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Apple Hikes Price Of New Mac Mini By 30 Percent

Apple has released another upgrade to its Mac Mini just nine months after the last update back in October 2009.

On the face of it, the upgrades are not so significant especially given that the price of the entry level model increased from £500 to a whopping £649.

The earlier model came with a 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB RAM and a 160GB hard disk drive. The souped up model cost £650, came with a faster 2.53Ghz processor, 4GB RAM and a 320GB hard disk drive.

Both of them came with the Geforce 9400M and a slot in DVD writer. The current entry level model now comes with a 2.4Ghz CPU, 2GB, a 320GB hard disk drive and the new Geforce 320M graphics plus Snow Leopard for the price of the former souped-up Mac Mini circa 2009.

Upgrading your Mac Mini to 4GB with a higher speed processor (2.66GHz) and a bigger hard drive (500GB) and adding a keyboard, a mini display port to VGA adaptor and a mouse pushes the price of the Mac Mini to a jaw dropping £1017.

At which point, we sincerely believe that it makes more sense for anyone to buy an iMac or a Macbook for the same amount of money. Alternatively, get the Mac Mini with the Snow Leopard Server at £929 but this one doesn't have an optical drive though.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.