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Buying a Mac desktop

Buying a Mac desktop

If you've got your sights set on a new Mac, here's what you need to know before heading to the store.

Thinking you might want a laptop PC, desktop PC, Mac laptop or Chromebook instead? Find out which kind of computer is really for you.

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Macs used to be the expensive computers that graphic designers and "creative types" used. Now they're a serious option for any computer user thanks to their solid constructionand easy-to-use operating system.

Of course, they're still on the expensive side, and there are quite a few options. You want to buy the one that's right for you the first time. That's where I can help. Let's take a look at your options and the pros and cons of each.

Mac mini

The Mac mini is easily the most economical computer Apple offers. The Mac mini is a tiny desktop that's smaller than a typical DVD player. However, it packs a lot of power.

The Mac mini can serve a number of purposes. The basic model may appeal to those looking for a simple, small computer. Home entertainment enthusiasts may also find it attractive for its included HDMI support. And there's even a server edition that works well for small-business owners.

The basic model starts at $600. It comes with a dual-core 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. The RAM can be upgraded to 4GB or 8GB and the hard drive to 750GB.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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