AOpen mini a Dead Ringer for the Mac mini

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Date: Monday, December 12th, 2005, 13:29
Category: Mac mini

aopen-mini.jpgMacMiniColo submits this perfect example of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. In this case, AOpen practically cloned the form factor of the Mac mini – hell, they even completely ripped of the mini’s packaging. Should AOpen get a nasty Christmas card from the new, omnipotent Apple legal department? Or did they just coincidentally release a machine that resembles the mini? (Jobs to lawyers: “release the hounds!”)

I have good buddy who imports whoopie cushions, ab-burners and the cigarette lighters from China by the ship load. He explained to me “There is no copying in China. There is just very close, intense study of the things that are successful in the marketplace.” ….
We just got our hands on the AOpen mini PC, which bears a striking resemblance to the Mac mini.
A few hours playing with it under XP shows it to be a good little unit. Its a tad noisier and warmer than it the Mac mini, but all in all a good little unit. (Except it runs XP or Linux rather than OS X).

More side-by-side pictures of the *ahem* gross infringement at MacMiniColo.

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Mac mini Needs a Front Row

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Date: Monday, October 17th, 2005, 08:02
Category: Mac mini

After watching Tuesday’s festivities one of the coolest things I took away from the Steve’s presentation was Apple’s innovative Front Row remote control which turns any Mac into a media center

Apple Quietly Updating the Mac mini?

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Date: Thursday, September 29th, 2005, 10:24
Category: Mac mini

Mac miniOn 27 September 2005 AppleInsider posted a story about Apple quietly prepping an update to the Mac mini lineup. According to AI the new minis will jump to 1.33 and 1.5GHz with 5400RPM hard drives and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. The 1.5GHz model will get a 64MB ATI Radeon 9200.
DoubleB found some screen shots from someone who purportedly got a 1.5GHz Mac mini by accident.
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The Mac mini Size + Form + Quiet = Mi Musica!

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Date: Thursday, April 14th, 2005, 06:14
Category: Hardware, Mac mini

There are a number of characters and factors which make me appreciate my Mac mini. Read More..

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Mac mini as a Network Appliance

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Date: Tuesday, March 29th, 2005, 10:05
Category: Hardware, Mac mini

Mac mini backplane
In case you can’t tell, the PowerPage has gone all Mac mini, all the time. Technically it is a portable Mac, right? Although the Mac mini has only been marketed as a compact Mac, perhaps there’s an implied usage much broader than many have written about. Read More…

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The Mac mini as an Embedded Development Platform

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Date: Monday, March 28th, 2005, 11:22
Category: Hardware, Mac mini

An article on IBM.com takes a close look at the Mac Mini as an embedded development platform. Read More…

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Mini LCDs for Your Mac mini (Updated 5x)

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Date: Saturday, March 26th, 2005, 08:14
Category: Accessory, Mac mini

Intec Game Cube ScreenWe recieved some interesting suggestions in response to our article on options for mini LCD screens to accompany the Mac mini. Click through for tips on how to pimp yours out with an inexpensive LCD…

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Apple Announces 6GB iPod mini and 30GB iPod Photo, Drops Prices

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Date: Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005, 13:26
Category: Hardware, Mac mini

iPod mini 2.0Apple this morning announced a new 6GB iPod mini at the same price (US$249) as the previous 4GB model and a 30GB iPod Photo that retails for US$349. Curiously, Apple bagged the gold colored iPod mini and reduced the line to four colors (pink, green, blue and silver) but they added color-coordinated icons on the touch wheel and extended the battery life to 18 hours. The new iPod Photo 30GB is much thinner than the 60GB model and comes in at a low US$349 price point. The 60GB iPod Photo has been reduced to US$449.

Apple Unveils New iPod mini Starting at Just $199
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