• The Mac mini includes popular digital-media
platforms likes iTunes
, iPhoto, and iMovie that are easy to use, and
you can navigate digital content via the Front Row interface.
• The box has a small form factor (it measures 6.5 x 6.5 x 2).
• Ethernet, 802.11b/g, and Bluetooth are all included.
• You can mate this product with the Apple TV
to stream entertainment to separate zones.
• It is inexpensive compared with other media center options.Low Points
The Mac mini lacks TV tuners and DVR functionality, although you can
purchase TV content through iTunes or add third-party TV/DVR software.
This adds to your cost, though.
• Its storage capacity and processing specs are not as robust as other media centers.
• The box's connection options are limited.
• It does not include 802.11n, as the Apple TV does.
• The Mac mini does not currently support Blu-ray playback.Conclusion
the Mac mini, you can establish a Mac-based media-center foundation for
a fairly reasonable price and add features like TV tuning and DVR
functionality as desired. It makes the most sense for the iTunes user
who has purchased (or plans to purchase) a lot of music, TV shows, and
movies from the iTunes Store and wants to enjoy that content on his or
her home entertainment system, with computer functionality thrown in
for good measure. Mate this box with the Apple TV, and you've got a
convenient way to distribute A/V content wirelessly around the home.Additional Resources
• Read more media server reviews
• Learn more about the new Apple TV