Apple Mac mini 2.6 GHz Desktop Computer (Late 2014)

Apple Mac mini 2.6 GHz Desktop Computer (Late 2014)

Apple Mac mini 2.6 GHz Desktop Computer (Late 2014)

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  • 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 Dual-Core
  • 8GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
  • 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • Intel Iris Graphics
  • 802.11ac/a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, HDMI Ports
  • SDXC Card Slot
  • Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • Audio In, Headphone Jacks
  • macOS High Sierra
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Processor: 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5 Dual-Core

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Storage: 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive

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Apple Mac mini overview

  • 1Description

The late 2014 model Mac mini 2.6 GHz Desktop Computer from Apple is a compact form factor desktop solution for consumers who are dedicated to the look and feel of Apple brand mini computers. The small square desktops contain a 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5 dual core Haswell processor, 8GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM and a 1TB 5400 rpm hard drive. Although these units require an optional monitor, they are powered by integrated Intel Iris Graphics. These mini computers also support dual monitor displays at 2560 x 1600 pixels.

Regardless of their small size, they contain a number of connectivity options, including two Thunderbolt 2 and four USB ports, a Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 jack and an HDMI terminal, along with an SDXC card slot for additional storage options. For networking, there is 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, backwards compatible with 802.11 a/b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0 support.

It also includes an integrated speaker, audio line in digital/analog minijack, audio line out/headphone minijack, and support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone.

Please note that this Mac may come with an earlier version of macOS. You can upgrade to the latest version through the Mac App Store app.

Fourth-Generation Intel Core Processors
The Mac mini comes with a dual-core 4th-gen Haswell 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5 processor. The processor can also be overclocked up to 3.1 GHz, thanks to Intel Turbo Boost technology.
Powerful Apps
You can edit photos and video, compose music, create presentations, and more, right out of the box. Built-in apps also let you do everyday things like check your email, make FaceTime video calls and browse the web.
Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0
Connect the next generation of high-speed peripherals and high-resolution displays, including the Apple Thunderbolt Display.
UPC: 885909955206
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Apple Mac mini 2.6 GHz Desktop Computer (Late 2014)
  • Power Cord
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Apple Mac mini specs

    Processor 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5 Dual-Core 4th-Gen Haswell
    Cache L3: 3MB
    Memory 8GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
    The RAM is soldered on and is not user replaceable.
    Graphics Intel Iris Graphics
    Hard Drive 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
    Optical Drive None
    Input/Output Connectors
    Ports 2 x Thunderbolt 2 (up to 20 Gbps)
    4 x USB 3.0 (up to 5 Gbps)
    Display 1 x HDMI
    2 x Mini DisplayPort (via the Thunderbolt 2 ports)
    Audio 1 x Audio-in
    1 x Headphone
    Memory Card Slot 1 x SDXC
    Ethernet 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 LAN jack
    Wi-Fi 802.11ac Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n compatible)
    Bluetooth 4.0
    Operating System macOS High Sierra
    Video Support Support for up to two displays at 2560 x 1600 pixels

    Thunderbolt digital video output
    Native Mini DisplayPort output
    DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter (sold separately)
    VGA output using Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter (sold separately)
    Dual-link DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (sold separately)

    HDMI video output
    Support for 1080p resolution at up to 60 Hz
    Support for 3840-by-2160 resolution at 30 Hz
    Support for 4096-by-2160 resolution at 24 Hz
    DVI output using HDMI to DVI Adapter (sold separately)
    Electrical Requirements Line Voltage
    100-240 V AC
    50 Hz to 60 Hz, single phase
    Maximum Continuous Power
    Operating Temperature
    50 to 95° F / 10 to 35° C
    Storage Temperature
    -40 to 116° F / -40 to 47° C
    Relative Humidity
    5 to 95%, non-condensing
    Operating Altitude
    Tested up to 10,000 feet
    Typical Acoustical Performance
    Sound pressure level (operator position) is 12 dBA at idle
    Environmental BFR-free
    Highly recyclable aluminum enclosure
    Meets ENERGY STAR 6.1 requirements
    Rated EPEAT Gold
    Dimensions 7.7 x 1.4 x 7.7" / 19.7 x 3.6 x 19.7 cm
    Weight 2.6 lbs / 1.19 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.44 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 10.0 x 5.0"

    Apple Mac mini reviews

    Mac mini 2.6 GHz Desktop Computer (Late 2014) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 215.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Solid but slow Using the 8GB RAM model for just over 1 year now. Pluses. Fast enough and stable once it is done booting up and loading your apps. Cons. Takes forever to boot and load your apps. Iffy printer compatibility. I was lucky to find a drive that worked with it. Apple put an ancient 5400 RPM disk drive in it so it takes a long time to boot (especially if you're using more than one profile) and is annoyingly slow to open programs like Safari and MS Office programs. Once the are open it's fine and stable, just be prepared to sit and wait while it loads your application. I would not get this again unless it came with an SSD drive.
    Date published: 2016-12-22
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed with performance I almost considered returning this as performance is disappointing.I would recommend you to save some more money and buy MacBook air or Mini Mac but with SSD option. Also I realized @ sells version with hybrid drive, SSD + HDD.I bought this because B&H has good service and they never disappointed me in the past, this review is for the product, and not for B&H.Pros:This Mac mini is cheap Larger storage space for raw images (this is HDD version)Cons:Wireless network unstable (had to switch to cable)Very slow HDDVery slow bootHad an issue of not recognizing bluetooth on the first start up -- apparently they have this issue going back 2013 and never fixing it
    Date published: 2015-05-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tastes great, less filling Migration Assistant worked flawlessly to move my stuff from an iMac running 10.6.8. Was up and running in about 15 minutes. Had a little snag migrating Lightroom photos and catalog from an external HD but that was probably due to my poor file management.The Mini is quiet, fast enough for me (Lightroom, Photoshop, MS Office, Chrome browser, iTunes. Yosemite OS seems fine; no complaints there.As you know, the 2014 Mini has a sealed bottom, so no ram upgrades. 8 gigs should be plenty for me. I don't have any USB3 or Thunderbolt peripherals yet, so that will be my upgrade path.Free expedited shipping from B&H was a sweet benefit.
    Date published: 2014-11-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Value! Absolutely blown away by this little powerhouse! After researching this mac Mini (2.6ghz i5 with 1tb HD), I thought I had had decided I needed a more powerful machine. I run Photoshop & Lightroom a lot and many of the online reviews would leave you to think this particular model is underpowered for such things. Wrong! Opens and runs those programs with ease. Very happy I didn't spend the money on the expensive upgraded Mac Mini models with upgraded RAM and solid state drives that cost hundreds more. This may be small and inexpensive, but it is a powerful computer that I don't expect to outgrow anytime soon.
    Date published: 2015-02-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Take My Advice Mac Mini is a less expensive way to replace or get into Mac. It has a small footprint and sleek look. The 2.6 GHz processor is quick compared to my older Mac Whitebook. 8Gb of memory is capable of most programs you are likely to run. There are an abundance of ports but Mini's are not expandable. It is a good value. But... Make sure you have realistic expectations when buying a Mac Mini: they are not Mac Pros. They will do most tasks well, but they are not Mac Pros. If you are going run advanced software like Premiere, Media Composer, After Effects, or Davinci Resolve, it will struggle or even fail. Take my advice: if you are going to run advanced software, get the i7 Quad Core version with as much memory as possible since memory cannot be added later. For most apps this version of Mini will suffice. I also suggest in getting the Apple keyboard.
    Date published: 2016-06-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from In the 'sweet spot' of the Mac mini lineup This mini with a 2.6 GHz (Haswell) processor and 8 GHz of RAM is in the sweet spot of the current Mac mini lineup. The base model won't have enough RAM over the long haul. Bumping the 2.6 GHz mini to 16 gigs of RAM and adding the 1 Terabyte fusion hard drive pushes it to the max. The 2.6 GHz is perfect for everyday tasks with performance similar to the iMac. If you've got a keyboard, mouse and monitor it's a great way to join the Apple iOS world, especially if you have an iPhone or an iPad. Be aware Intel's Broadwell processor is coming and the next gen mini likely will be faster and thinner before 2016. RAM is not user upgradable so get all you need at purchase.
    Date published: 2014-12-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great budget alternative to iMac It's a Mac. I wanted a Mac desktop but didn't have the $$$ for a new iMac. What I did have was a little used 27 HDTV and a keyboard and mouse I liked from my old PC. Easy hook-up and I was ready to go with a new, clean Mac desktop. It's easy to transfer files from PC to new Mac, but I've got so much junk on the PC, I'm going to take my time and only transfer files as needed. The Mac Mini takes up less space on my desk than a Harry Potter novel and has all the inputs I need. I'm not a gamer, so can't speak to that, but for everything else, this Ma ini gets the job done quickly and easily.
    Date published: 2016-05-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A pragmatic choice I bought this to replace the ancient 2007 iMac in my home recording studio. I thought long and hard about buying another iMac or even a Mac Pro (I use one for art and like it very much), but decided against it, as I have never taxed the old iMac. I decided therefore to go with this Mac Mini, figuring it would be at least as good as that. Overall, I like the design. Unobtrusive, quiet and has no problem running even my biggest Cubase or Logic projects (I tend not to use CPU-hungry plugins). My biggest concern was the 5400RPM drive, but those concerns were unfounded. There is little complain about. It's a shame Apple ditched the Firewire connections. Lots of studios use Firewire audio interfaces and it's something of a drag to be forced to used adapters for them. Fortunately, everything seems to work with the adapters. I've got a MOTU 828mkII, TC Impact Twin and a Symbolic Sound Pacarana all chained together with an external drive and am having no trouble. All in all, the Mac Mini was a good buy. It has a lot of oomph to run my projects and keeps itself quiet and tucked away. As always, it was less expensive to buy from B&H than it was to get it from apple themselves... Even with an educational discount.
    Date published: 2015-11-25
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