76

conclusion:We like it

76

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
kgilding kgilding

Having wireless keyboard and touchpad with built-in HDMI make this is the best investment I made in my home entertainment system! My only complaint would be the lack of disk drive, but I so bought a cheap drive that reads blu-ray from Amazon just in case.

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9.0
zebmorgan zebmorgan

I upgraded to this from an HP laptop that died on me, and while it can't be carried around easily, the fact that I can pull its files up while on an iPad or iPhone makes up for the lack of mobility. It is disappointing that it lacks USB 3.0 since the technology has been around for quite some...

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9.0
lionostrich lionostrich

I bought the $599 version and upgraded the RAM myself to 8GB ($55 at NCIX). I already had a wireless keyboard, a large monitor, and a wireless mouse. If you don't have a lot of extra peripherals hanging around, the Mac Mini probably isn't worth purchasing over the low end iMac ($1199) which comes...

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9.0
baldbikebuilder baldbikebuilder

A gorgeous minimalist alternative to a PC with a great OS in Mavericks. Silent in everyday use, great connectivity and expand ability. A fine way to expand your Apple ecosystem without breaking the bank.

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9.0
erumbaugh erumbaugh

These have been great machines, I have one pair rack-mounted as a media server and DVR combo and another that I use for GIS mapping with the red cross. The size vs. power/capability really eases the load when travelling. (they easily fit in a very small pelican case for protection)

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