The GB hard drive is standard and the only spec downside is the Intel HD graphics chip which means gaming will suffer when compared to high-end MacBook Pro products but it's an acceptable compromise for the price. If you're using it alongside an old MacBook Pro, you'll feel completely at home and won't notice any difference in performance when using Safari and apps like Pages and Keynote, even while something like Spotify runs in the background.
For a price vs performance level, this is a compelling machine against a home made PC - you may be able to manage a better spec with a PC but Windows won't be as fast or as flawless as this desktop OSX Mountain Lion experience. Following the M ac Mini , there's no optical drive here - if you have CDs or DVD to rip or burn, you're going to need to buy an external drive. The i7 model also benefits from possible hard drive upgrades which the basic i5 model doesn't have.
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The latest Mac Mini is a big performance leap. That's down to a new processor and doubled RAM of course but the OS X Mountain Lion OS works well with the spec while the Mac Mini struggled at times, getting noisy and warm when asked to do anything beyond the norm. This is a machine that can hold its own against PCs but now happily sits alongside the MacBook Pro as a desktop companion with similar performance levels for the majority of users.
Running demanding applications will require extra RAM, either 8GB or an impressive 16GB boost and then you'll really see the performance value of what you can get for half the price of a MacBook Pro. Small and powerful, there's little the Mac Mini can't do for general users and a lot it can do for pro users with a few upgrades through a RAM and Fusion Drive boost.
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Some might demand a DVD drive but it might just be an acceptable sacrifice if it's your second machine. It's a capable device and all based around the price tag which matches the price of an iPhone 5.
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Mac mini review (2012)
Since its introduction in January , the small form factor desktop Mac has offered a low-cost alternative to the all-in-one iMac or the high-end Mac Pro. Although it's sold without a keyboard, mouse or screen, everything else you need is in the box.
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It's internet-ready, through Ethernet or wireless N, and comes with an operating system and all its bundled apps pre-installed. It's been a while since the last Mac mini came out, with the Mac mini the last one we reviewed, but they are still very handy little devices that can give you plenty of computing power without having to worry about the more complicated side of things.
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Every year we see the prices of Mac minis drop, so they can still be a great purchase, with some pretty decent deals on offer. The more expensive late Mac mini reviewed here has a 2.
At just If you want to use the same computer at home and at work, for example, you can set up a keyboard, mouse and monitor at each, and then when you're ready to leave, unplug the Mac mini and slip it in your bag. Since the mid refresh, the Mac mini's transformer has been built into the body, so the power supply is a cheap figure-of-eight lead.
The Mac mini lost its optical drive with the previous generation, in the summer of , and unsurprisingly, it doesn't make a return here. The refresh isn't a radical overhaul.