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Apple Mac Mini (2006, MA607, MA608)

Apple Mac Mini (2006, MA607, MA608)
alaScore 84

106 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 106 reviews of Apple Mac Mini (2006, MA607, MA608). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the usability. The price also gets good comments, but views are divided on the size.

design, price, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Mini (2006, MA607, MA608) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Apple Mac Mini (2006, MA607, MA608)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (2006, MA607, MA608) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Mini Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz 512MB 80GB CD-RW/DVD OS XApple Mac Mini Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz 512MB 80GB CD-RW/DVD OS X

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Darren Murph (engadget.com)

Apple's Mac mini Core Duo reviewed

 

While rumors were a swirlin' in the days leading up to Apple's "It's Showtime" event, one thing we didn't exactly forecast was a refresh in the Mac mini lineup. Nevertheless, Apple bumped its most minuscule Macs by tossing in Intel Core Duo processors,...

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Jason Calacanis (engadget.com)

Mac mini user reviews contest: Win $500 in Mac mini accessories (or $500 in cash)

 

If we've learned one thing from our year-long adventure over here at Engadget, it's that our readers are really, really smart. Scary smart (and we're not just buttering you all up). We thought about hiring a bunch of folks to review products, but...

Mar, 2005

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Apple Mac mini (1.83-GHz Core Duo)

 

The Apple Mac mini has long ruled the compact PC market, maybe for too long. Even the fastest current mini has lost a little ground to the competition, from Windows PCs to Apple's newer iMac.

Compact, sleek, quiet, and relatively low-priced. Can use accessories from previous Mac minis. Dual-core performance. Performance improves with 1GB of memory.

Only Core Duo, not Core 2 Duo. No TV tuner. No keyboard or mouse included. Smallish hard drive.

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Mar, 2007

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini Core Duo 1.83GHz

 

Priced at $975, our HP Pavilion Slimline s7600e review system is $175 more expensive than the baseline $799 Mac Mini. We think that the added features--more memory; bigger, faster hard drive; media card reader; PCI slot; TV tuner; LightScribe DVD...

Compact size and great looks mean the Mac Mini can be put practically anywhere in your home; built-in wireless card; ships with same software bundle as pricier Macs; vocal Mac community means you can find help online for almost any problem.

Meager standard memory allotment must share resources with integrated graphics; no media card reader; small, slow hard drive; free phone support runs out after only 90 days.

The Apple Mac Mini is an unquestioned winner among budget desktops, but HP has a small-form-factor PC whose feature set will woo many would-be Mac Mini buyers.

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Matt Elliott (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini Core Duo (1.83GHz) review

 

Lost among the news of the emergence of the Intel-based Mac Pro and the iMac getting a boost with new Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs was the Mac Mini receiving a CPU jolt of its own. The low-end $599 model tossed aside its Core Solo processor for a Core Duo,...

Compact size and great looks mean the Mac Mini can be put practically anywhere in your home; built-in wireless card; ships with same software bundle as pricier Macs; vocal Mac community means you can find help online for almost any problem.

Meager standard memory allotment must share resources with integrated graphics; no media card reader; small, slow hard drive; free phone support runs out after only 90 days.

The Apple Mac Mini is an unquestioned winner among budget desktops, but HP has a small-form-factor PC whose feature set will woo many would-be Mac Mini buyers.

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Rich Brown (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini Core Duo (1.66GHz) review: Apple Mac Mini Core Duo (1.66GHz)

 

No other PC in its price class fits the affordable home-theater desktop bill as well; still the aesthetic leader; entry-level model now includes dual-core CPU.

Even more than with most Apple PCs, upgrades are limited and costly due to the small case; lack of DVD burner feels stingy.

If you're looking for a pure budget desktop and aren't too worried about looks, even this new updated Mac Mini with its 1.66GHz dual-core CPU is a hard sell. But if you want a small, innocuous computer for sending or receiving media or other files...

Oct, 2006

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini Core Duo 1.67GHz

 

Apple's new Mac Mini Core Duo wisely maintains the square, squat shape of the original (a 6.5-inch square that's 2 inches high and weighs 2.9 pounds). It's small enough to fit in any crowded entertainment center and portable enough to unhook and take...

Inexpensive; good choice for budget shoppers or people adding a second computer; Front Row media software and new ports make it more useful as a home-theater PC; easy to connect with an entertainment system; can run Windows via Boot Camp; attractive...

Video output to televisions shows poor image processing; Apple software still catching up to Intel processors; small hard drive; remote control has limited functionality; few upgrade options.

Apple packs more media-specific features into the Mac Mini to make an inexpensive and useful entertainment-room computer. It's tremendously easy to use, although it surprised us with poor image processing.

Mar, 2006

Expert review by : Rebecca Freed (pcworld.com)

Mini-Mac: The Smallest PowerBook Yet

 

Apple's subnotebook is a sleek, flawed beauty.

Apr, 2003

Expert review by (pcmag.com)

Apple Mac mini (Core Duo 1.83Ghz)

 

The Apple Mac mini ($874 direct) is still a triumph of compact design and a cool alternative to the tower PC. Other mini PCs, however, are encroaching upon what was once the Mac mini's sole domain and have worn down its edge a bit over the past year.

Compact, sleek, quiet, and relatively low-priced. Can use accessories from previous Mac minis. Dual-core performance. Performance improves with 1GB of memory

Only Core Duo, not Core 2 Duo. No TV tuner. No keyboard or mouse included. Smallish hard drive

The Apple Mac mini is still a paragon of design and functionality. But the competition both within and outside Apple has caught up to the mini in price, function, and attractiveness.

Expert review by : Jason Snell (macworld.com)

All tiny Macs now have Core Duo chips

 

Both of these new Mac mini models are good values, and Apple made an excellent choice in dropping the underpowered Core Solo-based model--the last single-core Mac in Apple's product line. As a budget Mac, a supplemental home computer, a server, or a...

Decent dual-core processor performance ; Gigabit Ethernet ; analog- and digital-audio input and output ; built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0 ; includes Front Row software with Apple Remote

Integrated graphics reduces available RAM ; not suitable for gaming ; RAM is difficult to upgrade ; not enough built-in RAM

The other half of the Mac mini product line, the $599 model powered by a 1.66GHz Core Duo processor, is largely the same system as the previous high-end Mac mini model; in reducing its price by $200, Apple has also swapped its SuperDrive for a...

Sep, 2006

Product Specifications

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes

Design

Chassis type:Desktop / SFF
Color of product:Silver

Energy Management

Power supply:110
Power supply input frequency:50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 950 / No
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.064
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel GMA
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.0625
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 950

Memory

Internal memory:0.5
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:2
Memory clock speed:667
Memory layout:2 x 0.5
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 0.5
Memory slots:2x DIMM

Networking

Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11g

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 393700.8
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Relative humidity:5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 47
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 47

Optical Drive

DVD read speed:8
DVD write speed:8
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-ROM

Other Features

CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:16
CD write speed:24
Compatible operating systems:Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Copper ethernet cabling technology:1000BASE-T, 1000BASE-TX, 100BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 10BASE-T
Dimensions (WxDxH):6.5 x 6.5 x 2
Double Layer DVD write speed:2.4
DVD rewrite speed:4
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Mac compatibility: Yes
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Maximum Resolution:1920 x 1200
Networking features:Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Operating temperature (T-T):50 - 95
Operating temperature range (T-T):50 - 95
Platform:Mac
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Speakers: Yes
Weight:2.89
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

Bundled software:iLife ’06, Microsoft Office 2004, iWork (30-day trial), Big Bang Board Games, Comic Life, Omni Outliner, Apple Hardware Test
Display included: No
Handheld remote control: Yes

Performance

Product type:PC

Ports & interfaces

DVI port: Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
TV out:Y
TV out port:Composite, S-Video
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4

Power

Power supply:110
Power supply input frequency:50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240

Processor

Number of processors installed:1
Processor cache:2
Processor cache type:L2
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Core™ Duo
Processor frequency:1.66 / 1.83
Processor front side bus:667

Software

Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

Storage

Card reader integrated: No
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:80
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Total Storage Capacity:60 / 80

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:6.5
Height:2 / 2.01
Weight:2.89
Width:6.5