Happy with my first Mac!
November 19, 2009 2 Comments
The back panel is more interesting, since here are the connectors:
A certain unpleasant impression came from the large and heavy external power supply, almost half of the size and weight of the Mini itself; considering it is a 110W power supply, it is more or less acceptable (unfortunately I could not find a picture of it).
The Mini comes with an unusual mini-DVI connector. Fortunately it also comes with an adapter to the standard DVI-D male connector. Since it has all pins, I decided to play safe and I assumed it supports a Dual-Link display, so I bought an expensive 3m Dual-Link DVI-DVI cable and I connected the Mini to my old Sony monitor.
The next step was to prepare the keyboard. Again, after unpacking it, I was impressed by the great look of this Apple product. Since I do not like wires on my desk, it is an Apple Wireless Keyboard:
It is a Bluetooth device, powered by 3 AA batteries, installed in the top round shaped part.
For the other mandatory device, the mouse, I decided to deviate from the Apple product line and I went for the new Logitech M555b Bluetooth mouse (thanks to Lix and Bord for their advice).
This device is powered by 2 AA batteries, fits perfectly in an average size hand, is very responsive and has a very smooth wheel.
Both Bluetooth devices were easily accepted by the Mini during the pairing step and did not require any driver installation.
The Mini started flawlessly as soon as I powered it on (well, to be absolutely true, in the first moments I had a small glitch: my monitor has both digital and analog input on the DVI connector, with a hidden switch to select between the two, so… no image until I switched it to digital input).
This is the first Mac installed on my desk, and it came after a very long time of constantly monitoring the Apple related sites and feeds. The new hardware was already available for several months, but I decided to wait for the new Snow Leopard, that was released in October.
Expectations are high, as I plan to use this new machine mainly as a media storage server (music, pictures, movies).
As far as I can tell after the first impressions, the Snow Leopard is a nice platform to work with. I don’t expect surprises from porting my music library from Windows iTunes to OS/X iTunes, but I’m very curious what will be the experience with porting the pictures library from Microsoft Expression Media (formerly iView) to Aperture 2…