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Backstage: Mac mini Tower - the New Hotness

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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Thursday, February 17, 2005
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picIf a “gimme” were to be defined in the dictionary outside of its golfing connotation, it would be an invention so smart, yet so natural, that the first person to sell it would almost certainly make a million dollars. Plasticsmith’s new Mini Tower ($39.95) is a gimme: a clear acrylic Mac mini enclosure made for all 100 million people who lusted after Apple’s G4 Cube computer back in 2000, but were deterred by the price.

For a pittance, the Mini Tower makes the inexpensive Mac mini look plenty like the Cube, suspending it vertically above the surface of a table and turning its top and bottom Apple icons into left and right sides. The mini’s top surface is obviously nicer looking than the bottom, but neither is unattractive, and the acrylic adds a ton of gloss and class to the already beautiful Apple case. Four rubber feet hold the Mini Tower still and prevent its polished bottom from being scratched.

If the Mini Tower is any indication, Mac mini accessories are going to be incredibly cool. We’ve placed a bunch of additional shots of this little beauty in the Read More link below. And it looks even better in person.

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Comments

1

Wait a minute. So the optical drive still works when it’s sideways?

Posted by dino in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on February 17, 2005 at 6:54 PM (PDT)

2

It looks like the optical drive would be on the bottom when the Apple logo is facing upright. Ideally, the vents would be at the top, as it would be if the logo were orientated correctly. However, this blocks the optical, so this wasn’t quite the perfect solution, as far as design goes. Good start thoug. Maybe a case that angles the Mini at 30 or 45 degrees would do the trick, somehitn wiht an angle and raised section similar to the iCurve stand? i could see this as a place to store your keyboard under…

Posted by Dan_B in Columbia, MO on February 17, 2005 at 6:59 PM (PDT)

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And yes, the drive would still work when at an angle. It’s not a tray loading one, but the same kind you find in quality laptops (ie. apple ones ;-0 ).

Posted by Dan_B in Columbia, MO on February 17, 2005 at 7:01 PM (PDT)

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^Ah, I see. Thanks. smile

Posted by dino in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on February 18, 2005 at 8:47 AM (PDT)

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Dan_B

I’m not sure what you’re on about.  When the Apple logo is facing toward the sky, the optical drive is on top.  When the Apple logo is in readable position (at a vertical angle), the optical drive would be at the bottom, yes.  But why would you want that?  Then you have wires coming out of the top of the case, non-discreet, and that defeats the purpose.

Also, the vents circumnavigate the entire base of the Mac Mini.  Juding from what I can see, there are slots on all 4 sides for ventalation. 

Maybe I just didn’t understand your comment…I’ll too tired.  lol ^_^

Posted by SilentDeath911 in NJ on February 22, 2005 at 4:03 AM (PDT)

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Rotate the top and bottom of the mini 90 degrees.

That’s an easy task right?

Posted by minty on February 22, 2005 at 6:09 PM (PDT)

7

Useless if you’re just goint to keep it horizontal, really neat if you’re going to place it verticle!

Posted by Electrox3d on March 14, 2005 at 11:38 AM (PDT)

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What are you whinning about. Its a great idea. Tilt the mini 90 degrees and let the thing get great air flow. You can still use the cd-rom. Its great, move on with your life. ha ha.

Posted by mightymini on August 3, 2005 at 5:58 PM (PDT)

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