The US's answer to Which? magazine has deemed the Mac mini "adequate", and the iPod shuffle "appealing".
Consumer Reports questioned whether the Mac mini is "a little too basic", but conceded that the PowerPC G4 processor and its standard 256 megabytes of memory is "adequate for basic computing".
The shuffle is described as "the lightest player we've seen", and praised for having "the performance that makes full-sized iPods so appealing." Even the shuffle's ear-bud headphones are recommended.
However, the battery life is "not as good" as some competitors, and Consumer Reports recommended: "Choose it only if you value compactness and low price over versatility."