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CNET posts review of new entry-level Mac mini
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That review is very biast towards windows PCs. First of all, they only showed a bottom-line, off the shelf Mac mini with no BTO options. They didn't mention how you can get a 320 GB HD, 4 GB of RAM, and a 2.16 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo processor (this, by the way, is somewhat similar to the specs of the 2006 iMac.) It's obvious that they support PCs because otherwise they would've given a more of a fair review, and the higher end model with 2 GB memory and a 320 GB HD that's off the shelf for only $200 more.

1. Yes it is very biased. They should have compared with a studio hybrid.
2. I think the base model is what most people will be buying. The top model only adds a gig of RAM and 200 to the HDD. For $200. Total rip off.
3. That config would cost $1050.

In my opinion the only thing that makes sense with the mini is to get the low end and add 4 gigs of RAM yourself for ~$50. And if you need the extra storage, externals are cheap and there are 6 ports to be used.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think that the review was biased, given that it's written for PC users in PC World. I wouldn't expect the OS to be heavily considered, if at all, in such a review, which gets you down to the hardware. And the hardware is anaemic relative to bottom-of-line PC's. Where I do think it should score more points is for design and noise level, but those things don't matter to most PC owners any more than energy consumption does. The reviewer also doesn't take into account the low cost of HD and RAM upgrades, but I wouldn't expect him to since the average PC user wouldn't risk opening up a mini to do these things. So while I don't agree with the rating from the perspective of a Mac user, I think it's fair from the perspective of a PC user.
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