Apple Mac Mini (Dual-Core i5 2.5GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB, HD Graphics) - Older Model
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The Mac Mini box looks great, is completely silent, but is inconvenient to use. Everything is around the back - on/off switch, four USB3 ports, line in and sound out ports, camera memory card port, etc., and I found that a USB extension hub made life easier. That line in port will not work with a normal microphone.
Performance with 4GB memory is not good enough. Using OS X Mountain Lion generally leads you to have multiple windows open and multiple applications running, so with 4GB the Mac Mini is disappointingly slow. Luckily, it is very easy to follow the supplied instructions, unclip the 4GB and put in two new memory modules. I installed 16GB (about £100) and performance was transformed for the better. Having checked memory usage, I would expect 8GB also to give good performance.
If, like me, you need to use PC software that has no equivalent on Mac, then I would recommend the Parallels software that lets you run Windows on the Mac Mini.
WARNING If bought form the Apple store it comes bundeled with more APple software than this Amazon version. Not expected! SO the £40 saving goes if you want iLife full package.
I received my Mac two days before the estimated arrival date. Wonderful. However, I found it lying in my porch, not signed for and unprotected. For me this wasn't a major concern. I didn't have much time to dwell upon that fact anyway because as soon as I opened my door I fetched some scissors to allow me to attack the box ferociously. If you don't have a porch then this may be a worry, however I feel as though this may have been the postman's own fault.
This Mac, already the cheapest of all Macs, has been made cheaper. Cheaper even than Apple's education discount. Not only this but it also has a much shorter shipping date than the Apple website as well (5 days).
Within 10 minutes of opening the box, I had the Mac mini connected to my HDTV via an HDMI cable, my disc drive (something to consider seeing as the mini is lacking in that area) via a USB cable and my wireless mouse and keyboard via Bluetooth. This just illustrates the flexibility of this product. Set-up was just as easy. It comes up with the necessary steps to ensure that you can make the most of your computer immediately. You shall need an Apple ID but if you don't possess one then you can easily create one for free.
The baseline Mac mini has all the necessary specification for home computer and casual gaming. A 3rd Gen dual core i5 processor, 500GB hard drive and 4GB RAM (easily upgradable to 8 and beyond) is more than capable of handling all of you tasks.
Overall this is a great product well worth the £467 price tag. I'm looking forward to carrying out all of my computing needs on this machine for the next few years.
The MacMini is a great computer. It runs near silent, has an impressively good speaker and has great Apple aesthetics as you'd expect. The boot time is fast and all the apps I have used so far (Word,Photoshop, Mail, Excel, Final Cut) have all been working perfectly.
Really happy with the Mac Mini!
*It's small, light and looks pretty. I currently have mine standing upright next to my printer and it barely takes up any space.
*It's quiet. The fan noise is one of the quietest I've heard which is a big deal for me.
*It's quick. The boot up time, even before I did upgrades, was impressive at about 40 seconds. This was about half the time it took Windows to load up in bootcamp on the same machine.
*Not the most convenient of designs for accessibility. The on button and all the USB points are tucked round the back so you have to fiddle about to switch on and connect USB devices. It would be a real improvement if the on button and just a couple of USBs were on the front. However, I understand this might not be possible with such a compact design.
*I wish there was a way to switch off the message that warns me I'm shutting the computer down. I don't have short term memory loss and am usually aware I've just pressed the shut down button, thanks! This should be made removable in system preferences. Currently it seems to be welded to the operating system!
*It doesn't ship with an Apple keyboard. Fair enough as it's priced a lot lower than Apple products which do. The ordinary Logitech keyboard and mouse I have are compatible but as they're Windows some of the keys are in different places. Most notably @ and ". Quite frankly, I'm not sure why there are different layouts and wish Apple and Microsoft would get together and agree on an industry standard so I don't have to keep guessing where keys are!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This 2012 model is the last upgradeable Mac Mini - the 2014 model has the RAM soldered to the motherboard. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Wright
Added in an SSD and upgraded the RAM and now this is a really good compact computer currently being used as an audio recording computerPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just love it. Small, gorgeous, easy to use, simple set up. Cannot recommend enough.Published 5 months ago by Martyn Hardacre
Everybody who sees our Mac Mini can't get over how small it is. But it is also really well made and looks the part (it is nice to see so much metal on it). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jay & Mel
Some impressive little MAC. This was my first MAC, bought it as a replacement for aging HP laptop. Move from Windows to MAC was quite easy, anything you want to know you can find... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dex
Beautiful and stylish, of course. Also as expected, it's minimalist, nothing added, no helpful instructions, nothing but box and computer. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Myco
I've been amazed by this machine since I got it. It's small, silent and powerfull, I use it as a home file and media server, I leave it on 24/7 because it uses so little power. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Andy
I have been a satisfied Apple customer for over a decade, but things are changing. I bought this to replace a failing iMac, but the performance of the Mini is just awful. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dricus