Souped-Up OWC Mac Minis: Who Should Get One?

Souped-Up OWC Mac Minis: Who Should Get One?

Range Govindan
Jan 28, 2011

OWC recently announced their customization options for the Mac Mini. While 12TB of storage might seem a bit much, a lot of people are using Mac Minis as their sole home computer, especially when they've combined it with a laptop. The question is, who should consider powering up their Mac Mini?

This upgrade scheme by OWC involves sending in your own Mac Mini. These new Minis come with an internal Blu-ray burner, Elgato's EyeTV Hybrid tuner, more RAM, and an Apple Remote. The extra storage comes in the form of an additional Mercury Elite Al Pro Q×2 4-bay storage server, which allows you up to 12TB of storage. Naturally, don't expect the storage server to be cheap, but it's a definite possibility for people wanting a place to store all of their family's media.

There is no word yet on price, but the internal upgrades on the Mac Mini might be worthwhile for certain users. If you are using a Mac Mini as your sole home computer/HTPC, then these upgrades might be well worth the price, as they will boost the performance of your Mini well beyond what Apple initially intended. The inclusion of an internal Blu-ray burner makes it easier to cut down on other devices for playback options.

So if you're using a MacBook Pro or another type of laptop as your mobile workstation and a Mac Mini at home, this is something you should consider. Or you could also just buy a cheaper PC-based HTPC, from Acer, Asus, and other manufacturers. They do come with Blu-ray players and a bunch of other options.

(via Ubergizmo, images via OWC and Image: Flickr member Sigalakos licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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