Cracking Open the Mac Mini 2011: Front
Unlike the 2010 Mac Mini, the 2011 model does not have an optical drive. Apple does sell and external drive, which could be used with the Mini. But, the absence of an optical drive highlights Apple's strategy of deploying software through the App Store.
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CharlesG1970 Wrote: "Wow it is like a laptop, but without the batteries, or the keyboard and touchpad, or the monitor. And it cost more... But at least it is portable ... Like a laptop. Unless you also need to bring the Power cord, keyboard, mouse, Monitor. Well sort of portable... Why do they sell this again??? " Wow, it's just like my older desktop computer, but without the keyboard (which I don't need) mouse (which I don't need), and monitor (which I don't need). And it costs less than a new tower and it's faster than what I have... Apparently they sell this because people like me will buy it.
Yes. It is like a laptop without the batteries and totally proprietary components. The only thing I would buy it for would be to make it dual OS boot PC, Windows and MAC. MAC to use the good APPs and Windows for the rest.
Wow it is like a laptop, but without the batteries, or the keyboard and touchpad, or the monitor. And it cost more... But at least it is portable ... Like a laptop. Unless you also need to bring the Power cord, keyboard, mouse, Monitor. Well sort of portable... Why do they sell this again???
I'll buy it too, and run internet tv through it. I'm going to ditch the DirecTV and/or cable. The interface looks ideal for a small yet powerful solution to run the system.
It actually starts at $400 less than Apple's cheapest laptop and is targeted toward people who want an inexpensive (compared to a Mac Pro) small footprint desktop or want to use it as part of their home entertainment system.