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Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012)

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Product Highlights

  • 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 Dual-Core
  • 4GB of DDR3 RAM
  • 500GB 5400rpm Hard Drive
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • SDXC Media Card Reader
  • Thunderbolt, FireWire 800, USB 3.0, HDMI
  • 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Built-in Speaker, IR Receiver
  • Includes Mac OS X 10.10 or OS X 10.9
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The Mac mini Desktop Computer from Apple is a quiet and compact desktop computer in a sleek aluminum unibody enclosure. The system, only 7.7" square and 1.4" high, is a great option for users who would like an inexpensive, yet fully-functional, desktop Mac. The mini ships sans keyboard, mouse, and monitor, allowing you to choose the accessories that best suit your needs for use with the system.

iLife, a complete suite of digital creativity applications, is installed on the system. Easy enough for anyone to use, iLife will help you edit your home movies, organize digital photos, and compose original music. The system features an HDMI output port, making it a great option for users who would like a home theater computer for Internet video streaming and big-screen computer gaming. An optional remote control is available separately for purchase.

The system is powered by a dual-core 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor and includes 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB 5400rpm hard drive, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000. While this system does not have an optical drive, it does feature an SDXC card reader for interfacing portable media cards.

This Mac mini comes with a Mac OS X operating system preinstalled, which features a user-friendly interface. The Mac OS X operating system features Time Machine backup, which automatically backs up system data to an external hard drive. It also features intuitive natural scrolling, the innovative Launchpad application launcher, and support for full screen applications. Mission Control gives you a bird's eye view of everything that is happening on your computer.

And of course, you can expand the functionality of your computer system by browsing through the multitude of productivity applications, games, and other software that is available for purchase from the Mac App Store. Because the software in the store is curated by Apple, you can be sure that it is free of malware and safe to use. And, like the iOS App Store, you'll automatically be notified when updated versions of your favorite programs are available for download.

Features

Dual-Core Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5 Performance
With an Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5 processor, this Mac mini keeps up with computers twice its size. The dual cores of the Intel Core i5 processor can run at a stock speed of 2.5GHz. The processor can also be overclocked up to 3.1GHz, thanks to Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology. With a 3MB L3 cache, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and Intel Hyper-Threading technology, you'll be able to experience smooth and seamless multitasking
Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000
Intel HD Graphics 4000 delivers up to 65 percent more pixel-pushing performance than the previous generation of integrated graphics. So the video you watch and the games you play are smoother and more responsive. Flipping through photo albums is a breeze. And you get the power you need to edit your HD video
Storage and Memory
This Mac mini comes with a 500GB 5400rpm hard drive so you have enough room to save your photo libraries, movies, music, files and much more
Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt technology in the Mac mini is phenomenally fast. It features two 10-Gbps channels for data transfer. That's up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. But beyond speed, Thunderbolt gives you unprecedented expansion capabilities. You can daisy-chain as many as six Thunderbolt devices - including two Apple Thunderbolt Displays - to a single port. And since Thunderbolt is based on DisplayPort technology, Mini DisplayPort devices like the Apple LED Cinema Display plug right in, too
USB 3.0
With USB 3.0 built into the Mac mini, you can connect your external hard drive and transfer large files in seconds instead of minutes. Every Mac mini comes with four USB 3.0 ports - with speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 - and you can connect all your USB-compatible devices, including your iPhone, iPad, iPod or digital camera
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
The 802.11a/b/g/n wireless technology is built into every Mac mini. It automatically locates your Wi-Fi network, so you can connect and start surfing the web, printing, and streaming your music wirelessly. Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology is also built in, so you can connect accessories such as a wireless keyboard and mouse
HDMI
It's easy to connect Mac mini to the biggest screen in the house - your HDTV - courtesy of a built-in HDMI port. All it takes is one HDMI cable to start enjoying movies and TV shows from iTunes, surfing the web, and flipping through your photo library, all in brilliant HD. There's also a handy control that lets you adjust the output on Mac mini to fill even the biggest HDTV screen. And when you just want to listen to music, you can play your entire iTunes collection through your home entertainment center, or stream it to a set of speakers in any room via an AirPort Express Base Station
Bring Your Own Display, Keyboard & Mouse
Plug your own display, keyboard and mouse into Mac mini. Turn it on. And just like that, everything works together. You can mix and match it with almost anything

Design

Sleek Aluminum Body
The Mac mini features a 1.4-inch-thin seamless unibody enclosure carved from a single, solid block of aluminum. It's created using computer numerical control, or CNC, machines - the same kind used by the aerospace industry to build mission-critical spacecraft components. This ensures absolute precision of every component of the Mac mini enclosure
No Detail is too mini
The power supply is built right into the Mac mini. So there's no bulky brick and there are fewer cables to connect. A removable panel on the bottom makes upgrading the memory completely painless. And once you're inside, you'll see how clean and organized Mac mini is. With attention paid to the tiniest details. Like the air intake vent
Port Authority
Built-in Thunderbolt technology lets you daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt peripherals, including the Apple Thunderbolt Display, to a single port. It also supports Mini DisplayPort peripherals you might already have like the Apple LED Cinema Display. The HDMI port lets you connect Mac mini to your HDTV with a single cable. And a built-in SDXC card slot makes speedy work of transferring photos and videos from your digital cameras
Energy Efficient
Even though the new Mac mini can deliver a huge performance boost compared to the previous generation, it still uses less than 11 watts of power when idle. It doesn't just meet the ENERGY STAR requirements, it exceeds them - six times over. Mac mini is also made from highly recyclable aluminum, and with a built-in power supply, there's no plastic housing

Mac OS X

User Friendly Interface
The Dock is a handy place for all your favorite apps. From the Dock, you can launch apps quickly and switch between them easily. If an app isn't on the Dock, you'll find it in Launchpad. Go there to see all the apps on your Mac full screen and organize them however you like. And Mission Control gives you a bird's-eye view of all your open windows, so you can keep track of everything you're working on. OS X offers system-wide support for gorgeous, full-screen apps that use every inch of your display. You can have multiple full-screen apps open at once - along with multiple apps in windows. And it's easy to switch between full-screen and desktop views
UNIX Foundation
Making powerful things simple requires some seriously advanced technologies. OS X is loaded with them. It's built on a rock-solid, time-tested UNIX foundation that provides unparalleled stability and industry-leading support for Internet standards. And the incredible graphics performance in OS X allows applications like Aperture and Final Cut Pro to give you photo and video editing capabilities
iCloud
Sign in once with your Apple ID on your Mac mini and iCloud is automatically set up in all the apps that use it. So if you have iCloud set up on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, whatever you do on your Mac happens on those devices, too. And it works the other way around. Update something on another device, and the same update will be made on your Mac. So your mail, contacts, calendars, messages, documents, data, and more go wherever you go. From your Mac to your iPhone to your iPad and back to your Mac
Safety. Built Right In
Every Mac is designed with powerful, advanced technologies that work together to constantly scrutinize, encrypt, update - and ultimately keep your Mac safer. For starters, OS X is built on a proven, secure UNIX foundation. It also includes a host of features designed to protect your Mac and the information on it. Gatekeeper makes it safer to download and install apps. FileVault safeguards data using powerful encryption. Find My Mac helps you locate your missing Mac on a map, set a passcode remotely, and more. Customizable privacy settings keep your personal information under your control. And the best way to keep your Mac up to date with the latest security features? Just install software updates with a click
Windows Compatibility
The versatility and power of OS X help a Mac fit in just about anywhere - including Windows networks. Want to transfer your files, photos, and other data from a Windows PC? OS X lets you do that easily. If you want to run Windows on your Mac, you can do that, too. OS X has built-in support for the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server, so you can use your Mac at home and at work and keep all your messages, meetings, and contacts in one place. OS X works with virtually all of today's digital cameras, printers, and other peripherals without the need to manually download separate drivers. And it opens popular file types such as JPG, MP3, and PDF, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents
Accessible Innovation
OS X comes standard with a wide range of assistive technologies that help people with disabilities experience what the Mac has to offer, including many features you won't find in other operating systems - at any price. For example, built-in VoiceOver screen-reading technology, available in over 20 languages, makes it possible for those who are blind or have low vision to control their computers using key commands or gestures on a Multi-Touch trackpad. OS X also offers out-of-the-box support for more than 40 Braille displays (including Bluetooth displays) and many other accessibility features, such as dynamic full-screen magnification, playback of closed captions, and a scalable screen

Built-in Apps

iPhoto
iPhoto is an easy-to-use photo application that makes it fast and fun to organize and find your pictures, as well as make them look their absolute best. With features like Faces, Places, and Events, iPhoto helps you keep track of your photos by who's in them and when and where you took them - all in an immersive full-screen view. Quick and simple editing tools let you make so-so shots picture perfect with just a few clicks. Photo Stream in iCloud automatically pushes new photos to all your devices, so you're never without your latest shots. And if you feel like showing off what you've captured, iPhoto lets you share with beautiful photo books and letterpress cards or online via Facebook and Flickr
iMovie
With iMovie, you can transform the videos you shoot into your very own indie flicks. If you know how to drag and drop, you can make a movie in iMovie. It comes with Apple-designed themes that look fun and professional. Just choose one and iMovie does the rest, adding animated titles and sophisticated transitions automatically. Customize your screen gem further with your own words and audio
GarageBand
Whether you're musically gifted or mostly curious, GarageBand is the application for you. Plug in your electric guitar or USB music keyboard and get ready to rock with virtual replicas of the most revered amps and stompboxes in the world, as well as over 100 software instruments. Just because you didn't grow up learning your A, B, and C sharp doesn't mean you can't. Basic Lessons teach you just that: the basics. Choose from 40 lessons that cover blues guitar, rock guitar, classical piano, pop piano, and more. Or get a private lesson from one of your musical heroes, like Sting or Death Cab for Cutie, with Artist Lessons. GarageBand even tells you how well you're playing in real time with a feature called "How Did I Play?"
Mac App Store
Just like shopping the App Store on iPad, the Mac App Store offers endless possibilities to browse and purchase apps. New apps install in one step right to Launchpad. And the Mac App Store lets you know when app updates are available, so you always have the latest version
Safari
Designed with the Mac in mind, Safari emphasizes browsing, not the browser. In full-screen view, the browser frame is only a pixel wide, and you can hide almost the entire interface if you choose. So there's nothing to distract you from an article, video, or photo album. Navigating web pages is easy with trackpad gestures; flip through web pages with a swipe, and double tap or pinch the trackpad to zoom in on text or images. Safari also features Reader, which lets you peruse articles sans annoying ads. Don't have time to finish what you've started? Reading List lets you save links to articles and other web pages for later, and iCloud keeps your Reading List up to date across all your devices. Since pages render fast in Safari, you won't miss a minute of the web
Mail
Mail makes it easy to manage all your email from a single, ad-free inbox. It features powerful search capabilities, with search suggestions and tokens built in. It works with the free me.com email account you get when you sign up for iCloud, as well as most email standards - including POP3 and IMAP - and popular email services such as Gmail, Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, Cox, Yahoo! Mail, and AOL Mail. Mail supports Microsoft Exchange 2010, too. If you have more than one email account, no problem. Add your accounts to Mail and you'll be able to access all your email from one place. And Mail looks as great as it works. It makes full use of your display with a gorgeous widescreen view featuring a full-height message and a message list that includes snippets. With Conversations, messages from the same thread appear in an elegant timeline showing each communication as it was sent while hiding redundant text
Calendar
Keep track of your busy schedule and share it with others using Calendar. Create separate calendars - one for home, another for school, a third for work, and so on. See all your calendars in a single window or choose to see only the calendars you want. Calendar lets you create invitations using information from Contacts, update your guest list, keep track of responses, and receive the latest status information. When you or another Mac user receives a Calendar invitation via Mail, it's automatically added. Calendar also works with iCloud, Yahoo!, and Google. And when you use iCloud, every Calendar edit you make on your Mac automatically appears on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. So no dinner dates are missed, no meeting goes unattended, and no anniversary is forgotten
Contacts
Contacts is a flexible and convenient place to store information for everyone you know. It's easy to import names, numbers, addresses, and photos from other applications. And it's designed for Facebook, too. Contacts automatically includes your friends' profile photos and information. And when friends update their information, Contacts updates your Mac. You can create smart groups for clubs, activities, and business purposes; print address labels and envelopes; and more. iCloud updates your contacts on your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac - so when you enter someone's contact info once, you have it everywhere. And since Contacts is built on vCard, an industry standard for storing contact information, your friends can send you cards that you can add simply by dropping them into your contacts list - no typing required
Messages
Messages on the Mac replaces iChat. It does everything iChat does, and so much more. For starters, it comes with iMessage. So you can send unlimited messages to anyone on a Mac - and on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 5 or later, too. You can even start a conversation on your Mac and pick it up on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Send photos, videos, documents, and contacts. And send messages to a group. You can see when your message has been delivered and when someone's typing a reply. Turn on read receipts, and friends can see when you've read their messages. With end-to-end encryption, your messages stay safe and private
Reminders
Reminders helps you get all your to-dos done - on the Mac and on your iOS devices. Make as many to-do lists as you need and easily add to them. Set due dates and you'll get alerts as deadlines approach. Check items off your lists as you go and keep track of what you've completed. And to be sure you don't forget anything, iCloud keeps your reminders up to date on your Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
Time Machine
Time Machine works with your Mac and an external hard drive or Time Capsule (sold separately). Connect the drive, assign it to Time Machine, and start enjoying some peace of mind. Time Machine automatically backs up your entire Mac, including system files, applications, accounts, preferences, music, photos, movies, and documents. But what makes Time Machine different from other backup applications is that it not only keeps a spare copy of every file, it remembers how your system looked on any given day - so you can revisit your Mac as it appeared in the past
FaceTime
FaceTime for Mac makes it possible to talk, smile, and laugh with anyone on an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or another Mac from your Mac. So you can catch up, hang out, and stay in touch with a click. Just find who you want to see in Contacts and start a FaceTime call. And when someone wants to reach you, the call rings through on every Mac you own, even if FaceTime isn't running. So you never have to worry about making yourself available. If you don't want to receive calls, just turn FaceTime off
Photo Booth
Take fun snapshots and make short videos in Photo Booth. Right from there, you can share what you shoot on Facebook and Twitter. Use photos as your Messages icons. Assign them to friends and family in Contacts. And add photos to your iPhoto library. But the real fun starts when you use the effects and backdrops. Snap a photo of yourself at the Eiffel Tower or in outer space. Choose from nine effects that use facial tracking technology so effects look great whether you're front and center - or left of center. Snap single photos or shoot multiples in a four-photo burst. You can even shoot and trim video clips, complete with effects. And see your Photo Booth photos full screen
Performance
Processor 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 Dual-Core
Cache L3: 3MB
Memory 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 memory
Configurable to 8GB or 16GB
Graphics Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 shared
Storage and Expansion
Hard Drive 500GB 5400rpm
Optical Drive None
Input/Output
Ports 1 x Thunderbolt
1 x FireWire-800
4 x USB 3.0
Display 1 x Mini DisplayPort (via Thunderbolt port)
1 x HDMI
Audio 1 x Audio in
1 x Audio out
Memory Card Reader 1 x SDXC
Communications
Wired 1 x 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 jack
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
General
Operating System Not specified by manufacturer
Electrical Requirements AC: 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz
Maximum Continuous Power: 85W
Environmental Requirements Operating Temperature: 50-95°F (10-35°C)
Storage Temperature: -40-116°F (-40-47°C)
Relative Humidity: 5-95%, non-condensing
Maximum Altitude: 10,000' (3048 m)
Typical Acoustical Performance: 12dBa at idle
Dimensions 7.7 x 1.4 x 7.7" / 19.7 x 3.6 x 19.7 cm
Weight 2.7 lb / 1.22 kg
Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012)
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  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    AppleMac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012)
     
    4.8

    (based on 229 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (188)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (36)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (173)
    • Easy to use (169)
    • Sleek design (152)
    • Fast (136)
    • Reliable (130)

    Cons

    • Limited storage (5)
    • Poor accessories (4)
    • Hard to set up (3)
    • Poor software bundle (3)
    • Slow (3)

    Best Uses

    • Internet (141)
    • Music (123)
    • Video (104)
    • Word processing (92)
    • Graphics (77)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (120), Multimedia professional (40), Technically challenged (27), Avid gamer (11)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (148), Business (56)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (22)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Elegance in a tiny package

    To simply put, this Mac mini is "Amazing!"I was reluctant at first when I saw the specs of this machine.This is not my main machine for working on digital...Read complete review

    To simply put, this Mac mini is "Amazing!"I was reluctant at first when I saw the specs of this machine.This is not my main machine for working on digital content (I have a Mac Pro for that). I wanted a machine that was affordable and which I could use for daily task and a little bit of content creation. I love my Mac pro, but there are times I feel like it's a waste to turn "on" such a powerful machine just for simple task such as web browsing or checking emails. I use a lot of resource intensive software such as Mudbox, After Effects and Adobe Premiere just to name a few (I know, I know I should be using an iMac, a Mac pro or a custom PC workstation). This machine has handled them all wonderfully. At first I was hesitant, and kept telling myself that I would just be wasting my time installing the apps I use on my Mac pro into this Mac mini, but curiosity got the better of me. To my surprise this machine was able to handle every task I threw at it. Yes, it gets a little slow here and there on heavy duty task, but most of that can be solved by adding a little more ram or even installing a SSD in this machine (for those tech savvy people). If you do light editing on videos with Premiere or some photo editing work on Photoshop then this machine is up for the job. If you are a casual gamer then this machine will do, but of course your not going to be able to dial the settings all the way to "Ultra," and since this is a Mac, the selection of games to choose from are rather "small." I'm not much of a gamer, I play video games here and there if I have the time or if I'm bored. I'v played a few games with this machine, with titles such as Team Fortress 2 and COD Black Ops on medium resolution and managed to averaged around 24-30 FPS. I was really impressed by the design of this machine. For a $ computer you can really feel the time and effort Apple has put in designing this product. Also the quality and feel of it is just extraordinary. What I love about this machine the most is how quiet it is, It's practically dead silent. Would I recommend this product? Short answer "YES!!!!"

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Video blinks out, black screen/snow

    As a very happy owner of a Mid 2010 Mac Mini and a Late 2009 MacBook it is difficult for me to give any Apple product such a low rating, but the late 2012...Read complete review

    As a very happy owner of a Mid 2010 Mac Mini and a Late 2009 MacBook it is difficult for me to give any Apple product such a low rating, but the late 2012 Mac Mini has a serious problem with the video, and as of this writing Apple Support is playing dumb about the issue inspite of numerous customer complaints and the remarkable number of posts on the Apple Support Community forum, and MacRumors forum. In the short time of one month since the 2012 Mac Mini was released there are well over 1000 posts regarding this issue and the numbers keep rising.

    At this time I do not recommend the new 2012 Mini, or at least not until this problem has been clearly acknowledged and rectified by Apple. In the meantime I would suggest anyone considering a purchase spend a few hours of research time in the forums so you know what you're getting into. Older Mac Minis are still a great choice and the 2011 Mac Minis are still available from B&H.

    B&H get 5 Stars for the expediant handling of my return and all the wonderfull service I've received from them over the last 18 years.

    For those who would like more specific information regarding this issue I'm attaching the post I put on the Apple Support Community forum below.

    Tnadu
    Re: Mac Mini (2012) HDMI losing sync (blank screen/snow)
    Nov 21, 2012 3:58 PM (in response to .Bunny)

    I just received a new late 2012 2.5GHz Mac Mini from B&H Photo. From reading the forum I was aware that some people were experiencing this problem, but decided to order one anyway hoping these were isolated instances. NOT!

    With the Mini turned on for less than five minutes I had my first blank screen followed by snow. I wasn't even through set up! It was as if the Mini went to sleep with a black screen. I hit the space bar and the screen came back with snow. Nothing I tried got rid of it so I hit the power button and it reset. Several times after that the screen would black out and then come back without the snow, so I contacted Apple Support and spent one and a half hours troubleshooting. The support tech was very helpful, but as others here have indicated he told me he was not familar with the problem. He spent a lot of time looking into it and talking with his supervisor, but in the end it was clear that Apple is not openly acknowledging they have a problem with the new Mini. He said if it continues to let them know and they could set up an appointment with the genius bar, as if they're going to know something tech support doesn't. Since it is an intermittent problem he indicated they would need to have it for a few days to troubleshoot. Finally, he told me if I was not happy with the Mini for any reason I could return it within 14 days.

    That same evening I got the black screen and then snow so I just turned off my monitor and went to bed. This morning when I powered on the monitor the screen was back to normal with an error message telling me I had not properly ejected a disc...what? I saw this message a couple of other times when all I'd done is shut down the monitor or unplugged and replugged the HDMI cable. Don't know if others are seeing this error, but it seems pretty consistant, not that it makes any sense.

    By the way, I have been using a mid 2010 mac mini for 2 years and the new one was installed with the same perripherals and cabling; the only thing different in my system was the new Mini.

    I am pretty disappointed with Apple letting a new product out without proper testing. Obviously this problem is so pervasive that even in a day or two of testing it would have been easily spotted. What's up with their quality control?

    As I write this I'm doing a secure erase of the hard drive and will be reloading OS X. I have already received a prepaid UPS mailer from B&H for the return. Clearly this problem is likely to be much more involved than a simple firmware fix. More likely it will require replacing the logic board once they admitt they have a problem and come up with a solution. Perhaps then I'll consider another one, but for now I'm taking advantage of the 14 day return policy.

    Honestly, I am surprised no one else has mentioned returning theirs. Seems to me that's the best way to get Apple's attention.

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    4.0

    Slow as Molasses in January

    By Mindlessbuttonmasher

    from West Palm Beach, FL

    About Me Tech Savvy

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    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable Performance
    • Sleek Design

    Cons

    • Did I Say Slow
    • It's Very Slow
    • Limited Storage
    • No Disk Drive
    • Slooooow
    • Slow

    Best Uses

    • Internet
    • Word Processing

    Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

    Super slow and it is amazing that it's a "newer" product. My 8-year-old Mac Pro runs circles around it but I'm forced to upgrade for certain programs (evil Adobe). Also, I don't care for the path Apple is taking sadly, and I've been an avid Mac user since the 80's and 90's. One advantage of this model is that it has Firewire 800 and comes with the OS X before Yosemite, so I can still run some older software...this is why I bought it. As for the slowness, I also purchased it with the intent to upgrade the internal hard drive replacing it with TWO SSD (Solid State) drives (SanDisk) with a kit from OWC (Other World Computing)--this is NOT going to be an easy task as I'll have to completely disassemble the computer, and I mean completely. So, I will remove the slow, 5400 rpm internal drive, and replace it with 2 lightning fast SSD drives. I will also max out the RAM which is easy to do. After this, it should be a solid solution for the next 3-5 years.

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    • Business

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    5.0

    Nice, quiet, small and speedy enough

    By DogtownArtworks

    from Urbana, IL

    About Me Fine Art Photographer, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast
    • Great Software Bundle
    • Reliable Performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Graphics
      • Internet
      • Music
      • Word Processing

      Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

      Got this to replace an 11-year-old Mac Pro. Yeah, we use our computers a long time. Probably too long. Decided to get the older late 2012 Mac Mini because I wanted to be able to add more memory myself and needed the Firewire 800 port for legacy equipment. Will add a second SSD later. It's plenty quick for our needs and we use Photoshop and Lightroom *a lot.* I was a bit worried that the Intel graphics wouldn't have enough muscle, but it's faster than my iMac (OK, it's getting long in the tooth, too). Paired it with a 24-inch Dell monitor and it's a sweet combination. Too bad Apple didn't keep user upgradeable memory in the new Mac Minis.

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      • Business

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      5.0

      Mini Mac, maxi quality

      By Jimbo

      from Rochester, NY

      About Me Multimedia Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast
      • Sleek Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Graphics

        Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

        I purchased this Mac Mini because I found that it has better features (Firewire ports, upgradeable RAM) than Apple's 2014 Mac Minis. It's a tremendous machine and a great value. It also came with Mac OS 10.9 installed and NOT 10.10 (Yosemite), which is another plus!

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        • Business

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        5.0

        Excellent Service

        By Southern Redneck

        from Al

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adequate Storage
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast
        • Great Software Bundle
        • Reliable Performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Internet
          • Music
          • Video

          Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

          Great deal on my Mac Mini. Hard to find model.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          amazing for the price

          By corey

          from pennsylvania

          Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

          love my new Mac. fast,snappy,perfect with Yosemite

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          5.0

          Holy Cats I love this Mini!

          By Cubfan

          from Chicago, Illinois

          About Me Graphic Designer, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adequate Storage
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast
          • Reliable Performance
          • Sleek Design

          Cons

          • No Optical Drive

          Best Uses

          • Graphics
          • Internet
          • Large Applications
          • Music
          • Video
          • Word Processing

          Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

          I'm a graphic designer using the entire Adobe Creative Suite and Quark along a Wacom tablet and I'm driving two monitors - so I have some pretty demanding requirements, and this computer does not disappoint!

          This is my 3rd Mini since 2006 (I used to run a G5 tower, but loved the form factor so much I made the switch) and this is the best by far. Blazingly fast, a little bigger footprint than previous models, but looks like it's from the future. I do miss an optical drive, but I just need time - I said that about floppy disks, too, but it is the best Mac I've ever had - and is such an incredible value.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          Reliable server for a great price

          By 1 Superman

          from Colorado

          Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

          As usual apple puts together great hardware, met my needs for a whole house video server system

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          5.0

          Best overall small computer

          By Mistermoto

          from Tampa, FL

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast
          • Great Software Bundle
          • Reliable Performance
          • Sleek Design

          Cons

          • Slow 5400 Rpm Hdd

          Best Uses

          • Internet
          • Music
          • Video
          • Word Processing

          Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

          The Mini really has no equal when it comes to small desktop computers. The Late 2012 version allows the user to upgrade the Memory and the storage very easily. The newer "Late 2014" version does not have this flexibility. USB 3 and thunderbolt ports give you lots of speed for peripherals. Put a SSD in this and you have a real screamer running OS X or even Windows/Linux.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          Great computer, great service

          By Kit

          from Ashland, Oregon

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adequate Storage
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast
          • Reliable Performance
          • Sleek Design

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Internet
            • Music
            • Word Processing

            Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

            Needed an economical, small footprint Apple computer for writing and internet. This completely satisfies my needs. Easy setup to monitor and wifi. Bought the 2012 version because of better reviews over the 2014. B&H had it delivered a day before expected arrival which was a nice surprise.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            As good as the others

            By Bob

            from New Mexico

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to Upgrade
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Graphics
              • Internet
              • Music
              • Video
              • Word Processing

              Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

              This is the 3rd 2012 model I've bought or bought for others. Two of them since the 2014 models came out (don't like them at all). Got this one, swapped in a 1TB drive before even setting it up, installed Yosemite, set up the user's account, copied over a bunch of stuff from a failing WinXP machine, and the relative it was purchased for couldn't be happier. Since it was new they even got to download and install all of the iLife and iWork programs (for free).Initially tried using the Migration Assistant to bring the stuff over from the WinXP machine, but that creates an account with the same name as the account on the Windows machine (in this case "PC-OWNER" -- real classy). That's stupid. It should just copy the stuff to the account on the Mac that you are logged into. Ended up just dragging over everything to an external disk and moving it that way. It was mostly just pictures and documents.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              4.0

              Great for everyday use!

              By meltonio

              from Frederick, MD

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Adequate Storage
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Slow Hard Drive

              Best Uses

                Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

                Replacing a giant 40 lbs. G5 Powermac tower with this tiny footprint desktop box. Runs everything much faster and I'm able to run the latest versions now. I use Filemaker Pro and Word with no problems. Going to upgrade the slow 5400 rpm hard drive with an SSD drive and expect a further increase in speed, as the hard drive just can't keep up with the all the fast hardware that this Mac Mini has in it. If you aren't doing Photoshop or some power hungry games this is a great little machine for everyday use.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                Super value

                By ericb

                from Boston MA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Adequate Storage
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy To Use
                • Fast

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Airplay

                  Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

                  Great machine at super value and unbelievably fast shipping (receieved it the next day with FREE shipping).

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  New Mac Purchase

                  By CAB

                  from Seattle WA

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Adequate Storage
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast
                  • Great Software Bundle
                  • Reliable Performance
                  • Sleek Design

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Graphics
                    • Internet
                    • Large Applications
                    • Music
                    • Video
                    • Word Processing

                    Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

                    We recently purchased and received our New Mac. The shipping time was excellent, in fact earlier than we expected. It works and looks great ! After setting it up we had a few questions, which were answered by the customer service staff quickly and completely.

                    My wife and I highly recommend using B & H for your personal and business electronic needs. My sons and both of us have been very satisfied with their prompt and professional service over the years.

                    Chris

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    As promised

                    By Sporti

                    from By,ny

                    Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

                    Lives up to how it is advertised

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                    5.0

                    2012 model is a great purchase right now

                    By Phil Neri

                    from Houston TX

                    About Me Multimedia Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Adequate Storage
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Great Software Bundle
                    • Reliable Performance
                    • Sleek Design

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Internet
                      • Music
                      • Video

                      Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

                      It may seem counterintuitive to purchase a 2-year old model when Apple has just state red selling the latest generation Mac Mini. But I needed this unit as a music and movie server, so the CPU performance is not critical (my other server is a 2009 model and it works fine). What I did not like in the 2014 version was the impossibility of upgrading memory. With just 4GB, the entry-level model may get obsolete in a few years as MacOS grows in size. B&H were offering 2012 models cheaper (and free of sales tax) than the entry-level 2014, and I can upgrade memory and disk at will in the future, so this worked great for me. Another feature I was sorry to see go in the 2014 model is the FW800 port. My mix of Apple equipment spans 2009 to 2012 gear, and FW800 is more convenient that Thunderbolt to hook all the pieces together. As usual, B&H were superfast their free delivery got the unit to me (in Texas) 2 working days after purchase.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      i'm Jim in Oklahoma and this box rocks

                      By Jim in Oklahoma, out in the sticks

                      from Checotah, Ok.

                      About Me Avid Gamer, Technically Challenged

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Adequate Storage
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast
                      • Reliable Performance
                      • Sleek Design

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Graphics
                        • Internet
                        • Large Applications
                        • Music
                        • Video

                        Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

                        I got my late 2012 mac mini a few days ago and it's the one with the sandy bridge I-7 processor with 4 gig ram and a 1 TB hard drive. the day i got it, i went out and bought 2 8gig sticks of ram and it took only a few minutes to make mine a 16 gig machine. i've had almost no experience tearing into a computer, but after watching a couple of youtube videos on replacing ram, it was much easier than i expected. it's now a screamer, and it feels quicker than my 2011 macbook pro which also has the 16gig of ram and a 1TB hybrid drive. this replaces my late 2011 iMac and with the LG 27" mp33 IPS led monitor, it's a great system for me. I'm an old guy at 63 last week, but i still ride my barleys and build hotrods, so i ain't dead yet. i still get a kick out of old fps games like doom, quake, hexxen, heretic, and lately the bio shock stuff. i use my mac mini for surfing the web. it's a great machine, and it defies the fact that it's tiny, but a true powerhouse. i'm really glad to have found it at B&H, and delivery was unbelievably quick.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        THE REAL DEAL

                        By JimR

                        from Brownsville, KY

                        About Me Technically Challenged

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Adequate Storage
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast
                        • Great Software Bundle
                        • Quality Accessories
                        • Reliable Performance
                        • Sleek Design

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Internet

                        Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

                        Very easy to set up and get started. Very user friendly. Very quick. I recommend this unit to everyone. It seems that I find something new about my Apple every day that makes me like it more.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Amazing

                        By MacMike

                        from Chicago

                        Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

                        I love this little Mac! I use it for Logix X and other music production software. I am a beginner so I do not put a huge load on it. But it is more than plenty for my needs. It is so quiet I cannot tell it's on!

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                        5.0

                        Get it while you can!

                        By jrhmobile

                        from nationwide

                        About Me Computer Professional, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy to Upgrade
                        • Reliable Performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Graphics
                          • Large Applications
                          • Music
                          • Video

                          Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

                          The late 2012 Mac Mini systems like this one are the latest and last ones that let you upgrade the RAM and easier for replacing the hard drive. Also, with the latest Mac Mini version, the system at the lowest price point in some ways is less powerful than this one.New ones won't be available for long. Buy this while you can.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          2012 Mac Mini

                          By Jim

                          from California

                          Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer (Late 2012):

                          I'm pleased with my new Mac mini. It is quiet and has enough power for my needs. Primarily used for photos, music and video. I will be upgrading Ram and replacing hard drive with ssd on Black Friday. I had waited for the upgraded Mini, but for me the 2012 version is a better fit. Excellent purchasing experience with b&h. Package came double boxed in excellent condition.

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