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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.

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

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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