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Apple Mac Mini (2011)

Apple Mac Mini (2011)
alaScore 89

147 reviews

Sep, 2014

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 147 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the size and reliability are generally positive. The design and usability also get good feedback, whereas many are negative about the value for money.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Mini (2011) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple Mac Mini (2011)

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 40 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (2011) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktop Computers on Amazon.co.uk.

value for money, usability, design, reliability, size

92% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Apple Mac mini (Lion Server Quad-Core i7,2.0GHz,4GB,Dual 500GB,HD Graphics)

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Mac mini (mid 2011)

 

For those familiar with last year's Mac mini, what you're peering at above isn't likely to strike you as jarring. Heck, it may even seem somewhat vanilla at this point. In truth, Apple did exceedingly little in terms of design changes with the mid 2011...

Gorgeous design ; Thunderbolt port ; Snappy performance

No optical drive ; Too pricey ; Sluggish hard drive

A solid little Mac, but losing the optical drive while not shrinking in size strikes us as a very strange design decision.

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Apple Mac Mini (2.5GHz Core i5, Summer 2011)

 

Editors' note (October 23, 2012): The 2011 Mac Mini reviewed here has been replaced by a modestly updated 2012 model that offers a newer Ivy Bridge CPU and USB 3.0.

The new Mac Mini boasts Apple's usual design leadership, as well as new internal components that nearly double its performance compared with that of the older model.

Some users will find the lack of an optical drive too forward-looking, and may struggle to understand the benefits of the Thunderbolt port. The new Mac Mini also offers suspect value compared with Windows PCs in the same price range.

Apple's new $799 Mac Mini demands that you abandon disc-based media, and that you surround it with potentially expensive extra hardware to realize its full benefits. It makes most sense for committed Mac users, those who need it for a specific...

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Review: Mac mini 2011

 

Apple gives the Mac mini a shot of speed while taking the disc away.

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

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

When the Mac mini first arrived on the scene, it was in many ways a tool for Apple to attract Windows users and get them to switch to Apple and Mac OS X. The thinking was that it was sold without a keyboard, mouse and display. Windows users already h

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Review: Mac mini 2011

 

Apple gives the Mac mini a shot of speed while taking the disc away.

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

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

When the Mac mini first arrived on the scene, it was in many ways a tool for Apple to attract Windows users and get them to switch to Apple and Mac OS X. The thinking was that it was sold without a keyboard, mouse and display. Windows users already h

PC ADVISOR - GOLD

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Apple Mac mini (Mid-2011) Core i5 2.5GHz review

 

We expected to see faster performance from the Apple Mac mini (Mid 2010) now it's finally received the Intel Core-series Sandy Bridge upgrade. But we weren't prepared for these lab results.

We're always looking for a true contender to take on the Apple Mac mini as the perfect discreet desktop PC, or as a stylish, compact and quiet media centre PC for the lounge. There are still no true rivals, and the latest slew of performance updates...

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Mac Mini 2011 review

 

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 with Lion Server is a real improvement on an already solid performer. In its target market (companies with up to 200 users), it is an outstanding performer and is also a capable utility server in a wide range of usage needs. The Mac mini...

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Mac mini (2011) review

 

The latest Mac minis deliver serious performance but lose the optical drive

Core i5 processor provides huge performance gains; impressive array of connectivity options, including Thunderbolt; aluminium unibody enclosure; improved graphics performance

No optical drive; slow stock hard drive; inconveniently located SD-card slot

When we reviewed the Mid-2010 Mac mini, we called it Apple’s most versatile computer for those who didn’t need workstation-level performance. Without an optical drive, the 2011 mini may not be quite as versatile, but Core i5 processors mean that, for...

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Apple Mac mini (Mid-2011) Core i5 2.5GHz

 

It's a move we've seen before, just a few months ago with the running revision to the MacBook Pro line of laptops. Outwardly, the computer looks identical to the previous model. Look more closely, and you find an electric-flash logo above the monitor...

Significant speed improvement; larger hard drives; Bluetooth 4.0; lower price

Nothing significant

We’re always looking for a true contender to take on the Apple Mac mini as the perfect discreet desktop PC, or as a stylish, compact and quiet media centre PC for the lounge. There are still no true rivals, and the latest slew of performance updates...

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"Life-changing experience!"

 

We needed a system to sync our iPhones, iPads, Macbook, etc. We hooked this up to our TV and now have a full media suite to control our music, photos, and entertainment. Easy to set up, use and doesn't take up a lot of space.

No complaints yet!

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"Surprised by the excellent performance of 2.3 mac mini"

 

I knew that the new mini would be faster than the last model, but I am surprised by how well it works with iPhoto and iMovie. The core Apple programs and Microsoft Office programs work seamlessly. For the basic Mac user, this is a great computer.

I suppose the lack of an optical drive can make thing more difficult. I bought the Apple version for $79 and it works fine, bit I have only used it twice in the last six months. maybe Apple is right.

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