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Apple Mac Mini (2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

The lower-cost Mac Mini offers respectable budget performance and Apple's usual compelling design, but a puny hard drive and a lack of HDMI hurt this system's value and overall potential. It's actually more versatile next to its budget-priced Windows competition than the higher-end Mac Mini, but this entry-level Mac is still best left to Apple loyalists.

January 20, 2010

3 stars Editors' rating January 20, 2010

MSRP: $599.00

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Apple Mac Mini (2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

With strong competition among small PCs on the Windows side of the aisle, the latest Mac Mini faces a greater challenge than older models. If you demand a small, relatively affordable Mac, we suppose the Mac Mini is your only option. Otherwise, you can find Windows-based small form factor desktops that offer more interesting features with better value.

December 15, 2009

3 stars Editors' rating December 15, 2009

MSRP: $799.00

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Apple Mac Mini (1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo)

The Mac Mini remains unique as the smallest mainstream desktop, but competition from Dell and HP has narrowed the competition. If your goal is saving space or running two operating systems on a single desktop, the Mac Mini is a contender. If you'd rather get the best deal, there are better options.

October 14, 2007

MSRP: $599.00

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Apple Mac Mini (2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo)

The Mac Mini remains unique as the smallest mainstream desktop, but competition from Dell and HP has narrowed the gap in features while also offering room for expansion, and at a better price. If your goal is saving space, the Mac Mini is a winner. If you'd rather get the best deal, there are better options.

August 26, 2007

3 stars Editors' rating August 26, 2007

MSRP: $799.00

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Get The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection (Win/Mac) for free!

No strings attached, other than the need for an Origin account. This bundle includes the game and a whopping 17 add-ons.

By July 28, 2014

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iPad Air 2, 12-inch MacBook, Apple 'phablet' coming, says KGI analyst

A flood of Apple rumors hit Wednesday on the back of a report from an analyst known for relatively accurate predictions of future Apple products.

By April 9, 2014

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Apple iMac Core Duo

Apple's Intel-based iMac Core Duo boasts an enviable combination of a first-rate design, an impeccable software bundle, and the newfound ability to run Windows in addition to Mac OS X. You simply won't find a more feature-packed, versatile mainstream computer.

January 19, 2006

3.5 stars Editors' rating January 19, 2006
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Get HitFilm 2 Express (Win/Mac) for free

This powerful $149 video editor lets you add a wide range of cool effects (blood spatter, anyone?) to your movies. Plus: a $100 image editor, also free!

By January 23, 2014

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Apple G5

The Apple iMac G5 gets trimmer and cheaper as it ups its performance and adds a handful of multimedia features, resulting in an all-around first-rate home PC.

November 15, 2005

4 stars Editors' rating November 15, 2005
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Apple Power Mac G5 (dual 2.7GHz)

Apple's latest high-end Power Mac G5 is a blazing machine that stands up without blinking to the best of the competition, but we're still annoyed by some of its shortcomings.

June 7, 2005

3.5 stars Editors' rating June 7, 2005

MSRP: $2,999.00