Use the Configurator (to the right) to select: Hard Drive, Optical Drive, Memory, Airport Extreme Card, and Power Adapter. Extended Warranty, Diagnostics Testing and Insurance must be added at time of purchase.
Product Includes: Computer, power cord, Apple Mac OS, optional Microsoft Windows OS and optional Parrallels installed, iLife installed on hard drive. Paper manuals not included. Electronic versions are available online.Specifications for Mac mini Desktop 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (MC239LL/A) Mac mini Manuals
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GainSaver's selection of Certified Pre-Owned Macs gives you a lot more choices when it comes to buying a Mac. We offer dependable, fully tested Macs for far less money than the new ones available today. And you get it your way. Using GainSaver's Macintosh Configurator, you can customize your Mac to exactly match your own personal or business requirements. You're not stuck with a few limited configuration options. You get just what you want for the best price anywhere. And you get it now from our huge inventory.
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The Story of your Certified Pre-Owned Mac
The Certified Pre-Owned Macintosh computer you buy from GainSaver has been fully tested and certified by GainSaver's trained Apple technicians to verify every major component is in 100% working order. Our Certified Pre-Owned Macs come ready for you to boot up and use with the Apple OS installed.
The first step is receiving thousands of pre-owned Macintosh computers every month, mostly from corporate and academic environments. GainSaver purchases Apple systems in large lots with quantity discounts. That's how we can offer such a huge selection at the lowest prices anywhere. Once we have these great bargains on the shelf in our warehouse, we get to work adding value for you.
Our primary concern at GainSaver is to make sure you get a fully functioning Macintosh that gives you years of exceptional service. So the next thing we do is take apart every unit that comes in. GainSaver technicians remove each component for individual inspection. The hard drive, optical drive and memory are all tested separately outside the computer. Then the motherboard is tested, and in the case of notebook computers, the keyboard, touch pad and screen.
Next the hard drive is reformatted, removing any trace of what the last owner had installed on the system. The process also verifies hard drive functionality and ensures the drive has no bad sectors. Then the Apple OS is installed, so you have everything you need to use your Mac.
Then we put it all together.
Once all components are checked, the unit is reassembled and tested one final time. At this point, we can guarantee the Macintosh you buy is working flawlessly, and mark it Certified Pre-Owned for your protection.
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How to customize your Mac with the Macintosh Configurator
When you buy a Certified Pre-Owned Macintosh from GainSaver, you get exactly what you want. No more and no less. Every order is customized to your needs with the Macintosh Configurator at the top of the page. Just select the configuration options you want from the Configurator's menus. When you're done, click the Buy Now button. Below are some things to consider when you make your selections.
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The hard drive is where all of your programs, documents, songs, images and videos are stored. Hard drive sizes are measured in gigabytes, so "250GB" means the hard drive has 250 gigabytes. One gigabyte of storage can hold about 10 music CDs. That's about 250 songs in MP3 format which can be played on your iPod. A DVD movie takes up a lot of hard drive space, anywhere from 5 to 10GB. And the Mac OS takes up even more hard drive space.
Basically, the more hard drive space you have, the better. People hate to delete things they have collected, like favorite songs and family pictures. So you should get a bit more than you think you are going to really need. New Apple Macs come standard with up to 250GB hard drives. They keep getting bigger every year because people are always installing more programs and downloading more and more files. Plan ahead and get at least 160GB.
You should get even bigger than this if you are doing any image processing, video or music production with your Mac. In that case the 500GB is recommended.
Optical drives play CDs and DVDs. Apple has two kinds of optical drives, the SuperDrive and the Combo drive.
The Combo drive came first. It was a big advance over the CD drive, which played and recorded on CDs only.
The Combo drive also plays DVDs. You can watch DVD movies on your Mac with a Combo drive, but you cannot record on DVDs, only on CDs. Recording on DVDs requires the SuperDrive.
The SuperDrive does it all: play and record on CDs and DVDs. Writing on DVDs is a great benefit, because you can store up to 4.7GB of data on one single-sided DVD disc. This is about 8 times more than you can store on a single CD. This makes DVDs perfect for inexpensive backup of your entire hard drive, or at least your critical documents, songs and family pictures.
Selecting the right amount of memory for your needs is one of the most important decisions when you customize your pre-owned Mac. Memory is different from hard drive space, which is for permanent storage of your files and data. The Mac can't do anything with that data until it is actually transferred from the hard drive into memory. Hard drive data is sort of like information in a book. You can't think about it until you've read it into your own memory.
Computer memory is measured in megabytes and gigabytes. The best amount for you depends on the programs you plan to use, and how many programs you are going to run at the same time. The Mac OS comes preinstalled on all pre-owned Macs from GainSaver. The minimum requirements are 256MB of memory. However, this is the bare minimum. With only 256MB of memory what happens is that the operating system and the programs you run have to keep saving to the hard drive and swapping data back and forth between memory and the hard drive in order to run. This is like your Mac having a short term memory. It has to keep looking things up on the hard drive, and this really slows things down.
The same thing happens again if your programs or data files become bigger than what can be handled in memory at the same time. So the way to get the best performance is to get as much memory as you can. You should always get at least 512MB. If you are creating graphics and doing image processing, then you should get 1GB minimum. And if you are working with real time audio and video production, get the max your Mac can support.
Wireless Apple Card
You'll want to keep your Mac connected to the internet. The fastest, easiest way to do that is with Apple's Airport Extreme Card (or Airport Card for older Macs). The Airport Extreme Card is the standard for connecting wirelessly. More and more public places such as schools, office buildings and even coffee shops offer free Wi-Fi access to the internet. All you need is the Airport Card to take advantage of it. You can also exchange files with other nearby Macs that have Airport capability, play multi-player games or even do some serious work. And because the signal travels through walls, you don't even need to be in the same room.
Make sure to add the Airport Extreme Card (or Airport Card) with the Mac Configurator. The alternative is being anchored to your desk with an ethernet cable.
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What about scratches?
This is an important issue to some people. GainSaver technicians can fix just about everything but the minor dings and scratches. If some blemishes on the exterior are a problem, you may want to consider spending more and buying a new Mac.
Most people don't mind the scratches. We have customers who order Power Macs with a dented case and think about just how much they saved every time they see the dent. Some can tolerate just a few marks and scratches, and finally there's the group that prefers to buy their Certified Pre-Owned PowerMacs in a brand-new-from-the-factory case.
The important thing is that you are not surprised. Expect some dings and scratches. But because these are Certified Pre-Owned from GainSaver, you know they are guaranteed to perform as advertised.
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GainSaver technicians test every component of each Mac before it is shipped out. However, there are certain problems that can only be uncovered through extended diagnostics testing over a period of 24 hours. Some hardware problems don't appear until the computer has been turned on and running for at least a few hours. This is especially true of the mother board, ports and LCD screen in Macs that include a screen.
Diagnostics Testing is done after final assembly of your custom configured Mac. Software programs put the computer through a battery of tests and monitor performance. The test results are analyzed and any necessary changes are made.
The Macintosh is famous for its ruggedness. Millions of older Macs are still in operation and still supported by Apple's application and system software programs. That's the whole point of getting a Certified Pre-Owned Mac from GainSaver. You want to use it as long as possible.
A Mac is not like most electronic devices you buy and end up never using. Six months later they are in a drawer somewhere. But you know you will use your Mac every day, and you will use it until it stops working. At that point it will need to be replaced. With this in mind, you should consider GainSaver's Extended Warranty protection. You can purchase additional coverage for 90 days, or 1, 2 or 3 years.
The GainSaver warranty is the best anywhere, even better than Apple's own warranty on new Macs. The GainSaver Extended Warranty covers any and all damage that occurs through normal use. Every hardware component is included, from hard drive to memory to keyboard to screen. The coverage is even transferable if you sell it to someone else during the warranty period. This type of protection is not available anywhere. It's a big reason why people choose GainSaver and keep coming back for Certified Pre-Owned Macs they can count on for years of service.
GainSaver offers shipping insurance to save you time and money in the event of delivery problems.
Our warehouse professionals package your Mac carefully and securely to make sure it arrives in one piece. But accidents can happen during shipping. And when they do, it can take a while for claims to be put in and repairs made to your computer. When you add GainSaver insurance, we will repair or replace your equipment free of charge in the event of damage during shipping.
Select Insurance from the Configurator if you really need your Mac right now, no matter what happens.
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Mac mini (Late 2009) - Technical SpecificationsMac mini 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo (MC238LL/A)
Mac mini 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo (MC239LL/A)
Size and weight
Processor and memory
- Height: 2 inches (5.08 cm)
- Width: 6.5 inches (16.51 cm)
- Depth: 6.5 inches (16.51 cm)
- Weight: 2.9 pounds (1.31 kg)
- 2.26GHz, 2.53GHz, or 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
- 3MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed
- 1066MHz frontside bus
- Configurable Memory
Graphics and video support
- One FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
- Five USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
- NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
- Extended desktop and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports up to 1920 by 1200 pixels on a DVI or VGA display; up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on a dual-link DVI display using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (sold separately)
- Mini-DVI port
- DVI output using Mini-DVI to DVI Adapter (included)
- VGA output using Mini-DVI to VGA Adapter (sold separately)
- Mini DisplayPort output
- Optional Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
- Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
- Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45 connector)
- Combined optical digital audio input/audio line in (minijack)
- Combined optical digital audio output/headphone out (minijack)
- Built-in speaker
Electrical and operating requirements
- Configurable Hard Drive
- Configurable Optical Drive
- Line voltage: 100-120V AC (applies to U.S., Japan, and South America only)
- Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz, single phase
- Maximum continuous power: 110W
- Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
- Storage temperature: -40° to 116° F (-40° to 47° C)
- Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
- Maximum altitude: 10,000 feet
2.26GHz Mac mini
2.53GHz Mac mini
2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
One FireWire 800 port (8 watts); five USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps); mini-DVI output; VGA output (using optional adapter); Mini DisplayPort
Built-in speaker, combined optical digital audio input/audio line in, combined optical digital audio output/headphone out
Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit)
Optional Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi; built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)