October 23rd 2012 1:28 pm

Heads up! A newer version of this product has been announced!


In a class of its own


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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kolebee kolebee

To be honest, this is one of the worst Macs I've ever bought (and I've bought at least a dozen different Macs for personal use over the years). I had Thunderbolt issues specifically with my Pegasus R6 for the first 8 months (issues that didn't happen with first-gen-thunderbolt-Macs), and at...

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huckdinn huckdinn

it is the best computer for just small dollar, its color grey and it is small. this bugger can have 16gb of ram, imagine that!

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