The tiny Mac mini was perhaps the most neglected product in Apple's Mac line up. While every other Mac went through major exterior changes almost every year the Mac mini only received minor hardware improvement with the design mostly remaining the same over the past several years. This year, however, Apple gave the mini perhaps its biggest update ever as far as the design is concerned, with several important changes under the hood as well. Read on for the full review of this new improved Mac mini.
The new Mac mini comes with perhaps the least number of accessories after the shuffle for any Apple product. All you get is an HDMI to DVI adaptor and a power cable. The external power supply that was part of the older Mac mini's bundle is now missing, thanks to the internal power supply. It's a real shame though that Apple does not supply the wireless remote in the bundle. Considering the mini's potential as a HTPC a remote controller would have come very handy.
As with the older Mac minis the new one does not come with a keyboard and mouse as part of the package. So you either must get a new pair yourself or use the current one if you still have one. Mostly you would have a standard keyboard with you optimized for Windows based computers, in which case you will have to learn the keyboard commands that will obviously be different for the Mac.
It would have been so much better had Apple thrown in their standard wired keyboard and Mighty Mouse, which at the price at which the mini is selling, wouldn't be too much to ask for. Even the much cheaper Dell Zino HD comes with a keyboard and mouse as part of the standard equipment, not to mention a 17" LCD monitor.