Apple Mac mini (late 2012)

86
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An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

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

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Mac mini review (2012)

The new mini brings USB 3.0, twice the standard RAM and optional hybrid storage. All told. you won't find another desktop this small, this powerful and this inexpensive.

Pros
  • Attractive and compact designHigh-speed Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 portsFusionDrive hybrid storage works intelligentlyAffordable price for the specs
Cons
  • Intel HD 4000 GPU not ideal for true desktop gamingStill lacking optical drive
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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)
None
Thunderbolt
yes
FireWire (rear)
yes (800)
FireWire (front)
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Type
Integrated
Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
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)
None
Thunderbolt
yes
FireWire (rear)
yes (800)
FireWire (front)
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Type
Integrated
Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Built-in microphone
no
Speakers
Mono

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
no

Power

Power adapter
Internal