Apple, as it usually likes to emphasize when it releases new computers into the eager hands of fans, designs Macs that are typically a little more eco friendly then counterparts running Windows and other operating systems. While no computer is 100 percent green, one of the latest ones from this manufacturer is slowly inching in that direction.
Apple is calling its new Mac mini, with a starting price of around $600, the most energy efficient desktop computer out there. While that remains to be seen, what we can say of the Mac mini is that it meets energy efficiency requirements for Energy Star 5.2 and that it is also EPEAT Gold rated. It is described as having a “recyclable aluminum enclosure, PVC-free components and cables, no brominated flame retardants and features material-efficient system and packaging designs.”
Beyond the green features this Mac mini comes with Mac OS X Lion, the latest major release of Mac OS X. It is available in three configurations, including what Apple says are the latest dual-core Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processors, AMD Radeon HD 6630M discrete graphics, or a quad-core Intel Core i7 powered server configuration.
The Mac mini is also certainly on the mini side, measuring 7.7-inches square and 1.4-inches thin. It works with Thunderbolt I/O technology, and can be configured with up to 8 GBs of memory, a faster 7200 RPM hard drive and a 256GB solid state drive. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and four USB ports.