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Poor man's Mac Mini?

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Commodore's Amiga OS was rapidly out-evolved by the Mac OS, and the latest Amiga hardware seems caught behind the Apple curve too.

Enter the Commodore Amiga Mini, a squat, compact desktop PC that owes its looks to the Mac Mini - of three years ago. Like 2009's Mac Mini, its footprint is 197 x 197mm square, and it's 75mm tall.

Commodore USA Amiga Mini

Amiga Mini...

Apple Mac Mini circa 2009

...and Apple inspiration?

If the design is a tad old fashioned, the spec isn't: this boy packs a 3.5GHz Intel Core i702700K CPU, Nvidia GeForce GT 430 graphics with 1GB of VRam, HDMI and DisplayPort output, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support, a Blu-ray drive, and 2x2 802.11n Wi-Fi.

Commodore USA Amiga Mini

300GB and 600GB SSDs are expensive options, or you can settle for a cheaper 1TB hard drive. Commodore USA - the latest of many owners of the brand - wants $345 (£218) for a barebones unit or $2495 (£1579) for a fully kitted out unit. Ouch.

If you want something a bit less Maccy, the Amiga Mini is also available in black. Shipping worldwide is free.

Commodore USA Amiga Mini

And the OS is… Amiga OS. Actually, no it isn't. It's Commodore OS Vision, a version of Linux tweaked for a retro feel. You can download it separately for a look-see from Commodore USA's website. ®

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