Reviews and Problems with Apple Mac Mini Unibody 2010 -
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Apple Mac mini (2012) review
28 February 2013
Excerpt: 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.
Conclusion: At $1,049, however, it's hard to argue that our review configuration packs the same value proposition, especially if you're going to be upgrading your peripherals or monitor at the same time. Sure, one of Apple's entry-level laptops or iMacs won't get you the Fusion Drive, but really, for the majority of buyers, the upgrade won't be essential. It's a nice option to have for speeding up boot times and program loads.
Pros: Strong productivity and media performance, Quiet operation, Compact size, Fast drive performance with Fusion Drive option, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports
Cons: Expensive considering lack of peripherals, $250 price for Fusion Drive option seems high, No dedicated-graphics option
Review: New Mac mini offers an attractive bang for the buck
2 November 2012
Conclusion: The new Mac mini continues to build on the solid foundation set by the 2011 model. If you prefer a Mac desktop computer to a laptop, and/or you don’t want to be confined to the glossy 21.5- or 27-inch displays that come with the iMac, the Mac mini is a capable system for most tasks. The quad-core Core i7 processor and the larger storage capacity make the $799 Mac mini more attractive—plus you can configure this system with Apple’s new Fusion Drive for an additional $250.
Pros: Fast quad-core CPU performance, Fusion Drive option, Lowest cost Mac available, Much improved all-around performance
Cons: Slower 3D game performance than last year's model, Discreet graphics replaced by integrated graphics, No processor or storage options available
Summary: The 2011 Apple Mac mini is alive and kicking. What with the Cupertino-based company dazzling the tech world with iPhones, iPads and MacBook Airs, the Mac mini seems to be the forgotten child in Apple's product portfolio. Still with the latest revision of the most inexpensive Mac ever, the mini boasts of improved performance thanks to Intel's second-gen Sandy Bridge processor.
Pros: Tiny, great design, Good performance, Thunderbolt port
Excerpt: (1 items) I was fairly positive in my review of the 2010 version of Apple’s smallest server, and fortunately, I can say that it’s very easy to be happy with the 2011 Mac mini with Lion Server . The Mac mini server is not a big enterprise server. It’s targeted at the small office/home office (SOHO) market and small and medium businesses (SMB). As such, it does not have redundant power supplies, hot-swappable components, and other features found in enterprise servers.
Pros: SSD option offers significant speed improvement, Quiet and easy on power and cooling needs, Thunderbolt mitigates ethernet port limitation, Improvements boost server's operational envelope
Cons: Requires Lion Server, which has some issues, No ECC memory, Tedious to replace internals other than RAM, Only one power supply, Limited internal hardware monitoring
Excerpt: The Good Compact and sleek design. Thunderbolt port for (future) expansion. Much faster than previous gen; quad option. Discrete graphics finally a choice. Relatively easy to upgrade. Quiet and low power. Lion as an OS is high grade. The Bad No optical drive. No system reinstall media; Internet only. Hard drive not (easily) user upgradeable. No USB 3.0 ports, few Thunderbolt devices. Relatively expensive for a computer without a display, keyboard, or mouse.
Pros: Compact and sleek design., Thunderbolt port for (future) expansion., Much faster than previous gen; quad option., Discrete graphics finally a choice., Relatively easy to upgrade., Quiet and low power., Lion as an OS is high grade.
Cons: No optical drive., No system reinstall media; Internet only., Hard drive not (easily) user upgradeable., No USB 3.0 ports, few Thunderbolt devices., Relatively expensive for a computer without a display, keyboard, or mouse.
Excerpt: (2 items) With the Mac mini (Mid 2010) , released in June 2010, Apple gave its smallest Mac an aesthetic overhaul, replacing the chunky, aluminum-and-white-plastic 2009 model with a sleek, aluminum-unibody model that was easier to upgrade, felt rock-solid, and sported an SD-card reader and an HDMI port (the latter pleasing AV buffs immensely).
Pros: Core i5 processor provides huge performance gains, Impressive array of connectivity options, including Thunderbolt, Compact design and aluminum Unibody enclosure, Improved graphics performance, Core i5 processor provides huge performance gains, Impressive array of connectivity options, including Thunderbolt, Compact design and aluminum Unibody enclosure, Lower price of entry
Cons: No optical drive, Slow stock hard drive, Inconveniently located SD-card slot, No optical drive, Slow stock hard drive, Inconveniently located SD-card slot, Mediocre graphics performance