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Gear 04/05

Tiny Macs, multi-function printers and flat-screen monitor reviewed

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Mini-Size Me

Apple Mac Mini budget PC

CNET's rating: 7.2 Good

The good: It's the first sub-$500 Mac; compact; whisper quiet; includes iLife '05

The bad: Meager memory allotment; peripherals add up if you don't already own them; case can't be easily opened; slow hard drive; only two USB 2.0 ports

What it's for: Basic home computing tasks such as sending e-mail, browsing the web and editing photos

The bottom line: Apple trimmed some corners to keep the Mac Mini's price low, but its great design and big software bundle make it a winner.

Street price: $499


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