M - than its predecessor and Apple claims graphics are now twice as speedy as the earlier generation.

On the front of the 7.7 x 7.7 x 1.4-inch device is a single slot for playing and burning CDs and DVDs.

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The back of the device has more holes than a Swiss cheese, however, including four USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 800 port, and an SD card slot.

There's also an HDMI port and Mini DisplayPort for hooking the Mini up to an HDTV or digital display.

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The bottom of the Mac Mini sports a black, circle-shaped removable panel designed to make manual memory upgrades easier.

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By turning the disk to the left the panel can be lifted off...

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...to reveal the guts of the Mini (shown above).

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Here's a close-up of the Mac Mini's interior. The device comes with 2GB or 4GB of memory, depending on price, but can be upgraded to accommodate 8GB.

The Mini runs Mac OS X Snow Leopard and packs either a 2.4GHz or 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor - costing either £649 or £929 respectively.

The more expensive Mini runs Snow Leopard Server, which Apple is targeting at SMEs.

Photo credit: Natasha Lomas/silicon.com

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