The Mac Mini: Get all the options you want, up front.

The Mac Mini is what the Cube should have been: small footprint, cheap, powerful and bring your own peripherals. One thing the Mini isn’t is user-upgradable and this is something to keep in mind when you’re buying it. The new Mac Mini has SuperDrive, AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth as build-to-order options, but you cannot install any of these options, or more memory in its single DIMM slot, by yourself after purchase. You can purchase your own parts, but you’ll need to have an Apple-authorized service center install them for you. This isn’t one of those “you might void the warranty” situations, Apple has the innards pretty tightly packed in that small case and one wrong move may break your Mini.


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