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Apple Mac Mini (Core Duo)

Apple Mac Mini (Core Duo)
alaScore 95

1504 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1504 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the reliability and size are generally positive. The design and value for money are also appreciated.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Mini (Core Duo) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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1.66GHz and 1.83GHz Core Duo Mac mini


Faster - and More Expensive - Midget Macs

Nice speed boost over previous generation ; Difficult to upgrade memory

Difficult to upgrade memory

If you plan to buy a Mac mini, get as much RAM as you can afford since both Mac minis share their memory between the video subsystem and the main processor. Remember the ol' saying: The more memory, the merrier.

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Apple Mac Mini with Fusion Drive (fall 2012)


The new Apple Mac Mini, updated with Intel's third-generation Core CPUs and a new Fusion hybrid hard-drive option, brings improved value and welcome speediness to the most affordable Mac. The Core i7 chip and 1TB standard hard drive in our review model...

A strong core of components and the speedy Fusion hybrid hard drive design make this the most competitive Mac Mini yet.

Fusion is an expensive upgrade, especially for users without demanding data transfer requirements.

With or without its new Fusion hybrid drive, Apple finally has a Mac Mini that competes well against mainstream Windows PCs in the same price range.

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Mac mini review (2012)


Mac Mini updated in two new flavors, at $599 for i5 dual-core and $999 for i7 quad-core server model iFixit opens up new Mac Mini, has no trouble putting it all back together again Mac mini review (mid 2011) October 23rd was mostly the iPad mini's...

Attractive and compact design ; High-speed Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 ports ; FusionDrive hybrid storage works intelligently ; Affordable price for the specs

Intel HD 4000 GPU not ideal for true desktop gaming ; Still lacking optical drive

The new mini brings USB 3.0, twice the standard RAM and optional hybrid storage. All told. you won't find another desktop this small, this powerful and this inexpensive.


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Apple's Mac mini Core Duo reviewed


While rumors were a swirlin' in the days leading up to Apple's "It's Showtime" event, one thing we didn't exactly forecast was a refresh in the Mac mini lineup. Nevertheless, Apple bumped its most minuscule Macs by tossing in Intel Core Duo processors,...

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Apple Mac mini/1.66GHz


Includes Front Row software with Apple Remote ; Decent dual-core processor performance ; Analog- and digital-audio input and output ; Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0 ; Gigabit Ethernet

Not enough built-in RAM ; RAM is difficult to upgrade ; Integrated graphics reduces available RAM ; Not suitable for gaming

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Mac Mini Gets Ready for the Living Room


The Intel-powered desktop adds media-center features.


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Apple Mac mini Dual Core 1.66GHz


The Intel-based Mac Mini is a sub-compact (smaller than Small Form Factor) desktop computer worthy of the Apple name and completely devoid of the sub-compact stigma. No other computer manufacturer could have brought such a tiny powerhouse to the world...

Small size; attractive design; powerful; low power consumption

Mono speaker: cost is higher than expected; video output could be better

The Mac Mini is the Bruce Lee of the computing world - small frame, incredibly fit, lightning fast...

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Apple Mac Mini Core Duo (1.67GHz)


Apple's new Mac Mini Core Duo wisely maintains the square, squat shape of the original (a 6.5-inch square that's 2 inches high and weighs 2.9 pounds). It's small enough to fit in any crowded entertainment center and portable enough to unhook and take...

Inexpensive; good choice for budget shoppers or people adding a second computer; Front Row media software and new ports make it more useful as a home-theater PC; easy to connect with an entertainment system; can run Windows via Boot Camp; attractive...

Video output to televisions shows poor image processing; Apple software still catching up to Intel processors; small hard drive; remote control has limited functionality; few upgrade options.

Apple packs more media-specific features into the Mac Mini to make an inexpensive and useful entertainment-room computer. It's tremendously easy to use, although it surprised us with poor image processing.

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Apple Mac Mini


This impressive small system could tempt you to become a Mac user.

The Mac Mini provides an elegant way to enter the Mac universe without having to spend too much.

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Mac Mini Dissected


The inside scoop on one of the smallest PCs around.

Product Specifications

You'll love Mac mini. Apple designers spend countless hours ensuring not only an aesthetically beautiful machine, but a technically superior instrument that puts no barriers between your dreams and onscreen visions. When you enjoy what you're doing, from organizing photos to blissing out on your guitar, you'll spend more time making stuff. Everything you need - and not an ounce more - to enjoy digital photos, music and movies. Get a fast G4 processor, slot-loading CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive and a reliable operating system in a body just 6.5-inches square and 2-inches tall. Simply add monitor, keyboard and mouse. You'll be organizing music and photos, composing tunes and editing movies with iLife '05 in no time. Surf the Internet with the peace of mind of the secure and stable UNIX-based Mac OS X operating system.

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/512KB
Per Processor Size:2MB/3MB/512KB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)


Environmental Standards

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


Country Kits:France/Germany/Sweden/United Kingdom
Model:Mac mini Airport Extreme and Bluetooth Upgrade Kit/SuperDrive
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple/Apple Mac mini


Data Bus Speed:1066MHz/167MHz/667MHz


Color:Anodized aluminum
Encryption Algorithm:LEAP


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Type:Fax / modem/None


Connectivity Technology:Wireless
Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/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)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Data Transfer Rate:54Mbps
Form Factor:Plug-in module
Interface (Bus) Type:AirPort Extreme
Max Range Indoors:50ft
Remote Management Protocol:SNMP
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1 EDR/802.11b/g / Bluetooth/802.11b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:16x/16x (CD)/16x (CD) / 4x (DVD/24x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW)/8x (CD) / 2x (DVD-RW) / 2.4x (DVD+RW)
Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo/DVD
Write Speed:16x (CD) / 4x (DVD/24x/24x (CD)/24x (CD) / 8x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS X 10.3/Apple MacOS X 10.4/Apple MacOS X 10.5


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.25GHz/1.42GHz/1.5GHz/1.66GHz/1.83GHz/2GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Type:Core 2 Duo/Core Duo/Core Solo/PowerPC G4


Installed Size:1GB/256MB/2GB/512MB
Max Supported Size:1GB/2GB/4GB

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller (2nd)


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:IDE/Serial ATA-150

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:120GB/320GB/40GB/60GB/80GB
Type:Personal computer

System Requirements

OS Required:Apple MacOS X 10.2.7 or later

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB/256MB/32MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon 9200/Intel GMA 950/NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
Interface Type:AGP 4x