Apple Mac Mini | DC i5 1.4GHz | 4GB | 500GB | HD Graphics 5000
The Apple Mac Mini has a lot of power in tiny package so why not unleash it on your studio. No matter if you are looking for a small Mac to take with your from session to session or something to set up permanently in a smaller space the Mac Mini is the perfect little machine. Although this is not the most powerful Mac on the market you can still certainly use it for smaller recording sessions and projects.
This is the smallest footprint Mac in more ways than one. To start off it is tiny at just 19.7cm x 19.7cm and it weighs in at around 1.2kg. Because it is so small and light you can take it around with you no problem at all. This makes it the perfect computer if you want to travel between different recording sessions easily. It also runs on nearly nothing being one of the lowest power consuming computers in its style. So not only does it have a small physical footprint but an electrical one as well.
Power Beyond Its Size
This small and unassuming computer is much more powerful than it seems. Featuring a 1.4GHz dual core i5 processor and 4GB memory this is the perfect small project and everyday machine. Load up a DAW like Logic X or Pro Tools onto the 500GB hard drive and you will see that it can handle a lot more than you might expect.
Here's what Apple say about the Mac Mini
Mac mini features fourth-generation Intel Core processors, faster integrated graphics, Thunderbolt 2, next-generation WiFi and plenty of ports. Everything you expect from a Mac. And more.
Fourth-generation Intel Core processors. The little engine that does.
With fourth-generation Intel Core processors, Mac mini keeps up with computers twice its size. You can choose a 1.4GHz, 2.6GHz or 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5. Or go for an even more powerful 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7.
When you're using processor-intensive applications, Turbo Boost 2.0 increases the clock speed up to 3.5GHz. Hyper-Threading lets each core run two threads, so OS X multitasks even more efficiently. And an integrated memory controller connects fast 1600MHz memory directly to the processor, so it gets straight to work on your data. In short, Mac mini is a little box of vroom.
Every pixel comes alive.
Intel Iris Graphics and Intel HD Graphics 5000 deliver up to 90 per cent more pixel-pushing performance than the previous generation of integrated graphics.1 So the video you watch and the games you play are smoother and more responsive. Flipping through photo albums is a breeze. And now you've got all the power you need to edit your HD video into a film worthy of a red carpet premiere.
The fastest, most versatile I/O in any desktop. Of any size.
Thunderbolt 2 technology in Mac mini is phenomenally fast. The two Thunderbolt 2 ports on Mac mini feature dual 20-Gbps channels for data transfer. That's up to four times faster than USB 3. But beyond speed, Thunderbolt gives you unprecedented expansion capabilities. You can daisy-chain as many as six Thunderbolt devices to a single port. And since Thunderbolt is based on DisplayPort technology, Mini DisplayPort devices like the Apple LED Cinema Display plug straight in too.
USB 3, WiFi and Bluetooth. You're very well connected.
Plenty of ports make it ready for anything.
As powerful as Thunderbolt 2 is, it's just one of your options. If you have a third-party display, you can use the HDMI port to connect it. You can connect two displays to see more of your photos, films and documents at the same time. And a built-in SDXC card slot makes it easy to import those photos and videos from your digital camera.
With USB 3 built into Mac mini, you can connect your external hard drive and transfer large files in seconds instead of minutes. Every Mac mini comes with four USB 3 ports - with speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2 - and you can connect all your USB-compatible devices, including your iPhone, iPad, iPod or digital camera.
WiFi and Bluetooth.
Powerful 802.11ac wireless technology is built into every Mac mini. It automatically locates your WiFi network, so you can connect and start surfing the web, printing and streaming your music wirelessly. Bluetooth wireless technology is also built in, so you can connect accessories such as a wireless keyboard and mouse. WiFi and Bluetooth also make it easy to seamlessly share your work with your other devices using Handoff or AirDrop.
Bring your own display, keyboard and mouse.
Plug your own display, keyboard and mouse into Mac mini. Turn it on. And just like that, everything works together. That's one of the great things about Mac mini. You can mix and match it with almost anything.
Use Mac mini with third-party displays, keyboards and mice. It all just works.
No screen is too big.
It's easy to connect Mac mini to the biggest screen in the house - your HDTV - courtesy of a built-in HDMI port. All it takes is one HDMI cable to start enjoying films and TV programmes from iTunes, surfing the web and flipping through your photo library, all in brilliant HD. And when you just want to listen to music, you can play your entire iTunes collection through your home entertainment centre, or stream it to a set of speakers in any room via an AirPort Express Base Station.
- 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
- 4GB memory
- 500GB hard drive
- Intel HD Graphics 5000
- OS X Yosemite
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