Apple Mac mini (late 2012)

86
Engadget
Score
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Model
2.5GHz

Key Specs

Type
Small form-factor
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
2.5 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
4 GB

General

Type
Small form-factor
Bundled OS
Mac OS

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5)
Processor speed
2.5 GHz
Number of CPUs
1
Number of cores (per CPU)
Dual-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
SLI
no
Video outputs
HDMI (v1.4)

Optical media

Optical drives
None

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit] (1 ports)
Analog modem
None

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (no)
RAID support
None

System

Chipset
Intel

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
no
Accessible external bays
no

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Wireless keyboard / mouse
no
IR port
yes
Integrated webcam
no
Security lock slot
no
Case lighting
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Connections

USB (rear)
3.0 (4 port(s))
USB (front)
Array
Thunderbolt
yes
FireWire (rear)
yes (800)
FireWire (front)
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Type
Integrated
Audio inputs
Array
Audio outputs
Array
Built-in microphone
no
Speakers
Mono

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no

Power

Power adapter
Internal
Model
2.3GHz

Key Specs

Type
Small form-factor
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
2.3 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
4 GB

General

Type
Small form-factor
Bundled OS
Mac OS

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i7)
Processor speed
2.3 GHz
Number of CPUs
1
Number of cores (per CPU)
Dual-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
SLI
no
Video outputs
HDMI (v1.4)

Optical media

Optical drives
None

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit] (1 ports)
Analog modem
None

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (no)
RAID support
None

System

Chipset
Intel

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
no
Accessible external bays
no

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Wireless keyboard / mouse
no
IR port
yes
Integrated webcam
no
Security lock slot
no
Case lighting
no

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Connections

USB (rear)
3.0 (4 port(s))
USB (front)
Array
Thunderbolt
yes
FireWire (rear)
yes (800)
FireWire (front)
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Type
Integrated
Audio inputs
Array
Audio outputs
Array
Built-in microphone
no
Speakers
Mono

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no

Power

Power adapter
Internal