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Apple500GB Mac mini with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7
 
4.8

(based on 11 reviews)

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Pros

  • Versatile (7)
  • Easy to set up (4)
  • Quiet (4)
  • Easy to customize (3)
  • Easy to navigate (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Multimedia (8)
  • Home (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (5)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (6)

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4.0

Available in store

By Fabrício Rennó

from Minas Gerais - Brazil

About Me Quality Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Fast

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Virus Free Os

    Comments about Apple 500GB Mac mini with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7:

    I chose to start at Mac world with a Mac Mini, but not the basic model. I took advantage of my trip to USA to buy this new computer (lower prices than Brazil), and found that B&H had this product available in store (while others asked for 5 to 7 business day to deliver, too long for my visit).I use it in my home, and so far, the computer is very good. Quiet (but with a noisy fan sometimes), it's very fast to use but the Mac OS interface is not quick to learn...B&H could give us a different document with the serial code of the computer, so that the "proof of purchase" would show only the price paid. I needed this serial code to upgrade free from Mac OS 10.7 to 10.8, and my code was missing some parts (after this affliction moment I found the serial code other sources, like the Apple menu or in the back of the case).

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

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    4.0

    good, but a little slow

    By annmix

    from Russia

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home

      Comments about Apple 500GB Mac mini with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7:

      I use for graphic design. a little slow

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      5.0

      Mac Mini on Steroids

      By Your cousin vinny

      from Northern Virginia

      About Me Multimedia Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Apple learning curve

      Best Uses

      • Dorm Room
      • Home
      • Multimedia
      • Office

      Comments about Apple 500GB Mac mini with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7:

      I am a photographer but have had it with issues that afflict non-apple products. I was not ready to trash all my peripherals and new monitor. This mac mini is configured to be powerful and functional.

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      5.0

      Supper Computer in a very small box!

      By MacGuy

      from Rocklin, CA

      About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Never Freezes
      • Powerful
      • Quiet
      • Small footprint
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Multimedia
        • Office

        Comments about Apple 500GB Mac mini with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7:

        I'm actually using this machine to replace an older MacPro desktop box. This machine has more power, is quieter and is a great fit in my workflow. I also intend on using it as a video server tied directly to my home A/V system as it has an HDMI out built in. This is a fantastic piece of hardware! Video editing, organizing family photos, watching movies... you name it this machine will do it!

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        5.0

        impressive

        By Just Me

        from Juneau, AK

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Powerful
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Multimedia

          Comments about Apple 500GB Mac mini with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7:

          This is ultimately for connecting to a TV as a media device. But, for now, it's a general purpose computer. Works flawlessly. Very quiet. Replaced the stock HD with an SSD and the boot time was amazing (7-8seconds). Right now, it's connected to a Dell monitor w/ a Dell mouse & Apple wireless keyboard. I'm missing the magic trackpad.

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          5.0

          Fast, Quiet, Cool Music Server

          By Careful Buyer

          from S.F. Bay Area

          About Me Retired Music Lover

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Cool Quiet Fast
          • Easy to 'Screen Share'
          • Easy to Customize
          • Easy to Install More RAM
          • Easy to Navigate
          • Small Footprint
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • 'OnOff' Button at Rear
          • No Assignable USB Port

          Best Uses

          • Dedicated Music Server
          • Multimedia

          Comments about Apple 500GB Mac mini with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7:

          I replaced the installed HD with a fast SSD and the result is one fast, quiet, cool, Mac Mini music server that runs just Lion, iTunes and Pure Music pulling music files from an external NAS drive and generating so little jitter and EMI that my audio system has taken a qualitative leap towards uncorrupted purity of sound. This Mac Mini chews up work fast, is inaudible and stays beneath 120F. I highly recommend it as a game-changing music server!

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Love it!

          By Lane

          from Portland Or

          About Me Cinematographer, Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
          • Easy to Customize
          • Easy to Navigate
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Multimedia

            Comments about Apple 500GB Mac mini with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7:

            It's small and fast. Perfect for video editing and multiple applications running simultaneously. Great price for a powerful machine.

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

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            5.0

            Wanted a Mac MINI and B&H is the place

            By joesome

            from NoVA

            About Me Father of two teenagers

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Everything works
            • Fast
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Bit of a learning curve
            • Difficult to Navigate

            Best Uses

            • Educational Purposes
            • Multimedia

            Comments about Apple 500GB Mac mini with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7:

            We purchased the Apple Thunderbolt display to use with our daughter's MacBook Air. That wasn't a good combination, so to make use of the wonderful display, Mac MINI was the ticket. B&H was the right place to buy it since the Apple store sells only at retail. B&H shipped the same day and we had it two days later. We loaded it with CS 5.0 PhotoShop Extended, and between that and iPhoto, we're in a good position for homework, family photos, and general amusement. The MINI takes precious little room, generates almost no noise nor heat, and has plenty of connections to support most anything one would want. We also purchased at B&H the wireless track pad and keyboard -- makes for a most clean installation.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            jack be nimble, jack be quick

            By jemodurn

            from San Francisco, CA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Multimedia

              Comments about Apple 500GB Mac mini with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7:

              Small machine yet super fast. A very capable desktop for office and home based multimedia work.
              I added an SSD to it and the machine is very responsive. I can also run all my Windows program with Parallels 7 which comes for free.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              My first Mac

              By Big Mike

              from Chicago, IL

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
              • Easy to Customize
              • Easy to Navigate
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Multimedia

                Comments about Apple 500GB Mac mini with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7:

                Seems like the world has gotten a little brighter. Thought it woukd take real getting used to after just using PCs all my life, but as with all apple products it really is the most user friendly computer i"ve ever used. Upgrading the ram right out of the box was a snap.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                Fast and quiet

                By tempestX3

                from Oakland, CA

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Apple 500GB Mac mini with 2.7GHz Intel Core i7:

                I bought this to upgrade with a 240G SSD that I already own. The drive went in pretty easily with the install videos from OWC ([@]) -- just be methodical!It's now a very fast machine that runs almost completely silently, unlike the iMac with its 3.5" hard drives. I haven't yet seen the fan spin up beyond its base 1800rpm, even running Flash ;-)

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

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