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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).

Scores

Engadget

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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Score Breakdown

 
86
Average user Score
 
90
kirilitza
08.31.13
Excellent replacement for my pc desktop . Compact, silent , powerful enough for basic tasks I put 16 mb of RAM in it and it is perfect in multitasking . The other side of excellent design and compactness is low upgradeability
 
80
therichhiggins
08.19.13
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
60
kolebee
07.25.13
To be honest, this is one of the worst Macs I've ever bought (and I've bought at least a dozen different Macs for personal use over the years). I had Thunderbolt issues specifically with my Pegasus R6 for the first 8 months (issues that didn't happen with first-gen-thunderbolt-Macs), and at almost the exact same time, the harddrive failed catastrophically while the machine was just sitting there idle. Naturally, Apple replaced it for free, but this mini has been totally the opposite of my recent MacBook Air experience.At the end of the day, it's still better than any PC I've ever used, and now that it's back to full capability, it's seriously fast and useful. I have the quadcore model and added 16GB of memory; it can easily run many VMs directly from the R6 without anything breaking a sweat.
 
80
obihann
07.02.13
Incredibly powerful considering the size, fully loaded it can give most desktops a run for the money (graphics card not considered). The only catch is fully loaded, its not cheap and your stuck with a very low end graphics card.
 
90
Anadisqus
06.26.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
yogi183
04.15.13
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
schizophrenia
04.01.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
alonttp
03.22.13
Computer just fine except that the video card cannot be upgraded, but the rest of the parts can beI use the computer. it just ...... I will not say more
 
90
chrislias
03.12.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
90
talala
03.10.13
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget

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