Excerpt: Not even 1.5 years old. Drive died. S.M.A.R.T. errors. Funny. My 7100/80 my Mirror Box G4 are all still running fine. Software is unusable. Hardware is bullet proof. NEW MACS ARE HORRIBLE. Back up your DATA every 15 minutes. I'm NOT kidding. Especially if you have a business like I do.
Excerpt: Hard drive stopped working after 10 months of using my Mac mini. Bummer! Apple HDD HT55... SMART status: failing. I am so disappointed!!! What do I do now? It was terribly lagging lately, almost impossible to work with.
Excerpt: apple doesn't know how to utilize a keyboard or a mouse. del button is useless on mac so is 5 button mouse. in order to make it somewhat usable, i had to download and install so many little apps, change many settings. still not as usable as windows 7 or xp. very limited customization. no dpi scaling. mac os plain dumb or for the dumb. i bought it for ios development but i regret it already.
Summary: I ordered it from XSFORU. The delivery was pretty quick but when I received it as soon as I took it out of the box I heard rattling inside the computer. Sounded like a loose part!! There were quite a bunch of scuffs as well on it...more than what I was expecting from a "refurbished" one. More like used and in okay condition I would say. Anyways, I did not even risk using it and contacted the seller to return it. I will update this depending on what reply I get....
Summary: This model was released in October 2012, over a year ago. In that time, the price has stayed exactly the same, and the specs have remained identical. This computer may have been a good value when it was released, but it no longer is. I would not purchase any Mac Mini right now; I would wait until a new version is released. If past history is any indication, it will carry the same price tag but will have upgraded specs.
Excerpt: I can't believe I'm l writing a poor review of an Apple product, but I have to tell it like it is. The unit didn't work right after taking it out if the box and powering on. Took it to the Genius Bar, they said it was a bad build and I should return it. I'm sorry but this is the 5th Apple product I have had malfunction out of the factory. The Genius Bar is always packed with people with defunct products.