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AppleMac mini Desktop Computer
 
4.8

(based on 76 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (63)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

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    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (61)
  • Easy to use (59)
  • Fast (57)
  • Sleek design (51)
  • Reliable (49)

Cons

  • Limited storage (5)

Best Uses

  • Internet (39)
  • Music (39)
  • Video (30)
  • Word processing (28)
  • Graphics (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (41), Multimedia professional (18), Technically challenged (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (44), Business (21)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great little computer

How can I not love a little computer that's so quiet and powerful, running an operating system that is so stable and easy to use? After a lifetime with Windows and DOS machines,...Read complete review

How can I not love a little computer that's so quiet and powerful, running an operating system that is so stable and easy to use? After a lifetime with Windows and DOS machines, dating back to the 1980's, I made the full switch to Mac OSX in December 2013, with my MacBook Pro 15 Retina I purchased for my software consulting work. Here I am 5 months later, replacing my home computer with a Mac mini, as I have seen enough of Microsoft's foibles to convince me I've made the right choice. The shopworn phrase "it just works" is absolutely true with apple products, certainly true with the Mac mini. First thing I did with the base model I purchased was pop it open to install 16gb of memory. Being a tech friendly type, I chose to replace the slow internal hard drive with a 512ssd. That took a bit of work, but was well worth the time, as I have an i7 processor with 16gb and a fast ssd. Was simple to clone the delivered hard drive...I just used a dual external caddy to plug the source and target drives into, plugged that into my MacBook, ran Apple Disk Utility to do the clone. One time and done, fast and simple! My initial concerns about purchasing this mini at this time was the fact that the product line is a couple years old now, and apple really should be coming out with a new version. Now that I've upgraded, everything I do is fast and responsive, and this box has plenty of power for my home use. This is a pivotal time for apple, as I see hordes of former Windows users switching to MacBook Pro or MacBook Air for their primary computer. I can not recommend a Mac OSX device any stronger to anyone seeking their next computer. I have a MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air, and a Mac mini, all hooked to a Time Capsule 3tb, and I couldn't be happier with the simplicity of everything "just working" together, along with my iOS devices. At this point, I really only use Windows for Quicken software, which I use Parallels and Windows 8 Pro. B&H had an incredible bundle price, and their service is amazing. Packaging is professional and clean, my Mac mini was in its retail box, surrounded by a securely packed brown box, surrounded by B&H's outer packing carton, filled neatly with bubble wrap. This purchase could not have been a better experience, and I'm not shy to call out this outstanding experience with B&H.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Hard drive stopped working after 10 mo

Hard drive stopped working after 10 months of using my Mac mini. Bummer! Apple HDD HT55...
SMART status: failing.
I am so disappointed!!! What do I do...Read complete review

Hard drive stopped working after 10 months of using my Mac mini. Bummer! Apple HDD HT55...
SMART status: failing.
I am so disappointed!!! What do I do now?
It was terribly lagging lately, almost impossible to work with.

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5.0

Great value

By Nima

from Nj

Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

100% recommended

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1.0

Hard drive stopped working after 10 mo

By jemboo

from Scranton

About Me Multimedia Professional

Pros

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

Cons

  • Slow
  • Unreliable Performance

Best Uses

    Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

    Hard drive stopped working after 10 months of using my Mac mini. Bummer! Apple HDD HT55...
    SMART status: failing.
    I am so disappointed!!! What do I do now?
    It was terribly lagging lately, almost impossible to work with.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

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    5.0

    Great Product, Great Price

    By Ryamus

    from Wayne, MI

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

        We use the macbook mini at our church for our projection system it works great, now lags, it has never crashed. It allows me to have two monitors set up and control what is seen by the public and exactly what I see is separate.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Great machine

        By J'nsty

        from SF CA

        About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Graphics
          • Internet
          • Large Applications
          • Video

          Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

          Used it in an art installation. Speedy. Small. Good price. I actually have no complaints!

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          great product, very happy with purchase

          By Olya

          from PA 18002

          About Me Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adequate Storage
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Fast
          • Reliable Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Internet
            • Music
            • Video
            • Word Processing

            Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

            takes time to get used to, but all in all a great experience

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Great Price

            By Jeff

            from Vienna, VA

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Reliable Performance
            • Sleek Design

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Graphics

              Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

              Got what we wanted at the best price anywhere, especially better than Apple. Delivered fast and works great. Also ordered 16 GB ram upgrade.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              best deal online

              By lobstercrawl

              from Marathon, Florida

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Sleek Design

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                  love my mac

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                  5.0

                  Lots of power for something called Mini

                  By Average Tech Joe

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Average Tech Joe

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Limited Storage

                  Best Uses

                  • Graphics
                  • Music
                  • Video

                  Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                  Parallels made it 2 desktop computers in 1 - a Mac and Windows PC in one neat package. Very expensive by PC standards if you don't consider the apps that came bundled with the OS. A PC normally comes only with the Win OS, some utilities and the browser. They use to come with MS Works, a less capable but acceptable version of MS Office but that seems to be not the case anymore. Also, monitor, mouse and keyboard are extra. So why did I opt for a Mac rather than a PC? Well, in my observation it seems that Photoshop works better in Mac's. With Parallels I get to run my Win based applications as well.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  4.0

                  Good, being realistic

                  By Haasenstein

                  from Waterville, ME

                  About Me Multimedia Professional, Music Composer, Music Producer, Songwriter, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Quad-core

                  Cons

                  • May Need To Upgrade Hd
                  • Need To Upgrade Ram

                  Best Uses

                  • Internet
                  • Large Applications
                  • Music
                  • Video

                  Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                  First of all, it's suggested to get 16GB of RAM right off the bat if you plan on using this for audio, video, and/or photography. Secondly, the unit is NOT silent. If you have great ears like I do, there's a constant albeit subtle sound. The sound is best described as a faint fan...nothing compared to the noise level eminating from my old PC tower.

                  Here's the RAM Crucial recommends for this late 2012 Mini - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/889298-REG/crucial_ct2k8g3s160bm_16gb_2x8_204p_sodimm.html

                  I chatted with Crucial support to verify this is the correct match.

                  I will eventually upgrade the hard drive to an SSD, or perhaps use the SSD as the boot drive and keep the 1GB as-is for storage.

                  So far so good with Logic X in comparison to a 13" MacBook Pro Retina dual-core. Although, at times CPU usage still peaks so it's not night and day, but overall better. Again, an SSD (which the MacBook has) would help overall.

                  Lastly, I am successfully dual-booting with Windows 7 Home Premium.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  Great little computer

                  By MacAddict

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  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

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                    How can I not love a little computer that's so quiet and powerful, running an operating system that is so stable and easy to use? After a lifetime with Windows and DOS machines, dating back to the 1980's, I made the full switch to Mac OSX in December 2013, with my MacBook Pro 15 Retina I purchased for my software consulting work. Here I am 5 months later, replacing my home computer with a Mac mini, as I have seen enough of Microsoft's foibles to convince me I've made the right choice. The shopworn phrase "it just works" is absolutely true with apple products, certainly true with the Mac mini. First thing I did with the base model I purchased was pop it open to install 16gb of memory. Being a tech friendly type, I chose to replace the slow internal hard drive with a 512ssd. That took a bit of work, but was well worth the time, as I have an i7 processor with 16gb and a fast ssd. Was simple to clone the delivered hard drive...I just used a dual external caddy to plug the source and target drives into, plugged that into my MacBook, ran Apple Disk Utility to do the clone. One time and done, fast and simple! My initial concerns about purchasing this mini at this time was the fact that the product line is a couple years old now, and apple really should be coming out with a new version. Now that I've upgraded, everything I do is fast and responsive, and this box has plenty of power for my home use. This is a pivotal time for apple, as I see hordes of former Windows users switching to MacBook Pro or MacBook Air for their primary computer. I can not recommend a Mac OSX device any stronger to anyone seeking their next computer. I have a MacBook Pro, a MacBook Air, and a Mac mini, all hooked to a Time Capsule 3tb, and I couldn't be happier with the simplicity of everything "just working" together, along with my iOS devices. At this point, I really only use Windows for Quicken software, which I use Parallels and Windows 8 Pro. B&H had an incredible bundle price, and their service is amazing. Packaging is professional and clean, my Mac mini was in its retail box, surrounded by a securely packed brown box, surrounded by B&H's outer packing carton, filled neatly with bubble wrap. This purchase could not have been a better experience, and I'm not shy to call out this outstanding experience with B&H.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Great for a server

                    By Tyler Durden

                    from Sacramento, CA

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast
                    • Great Software Bundle
                    • Low Heat With Ssd
                    • Quality Accessories
                    • Reliable Performance
                    • Sleek Design

                    Cons

                    • Difficult Sdd Access

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                    used for xCode Objective-C programming, Fusion, Parrallels, Sharepoint, SQL, AFP, NFS, SMB, and plex server

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    Great price, great purchase

                    By Greg

                    from Illinois

                    Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                    We have iPhones and iPads, so I thought it was time to switch to a Mac. I wanted something with a lot of power and storage for the pictures and videos from our devices, but didn't want to spend a ton. Hooked the Mac mini up to my TV, use a wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse and use the computer from the luxury of my couch!

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                    5.0

                    A Great Little Workhorse

                    By Brad

                    from Walnut Creek, CA

                    About Me Multimedia Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Limited Storage

                    Best Uses

                    • Music

                    Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                    We use the Mac Mini in an audio recording setting, where it's easy to rack up and make mobile, and performs well under stressful situations, including major travel.

                    Really easy to get up and running in this environment and handles everything we throw at it. In hundreds of hours of use, these computers have never failed.

                    It would be nice to buy these configured with either two SSD drives or one SSD drives and one 7200 RPM drive. Alas, the server configuration available here only has two 5400 RPM drives, which are not useful to us.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    Great Deal!

                    By Dennis G

                    from Lancaster,PA

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast
                    • Low Cost Apple
                    • Reliable Performance
                    • Sleek Design

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Internet
                      • Music
                      • Video

                      Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                      Small-Low energy consumption-Low Cost= Great Deal

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Mac mini desktop computer

                      By Kavin

                      from Seattle

                      Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                      B&H price is cheap,quality is good.it is a best choice .

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                      5.0

                      Mac mini desktop computer

                      By Kevin

                      from Seattle

                      Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                      B$H price is cheap quality is good. it is a best choice.

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                      4.0

                      Needs the Max RAM to make it hum

                      By Blasola

                      from CO

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Need To Upgrade Ram
                      • Slow

                      Best Uses

                      • Internet
                      • Large Applications
                      • Music
                      • Virtual Machine
                      • Word Processing

                      Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                      I was surprised at the poor performance of this mac when I first set it up. It was sluggish and slower than my 2009 mac mini. I thought something must be wrong but after doing some internet searching, decided it must be the RAM. It comes with 4gb which is not enough to handle anything beyond basic functions. I ordered 16gb RAM (the max) and now its screaming fast and all of my applications are running extremely well. Also, I bought the RAM from B&H., they had the best price. ( I was not paid for that, just saving you some time shopping around) I am very happy with this mac but I would recommend ordering the 16gb RAM when you order it.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      5.0

                      For Processing Photographs

                      By Jim

                      from Colorado Springs

                      About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Graphics
                        • Large Applications

                        Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                        Upgraded to get the quad core processor for photography work. Use Lightroom 5 with Nik and Topaz filters. Way faster than my previous Mini! Was able to easily transfer my files and applications from the older Mini.

                        And, upgrading the memory (when I get to that) is very easy, especially compared to the older mini!

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Machine

                        By Jack

                        from Scottsdale

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Pros

                        • Adequate Storage
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast
                        • Great Software Bundle
                        • Reasonable Price
                        • Reliable Performance
                        • Sleek Design
                        • Typical Apple Quality

                        Cons

                        • Definitely Out-of-date

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                        I replaced my late 2009 mini with the current (2012) Core-i7 2.3GHz version for use as my alternate Mac and as an EyeTV DVR.

                        16GB of Crucial RAM and a Crucial M500 960GB SSD were also ordered from B&H. I wasn't the funnest Mac to tear into but I got the job accomplished. The OEM 1TB HDD is installed in the upper bay as a data drive.

                        Typical of B&H the purchases arrived when expected. The prices, especially with Apple Care were excellent.

                        Now I've got an excellent Mac that will serve its intended purposes very well.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Fantastic Deal!

                        By tthelenrv

                        from Columbus, OH

                        About Me Multimedia Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                          B&H was fast courteous and CHEAP! The money I saved allowed to purchase everything I wanted all at one.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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