Mac Mini Media Center
Using the Mac Mini 2010 as a Media Center
A multi-purpose device plugged in your TV is not easy to find. Imagine that you can read DVD, music, photos, but also surf on Internet from your couch on a single machine. If you are demanding, you would need to broadcast (cable, Satellite or digital terrestrial television) and to record programs. Read videos in high definition would also be very useful. It is possible to perform these activities on a personal computer, some call it HTPC. Network media tanks (like Popcorn Hour ), also known as “Multimedia Hard Drive”, can make a part of wanted tasks, it is sufficient most of the time. Some Broadband modems delivered by ISPs reach the level of service we are seeking, but without the freedom to configure exactly the regulations. The Mac brings a small thing moreover: ease of use and ergonomic. Mac Mini is thus completely adapted to this kind of use. In the absence of HDMI, something was missing to the previous version of Mac Mini. Apple TV is not rather powerful for the tasks normally planned for that purpose, and the version 2 of Apple TV is a closed box which misses flexibility. In its last iteration, Mac Mini connects directly to a television set, a best! Unfortunately, Apple charges expensively: 699$. Add 135$ if you wish a more powerful processor, and 90$ to double the RAM. The price fell, in October were needed 799$ to acquire the basic model. In recent months, the 2010 model lost his DVD player, as well as its graphics card ! Nothing insurmountable if you want to use this machine a media center , especially if your DVDs are in the cellar for a long time ... In the other hand the processor gains in power , the affected hard drive is now 1TB and RAM delivered is 8GB , more than enough. If you run out of resources, now Apple offers "low cost" Mac Mini for € 499 , however I do not recommend it because the processor is really too short to keep up (HD sound stream and Ultra High Definition).
Let's see how this small jewel works in a living room!
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