Want to dress up a Mac mini? While the Apple computer doesn’t come close to rivaling the iPod in terms of the number of accessories, it does have several add-ons to boost its performance and personality.
If you have any plans to store lots of photos and videos on your Mac mini, one of the first accessories to look at is an external hard drive. Several companies make them, including LaCie, ADS and Iomega. These drives are made to fit under the Mac mini.
The one we tested, the MiniStack, is a perfect match in style and size — providing a non-slip fit for the stack, which ends up measuring 3.5 inches tall.
Ranging in price from $129 (80GB) to $599 (750GB), the miniStack not only provides extra storage space, it also serves up two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 2.0 uplink port and two FireWire 400 ports. One FireWire and one USB port are located on the left side of the square, a great feature when you want to quickly hook up a digital camera or iPod.
Using the suggested standard setup, it took a total of five minutes from opening the box to seeing the miniStack icon on the computer screen.Setting up an external drive has never been easier.