Introducing the mLink, give your new Mac mini the expansion of a Mac Pro…..

So external PCIe adapters have been around for a while now, but due to the limitations of USB they didn’t bring a lot of excitement to the table. However, the new mLink uses Thunderbolt meaning you can now add a superfast connection to your Thunderbolt enabled Macs.

The new mLink from mLogic allows you to do things with your Thunderbolt enabled iMac, Mac mini, Macbook Pro or MacBook Air that used be the sole domain of goliath workstations like the Mac Pro. The mLink brings the functionality of professional add-in PCIe adapters to these systems for just an extra £2.40+Vat per week on our HardSoft Flexible Lease.

What does this mean though? Some example applications are:

  1. use your MacBook Pro; available from £8.95+VAT per week on lease;  on set to capture uncompressed HD or 2K footage
  2. Attach a Mac mini Server, £7.80+VAT per week, to an 8 Gigabit fibre channel network.
  3. Edit video on your SAS RAID with a Macbook Pro retina, starting at £12.90+Vat per week on a lease.

mLogic have made easy to install and swap PCIe adapters in the mLink as well. In order to make the most of the lease mac mini expansiontechnology they have also partnered with Blackmagic Design, AJA, Adobe and ATTO amongst others to ensure full compatibility with all your essential PCIe cards and products.

Intel’s Thunderbolt technology enablesthe  mLink to transfer data at up to 10 Gbps. That’s 20x faster than USB 2.0 and 12x faster than FireWire 800. For example when loaded with a PCIe RAID adapter and eight SATA hard drives, the mLink operates at over 700 MB/second of throughput for the applications that demand optimum performance.

The mLink also isn’t some ungainly eyesore on your desk, it has a very small form factor and has a hint of Apple Styling. The two 10 Gbps Thunderbolt ports support a daisy-chain of up to six Thunderbolt devices including DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort and VGA displays (when using mDP adapters).

The other benefit to the end user is the cost savings of having to buy or lease a Mac Pro or similar. An i7 Mac mini with two mLinks costs just £10.90+VAT per week on a Flexible Lease. That’s nearly a 40% saving on the entry level Mac Pro with its two year old processor! The Mac mini was recently described as one of Apple’s fastest ever Macs, and now it to can have a BlackMagic Decklink added to it!

For more information call us today on 0207 111 1643 or drop me an email at steve@hardsoft.co.uk 

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