One of the great things about the Mac mini is that it can sit, almost silently, in a corner and reliably do a job without the need for much intervention. But there are times when you need to connect to the Mac mini in order to install software updates or to tweak things a little. And while remote access tools such as Back to my Mac work, they can be quite sluggish. NewerTech has come up with a solution.
The NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator is an adapter that plugs into the Mac mini’s HDMI display port to make display-free ’headless’ Mac minis used as storage and media servers think that there is a display attached. Using the NewerTech adapter, video drivers are loaded and the GPU (graphics processing unit) is fully activated for 100 percent full video performance with no more choppy images or mouse lags.
The HDMI Headless Video Accelerator works with the following Mac minis running OS X 10.6.8 or later and doesn’t require the installation of any other software or drivers.
- Mid 2010 (Mac mini 4,1)
- Mid 2011 (Mac mini 5,1 / Mac mini 5,2 / Mac mini 5,3)
- Late 2012 (Mac mini 6,1 / Mac mini 6,2)
- Late 2014 (Mac mini 7,1)
The NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator is available immediately priced at US$19.50 through Other World Computing at: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/NewerTech/ADP4KHEAD.