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conclusion:We like it

76 March 9th 2012 9:59 am

It's a tiny, quiet home-theater PC. It's a desktop computer that's almost as portable as a laptop. It's energy-efficient, stylish and affordable. As long as you don't need an optical drive, the Mac mini is the "computer for the rest of us" and will meet most of your day-to-day needs with minimal fuss.

Critic reviews

7.6
6 reviews
  • Speed and features
    6.6
  • Design and form factor
    8.4
  • Expandability
    6.6
  • Noise
    8.0
  • Size and weight
    8.0
  • Power consumption
    8.0

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User reviews

8.7
37 reviews
7.0
Engadget Jul 25, 2011

If you're still fixated on the beauty here, our honest recommendation is to pick up last year's model as it inevitably drops in price (and in turn, increases in value). We've been looking long and hard for an ideal use-case for this guy, and sadly, we've yet to find it.

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8.0
Ars Technica Aug 10, 2011

In short, the new Mac mini is a strong update that brings a lot more credibility to Apple's entry-level Mac. The decent performance, compact form factor, and minimal energy consumption add up to make the mini a winner.

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8.0
Macworld Aug 3, 2011

Without an optical drive, the 2011 mini may not be quite as versatile, but Core i5 processors mean that, for the first time, the mini is a serious performer—nearly twice as fast as its predecessor and comparable to some of Apple’s latest MacBook Pro models.

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8.0
GigaOM Mar 6, 2012

Apple’s newest Mac mini is the best yet ... If you’re looking for a fairly future-proof home theater PC, or a low-cost, moderately powered workstation that can follow you wherever you need to go, this is the Mac for you.

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7.0
CNET Jul 21, 2011

Apple's new $799 Mac Mini demands that you abandon disc-based media, and that you surround it with potentially expensive extra hardware ... It makes most sense for committed Mac users, those who need it for a specific niche-case, or for those who value design over functionality for the dollar.

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8.0
TechRadar Aug 2, 2011

The 2011 Apple Mac mini's Sandy Bridge processors are much more capable than the Core 2 Duos they replace, and the Thunderbolt port is sure to show its worth over time. With HDMI video-out alongside Thunderbolt, the Mac mini is still a useful media centre computer even without Front Row.

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9.0
vaiav vaiav

I use this as a PLEX player under my TV and it's absolutely fantastic. Small, beautiful and doesn't make a sound. For me it's perfect. I've upgraded the RAM from 2GB to 8GB and that made a real speed difference. I went with the 599$ version and that is power enough for my media watching needs....

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9.0
justinhub2003 justinhub2003

Talked my Fiances mom into ditching her 7 year old XP based PC tower for a 568$ Mac Mini. I upgraded the ram to 4gb and then hooked it up for her. She absolutely loved it. Its extra fast, ultra compact and the software is great as it came with Lion and iLife. A great first Mac for nerds and a...

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10
bbuskey bbuskey

I bought the Mini to be my AirPlay media server and iTunes computer. With over 500GB of iTunes music, apps, books, audiobooks and movies/TV I wanted a stand alone machine to manage everything. Since I am running in a Mac-only house and even have AirPlay on my main receiver, this ended up being...

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8.0
klock379 klock379

Apple products were not necessarily known for their speed or features, but then again those were not their selling points either. Taking away the optical drive was a bit too much soon, as situations did arise at a later time, which an external DVD writer was needed. It was much more capable...

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