Apple is introducing a cheaper home computer, the new $699 Mac Mini, in a move that could attract consumers who’ve been sticking with less-expensive PCs.
The redesigned computer promises game, photo and video graphics that are two times faster than the previous model, a Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics processor, a 320 GB hard drive, Apple’s AirPort Extreme wireless networking, and an HDMI port for high-definition graphics.
The catch is that the computer doesn’t come with a monitor, keyboard or mouse.
Even worse, buying the basic suggested peripherals from Apple (Stock Quote: AAPL) will bring your total to $1,696. When ordering online, you’re given the choice of either adding a 24-inch LED display for an extra $899 or no monitor at all, the cheapest mouse you can get is $49, and a new keyboard costs another $49.
On the other hand, if you buy a 24-inch Dell (Stock Quote: DELL) monitor for $250, and this Dynex USB keyboard and mouse for $35, both from Best Buy (Stock Quote: BBY), you’ll find yourself with a pretty nice machine for less than $1,000 before taxes.Apple’s Mac Mini meets new Energy Star requirements and all of the requirements for environmental performance of notebooks and desktops to achieve EPEAT Gold status.