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Apple Mac mini 2.5GHz MC816LL/A (Mid-2011) $399.99 CLEARANCE @ BBY

frugalist 217 March 8, 2013 at 01:57 PM in Computers (3) More Best Buy Deals
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Best Buy is blowing these out (retail price was $799.99 so this won't last!). They are no longer available online so you'll have to call your local store to see if they have them in stock still (SKU 2658129). Best of luck on this great deal! (note: you may upgrade the RAM to 8GB and you may use your HDTV as a display since these natively have HDMI. Also may be eligible for free Mountain Lion upgrade if new in box).


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Mac mini is a good choice for those who need a compact, powerful Computer but already own the essentials - like a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Mac mini features a sleek, aluminum design and includes ports and slots to connect to all your devices and networks. Mac mini is the world's most energy-efficient Desktop computer, and it's the most affordable way to enjoy the new Mac OS X Lion and iLife. Mac mini features a 1.4-inch-thin seamless unibody enclosure carved from a single, solid block of aluminum. The power supply is built right into Mac mini. So there's no bulky brick, and there are fewer cables to connect. A removable panel on the bottom makes upgrading the memory completely painless. Mac mini is full of big ideas. The latest dual-core Intel Core i5 processors come standard on Mac mini. Built-in Thunderbolt technology lets you daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt peripherals, including the new Apple Thunderbolt Display, to a single port. It also supports Mini DisplayPort peripherals you might already have, including the Apple LED Cinema Display. The HDMI port lets you connect Mac mini to your HDTV with a single cable. And a built-in SDXC card slot makes speedy work of transferring photos and videos from your digital cameras. The latest 802.11n wireless technology is built into every Mac mini. Bluetooth wireless technology is also built in, so you can connect accessories such as a wireless keyboard and mouse. AMD Radeon HD 6630M Graphics with 256MB of GDDR5 memory 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet Audio - Built-in speaker, Audio line in minijack (digital/analog), Audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog), HDMI port supports multichannel audio output, Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone Connections & Expansion - 4 x USB 2.0, FireWire 800, Thunderbolt (2560 x 1600)
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Binding Personal Computers
Manufacturer Apple
Model MC816LL/A
Height 1.4 inches (3.6 cm)
Weight 2.7 pounds (1.22 kg
Width 7.7 inches (19.7 cm)
List Price $799.00
Processor 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB on-chip shared L3 cache (configurable to 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7)
Memory 4GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory (configurable to 8GB)
Storage 500GB (5400-rpm) hard drive (configurable to 750GB (7200-rpm) hard drive or 256GB solid-state drive or 256GB solid-state drive and 750GB (7200-rpm) hard drive)
Graphics AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR5 memory
Video Support Thunderbolt port with support for up to 2560-by-1600 resolution HDMI port with support for up to 1920-by-1200 resolution DVI output using HDMI to DVI Adapter (included) Support for dual display and video mirroring
Audio Audio line in minijack (digital/analog) Audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog) HDMI port supports multichannel audio output Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone Built-in speaker
Connections and Expansion Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps) FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps) Four USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps) HDMI port SDXC card slot Gigabit Ethernet port Audio in/out
Electrical and Operating Requirements Line voltage: 100-240V AC Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, single phase Maximum continuous power: 85W Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C) Storage temperature: -40° to 116° F (-40° to 47° C) Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing Maximum altitude: 10,000 feet
Limited Warranty and Service 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty
Environmental Status Report BFR-free PVC-free Highly recyclable aluminum enclosure Meets ENERGY STAR 5.2 requirements Rated EPEAT Gold
In the Box Mac mini HDMI to DVI Adapter Power cord Printed and electronic documentation
Included Software OS X Lion, Lion Recovery, iLife '11
Depth 7.7 inches (19.7 cm)
Wireless 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking4; IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology Ethernet 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)

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#46
Quote from ivoryz View Post :
so tempting... I just placed an order with the Dell Alienware Desktop, but I am so to Apple ...

By the way, how hard to expand the memory to 8GB?
I just watched this video on it. It looks extremely easy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhTbJuveq3M
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#47
Got a call that the item was openbox...and the lady started to say 10% off and then said 5% off when you get here.

Don't need it but will sit on it for a while before going to pick up!
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#48
Quote from ivoryz View Post :
so tempting... I just placed an order with the Dell Alienware Desktop, but I am so to Apple ...

By the way, how hard to expand the memory to 8GB?

spin the disk on the bottom of the computer and you can expand up to 16GB no problem.
I put 16GB and a Dual drive.. 1TB+256GB SSD in mine.(same model) Adding a second drive is a lot more challenging. But I was able to setup my own fusion drive.
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#49
Openelec and XBMC? Or Mac OS/XBMC with HD Audio( DTS-MA,)??

Is the AMD video card in this capable of HD audio decoding on MAC. Pretty sure it doesnt work under openelec. Silent HTPC? but still expensive for this i suppose.


Nevermind: Right from Manual for Frodo:


3.2 Does XBMC for Mac OS X, iOS, or Apple TV 2 have HD audio passthrough?




Shortcut: #Mac_AE






While XBMC for Mac OS X does have the new AudioEngine, which features many new improvements in audio quality for XBMC, HD audio passthrough is not currently possible on Mac OS X and iOS due to limitations on the OS level. Those who want HD audio passthrough will need to use a Linux-based OS or Windows on their Mac hardware. Note that XBMC for Mac OS X/iOS is still able to playback HD audio, just not via passthrough (it will be converted to another format before playback).










3.3 Audio issues and/or slow video playback




Shortcut: #Audio






See also: Settings/System#Audio output

Make sure that your audio settings are correct. Wrong audio settings will have severely negative effects on video playback:
Your speaker setup is really correct
If passthrough: you only enable the audio codecs your receiver supports.
Select only the correct audio output device for analog and passthrough
Linux specific On AMD GPUs you must disable all "HD" passthrough options and "output stereo to all speakers". AMD drivers under Linux don't support HD audio passthrough. AC3 and DTS should be safe to enable. NVidia GPUs should be okay for HD audio (if supported by the hardware).
Having issues on XBMCbuntu? See XBMCbuntu#XBMCbuntu_no_audio_devices
Mac OS X specific If you hear sound only coming from the left side of speakers/headphones then you probably need to change your audio settings from 2.1 to 2.0.
Windows specific Most user can fix their issue by just switching to "DirectSound" in the audio settings. See Windows Settings for AudioEngine for more in-depth information.
OS X and iOS known issues Gapless playback for music isn't working.
AAC to AC3 transcoding is broken for the time being, which means no multichannel support for AAC.
All sorts of hickups during music track transitions (gets worse with activated crossfade).
Music output lacks "audiophile" support (output is resampled to the setting from audio midi setup for all tracks)



Good cause I dont need one Smilie
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#50
Quote from nc88keyz View Post :
Openelec and XBMC? Or Mac OS/XBMC with HD Audio( DTS-MA,)??

Is the AMD video card in this capable of HD audio decoding on MAC. Pretty sure it doesnt work under openelec. Silent HTPC? but still expensive for this i suppose.

Since the mac mini went to this design in 2010 they are anything but silent. the fan spinup is significant under any load.
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#51
Mine was ordered...and it came back 20 minutes later as OOS and canceled. None in Arizona (Phoenix metro) that I could find after that.
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#52
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Since the mac mini went to this design in 2010 they are anything but silent. the fan spinup is significant under any load.

Yay!

I saved $400+ tax today.

Its a good day
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#53
good idea, this search works even a little better:

(in Google search) type -> site:stores.bestbuy.com 2658129

optionally you could add your city name in the search , the above just returns all citys.

Note: No clue how up to date this search results are
(=how often Google crawls over those sites and updates their results).

Quote from nsfw View Post :
This sort of helps...In google search:site:bestbuy.com 2658129
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#54
So if I use BB rewards to bring down the price and later BB cancels my order, do I get the rewards back to my account?
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#55
Thanks "frugalist" and who ever started Slick Deals.

I got the last one in Round Rock, TX just north of Austin.

$399 + tax

Replacing my Mid 2010 model for the Speed Bump and Thunder Port. I hope I don't miss the Smart Drive.

Thanks Again
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#56
They just pulled it from clearance section on the site. It scans 589 for me.
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#57
Quote from nsfw View Post :
Since the mac mini went to this design in 2010 they are anything but silent. the fan spinup is significant under any load.
I've never noticed fan noise.
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#58
one available at local bb, debating this...
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#59
still available at the corona location. i picked one up at tustin and got the pick up confirmation. they no longer show up in the tustin inventory.
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#60
Was one click away from ordering and looked over at my i5 rig that already runs Mountain Lion and I just couldn't pull the trigger. Sigh.
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