updated 02:30 am EST, Fri December 30, 2011
Offers protection and style with full port access
Newer Technology has reworked its previous NuCube stand and enclosure for the older-style Mac minis and made a new, thinner casing called the NuCube Vertical that houses the current model (2010/2011) Mac minis in an acrylic design that is reminiscent of the Mac mini's aesthetic ancestor, the G4 Cube. The enclosure is handcrafted to allow users to orient the Mini vertically, keeping all ports fully accessible while allowing it to run cooler than it does in the horizontal position.
The housing is a thick three-eights of an inch and includes non-skid rubber feet to prevent the case moving when connecting peripherals. Testing shows that despite being mostly encased, the Mini actually runs cooler in the vertical orientation. The acrylic material protects the unit from scratches, made in the US and the vertical orientation is complementary to some common uses for the Mac mini, including server and home theatre server.
The unit is compatible with all 2010 and later Mac mini variations and is available immediately through Newer's distribution partner Other World Computing for $36, a 10 percent discount off its $40 retail price. The original NuCube for earlier Mac mini models continues to be available as well.