Apple last week unveiled the new Mac mini, supercharged by M2 and the all-new M2 Pro. With the M2 chip, Mac mini is even more powerful, capable, and affordable with a new starting price of just $599.
Apple sent us the M2 Pro version of the mini to review, and for many price-conscious power users who prefer or require macOS, it injects just the right amount of Mac Studio performance into the mini’s 13-year-old design.
The M2 Pro model has a marginally higher-wattage internal power supply than the regular M2 (185 W, up from 150 W). But there’s no difference in weight between the M2 and M2 Pro models, suggesting that both versions use the same fan and heatsink design. And in our testing, the M2 Pro mini runs just as cool and quiet as the M1 mini did.
That’s impressive because the M2 Pro is a major speed upgrade, whether you’re comparing it to the old M1 Mac mini or the cheaper non-Pro M2 version. Apple sent us a not-quite-fully-loaded version, with the fully-enabled M2 Pro (four little CPU cores, eight big CPU cores, 19 GPU cores) but 16GB of RAM instead of 32GB.
The M2 Pro is a solid step up from the M2, and the fully enabled version even gives the M1 Max in the Mac Studio a run for its money… If you compare the M1 mini to the M2 version, you get a solid but not life-changing CPU and GPU performance bump across the board. The M2 Pro, on the other hand, is around twice as fast as the M1 in the old mini.
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