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Apple Mac mini (mid 2011)

76
Global
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
76

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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A solid little Mac, but losing the optical drive while not shrinking in size strikes us as a very strange design decision.

Pros
  • Gorgeous designThunderbolt portSnappy performance
Cons
  • No optical driveToo priceySluggish hard drive
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User Reviews

90
Jimmy Vai
I use this as a PLEX player under my TV and it's absolutely fantastic. Small,...read more
90
Sam Park
I bought the $599 version and upgraded the RAM myself to 8GB ($55 at NCIX)....read more
90
d s
Fantastic machine. Only thing I'd change is to reintroduce compatibility with...read more
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Model
2.3 GHz

Key Specs

Type
Small form-factor
Bundled OS
Mac OS
CPU family
Core i5
Processor speed
2.319
System RAM
21
Video outputs
Dvi, Hdmi

General

Type
Small form-factor
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Lion [10.7])

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5)
Processor speed
2.3 GHz
Number of CPUs
1
Number of cores (per CPU)
Dual-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
Dvi, Hdmi (1 ports)

Optical media

Optical drives
None

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit] (1 ports)
Analog modem
None

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1333)

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (6.0 GBps)

Other features

IR port
Yes
6 MB L3 cache
2 slots (total)
8 GB (system)
500 GB (total)
Platter

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
2 GB

Connections

USB (rear)
2.0 (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, Toslink
Audio outputs
3 5mm, Toslink

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Power

Power adapter
Internal (85 W)
Model
2.5 GHz

Key Specs

Type
Small form-factor
Bundled OS
Mac OS
CPU family
Core i5
Processor speed
2.319
System RAM
21
Video outputs
Dvi, Hdmi

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 (ATI / AMD)
Video outputs
Dvi, Hdmi (1 ports)

Optical media

Optical drives
None

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit] (1 ports)
Analog modem
None

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1333)

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA (6.0 GBps)
RAID support
None

Other features

IR port
Yes
3 MB L3 cache
2 slots (total)
8 GB (system)
500 GB (total)
Platter

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Connections

USB (rear)
2.0 (4 port(s))
USB (front)
None
FireWire (rear)
Yes (800)
FireWire (front)
No

Audio

Type
Integrated
Audio inputs
3 5mm, Toslink
Audio outputs
3 5mm, Toslink
Built-in microphone
No

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Power

Power adapter
Internal (85 W)