Apple Mac Mini Core Solo 1.5

Compact, Quiet, Well-Connected

The least expensive of Apple’s personal computers, the petite Mac Mini is a powerful and affordable option. Weighing in at under three pounds and standing less than an inch and a half tall, its compact size makes it a perfect choice for those with limited space.

This environmentally friendly desktop computer is an ideal option for a low cost server, home entertainment PC, and can tackle light to medium computing with ease. Apple touts its energy efficiency and advanced power management, as well they should given the Mac Mini’s surprisingly small footprint.

Mac Mini 2011_2With its speedy Intel processor and configurable RAM and hard drive options, the Mac Mini is a wonderful platform for general computing tasks, and can be configured to suit most non-standard needs. While it is not a viable choice for running graphic intensive software, its versatility makes it a practical option for professional and casual users alike.

As with most of Apple’s recent personal computers, the Mac Mini has become an effectively “sealed” design as of 2014, with the RAM soldered onto the motherboard and the chassis tightly secured to ensure it’s never opened. This prevents the user from upgrading the memory after purchase as was common with the previous Mac Mini models.

Compact, quiet, well-connected — the Mac Mini is just enough computer to get the job done.

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Full Technical Specs of this Model

The compact Apple Mac mini Core Solo 1.5 features a 1.5 GHz Intel Core Solo (T1200) processor, a 2 MB on-chip level 2 cache, a 667 MHz frontside bus, 512 MB of 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300) memory, a 5400 RPM, 60 GB Serial ATA hard drive, an 8X single layer DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive, and an Intel GMA950 graphics processor with 64 MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory.

Connectivity includes four USB 2.0 ports, DVI (DVI-to-VGA adapter included) and Firewire 400, combined optical digital audio input/audio line in and combined optical digital audio output/headphone jacks, a 10/100/1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet port, and built-in AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. It does not have an internal 56k modem, but an external Apple USB Modem is optional.

The internal components are cleverly enclosed in a tiny and elegant 2.9 lb, 6.5 inch cube, two inch tall case with a built-in speaker and an external power supply.

1.5 GHz Core Solo (T1200)
512 MB 2 GB
Intel GMA 950 Integrated
Details: Also see: Why are “integrated graphics” in the Mac mini “Core” considered to be inferior?
64 MB 64 MB
Details: Apple reports that “memory available to Mac OS X may vary depending on graphics needs. Minimum graphics memory usage is 80 MB, resulting in 432 MB of system memory available” with the default 512 MB installed.
Single Display 1920×1200
Details: The DVI video output supports digital resolutions up to 1920×1200. Apple also reports that it supports the “20-inch Apple Cinema display and 23-inch Apple Cinema HD display; supports coherent digital displays up to 154MHz; supports non-coherent digital displays up to 135MHz.” VGA output (using the provided adapter) supports analog resolutions as high as 1920×1080. S-Video and composite video (to connect to a projector or TV) requires the Apple DVI to Video adapter (sold separately).
None N/A
Details: N/A
60 GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA (1.5 Gb/s)
8X “Combo Drive” None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: External Apple USB Modem (56.6k v.92) available for US$49. Gigabit Ethernet standard.
802.11a/b/g 2.0+EDR
4 (2.0) 1 (400)
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Cuboid Mac mini
MA205LL/A Early 2006
A1176 (EMC 2108) Macmini1,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1176 Model Number, the 2108 EMC Number, and the Macmini1,1 Model Identifier.
X 10.4.5 (8H1619) X 10.6.8
Original Price (US): $599

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