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Apple Mac Mini (Core 2 Duo)

Apple Mac Mini (Core 2 Duo)
alaScore 90

895 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 895 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and size. The design and usability are also appreciated.

value for money, usability, design, size, 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 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Apple Mac Mini (2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 160GB, Fall 2009)


We didn't love the higher-end model from Apple's most recent round of Mac Mini updates, but we're a bit more positive about this $599 version. A reasonably capable desktop, the entry-level Mac Mini will provide suitable day-to-day performance, wrapped...

Best design among budget desktops; decent performance for its price; best performance-per-watt on the market.

160GB hard drive too small at this price; no HDMI port.

The lower-cost Mac Mini offers respectable budget performance and Apple's usual compelling design, but a puny hard drive and a lack of HDMI hurt this system's value and overall potential. It's actually more versatile next to its budget-priced Windows...

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Apple Mac mini (Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz)


The Apple Mac mini is the entry point for the Apple faithful and is a small, cheap, decent computer, but a number of low-cost nettops offer more bang for the buck, especially since they usually are priced at $150-200 less.

Compact. Quiet. Dual-core performance. Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth built in. Windows compatible. FireWire 800. More powerful than nettops

No Blu-ray option. No keyboard or mouse included. MiniDisplayPort is still a nascent technology. 30-inch LCD support requires optional DVI adapter

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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


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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

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Apple Mac Mini (2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 320GB, Winter 2009)


Editor's note: While we evaluated each new Mac Mini separately, the chassis and many of the core features of each model are the same, so many of the descriptions are copied over from the entry-level Mac Mini.

Competitive Nvidia G9400M graphic chip; includes iLife '09 digital media software; energy-efficient; space-saving chassis retains distinct design.

Similarly priced PCs offer increased functionality; phone support only lasts 90 days from purchase.

Apple's newest high-end Mac Mini maintains its small, stylish footprint, and as with the cheaper version, this $799 model has impressive multitasking capabilities. You'll like this desktop if juggling apps with attractive hardware is important to you,...

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Apple Mac Mini (2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 120GB, Winter 2009)


Apple breathed fresh air into its line of Mac Minis, whose specs haven't changed since an update in August 2007. With this $599 model, Apple adds significantly improved Nvidia graphics, a new 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and a larger hard drive....

Competitive Nvidia G9400M graphic chip; includes updated iLife '09 suite; energy efficient; space-saving chassis retains distinct design.

Similarly priced PCs offer increased functionality for more than $100 less; phone support only lasts 90 days from purchase.

While we're still impressed with the Mac Mini's ability to pack so much into a tight package, Apple can't get away from its PC competitors that offer more features for less money. If saving space and the Mac OS are dominating factors, then the new Mac...

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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

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Apple Mac Mini (2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo)


At the same time it revamped its iMac , Apple also more quietly updated its smaller-scale Mac Mini desktops, adding a faster Intel Core 2 Duo processor in place of the old Core Duo chips. The result is more or less competitive performance compared to...

Fast new Core 2 Duo processor compares well with competing Windows desktops; useful iLife '08 software; supersmall chassis remains unique in the mainstream desktop market.

Comparable slim Windows desktops offer more features for the dollar, as well as expandability; no information from Apple on whether you'll have to pay for a Leopard upgrade two months from now; free phone support for only 90 days.

The Mac Mini remains unique as the smallest mainstream desktop, but competition from Dell and HP has narrowed the gap in features while also offering room for expansion, and at a better price. If your goal is saving space, the Mac Mini is a winner. If...

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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...

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Apple Mac mini (2.0GHz Core 2 Duo)


Like most Apple systems the mini is quiet, with almost no fan noise. (You have to stick your ear next to the mini to hear the hard drive working.) It does still use an external power brick, but now that's a plus instead of a hindrance. That's because...

Compact. Energy efficient. Quiet. Dual-core performance. Wireless 802.11g and Bluetooth built in. New iLife '08. Mac Os X 10.5 Leopard makes the mini and iMac officially Windows compatible

Only 1GB of RAM standard (2GB would be better, especially if you use Boot Camp). No TV tuner. No keyboard or mouse included. This is the only wireless Mac without 802.11n

With a small bump in memory and CPU speed, this quintessential small-form-factor desktop computer is still a leader among energy-efficient systems.

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