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Apple Mac Mini (2018)

Apple Mac Mini (2018)

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2018 Mac Mini Review: A video editor's perspective

2018 Mac Mini Review: A video editor's perspective

Posted   11.14.18
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80 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The 2018 Mac Mini is the first new compact computer we’ve seen from Apple in four years. With an eighth-generation Intel processor and abundant connectivity, including four Thunderbolt 3 and two USB Type-A ports, the Mini is designed to be fast and flexible. Apple is positioning the new Mini as a “pro” machine, but we found that the lack of a dedicated GPU holds this system back. Still, if you don’t need particularly powerful graphics and are looking for a speedy desktop, the Mini has a lot to offer for both the size and the price.

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Pros
  • Compact design
  • Versatile port selection including USB Type-A and HDMI
  • Fast CPU performance
  • Least expensive Mac in Apple’s lineup
Cons
  • Limited graphics performance (and no meaningful way to improve it)
  • Upgrade options get expensive fast
  • RAM isn't technically user upgradeable

Reviews

84
 
Average Critic Score
Critic Reviews 5

76
 
Average User Score
User Reviews 11
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Specs

Key Specs

Type
Small form-factor
Bundled OS
Mac OS
CPU family
Core i3
System RAM
8GB
Video outputs
HDMI
Type
Bundled OS
CPU family
System RAM
Video outputs
Small form-factor
Mac OS
Core i3
8GB
HDMI

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80 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
80

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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80
 

User Reviews

90
Scott
It's a tiny computer that performs very well, reliable and rugged. Expandability...read more
80
Maxsmart
Really should have easier way to add memory and increase drive size.
20
Robert
The Mac Mini is not a cost-effective computer. It lacks basic internal upgradeability...read more
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