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Apple Mac mini (Dual-Core i5,2.3GHz,2GB,500GB HD,HD Graphics

by Apple
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Latest Intel Core Processors
  • OS X Lion
  • High Speed Thunderbolt
  • Mac mini is designed with the following features to reduce its environmental impact:BFR-freePVC-free6Highly recyclable aluminium enclosureMeets ENERGY STAR 5.2 requirementsRated EPEAT Gold7
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Technical Details
Item Weight1.2 Kg
Product Dimensions19.7 x 19.7 x 3.6 cm
Item model numberMC815B/A
Processor BrandIntel
Processor TypeCore i5
Processor Speed2.3 MHz
Processor Count2
RAM Size2 GB
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Size500 GB
Graphics Card DescriptionIntel HD3000
Graphics RAM TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Graphics Card Ram Size288 MB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports4
Wattage85 watts
Hardware PlatformMac
Operating SystemMac OS X
Lithium Battery Weight25 grams
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 35,105 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.2 Kg
Date First Available27 July 2011

Product Description

Product Description

Mac mini is even more of a powerhouse, thanks to a new dual-core Intel Core i5 processor and ultrafast Thunderbolt technology. It also comes with OS X Lion, the world's most advanced desktop operating system.


Apple Mac mini
The powerhouse Mac mini, now with high-speed Thunderbolt
(view larger).

This version of the Mac mini (model MC815LL/A) features a 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor and Intel HD Graphics 3000 integrated graphics as well as 2 GB of RAM (expandable to 8 GB) and 500 GB of hard drive storage (see full specifications below). It also comes with the iLife software suite, which includes the latest versions of iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand.

OS X Lion

Every Mac comes with OS X Lion, the latest release of the world's most advanced desktop operating system. With over 250 features including Multi-Touch gestures, Mission Control, full-screen apps, and Launchpad, OS X Lion takes the Mac further than ever.

Key OS X Lion Features
  • Mission Control provides a bird's-eye view of everything running on your Mac.
  • Launchpad puts all your apps front and center for easy access.
  • View apps full screen and switch between them with a swipe.
  • Interact with your Mac using intuitive new Multi-Touch gestures.

Key Features

Small Footprint, Excellent Versatility

The Mac mini features a precisely constructed unibody enclosure that even houses its own integrated power supply into the 7.7-inch square aluminum enclosure (that's also 1.4 inches thin)--eliminating the need for an external power brick. Additionally, the Mac mini helps contain your environmental footprint with a 10 watt power consumption.

Despite its smaller size, the Mac mini offers a full range of ports for connecting to your existing peripherals--from keyboards and mice to external hard drives and displays (via the Thunderbolt and HDMI ports). And when you're ready to add more memory, the Mac mini's bottom removable panel makes the upgrade process a breeze.


Apple Mac mini
Just add your own display, keyboard, and mouse--such as the Apple Thunderbolt Display, Wireless Keyboard, and Magic Mouse (not included; view larger).


Apple Mac mini
A full range of ports, including Thunderbolt and HDMI plus an SDXC card slot (view larger).
Revolutionary Thunderbolt Technology

Developed by Intel with collaboration from Apple, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O (input/output) technology delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second of transfer speeds in both directions. Built into the Mac mini, the Thunderbolt port allows you to connect to new Thunderbolt-compatible peripherals as well as existing USB and FireWire peripherals using simple adapters. You'll be able to move data up to 20 times faster than with USB 2.0 and more than 12 times faster than with FireWire 800, and you can daisy-chain up to six high-speed devices without using a hub. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI, and VGA displays.

Key Specifications

  • 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor (3 MB on-chip shared L3 cache) helps you breeze through everyday tasks such as emailing, web browsing, and working with documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in iWork or Microsoft Office for Mac (both sold separately).
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor (with 288 MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory) for an outstanding everyday graphics experience.
  • 500 GB hard drive (5400 RPM)
  • 2 GB installed RAM (1333 MHz DDR3; supports up to 8 GB)
  • Wireless-N Wi-Fi wireless networking (based on 802.11n specification; 802.11a/b/g compatible)
  • Gigabit Ethernet wired networking (10/100/1000BASE-T)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology for connecting with peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and cell phones.
  • Four USB 2.0 ports
  • One FireWire 800 port
  • Thunderbolt port with support for up to 2560 x 1600-pixel resolution (compatible with Mini DisplayPort devices)
  • HDMI audio/video output with support for up to 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution and multichannel audio output (included adapter for DVI output).
  • Combined optical digital output/headphone output (also includes line-in/microphone jack)
  • Secure Digital memory card slot compatible with SD, SDHC, and SDXC media
  • Dimensions: 7.7 x 7.7 x 1.4 inches (WxDxH)
  • Weight: 2.7 pounds

What's in the Box

Mac mini; power cord; HDMI to DVI Adapter; printed and electronic documentation

Note: The Mac mini does not come with an optical drive, however OS X Lion offers the convenient DVD or CD Sharing feature, which lets you wirelessly "borrow" the optical drive of a nearby Mac or PC. So you can install applications from a DVD or CD and have full access to an optical drive without having to carry one around. Additionally, you can connect an optional optical drive (such as the MacBook Air SuperDrive) via one of the USB ports.

Included Software

  • OS X Lion
    Includes Mail, Address Book, iCal, the Mac App Store, iTunes, Safari, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, Mission Control, Launchpad, AirDrop, Resume, Auto Save, Versions, Quick Look, Spotlight, QuickTime, and more.
  • Lion Recovery
    OS X Lion includes a built-in set of tools for repairing your Mac in the Recovery HD, a new feature that lets you repair disks or reinstall OS X Lion without a physical disc.

Limited Warranty And Service

The Mac mini comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a 1-year limited warranty, which can be extended to 3 years with the AppleCare Protection Plan.

AppleCare Protection Plan

AppleCare Protection Plan

Because Apple makes the hardware, the operating system, and many applications, the Mac is a truly integrated system. And only the AppleCare Protection Plan gives you one-stop service and support from Apple experts, so most issues can be resolved in a single call. Extend the complimentary service and support on your Mac to 3 years from the original Mac purchase date with the AppleCare Protection Plan. You get direct telephone access to Apple experts for technical questions, and you get global repair coverage--including both parts and labor--for your Mac and select Apple peripherals.

Optional Accessories and Related Products

Thunderbolt Display

Apple Thunderbolt Display
The world's first Thunderbolt display doesn't just give you more pixels. It gives you more possibilities. Built-in Thunderbolt technology lets you connect as many as six devices through a single port and transfer data up to 20 times faster than with USB 2.0.

Time Capsule

Time Capsule
Time Capsule is the revolutionary backup device that works wirelessly with Time Machine in OS X Leopard or later. It automatically backs up everything, so you never have to worry about losing important files. It also doubles as a full-featured 802.11n Wi-Fi base station. Choose from 2 TB and 3 TB models.

AirPort Extreme Base Station

AirPort Extreme Base Station
Speed, range, and easy setup make AirPort Extreme the perfect wireless solution for home, school, and small business. It offers simultaneous dual-band support and lets up to 50 people share Internet access, a wireless network, a hard drive, and a printer.

AirPort Extreme Base Station

AirPort Express Base Station
AirPort Express is powerful enough to run a home Wi-Fi network for up to 10 people, yet small enough to take on the road. It also lets you stream music from your iTunes library through your stereo or powered speakers using AirPlay.


Apple MacBook Air SuperDrive
If you want to burn discs or install software you already own on disc, consider the external USB-based MacBook Air SuperDrive. It takes up very little space and easily connects to Mac mini with a single USB cable--there's no separate power adapter.

Apple Wireless Keyboard

Apple Wireless Keyboard
Incredibly thin and streamlined, the Apple Wireless Keyboard lets you type on your desk, on your lap, or anywhere within range. Wherever you put it, the keyboard will take up minimal space. Just like your Mac mini.

Apple Magic Trackpad

Apple Magic Trackpad
Magic Trackpad is the first Multi-Touch trackpad designed to work with your Mac desktop computer, and it supports a full set of gestures. Click, scroll, swipe, and rotate to control what's onscreen. Use it along with your mouse or as an alternative to one.

Apple Magic Mouse

Apple Magic Mouse
Magic Mouse is unlike any other mouse you've ever used. The Multi-Touch surface lets you use gestures to swipe through photos and scroll down web pages. And the entire mouse is the button, so you can click anywhere.

Apple Remote

Apple Remote
Control your Mac mini from afar with the sleek aluminum Apple Remote. Play, pause, adjust volume, move forward and back, and access menus while playing music and video.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Upgrade RAM 11 Jun 2012
By Kendle
Style Name:Dual-Core i5, 2GB RAM|Verified Purchase
I bought an 8Gb RAM upgrade when buying my Mac Mini and I'm so glad I did. I suspected 2Gb would be a bit light so ordered an 8Gb upgrade at the same time, rather than try it with 2Gb then have to order and wait for an upgrade if I needed it.

As it happens when I fitted the 2 x 4Gb modules I didn't seat one of them correctly, and on initial start-up it only recognised 1 x 4Gb module. With that 4Gb it was very sluggish, and I mean very noticeably sluggish. I re-opened the case and re-seated the memory modules (very easy to do) and once it was seeing all 8Gb it really started to fly. I dread to think how slow it would be with the default 2Gb.

Please, do yourself a favour and grab an 8Gb RAM upgrade straight away. You don't need Apple memory (which is very expensive), I bought this :- Crucial 8GB (4GBx2) PC3 10600 1333MHz DDR3 Memory
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars goes like a dream 7 July 2012
Style Name:Dual-Core i5, 4GB RAM|Verified Purchase
Excellent little computer; seems to work really well. It is completely silent and runs most applications (The only thing it would not run was a professional editing application called Avid).
At a quarter of the price of the MacBook Pro, it was very good value, and unlike the iMacs I have had in the past, you do not have to chuck it when the screen starts to fail.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mac Mini 25 Nov 2011
Style Name:Dual-Core i5, 2GB RAM
This is my third Mac. It is as impressive as the old 17" 'table lamp' model I started with and my current iMac 21.5". I bought the Mini to replace the aging PC I use at my second home in France. The minimalist design of the Mac Mini, its 500Gb hard drive and Mac OS x Lion with iCloud make it the perfect partner to communicate with the iMac back in the UK. Quick and easy to set up, it was simplicity itself to migrate all my software and files from the iMac and does everything I need competently with the advantage of the intuitive OS X operating system. I was initially concerned at the lack of optical drive but manage perfectly well without it. The SD card slot enables me to copy and play music on my car audio system and I can copy files to the iCloud to download to my iMac when I return to the UK. Its portability will enable me take it back and forth and use it as a media centre in the UK connected to my TV by HDMI cable. My old Apple keyboard, Logitech optical mouse and Acer monitor were easy to connect and were instantly recognised.

Only one disappointment shared by many is the lack of support for older software versions and peripherals. I am left with an excellent scanner that is no longer supported (Canon must, however, take some responsibility for that) and am no longer able to use MS Office for Mac 2004 though the Apple equivalent package, iWork is an excellent replacement at a fraction of the cost.

Everything considered, the Mac Mini is a lot of computing power for the money with a very small form factor.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Experimenting with Apple OSX 12 Aug 2013
By C. Came
Style Name:Dual-Core i5, 4GB RAM|Verified Purchase
I bought this apple mini to become more familiar with apple OSX. The mini, as its name implies was small and compact, would fit onto any desk and worked effectively and was a cheaper way of trying out the apple desktop products.

I did find quite quickly however that purchase of an apple keyboard was largely beneficial to work with the mini as PC keyboards are not 100% compatible and keys on the keyboard aren't known by OSX and effectively get disabled and some keys are swapped around.

On the whole I thought that the mini with associated apple keyboard was a great browsing and non-power user machine, it was ideal for word processing, browsing the internet and playing low graphically intensive games but in the end replaced it with a full iMac to get the power that was lacking from this device.

I would recommend it for lower end requirements but as someone working in IT with a keen interest in photography and occasional gaming I found it to be lacking in power in more intensive situations, perhaps unsurprisingly. That being said it did expose me at a reasonable price point to OSX and I have subsequently invested in a full iMac and on that basis it did effectively serve the purpose I bought it for.

If you are a typical home user I would expect this machine to be a sensible buy but would recommend also adding an apple keyboard and mouse to benefit from the full OSX experience.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Style Name:Dual-Core i5, 2GB RAM|Verified Purchase
I bought this reluctantly as I'm developing apps and need a Mac to compile them on before submitting to Apple. The Mac Mini is small, almost silent and easy to set up. It comes with an adaptor to plug into the thunderbolt port to power one monitor. To add a second monitor, you can get a cheap displayport adaptor - this works perfectly for me.

My Mini came with Lion which then underwent a minor update. However, 2GB of RAM is simply not enough to get the best out of the machine - I purchased a cheap 8GB upgrade which was dead easy to install (unusually for Apple) and transformed the performance. You're never going to get as much "bang" for your "buck" when you buy Apple - you'd certainly get better performance with a PC of the same price - but if you want to go Apple (and assuming you have a keyboard, mouse and monitor of your own) this is the cheapest way to go about it.

One other minor problem - my keyboard was not recognised as a UK keyboard but a Google search and a little monkeying around saw it sorted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Apple Mac Mini
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