Apple Mac mini (mid 2011)

76
Global
Score
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Mac mini review (mid 2011)

Summary

A solid little Mac, but losing the optical drive while not shrinking in size strikes us as a very strange design decision.

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Pros
  • Gorgeous designThunderbolt portSnappy performance
Cons
  • No optical driveToo priceySluggish hard drive
Mac mini review (mid 2011)

For those familiar with last year's Mac mini, what you're peering at above isn't likely to strike you as jarring. Heck, it may even seem somewhat vanilla at this point. In truth, Apple did exceedingly little in terms of design changes with the mid 2011 Mac mini, but given the relatively recent cosmetic overhaul, it's not like we were genuinely expecting anything above a top-to-bottom spec bump. And that, friends, is exactly what we've received. The mini remains quite the curious beast in Cupertino's line -- it's the almost-HTPC that living room junkies are longing for, yet it's still a country mile from being the headless mid-tower that Apple steadfastly refuses to build. It's hardly a PC for the simpleton (given that it's on you to hunt down a mouse, keyboard and monitor), and it's actually taking a giant leap backwards on one particularly important front. Care to hear more? You'll find our full review just past the break.

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Breakdown

Expandability
6.5
Power consumption
8.0
Design and form factor
8.4
Size and weight
8.0
Speed and features
6.7
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Specs

Mac mini

Type
Small form-factor
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
2.3 GHz
Video outputs
DVI, HDMI
System RAM
2 GB
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Specs

Mac mini

Type
Small form-factor
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
2.3 GHz
Video outputs
DVI, HDMI
System RAM
2 GB
View Full Specs
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