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With the Mac Mini you get a bunch of pre-installed software, including Apple iTunes, Numbers for spreadsheets, GarageBand for music creation, Photo Booth for photos and video, etc.
I am looking for a desktop PC to use along with my existing 20-inch monitor. But since desk space is an issue, could you please suggest a very small machine. I don't need a CD drive, so please suggest something within Rs 35,000.
--Sunil Fernandes, Shraddha Mohapatra, Viren Patel, Amit Tiwari
At the lower end of the spectrum, you can pick up the...
RDP XL-700: 3.4GHz Intel Core i3 processor, 2GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive, (6x) USB 2.0, (2x) USB 3.0, VGA, HDMI ports, 3.5mm audio input-output, Ethernet, Wi-Fi supported via dongle, DOS, 1.5kg, Rs 23,700
You could also look at the more powerful...
RDP XL-800: 3.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, (6x) USB 2.0, (2x) USB 3.0, VGA, HDMI ports, 3.5mm audio input-output, Ethernet, Wi-Fi supported via dongle, DOS, 1.5kg, Rs 29,720
Both these machines come with a desktop stand and a VESA mount that can be used to attach it to the back of your monitor to save on space. On the downside, you only get the DOS operating system, so you will have to pay extra for a licensed copy of Windows 8.1.
If you want a machine with a preinstalled OS, consider the...
HP Pavilion Mini Desktop 300-010in: 1.9GHz Intel Core i3 processor, 2 GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, (4x) USB 3.0 ports, 3-in-1 media card reader, HDMI port, 3.5mm audio input output, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Windows 8.1, 630g, Rs 23,400
While the HP Pavilion Mini packs in lesser processing muscle than the RDP machines and does not come with a VESA mount, you get pre-installed Windows, a built-in card reader and support for Wi-Fi. You get just four USB ports, but all of these support the faster USB 3.0 standard.
If you're willing to try out an OS other than Windows...
Apple Mac Mini MGEM2HNA: 2.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, (4x) USB 3.0 and (2x) Thunderbolt 2 ports, SD card slot, HDMI port, 3.5mm audio input output, Ethernet, Wi Fi, Mac OS X Yosemite, 1.2kg, Rs 33,450
With the Mac Mini you get a bunch of pre-installed software, including Apple iTunes, Numbers for spreadsheets, GarageBand for music creation, Photo Booth for photos and video, Keynote for presentations, and FaceTime for video chats.


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