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AppleMac mini Desktop Computer
 
4.8

(based on 94 reviews)

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    (76)

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    (17)

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    (0)

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    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (73)
  • Easy to use (71)
  • Fast (68)
  • Sleek design (62)
  • Reliable (60)

Cons

  • Limited storage (5)

Best Uses

  • Internet (49)
  • Music (47)
  • Word processing (38)
  • Video (36)
  • Graphics (29)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (50), Multimedia professional (20), Technically challenged (5), Avid gamer (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (53), Business (24)

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

Mac Mini is more pro than people know

By Antinet

from Seattle WA

About Me Multimedia Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Graphics
    • Internet
    • Music
    • Word Processing

    Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

    This little computer can do a lot. Only problem is that you have to buy a recent model. USB 3.0 is very fast. Get the fastest chip config you can to get the most out of it HDs are pretty spacious at 1TB. There's room for a second as well.

    • Primary use:
    • Business

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    5.0

    MacMini 2012

    By Andy

    from California

    Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

    Product as expected in perfect new condition, the delivery was delayed but not to B&H fault. (This model has a better value than new one imho)

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    4.0

    Solid performer, easy to upgrade

    By Merril

    from Bloomington IL

    Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

    I'm happy with my purchase. It records all channels from my presonus mixeer and runs all other music software flawlessly

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    5.0

    great desktop mac

    By ed

    from california

    Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

    ivy bridge i7 quad core, last quad core of the mac mini series for now. works great still fast plenty of expandable ram space. will be using this for a htpc at some point, great with a remote mouse app on ios

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    5.0

    great desktop mac

    By ed

    from california

    Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

    ivy bridge i7 quad core, last quad core of the mac mini series for now. works great still fast plenty of expandable ram space. will be using this for a htpc at some point, great with a remote mouse app on ios

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    5.0

    Great for small business's

    By 307lAliWooD

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Ace Of Ittech Soul, Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, 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

      • Graphics
      • Internet
      • Large Applications
      • Multi-platform Office
      • Music
      • Video
      • Word Processing

      Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

      I use this i7 for small offices, where I run parallels for there windows need, and Use OS X to keep their office safe from daily internet needs. Its great design the i7 configuration is great and their re-sale value after few years is great. I wished they had kept everything inside for the new ones like this version. However they managed to screw up a great platform with the 2014 refresh. So, this model is the last of Steve era design. Works great with other apple products and iX based intel macs also are able to share screen with apple TV's so you display your screen on TV's easily. Also hard drive can be upgraded to SSD or even buy kit and add SSD and create fusion drive for Super fast Speed.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      One of the best bang-for-the-bucks EVER!

      By JohnnyD

      from Tampa, FL

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast
      • Quality Accessories
      • Reliable Performance
      • Sleek Design

      Cons

      • Tedious To Add Hardware

      Best Uses

      • Large Applications
      • Running Windows

      Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

      The 2012 quad-core i7 Mac Mini is one of the best performing sub-$ machines on the planet. Upgrade it with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD and you have a machine that will run any flavor of Windows better than a regular HP/Dell. With a free copy of Parallel's to boot you can't go wring buying this machine.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Needed a backup.

      By NMBob

      from New Mexico

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Entertainment Center
        • Internet
        • Music
        • Video
        • Word Processing

        Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

        I have one of these connected to my TV with a 2TB hard drive, a 1.5TB hard drive, and 16GB of RAM. It has all of my TV shows, Movies and music with room to spare in one package. Can't do that with the new mini models (Oct 2014) without going bankrupt (you'll have to buy the 16GBs right away, and solid state drives are beyond expensive).

        The HD4000 graphics system could be better (the new ones are HD5000), but it does fine for me connected to a 42" LCD TV. B&H had a good price, so I bought this extra one. Will probably just use it as a regular desktop computer. I've already upgraded it to a 1.5TB hard drive, and I haven't even started using it yet.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Great purchase

        By Ati

        from Bay Area, CA

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast
        • Quality Accessories
        • Reliable Performance
        • Sleek Design

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Internet
          • Video
          • Word Processing

          Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

          sweet little machine with i7 and had a DIY hdd upgrade and 16gb ram. works great, very small profile, quite and low power usage.

          great buy

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          So glad I got this when i did

          By Et

          from Bradenton florida

          Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

          What a powerful mini , Apple no longer offers a quad core mini so this was soooo worth it for the price.

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          5.0

          Great Apple Desktop Computer

          By CoNE

          from Buenos Aires, Argentina

          About Me Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Internet
            • Itunes
            • Photo
            • Word Processing

            Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

            Nice desktop computer
            Small size
            Powerful for its size

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            mac mini desktop computer

            By Moish

            from Portland, Me.

            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
              • Music
              • Video
              • Word Processing

              Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

              I use it for common applications, ie., e-mail, music, movies, photo archiving, etc.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              4.0

              Small, quiet, beautiful

              By Andrew

              from Princeton, NJ

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast
              • Quality Accessories
              • Reliable Performance
              • Sleek Design

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Internet
                • Music
                • Word Processing

                Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                Small and sleak, ultra quiet and very power effecient. Overall excellent value. Getting a little long in the tooth with newer Intel parts available, but still very potent for such a small package.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Great computer

                By Carmen

                from Long Island

                Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                The Mac mini is very fast and portable

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                4.0

                Sleek desktop!

                By Rick Huang

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Hybrid Drive Costs
                • Hybrid Drive Costs A Lot

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                  I use it to record guitar in Logic pro and other everyday processing, no gaming. Everything runs smooth, but I've added extra memory to 8GB. Originally for 4GB RAM it lags a little. I thought about changing to Hybrid drive but B&H said NO EXCHANGE. I would recommend selecting Hybrid drive during one's initial purchase!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  4.0

                  Mac Mini + Asus LED Display = iMac

                  By Bigpoodle

                  from State College PA

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Won't Impress Babes

                  Best Uses

                  • Internet
                  • Large Applications
                  • Music
                  • Word Processing

                  Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                  Assembling this component system (with extra memory, Creative webcam, Apple Mouse, Superdrive, and an extra keyboard I had lying around) gave me a higher-spec, more robust replacement for my old iMac than buying a mid-spec new iMac, for hundreds of dollars less. More than worth the extra hour or so of unboxing and assembly and the overall performance is excellent. As usual, Apple's documentation bites but their Applecare support makes up for it. Not as spiffy looking as the new iMac but essentially the same desktop footprint.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  4.0

                  Very slick looking

                  By Shai the couch potato.

                  from St. Louis, MO

                  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

                  • Peripherals Are Extra

                  Best Uses

                  • Internet
                  • Music
                  • Video
                  • Word Processing

                  Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                  Very small but powerful computer. Comes without any peripherals, but they (the peripherals) are laying around the house collectig dust, thus this little block of aluminium gets them a new lease on life.
                  Great for streaming movies, music and photos.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Mac Mini Quad Core 1 TB

                  By Max

                  from America

                  About Me I Live On The Computer, 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

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

                    Comments about Apple Mac mini Desktop Computer:

                    How you use the product:
                    My Mac Mini is used for studio work, using garage band and soon will be used for Logic Pro X. It handles garage band very well, and with dual screens, it really is a great multitasker. It is very responsive and although it only has the 4 gigs of memory for now, it does a great job. I also use it for school work. I have plenty to write as I am working on a Ph.D., So, it is a great tool for looking at journals and typing on the other screen. It is a must buy!

                    Things that are great about it:
                    -Compact and does not take up much space
                    -Apple quality, quick load, easy on
                    -Huge amount of space, very easy to navigate
                    -Quick response,
                    -Comes with dynamic Apple programs like keynote, garage band, and movie make, +

                    Things that aren't so great about it:
                    -Might catch a delay, but it is extremely rare that that might happen
                    -If you have garage band files from 2008, then it might not recognize all of the instruments because the program has changed.
                    -You have to have a wired keyboard to start it up initially, but after that, you can blue tooth it for the rest of your life.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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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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