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The new mini brings USB 3.0, twice the standard RAM and optional hybrid storage. All told. you won't find another desktop this small, this powerful and this inexpensive.

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Critic reviews

8.3
10 reviews
  • Speed and features
    7.9
  • Design and form factor
    8.8
  • Expandability
    7.0
  • Noise
    8.5
  • Size and weight
    8.0
  • Power consumption
    7.2

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User reviews

8.7
22 reviews
9.0
Engadget Nov 9, 2012

At the end of the day, the mini is destined to sit outside of Apple's public limelight like all the models that have come before it. It's the company's jack-of-all-trades, but a shining star for those in the know.

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9.0
PC Mag Nov 20, 2012

The Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) is Apple's best yet, packing as much punch into its compact chassis as a full-size desktop, and offering the sizable, speedy Fusion drive.

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8.0
Macworld Nov 2, 2012

The least expensive Mac available today, the $599 Mac mini, has made its own performance strides and continues to be an affordable option for anyone wanting the Mac experience without paying a high premium.

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8.0
CNET Nov 9, 2012

With or without its new Fusion hybrid drive, Apple finally has a Mac Mini that competes well against mainstream Windows PCs in the same price range.

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8.0
Ars Technica Nov 12, 2012

Whatever the use, the littlest Mac benefits greatly from its Ivy Bridge updates, and we're glad to see its continued presence in the Mac lineup.

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7.0
Gizmodo Nov 21, 2012

If you're OK with a Mac whose specs are less than top of the line, and don't want the design grace of an all-in-one iMac, the answer is absolutely yes. This is a small, fast, affordable thing. But be warned: you will find the rear-positioned jacks a rear pain.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Feb 20, 2013

Intel graphics issue aside, we've enjoyed our time with the Mini. It really is powerful enough for most computer use. You could use this as your work PC all day, and never struggle with slowdowns or crashes. It's also prettier and smaller than almost any Windows-based PC you can buy...

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10
T3 Dec 21, 2012

Small and powerful, there’s little the Mac Mini can’t do for general users and a lot it can do for pro users with a few upgrades through a RAM and Fusion Drive boost.

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8.0
TechRadar Dec 4, 2012

The late 2012 Mac mini refresh brings welcome improvements, but no real surprises. The step up to the new Ivy Bridge processors was inevitable, but the benefits they give us aren't to be taken lightly.

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8.0
Digital Versus Feb 15, 2013

Even after losing its dedicated graphics card (which makes it basically useless for gaming), the 2012 Mac mini is still one of the most powerful mini-computers around. And the design is still as stylish and well-built as they come.

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8.0
obihann obihann

Incredibly powerful considering the size, fully loaded it can give most desktops a run for the money (graphics card not considered). The only catch is fully loaded, its not cheap and your stuck with a very low end graphics card.

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9.0
subotin subotin

Excellent replacement for my pc desktop . Compact, silent , powerful enough for basic tasks I put 16 mb of RAM in it and it is perfect in multitasking . The other side of excellent design and compactness is low upgradeability

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9.0
Sully1821 Sully1821

I’ve had the Mac mini( the base model), since 2013 . I bought it primarily to use for writing papers for graduate school , to surf the web , to listen to music and some light gaming . This is my first Mac and coming from Windows the transition was not very difficult . I love My Mac compared to...

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10
user1f4ec0d5728 user1f4ec0d5728

I bought the mid-level Mac Mini - Quad-core 2.3 GHz i7. I upgraded to the 1TB Fusion drive and added 16GB RAM myself from Amazon. What can I say? The thing is screaming fast (huge Lightroom database is probably my most demanding use-case) and the form-factor is amazing. Yes, I think the Fusion...

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8.0
imdtucker imdtucker

I use it as a media center as well as a daily computer hooked up to my 47" TV. As a media center it performs great (as long as your collection is digital) and as a daily computer it works for all my needs and with an upgraded memory it can handle intensive tasks (photoshop and video editing).

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8.0
scrod scrod

Like most people that own apple products I got the mac mini becasue of having the the Ipad,and Iphone It has been fun playing on it and browsing the web on it. The one feature that has been interesting has been the mac app store. The store still needs some apps from the major players to make...

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