Apple Mac mini (2012) review

The most affordable Mac



Even when you look really close, the new Mac mini looks like a clone of the previous version. It's also more of an update than a complete overhaul, and that means it's still a very nice mini PC.

It's a compact mini PC, that you can use as server (combined with MacOS X  Server if you want), HTPC or just as computer. It has a very high-end finish compared to other mini PCs, with a solid aluminium chassis and a good array of connectors in the back. It looks nice that way, but isn't always the most practical solution. If you want to plug in a USB stick you have to do so in the back.

Apple Mac Mini (Z0NP2FN/A)

The new Mac Mini runs on an Ivy Bridge processor, unlike the previous iteration that had a Sandy Bridge chip, so it should definitely be faster. And unlike the previous Mac Mini that had a version with dedicated graphics in the shape of the AMD Radeon HD6630M, the new Mac Mini does not come with a separate GPU. The integrated graphics of the Intel processor were apparently fast enough for Apple.

Apple Mac Mini (Z0NP2FN/A)

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Apple Mac Mini (Z0NP2FN/A)

Mini PC, Intel Core i7 3720QM, 4 GB, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 1128 GB, Apple MacOS X

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