> Mac buyers guide: The Mac mini is Apple's least expensive Mac computer, but
that doesn't mean it's Apple's least capable
At $599, the Mac mini is the entry-level Mac computer. It's $400 less than the
next least expensive system, the MacBook Air. But that low price tag doesn't
make the Mac mini unworthy of consideration: It's still a powerful little
computer that's very flexible for many different uses, from general-purpose
desktop machine to media server to full fledged file server. Let's have a look
at the different configurations to make sense of what Apple's offering.
## Comparing Mac mini models
All Mac minis look alike: They're 7.7 inches on a side and 1.4 inches tall,
and weigh about 2.7 pounds. Like other Macs, Mac minis lack an internal
optical drive - one of the reasons they're so short.
All Mac minis also come equipped with the same features: Gigabit Ethernet,
FireWire 800, HDMI, a single Thunderbolt port, four USB 3 ports, audio in and
audio out jacks and an SDXC card slot, all on the device's back side.
For $599, you get a system equipped with a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel i5
processor, 4 GB ...