Apple update Mac mini with HDMI port for HDTV connection

Hands-on with the Mac mini that lives up to its name

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Mini by name, very mini by nature

Apple has updated its range of Mac mini desktop computers, adding the HDMI port we expected to be announced at WWDC earlier this month.

The HDMI port that allows for connectivity and playback to HDTVs has been squeezed onto a new body less than half the size of the original mini released five years ago.

Check out our hands-on pics of the new Mac mini unboxing

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At just 36mm thick, the new Mac mini now sports an aluminium unibody casing with easy accessible to its innardsthrough a removable bottom panel that allows for simple upgrading.

The basic model, which costs £649 and is being marketed as the world’s most energy-efficient desktop computer, packs a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, Nvidia’s Gefore 320M graphic chipset and a 320GB hard drive into its tiny body.

Accompanying the new HDMI port ‘round back are four USB ports, connections for Ethernet and Firewire and the usual audio linkups plus an SD card slot, another first for the mini. The new Mac mini, which runs Mac OSX Snow Leopard, also hosts a slot-in DVD writer.

Another new edition to the Mac mini range is the SMB server version. Running a faster 2.66GHz processor and scrapping the optical drive in favour of twice the memory and two 500GB hard drives, the server version also replaces the desktop OS for a Snow Leopard server version. The Mac mini server edition will set you back a less than wallet-friendly £929.