The cult of Apple worshippers will be happy to kneel before the altar of the Apple Mac Mini. There’s finally an Apple presence in the PC market dominated by Microsoft. Indeed, the Mac Mini has a lot going for it, including an amazing line up of components and a superfast hard drive. Let’s take a look at what Apple’s latest is all about.
If you’re looking for mega storage space, you should consider the Mac Mini. It looks the same as the two earlier versions but you’ll see 4 USB 3.0, not 2.0 ports, like in the previous devices.
The Apple Mac Mini comes backed up with some serious power- the Intel Core CPU is third generation and the hard drive is a Fusion hybrid. This means better speed and enhanced value. Even without Fusion, with just the 1 TB drive and the Core i7 chip. The new Mac Mini is a step up from its previous version.If you’re looking at the non-Fusion version, it’s a good choice too. If you need something better, you can always pick up a Blu-ray drive or a faster core and graphics card.
Apple’s also done a clever thing of using the FireWire 800 port here. This having removed it from the new iMac. One can assume that the company is looking to attract people who need the port. To make things more interesting, there are separate in and out jacks for audio.
But the hero of the device is undoubtedly the Fusion hard drive. Fusion is a combination of two hard drives- the 128 GB solid state drive, based on flash memory and the other the regular 1 TB, 5,400 rpm drive. Your advantage with Fusion is that it can move your data to the SSD for quicker access, in a seamless fashion. The mechanical drive is for mass storage.
In this idea, Apple isn’t doing anything unique. Windows already has its Sandy Bridge CPU but where Fusion wins is in its large SSD. Windows Smart Response Technology, to which Sandy Bridge belongs is somewhere between 32 to 64 GB. Apple’s is a whopping 128 GB, making it ideal to support dynamic data movement and the operating system.
The data movement is automatic and the moment you begin installing apps and data, the SSD is where all the system information goes to. Once this is filled, then the 1 TB gets used. After all this, Fusion decides which of the two is used more by you; it does this after you’ve accessed information twice- and it will replace a relatively inactive bock with stuff you need. This again, gives you better and faster access.
Fusion is also great for data writing, making it a lot faster. This is because the hard drive keeps a 4 GB space for all your writing. So even if you have a lot of information on the Mac Mini, your folders or different file versions will all end up on SSD. As long as you’re under 4 GB, you’re guaranteed a fast speed.
And that’s where the allure of the Mac Mini lies- its speed in file loads and transfers is brilliant. It has tons of connectivity options and comes with solid core components, making it an attractive buy.