Click one of the buying options below to be re-directed:




Apple Mac Mini (MGEM2B/A | 500GB | 1.4GHz)


£399.00

In Stock

Go to site

£439.97

In Stock

Go to site

£449.99

In Stock

Go to site

£479.00

In Stock

Go to site

£479.00

In Stock

Go to site


Apple Mac Mini (MGEN2B/A | 1TB | 2.6GHz)


£615.99

In Stock

Go to site

£629.97

In Stock

Go to site

£679.00

In Stock

Go to site

£679.00

In Stock

Go to site

£679.00

In Stock

Go to site

£679.00

In Stock

Go to site


Apple Mac Mini (MGEQB/A | 1TB | 2.8GHz | Fusion Drive)


£750.00

In Stock

Go to site

£840.00

In Stock

Go to site

£936.80

In Stock

Go to site

£949.00

In Stock

Go to site
Please note that in order to provide a fair price comparison, eBay prices are for new (buy it now) items only. Cheaper second-hand options or auction items may exist. We recommend that you visit eBay to see all the buying options available.

The Mac Mini remains the most affordable option for Mac-based desktop computing to this very day. Why? Because it’s only half a package! If you ask me, the ‘Bring Your Own’ concept has crossed a line. It’s an idea that needs to stick to the restaurant sector, rather than trying to venture into the world of computing. For those not in the know, the Mac Mini is essentially a ‘BYO’ gadget; it’s a tiny, bite-sized computer that’s missing a screen, a keyboard, and a mouse. It’s literally a box with a processor.

So is it any good? Yes and no. The Mac Mini is definitely perfect for folk who want a more customised computing experience, switching up their peripherals whenever they feel like a bit of a change. It keeps things fresh, I suppose, and provides a users with a bit more control over their device. But personally, I can’t help but feel that the Mac Mini kinda misses the point. Mac Mini users miss out on what really makes the Mac great; the super responsive touchpads, the beautiful backlit keyboards, the top notch screens, and so on. Without the entire picture, a Mac is just… a Mac. It’s not a MAC, if you get my drift.

 

Performance

With a 3.0Ghz processor, the Mac Mini does, surprisingly, manage to rival the more costly Mac Pro, although the 16Gb memory pales in comparison to the Pro’s 64Gb. But even with a semi-decent processor, the Mini isn’t all that. Typing? Editing? Emails? Yeah, the Mini’s got you covered. Multimedia? You’ll be lucky. Still, graphics are good with the Intel 5000 graphics card, but unfortunately the Mac Mini isn’t yet compatible with new 4K monitors… well, unless you’re a big fan of the jumpy, juddery look.

 

Ports

Something that the Mac Mini does manage to get right? The ports. For a teeny tiny computer, this thing is remarkably port-heavy, with 4 x USB-3 ports, 2 x Thunderbolt 2 ports, and an HDMI port included which pretty much covers all basic peripherals needed for computing. With more things moving over to USB-C, the USB-3 ports could become a little frustrating in the future, but for now things are A-OK.

 

Design

As with most Apple products, the Mac Mini looks good. There’s nothing particularly noteworthy about the design, but it’s definitely in line with the overall Apple style and screams ‘Apple’. The Mac Mini is very smooth, streamlined, a little bit on the sexy side, and just generally nice to look at; a massively important feature if you’re going to be carrying this little guy around with you wherever and whenever you go.

Of course, I also have to mention the size of the Mac Mini…well it’s all in the name. This thing is handbag-small, which makes it super portable. The only things that bothers me is that Apple seem to be using the small size to justify a less-than-perfect overall performance. But they can’t pull the wool over our eyes! We all know that even tiny machines these days can house some pretty powerful technologies. Look at the Alienware Alpha, which is about half the size of my laptop, and about 5 times as powerful!

 

Buy Now?

That’s a tricky one! We’ve got to delve into Apple’s relationship with the Mac Mini, really. Unlike the Macbook or Macbook Air which are constantly being given little updates and tweaks to keep them relevant and keep them in the public eye, the Mac Mini seems to have been forgotten about… like someone at Apple dropped it down the side of the sofa and left it there. This poor little fella hasn’t been updated in as long as I can remember, and this is something that’s good and bad at the same time.

On the one hand, while the Mac Mini is a little outdated now, it still does what it says on the tin; it’s a small, moderately powerful computer than can be hooked up to your own preferred peripherals for portable desktop-style computing. Maybe Apple feel there’s no need to update. On the other hand, could such a long gap in updates suggest that a big overhaul is on the cards? That’s what experts think.

There have been rumours floating around for a while now that Apple is planning to significantly makeover the Mac Mini, possibly making it a little larger and a little more powerful. If that’s true, then buyers may want to hold back slightly, waiting for the new and improved Mini to hit the shelves.

What’s in the Box

  • Apple Mac Mini Computer
  • Power Cord

Apple Mac Mini
Design81%
Performance61%
Connectivity71%
Features66%
Noisiness79%
72%Overall Score
Reader Rating: (1 Vote)
99%