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Apple Mac mini (late 2012)

Apple Mac mini (late 2012)

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86 Engadget Score
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.

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).

Engadget Review

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.

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86 Engadget Score
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.

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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86
 

User Reviews

90
Sully1821
I’ve had the Mac mini( the base model), since 2013 . I bought it primarily...read more
90
naxop
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
stephnd
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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86
Average user Score
 
90
Sully1821
09.26.14
I’ve had the Mac mini( the base model), since 2013 . I bought it primarily to use for writing papers for graduate school , to surf the web , to listen to music and some light gaming . This is my first Mac and coming from Windows the transition was not very difficult . I love My Mac compared to Windows to quote the great late Steve Jobs in” it just works “ .I had the mini for almost 2 years and have never had any issues! I can’t say the same with my previous Windows PC’s or laptop experiences .The mini ‘s form factor is ascetically pleasing to the eye and small form factor takes very little space on your desk .I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to make the the switch from Windows that is not a gamer . I’ve upgraded to 16 GB and next year I plan to add an SD hard drive to ensure my mac mini will last for many more years .
 
90
naxop
02.16.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
stephnd
01.09.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
kiriakosa
01.02.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
imdtucker
12.02.13
I use it as a media center as well as a daily computer hooked up to my 47" TV. As a media center it performs great (as long as your collection is digital) and as a daily computer it works for all my needs and with an upgraded memory it can handle intensive tasks (photoshop and video editing).
 
90
alphafitch
11.27.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
huckdinn
11.02.13
it is the best computer for just small dollar, its color grey and it is small. this bugger can have 16gb of ram, imagine that!
 
90
jounii
10.20.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
Jrdc
10.08.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
scrod
09.22.13
Like most people that own apple products I got the mac mini becasue of having the the Ipad,and Iphone It has been fun playing on it and browsing the web on it. The one feature that has been interesting has been the mac app store.The store still needs some apps from the major players to make it even more interesting in my opion, The Twitter app has been nice.I would recommend it I have now given the bootcamp a try and installed windows 7 as there are some applications I need to use that are windows based. I can say that apple is the best windows computer that I have owned. So if you need a pc at a decent price point I say go ahead and get the mac mini.Steven

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