12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Nice thing in a small box,
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This review is from: Apple Mac Mini (Quad-Core i7 2.3GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 1TB, HD Graphics, Launched Oct 2012) (Personal Computers)
This is such a neat little package. If I wanted to transport it between sites it would easily fit into my manbag, leaving room for my lunch and a paperback. All the inputs and outputs line up in a row at the back together with the recessed On/Off switch. This arrangement may or may not be convenient in your layout. As both SD and USB slots are duplicated on the edge of my monitor it works very well for my desktop.
I use a bluetooth Apple keyboard and trackpad. The Mini drives a 24 inch Dell U2413 monitor via the Thunderbolt port using a lead that was supplied with the monitor: setup was straightforward. With the monitor sitting on a £12 Fellowes monitor stand and the box itself tucked out of sight directly underneath it, lead clutter has been minimised. I bought short (0.5m) ethernet and USB leads to connect to peripherals to keep things tidy.
The Mini's operation is invariably silent with the fan rarely audible though the operating temp is obviously dependent on the CPU load and how many cores are in use.
I decided to increase the RAM to 8GB (Corsair CMSX4GX3M1A1600C9 - about £45). No problems.
Inevitably, the Mini variants lacking an SSD or fusion drive take a bit of a speed hit although its overall performance is fine.
My only (minor) quibble - occasionally communication with the trackpad gets lost after startup for a second or two before the link re-establishes itself.