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Apple Mac Mini (2011)

Apple Mac Mini (2011)
alaScore 89

145 reviews

Apr, 2014

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 145 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the size and reliability. The design and usability also get good reviews, whereas many are critical about the value for money.

usability, design, reliability, size

value for money

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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Great Product

 

stop whining about no optical drive, lots of computers and pc's are leaving them out, you can load things with very inexpensive thumb drives, the guts are good, the form factor is stellar and 1/2 terabite of storage, works for me!

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Editors' note (October 23, 2012): The 2011 Mac Mini reviewed here has been replaced by a modestly updated 2012 model that offers a newer Ivy Bridge CPU and USB 3.0.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

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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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"Very quiet and runs well."

 

This is a great little machine. Cannot hear it running 99% of the time (big change from old blue G4 machines). Does everything I ask of it, although I would have liked more video memory. Running Lion and Windows. I like that I can update Windows just...

Expandable memory (using 8 GB), dedicated video, core i7. Can run Windows as well.

All of the ports are in the rear, which is a PAIN in the butt. Not too concerned about the missing DVD drive -- can be added through port. No core i7 quad core. Need more video memory. Not easy to access hard drive. Expensive. Made in China.

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"Pay More, Get Less!!!"

 

This is most likely the last apple product i will ever buy. I have had so many problems with apple products in the past 2 years. I could buy a windows pc with for the same price with 15, a cd drive,usb,sd card, and many other ports. Or if wanted i...

i5 processor is fast as hell but that is the only pro.

No optical drive. A lot of media uses cds and i can't install any of my programs. i don't understand why apple had to get rid the optical drive. Also there are a lot of problems with osx lion. Have to restart it usually 5 times a day.

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"Mac Mini - not a media pc."

 

Ok, so my mom has a Macbook Pro. It is great. When my old media computer died, I thought that I should try out a Mac Mini, so I bought one. It is speedy but the video is terrible when connected to my TV. I was really disappointed with it. for 799, I...

- speedy

- Poor video output when connected to a flat screen tv.

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"I really like this computer."

 

At the local Apple store, I saw this little critter, with it's 2.5 Ghz processor, it's AMD Raedon chip and 4GB of RAM for $799, all in a package that works quietly and reliably. A few adapters and cable and I have something I haven't had in years, a...

This computer performs very well, especially for $799 and it is made with a quality rarely found in this world. I'm no hardware head and I love it.

None really, it's a great deal for $799.

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