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Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer

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Product Highlights
  • 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
  • 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
  • 256GB Solid State 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 10.9 or OS X 10.8

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 a compact yet fully-functional desktop Mac. The mini ships without a keyboard, mouse or 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 quad-core Ivy Bridge 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 processor and includes 4GB of 1600Hz DDR3 RAM, a 256GB solid state drive, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, an SDXC card reader, and integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000.

This Mac mini comes with either Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or OS X 10.9 Mavericks preinstalled; both operating systems feature a user-friendly interface. Mac OS X 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

Quad-Core Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7 Performance
With an Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7 processor, this Mac mini keeps up with computers twice its size. The quad cores of the processor can run at a stock speed of 2.6GHz. The processor can also be overclocked up to 3.6GHz, thanks to Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology. With a 6MB 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
Flash Storage
This Mac mini comes with 256GB of flash storage in a solid-state drive instead of a traditional hard drive. Flash storage delivers nearly five times the performance of a disk drive speed. You'll notice the difference when you boot your Mac mini, launch an app, or browse your photo library
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 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
Cache L3: 6MB
Memory 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 memory
Configurable to 8GB or 16GB
Graphics Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 shared
Storage and Expansion
Hard Drive 256GB Solid State Drive
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 Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (64-bit) or Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks (64-bit)
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
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  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    AppleMac mini Desktop Computer
     
    4.6

    (based on 11 reviews)

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    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (6)
    • Good power output (5)
    • Quiet (5)
    • Fast (3)
    • Never freezes (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Multimedia (6)
      • Home (5)
      • Office (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (5)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (4)
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      The Mac Mini is fun and easy to learn

      I have had a Microsoft pc for 12 years, then I was over to the sons house one evening and we got on the subject of computers. He then demonstrated why he liked his...Read complete review

      I have had a Microsoft pc for 12 years, then I was over to the sons house one evening and we got on the subject of computers. He then demonstrated why he liked his Mac Pro so much over a Microsoft pc.
      Long story short, I decided to take a chance and switch to Apple Mac Mini. I decided on a Mini with a 256 Gb. ssd, and 16 Gb. of ram. aLthough i ordered it with only 4 Gb. of ram, I am ordering the 16Gb. of Crucial Memory today. Had to make sure the mini was what I really wanted. Let me tell you, do not listen to stories from people that are still using Microsoft pc's and saying that Apple pc's are to hard to learn or they have a steep learning curve. I had mine fired up and two hours later I was doing things on my mac mini that I never found out how to do on my "other" computer. I love my Mac Mini and I will never go back to my Microsoft pc although I still have it for my daughter to use when she comes over to the house. I set both up on a router. If you want speed out of a computer, go for the solid state drive like I did. There is nothing like it.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Bad unit, didn't work out of the box.

      I can't believe I'm l writing a poor review of an Apple product, but I have to tell it like it is. The unit didn't work right after taking it out if the box...Read complete review

      I can't believe I'm l writing a poor review of an Apple product, but I have to tell it like it is. The unit didn't work right after taking it out if the box and powering on. Took it to the Genius Bar, they said it was a bad build and I should return it. I'm sorry but this is the 5th Apple product I have had malfunction out of the factory. The Genius Bar is always packed with people with defunct products. So rather than wait the 3 weeks in shipping/processing turnaround to exchange it and risk getting yet another lemon, I just got a refund. I think Apple is making so many billions of computers and dollars now that they can't be bothered with quality. I used to tell people, "Get a Mac, it just works." Now I tell people, "Get a Mac, hopefully it will work." Apple is the new PC.

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      5.0

      Nice power for the normal household

      By Trout4u

      from Lynnwood WA

      Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

      Works great aside from integrated graphics. Runs the new LG 34UM95 at full 3440x1440 at 50hz via thunderbolt. The core i7 is great for the medium work I do in PS Elements, Lightroom, ect. Quiet, small. What more could you ask for unless your into serious graphics power.

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      5.0

      B&H comes through again!

      By Fezza

      from Washington, DC

      About Me Music producer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Navigate

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Multimedia

        Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

        I wanted this custom Mac Mini configuration with CPU maxed out and SSD. Not many 3rd parties have every customization option, but B&H did so I chose to buy from them rather than pay tax over at Apple. Solid machine so far

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Great for Corel X3!

        By Alicia the Artist

        from Sumter, SC

        About Me Graphic artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Cool Operating
        • Fast
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Multimedia

        Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

        I use Corel X3 on this machine and it runs very well! X3 utilizes all the cores so getting the i7 processor was value added. Also, the SSD makes this little machine a screamer! It is perfect for processing high resolution files--at least after I added 16 GB after-market RAM!

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        The Mac Mini is fun and easy to learn

        By coolweather_guy

        from Queensbury, NY

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Internet
          • Large Applications
          • Word Processing

          Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

          I have had a Microsoft pc for 12 years, then I was over to the sons house one evening and we got on the subject of computers. He then demonstrated why he liked his Mac Pro so much over a Microsoft pc.
          Long story short, I decided to take a chance and switch to Apple Mac Mini. I decided on a Mini with a 256 Gb. ssd, and 16 Gb. of ram. aLthough i ordered it with only 4 Gb. of ram, I am ordering the 16Gb. of Crucial Memory today. Had to make sure the mini was what I really wanted. Let me tell you, do not listen to stories from people that are still using Microsoft pc's and saying that Apple pc's are to hard to learn or they have a steep learning curve. I had mine fired up and two hours later I was doing things on my mac mini that I never found out how to do on my "other" computer. I love my Mac Mini and I will never go back to my Microsoft pc although I still have it for my daughter to use when she comes over to the house. I set both up on a router. If you want speed out of a computer, go for the solid state drive like I did. There is nothing like it.

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          1.0

          Bad unit, didn't work out of the box.

          By MTM Studios

          from New York, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Freezes or Crashes

            Best Uses

              Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

              I can't believe I'm l writing a poor review of an Apple product, but I have to tell it like it is. The unit didn't work right after taking it out if the box and powering on. Took it to the Genius Bar, they said it was a bad build and I should return it. I'm sorry but this is the 5th Apple product I have had malfunction out of the factory. The Genius Bar is always packed with people with defunct products. So rather than wait the 3 weeks in shipping/processing turnaround to exchange it and risk getting yet another lemon, I just got a refund. I think Apple is making so many billions of computers and dollars now that they can't be bothered with quality. I used to tell people, "Get a Mac, it just works." Now I tell people, "Get a Mac, hopefully it will work." Apple is the new PC.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Huge Performance

              By Emerson

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Multimedia Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Powerful
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Office

                Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                I bought this to use in my project audio post studio and so far its blowing away my old mac pro in terms of performance. An added benefit is that its super quiet which is extremely important to me. I also do a lot of composing with many virtual instruments, plugins, ect. and so far its handled everything I've thrown at it with ease.

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                5.0

                Just as expected - Fast, quiet, lean

                By Charles R

                from New York, NY

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Never Freezes
                • Powerful
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Dorm Room
                  • Gaming
                  • Home
                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                  I bought this Mac instead of an iMac so I can upgrade it once it gets "obsolete" without replacing the expensive monitor (which I bought separately). So far it has worked perfectly. With the SSD option, it is as fast as you would expect. The only con would be the price but personally I still think is worth if you're looking for reliability, small factor and "design".

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                  5.0

                  The best mac mini for the price!

                  By Price Man

                  from Arizona

                  About Me Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Never Freezes
                  • Power Efficient
                  • Powerful
                  • Quiet
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Awesome Server
                  • Home
                  • Multimedia
                  • Office

                  Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                  If you're not using your mac for video editing and photoshop then this is the fastest mac for the price. I'm completely happy with it. I tried the i5 processor and it just wasn't doing it for me. Go with the SSD and you will not be sorry. Once you use one the other computers without will make you angry.

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                  5.0

                  Mini Footprint, Massive Performance

                  By H820

                  from Beaumont, CA

                  About Me Photoshop Professional, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Never Freezes
                  • Powerful
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Multimedia
                    • Office

                    Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                    I'm a professional Photoshop user. The Mini will open a 150mb .psd file and start up Photoshop in less than 4 seconds. The price of the Mini with a solid state drive, plus 16gb of memory, along with a Blu Ray disc burner, and a 24 inch photo grade monitor that displays 97% of Adobe RGB gamma, came to less than an equivalent in performance iMac, Macbook Pro, or Mac Pro. I did not need the expandibility of the Mac Pro so the choice for me was a no-brainer since the Mini is an iMac or Macbook Pro without a monitor. It took five minutes to install 16gb of memory after watching a how-to video. Swapping hard drives isn't much more difficult. So far I haven't managed to work the Mini hard enough to make it even a little warm. This little 7.5 inch square machine is the best I've owned in 25 years of computing.

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                    5.0

                    For those on a budget

                    By S

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Pro Retoucher, Tech Savvy

                    Pros

                    • Powerful
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Dorm Room
                      • Home
                      • Multimedia
                      • Office

                      Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                      There are faster computers but this is Pandora's Box. You open it and you get a lot of power but with a not so great video card.

                      If your working with still images or GD the video card will be enough for you. I've been told that the mini can drive up to three monitors but it might be a good idea to stick to two.

                      The SSD drive is more powerful and faster than the fusion. The SSD drive is smaller and you will need to work off of a USB 3 RAID unless you install a second drive yourself.

                      The operating system supports the latest version of PHP. This is great for anyone who codes.

                      The new operating system no longer supports pre-intel programs. This is going to upset a lot of people when they learn that their software is no longer supported.

                      Unless you build your own, you get a fast computer for half the price.

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                      5.0

                      The best deal

                      By Vini Brandini

                      from São Paulo / Brazil

                      About Me Wedding Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast
                      • Reliable Performance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Lightroom
                        • Photo

                        Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                        I believe that the macmini is the best deal. Relatively inexpensive and very fast.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        Monitors

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                        Required item: Select a monitor with the right resolution, refresh rate and dimensions to suit your needs.

                        Apple -  27" Thunderbolt Display
                        • You Pay: $949.99
                         

                        Mice & Keyboards

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                        Required item: Navigate your Mac Mini effortlessly with a mouse and keyboard.

                        Apple -  Magic Trackpad
                        • You Pay: $65.94
                         

                        Additional memory will enhance your computer's performance and speed processing times.

                        Crucial -  8GB (2x4GB) SO-DIMM DDR3 PC3-12800 Memory for Notebooks (B&H Kit)
                        • You Pay: $78.68
                         
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                        Optical Drives

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                        Read or write CDs and DVDs by adding an optical drive.

                        Apple -  USB SuperDrive
                        • You Pay: $74.99
                         

                        Software

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                        Track your finances, manage your business, or add new utilities to maximize convenience.

                        Microsoft -  Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 (Product Key)
                        • Reg. Price: $129.99
                        • Instant Savings: -$7.04
                        • You Pay: $122.95
                        • Limited supply at this price
                         

                        Networking

                        Share your Internet connection with other computers, either at home, school or the office.

                        Apple -  Airport Express Base Station
                        • You Pay: $89.00
                         

                        Drives & Storage

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                        Store data safely and free up system resources to run complex programs or backups.

                        LaCie -  2TB F.A. Porsche Designed Desktop Hard Drive
                        • You Pay: $119.99
                         
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