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It’s here!

All booted up

So, it’s here. Actually, it would have been here yesterday but no-one was in when the delivery guy called.

First impressions

Setting up was pretty easy – not much more than a case of plugging everything in and pressing the On button. Which, confusingly, is on the back.

It picked up my mouse and keyboard fine, although it did ask me to press the key next to my left Shift key just to verify the layout. Even then, it’s on the US layout and not the UK one, despite saying I was in the UK the whole way through the setup. Will have to adjust that later on.

Network settings were picked up no problem and it detected the wireless network in the house too. It couldn’t actually connect to it but then neither can my laptop so I’m guessing it’s an issue with the base station. It probably needs a firmware update but we’ve not been able to get on the internet to do it.

The first-run installation looks very nice, with the revolving dialog animation. All in all it took under 5 minutes, after which I was looking at the OS X desktop in all its white and silver glory. Work commitments have meant I haven’t been able to explore much though.

Since my monitor has DVI inputs as well as VGA I’m using a DVI cable to connect the two together and this seems to work fine. OS X even defaulted to the 1280×1024 resolution, which is the highest the screen can take. Using DVI has the added bonus of not needing a KVM switch when switching back to my laptop; I’m hoping to use Synergy to share the keyboard and mouse between the two machines.

So yeah, I’m pretty happy right now 🙂 . Unfortunately we still have no broadband, and now the phone line itself doesn’t seem to want us to make calls, so I’ll have to keep using my laptop in the library for now. Small though the Mac Mini may be, when you include the keyboard, mouse and screen the package gets somewhat bigger, and not exactly portable.

Here’s a Flickr photoset of the unpacking.


  1. I hope you enjoy Maccing. I am not buying a Mac currently because of the reasons stated in the flickr photo:

    Nice Mac Mini. Wish I had one, but I’m nervous that the switch to Intel will make PowerPC based Macs useless in a decade’s time..

  2. Hmm, I’m still seriously contemplating buying a Mac Mini. Perhaps I’ll wait and see if they sell of the PPC Mini’s at low prices, since I’m a bit on the poor side right now 🙂

  3. You know what’s strange… I already own four Macs, yet I am jealous because you have a Mac that I don’t! The Mini makes my once-astoundingly cool Mac G4 Cube look positively ancient.
    Have fun! 🙂

  4. Good to see you _finally_ made it over to the dark side 😉