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January 12, 2005

Mac mini

I think Mac mini is a fantastic idea. It's what the Cube should have been. (Of course, one could argue that Apple's experience with the Cube, both its engineering and its marketing, was necessary to make the mini possible.)

Mac fans are pointing out that once you add the cost of a display, keyboard and mouse to the mini, you're up into the price range of an iMac G5, which delivers much better performance and flexibility. But this misses the point -- if you're in the market for a display, keyboard and mouse, this product is not intended for you. By design, Mac mini is nobody's first computer, and nobody's only computer. It's explicitly targeted at people who already have PCs that they have no intention of getting rid of (yet).

Computing platforms have always been viewed as an either/or proposition. With this product, Apple is trying to recast the question from "which one?" to "why not both?" If they were really smart, though, they'd offer a KVM switch as an upsell item (or a bundle) at their online store.

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There is indeed a KVM switch offered during checkout on the mac minis. At least there was last night, which I thought was pretty cool.

Posted by: Matt Haughey | Jan 12, 2005 6:07:31 PM

Huh -- I tried it yesterday and again today, and only got some dumb USB hub.

Posted by: jjg | Jan 12, 2005 6:10:41 PM

Odd, now I'm not getting it anymore.

But the belkin kvm came up on an order last night:

Posted by: Matt Haughey | Jan 12, 2005 7:17:03 PM

Don't forget all of Apple's, I mean NeXT's, experience with the NeXTCube. ;)

Posted by: Pete Prodoehl | Jan 13, 2005 7:25:16 AM

Cool... the mobo is slightly smaller than the mini-itx... but they don't mention, it is much more powerful.

Posted by: catmistake | Jan 19, 2005 4:30:53 AM

oh, this is (slightly) interesting...

how to open the mac mini:

Posted by: catmistake | Jan 19, 2005 4:35:39 AM

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