Apple Mac Mini

Last updated date: January 28, 2019

DWYM Score
8.3

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 48 expert reviews, the Appple Apple Mac Mini placed 2nd when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
7.9
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.1
2,338 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The most notable change is that instead of using older Intel i5 and i7 laptop processors, the new Mac mini uses newer four- and six-core Intel i3, i5, and i7 desktop processors, which should offer much better performance.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Apple wrests excellent performance out of even the low-end Core i3 processor in the base configuration.
- CNET
November 26, 2018 | Full review
It’s the same old Mac mini, in the familiar frame, but with a new and attractive space gray finish.
- The Verge
November 16, 2018 | Full review
The most impressive thing about the new Mini is its selection of ports.
- Engadget
This performance increase is thanks to some impressive spec bumps, including a maximum RAM configuration of 64GB with a six-core CPU.
- Tech Radar
You can connect common external devices such as hard drives and Blu-ray burners using Thunderbolt for maximum performance.
- Consumer Reports
The darker finish makes the bare-metal design look much more modern – the bright aluminum of past Apple designs looks decidedly early 2010 now – and matches the finish found on the iMac Pro and Macbook Pro lines.
- Tom's Guide
November 26, 2018 | Full review
Apple touted the Mac Mini's performance on Tuesday, noting that it was up to five times faster than the previous generation.
- Wired
October 30, 2018 | Full review
As is often true of Macs, the hard drive is a stunner, hitting a read speed of 2,753MB/s and a write speed of 1,238MB/s
- Digital Trends
There's no shortage of small format PCs out there, but the Mac Mini has always been one of the simplest and most elegant.
- Pocket-lint
December 19, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
but you should get as much storage as you need when you buy it, since Apple uses proprietary solid-state storage that you can’t easily upgrade after the fact.
- New York Times Wirecutter
You're stuck with integrated graphics unless you fork over the bucks and desk space for an eGPU.
- CNET
November 26, 2018 | Full review
but limited graphics performance holds it back in certain cases.
- Engadget
Integrated graphics aren’t all that and Higher starting cost.
- Tech Radar
There's no VGA video connector, or a separate adapter is required.
- Consumer Reports
Apple has a well-deserved reputation for making its products hard to upgrade, and the Mac mini is no exception.
- Tom's Guide
November 26, 2018 | Full review
No discrete graphics option is available. That means you’re out of luck if you want to play even the least demanding 3D games.
- Digital Trends
The most obvious obstacle for the new Mac Mini is in justifying its price point.
- Pocket-lint
December 19, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

1.4GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz). 500GB Serial ATA Drive 5400 rpm. 4GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM. Intel HD Graphics 5000.Mac OS. 3MB on-chip shared L3 cache.

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Overall Score: 28.3
Expert Reviews: 3
2. Apple Mac Mini
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 10
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Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 10
4. HP Pavilion All-In-One Desktop
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 3
5. Lenovo Legion Gaming Tower Desktop Computer
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 1
6. Dell Inspiron All-in-One Desktop
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 3
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Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 7

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