PC Mag reviews Apple’s new Mac mini: The small-form-factor consumer desktop to beat; Editors’ Choice

“The Apple Mac mini ($499) is the least expensive new Macintosh computer you can buy. Like its previous iterations, it’s built into a sleek aluminum unibody chassis, and is one of the more compact desktop PCs on the market,” Joel Santo Domingo writes for PC Magazine. “It’s now less expensive, but still has all the quality and OS X integration we’ve come to expect. It’s the small-form-factor (SFF) consumer desktop to beat, thanks to a solid chassis, convenient wired and wireless connectivity, and an OS that hands off to the Apple devices in your pocket, all at a reasonable price.”

“It is better connected than the Acer Aspire AXC-604-UR11 and much more cost effective than the Polywell i2304-i5. It’s much less expensive than the gaming-oriented Maingear Spark and performs better on the multimedia benchmark tests as well,” Santo Domingo writes. “Its only true drawback is the lack of internal memory expansion, and that’s something that’s becoming commonplace among Macs and Windows PCs every day. For its combination of great build quality, connectivity, and sub-$500 price, we award the Apple Mac mini our Editors’ Choice for consumer-oriented SFF desktops.”

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34 Comments

  1. Ars Technical had a good article about the new 2014 Mac Mini. In the article they explained that Intel’s new line of chips didn’t offer a Quad core with the same GPU as in Apple’s other computers. So Apple was stuck between a rock and a hard place of choosing a quad core option with an unique GPU in Apple’s product line or sticking with dual core models.

    The new 2014 Mac Mini convinced me to upgrade my 2011 Mac Mini Server edition (sold on eBay) to a brand new 2012 Quad Core model. I felt the 2012 model was more future proof with USB 3 than the 2011 model. Need to upgrade the RAM to 16 GB on the new machine though. 4 GB is just NOT enough.

  2. Bought two for my work, reused old 4:3 monitors, bought some solar powered keyboards at half price and replaced one mouse. Parallels and remote desktop for some legacy functions and I’m so happy to be almost entirely off windows throughout the office. Saving so much time and frustration.

  3. I recently replaced a 2012 iMac with a top of the line Mac mini w/ Fusion Drive & 27″ Thunderbolt display. The old iMac got moved to being my Home Media Server.

    This mini is faster and quieter than the iMac was. More than easily serves it’s purpose for my needs.

    The advantage I’ll get out of the mini vs the iMac is cheaper upgrades in the future. I tend to replace my machines every 2 years, then move the old machine on to the Media Server. In 2 years, if Apple has a released a 5k TB display, I’ll replace both components and move both on to the Media Server. If not, then I’ll upgrade one of the bedroom HDTVs, and use the old HDTV as a monitor for the Media Server mini.

    I know minis are not for everyone – but I’m not doing high end graphics / photo / video editing, or playing games on my Macs, so this works for me. A mini is more than capable of handling productivity suites, internet usage and email, and will be able to be upgraded in a few years for about $1000 less than an iMac would be.

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