New Mac Products: Underperforming Minis But Good iMacs and Mac Pros

New Mac Products: Underperforming Minis But Good iMacs and Mac Pros

Range Govindan
Mar 5, 2009

After having released new MacBook Pros, the tech world was buzzing with the latest products from Apple which have just been released through the Mac Store. The desktop Mac Pro receives an update, as well as the whole iMac line. We are also getting a new Mac Mini. Things couldn't be better, right? Or maybe you're just like me and can't stop obsessing about a new 17-inch MacBook Pro and all of its multi-touch gigantic screen goodness.

The new Mac Mini has a faster processor and is available with larger HDs. 320GB will set you back about $800 and 120GB will cost you $600. One of the more important features is that the Mini as now five USB ports at the back, making it easier to plug in all of your peripherals and networked HDs. For what it is, the Mini is still overpriced and underfeatured. You can create your media PC in a small form factor cheaper and better for the same price.

The new Nehalem-based Mac Pro features a quad-core processor or a dual quad-core processors. Both are available starting at $2,500. The octo-core version will set you back $3,300. Naturally, these are just the initial prices. It's been a long time coming since Intel released these chips.

iMacs have double the storage, double the RAM and are have got an optical drive from a laptop, giving it a smaller form factor. I do agree that these drives are useful, but I can't remember the last time I used mine. For $1,500, you'll get the 24-inch iMac with 4GB of RAM and a 1TB HD. That's good value. Instead of coming with a full keyboard, Apple has released a new smaller keyboard, without a numeric keypad.

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