Apple has finally managed to upgrade the tiny, small form factor Mac Mini although the changes are not as substantial as for the iMac for example; one big difference though is Mac OS X Server coming to the diminutive computer.
The Mac mini comes in three flavours now starting from £499 which delivers a Core 2 Duo processor running at 2.26GHz, packs 2GB RAM, a 160GB hard disk drive, a slot in DVD writer, a Geforce 9400M and Mac OS X Snow Leopard.
For an extra $150, you get a slightly faster processor, twice the amount of memory and had disk storage.
The most interesting model though is the more expensive model, a £799 Mac Mini server which has two 500GB hard disk drive and a Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard, making it ideal as a media server tucked away.
Like for other iMac, the Mac Mini comes with a wireless 802.11n, Bluetooth, GbE, Combined optical digital audio input/audio line in and out, Mac OS X Snow Leopard and iLife '09. There's even an option for RAID5 data protection available on the Mac Mini server version.
The Mac Mini server appears to be a very appealing and attractive model which could possibly be used by small and medium businesses. Given that Mac OS X Server by itself costs a whopping £399, it looks as if it is an excellent deal indeed.