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
Summary: The new Apple Mac mini has shot up in price, but it's also more attractive, more powerful and more capable than ever. If you're looking for a small machine that makes a fabulous all-rounder, and you're not affected by the economic downturn, then get involved
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.