After a two-year wait, Mac mini fans' patience was reward in 2014 with a new system that brings it up to date with other newer Mac models.
Apple's newest Mac mini model is a scant 9, 0 cheaper than before.
At the high end is a 9 system that comes equipped with a 2.8 GHz processor, 8 GB RAM and 1 TB Fusion Drive.
2014 brings Mac mini into the Haswell era, finally, and it also gains other benefits in its 2014 refresh, including 802.11ac Wi-Fi and two Thunderbolt 2 ports for high speed peripheral connectivity and external display support.
You can attach two displays to the Mac mini with 2560 x 1600 resolution.
One of the reasons for that is it's a BYODKM system - you need to Bring Your Own Display, Keyboard and Mouse.
That makes the Mac mini a popular option for Mac users who are new to the fold and want to reuse the peripherals they've already bought for their Windows PC.
It measures a scant 7.7 inches square and about 1.4 inches high, weighing less than three pounds.
It runs OS X Yosemite and comes with the latest suite of Apple's standard software for all new Macs, including i Life and i Work.
The Mac mini is also Apple's least expensive Macintosh computer.At 9, it's hundreds less than the cheapest Mac Book Air.