A quick check of the blogsphere indicates that not many Mac fans are impressed by Apple’s update of the Mac mini and iBook lines. As a mainly Windows & Linux guy, I am though. Here’s why…
When I wrote about becoming a Mac try-er (vs. switcher) in –
Mac Mini Eye for the Linux-Windows Guy
– a number of people commented how I should have bought a higher end iMac or iBook/Powerbook.
Well, here it is months later and I continue to be pleased with the little first generation Mac mini.
The refreshed Mac mini $599 version now includes the once optional Bluetooth and Airport Extreme card.
Its RAM was also bumped from 256MB to 512MB and the upgrade to 1GB could almost (but not quite) be considered affordable as a factory install.
This is great since it means that a person new to the Mac line doesn’t have to consider any additions to the model to have a full featured wireless desktop Mac.
It makes it easy for a mostly Windows or Linux person to take the plunge and test the Mac OS X waters.
The iBook refresh impressed me even more.
Most people noted the RAM bump to 512MB.
But, take a look at the 14 inch LCD model.
The $1299 price tag now includes:
- 512MB RAM
- Bluetooth 2.0
- Sudden Motion Sensor
This mix of features gives it a leg up on the Windows based notebooks now available for under $1000.
The Sudden Motion Sensor is a great addition since this line is often sold to K-12 type schools.
I’ve been holding off waiting to see if the PowerBook line would drop just a little to make it a bit more affordable to me.
Now, the 14 inch iBook is a leading candidate as my next notebook.
What do you think of the refreshed Mac mini and iBook models?