“The Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) may look the same — it is, after all identical to the Mac mini (Thunderbolt) — but it has been updated with Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processor, faster USB 3.0 ports, and given a performance boost with Apple’s new Fusion drive,” Brian Westover writes for PC Magazine. “It’s everything we loved about the Apple Mac mini (Thunderbolt), just faster, making it an easy pick for Editors’ Choice.”

“Like the other members of the current Mac family, the Mac mini comes preinstalled with OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8.2 on our review unit), along with programs from iLife 2011, like iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand,” Westover writes. “The programs themselves are top-rated, and Mountain Lion itself was picked as one of the best tech products of 2012. It also features all of the same gesture support seen in the MacBook Pro line-up, so you might consider getting an Apple Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad to take advantage of the intuitive controls.”

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Westover writes, “The seamless 1.12TB Fusion Drive is superb, and the array of display outputs and connectivity options is far larger than most compact desktops can muster. Add in the beautiful design and industry-leading operating system, and the Mac mini is an easy pick for our Editors’ Choice.”

Apple Mac mini

Apple Mac mini

Much more in the full review here.

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