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Apple Mac Mini (Core 2 Duo)

Apple Mac Mini (Core 2 Duo)
alaScore 89

139 reviews

Apr, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 139 reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Core 2 Duo). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Opinions about the reliability and design are generally positive. The usability and size are also mentioned favorably.

price, size, usability, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Mini (Core 2 Duo) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Core 2 Duo) from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers are impressed by the design and reliability. The price and size also get good reviews.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: Dan Frakes (

Apple Mac Mini/2.53GHz


Impressive set of features ; No longer a very poor value compared to the $599 model ; Tiny size ; All the dramatic improvements of the Early 2009 model plus better performance

Performance increase over $599 model still not dramatic ; Difficult to upgrade ; Slow hard drive

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Dan Frakes (

Apple Mac mini/2GHz (120GB, Early 2009)


Performance comparable to that of the $799 model ; Significantly improved graphics performance compared to older models ; FireWire 800 ; Dual video outputs with support for extended Desktop mode and 30-inch displays ; Tiny size ; Five USB ports

Difficult to upgrade ; Even slower hard drive than $799 model ; Too little RAM

Mar, 2009

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Apple Mac mini Core 2 Duo/2GHz


Faster than ever before ; Small size ; Inexpensive ; Burns dual-layer DVDs

Hard drive and graphics performance underwhelming ; Slower, shorter-ranged 802.11g wireless networking

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Peter Rojas (

Mac mini reviews contest: We have a winner


We know it's taken us freaking long enough, but we finally have a winner in our Mac mini reviews contest. What was the holdup? Well, for starters we received more entries than we expected, but what really complicated matters was the quality of the...

Mar, 2005

Expert review by: Luigi Lugmayr (

Refurb Apple Mac mini Core 2 Duo 2GHz for $499 + free shipping, more


The Apple Store continues to discount several factory-refurbished Apple Mac mini computers, as listed below. Each carries free shipping and is well under the best total price we could find for a new unit. Sales tax is added where applicable. A 1-year...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by: Dan Frakes (

Mac Mini Core 2 Duo/2.26 GHz (Late 2009)


This round of Mac mini updates offers comparatively minor improvements from the models introduced in the spring of 2009. The processors are faster, the hard drives are bigger, and the included Nvidia GeForce 9400M graphics now take advantage of 256MB...

Rounding out the list of improvements, the newest Mac minis also ship, as you would expect, with Snow Leopard. They continue to include iLife '09

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: James Galbraith (

Apple's smallest Macs gets a subtle, but solid, speed bump


The latest Mac mini models have made some impressive gains in terms of performance, without gaining bulk or higher price tags. Still a great bargain, especially for those who already own a mouse, keyboard, and display, the Mac mini's size and price...

Small size ; least expensive Mac available ; faster than ever before

Hard drive and graphics performance underwhelming ; slower, shorter-ranged 802.11g wireless networking

Internally, the mini mixes the new with the old. The biggest change is the inclusion of Intel's Core 2 Duo processors. Running at clock speeds of either 1.83GHz or 2GHz , this second generation of Intel's Core Duo processor supports twice the amount of...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: Bill Stiteler (

Mac mini


From a price/performance perspective, the Mac mini is an amazing computer; maybe the most amazing computer Apple's ever made. It's like a full-featured demo of a Mac: giving you access to all the features, and maybe leaving you hungrier for more....

Weaknesses: Very limited expandability. You will quickly discover its limits. Limited value to existing Mac users.

May, 2005

Expert review by: (

Mac Mini


The Mac Mini provides an alternative to Windows-based home computer systems. Its slight design and wireless abilities make it a capable alternative.

The Mac Mini has a small tower design and runs the OS X operating system, plus you’ll get great help and support

The best processor available is only a 3rd generation Intel chip

The Mac Mini performs well and gives you a viable alternative to Windows-based PCs.

Expert review by: (

Mac Mini


Fantastic design with small footprint Good connectivity Inexpensive

RAM is not upgradable Closed-off design Does not come with keyboard or mouse

Feb, 2015

Product Specifications

Live the digital life in stylish simplicity - up to four times faster. Just 6.5 inches square and 2 inches small, Mac mini lets you have more fun with your music, photos and movies, more quickly and more easily. Enjoy them up close or far away with the included Apple Remote. Mac mini makes it easy and affordable to work with digital photos, movies, music, and the web. And now it all happens with the blazing speed of the Intel Core, in either Solo or Duo configurations. Choose the Solo for a low-cost entry to iLife '06. Or select the Duo model for unprecedented power in such a small package - up to four times faster than previously. Coupled with an all-new architecture and the world's most advanced operating system, Mac OS X, Mac mini runs all your modern and innovative software, speedily.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Desktop slimline
Manufacturer Form Factor:Desktop slimline

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Desktop slimline
Manufacturer Form Factor:Desktop slimline

Cache Memory

Installed Size:2MB/3MB/4MB
Per Processor Size:2MB/3MB/4MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)


Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes


Country Kits:United Kingdom
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple Mac mini


Data Bus Speed:1066MHz/667MHz


Color:Anodized aluminum


Type: None


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Gigabit Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR/802.11 a/b/g/n / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR/802.11b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:16x/16x (CD) / 4x (DVD/24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW)
Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/DVD
Write Speed:24x/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS X 10.4/Apple MacOS X 10.5/Apple MacOS X 10.6


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.5GHz/1.66GHz/1.83GHz/2.26GHz/2.53GHz/2GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core Duo/Core Solo


Installed Size:1GB/2GB/4GB/512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB/4GB

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150/Serial ATA-300

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:120GB/160GB/320GB/60GB/80GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB/256MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950/NVIDIA GeForce 9400M