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Apple Mac Mini (Core Duo)

Apple Mac Mini (Core Duo)
alaScore 89

178 reviews

Apr, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 178 reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Core Duo). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People are impressed by the reliability and usability. The size and design are also appreciated.

price, design, size, usability, reliability

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 89/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Expert review by: Rich Brown (

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.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Matt Elliott (

Apple Mac Mini Core Duo ( 1.83GHz)


Lost among the news of the emergence of the Intel-based Mac Pro and the iMac getting a boost with new Intel Core 2 Duo CPUs was the Mac Mini receiving a CPU jolt of its own. The low-end $599 model tossed aside its Core Solo processor for a Core Duo,...

Compact size and great looks mean the Mac Mini can be put practically anywhere in your home; built-in wireless card; ships with same software bundle as pricier Macs; vocal Mac community means you can find help online for almost any problem.

Meager standard memory allotment must share resources with integrated graphics; no media card reader; small, slow hard drive; free phone support runs out after only 90 days.

The Apple Mac Mini is an unquestioned winner among budget desktops, but HP has a small-form-factor PC whose feature set will woo many would-be Mac Mini buyers.

Oct, 2006

Expert review by: Darren Murph (

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,...

Sep, 2006

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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

Sep, 2006

Expert review by: Chip Taylor (

Mac Mini Gets Ready for the Living Room


The Intel-powered desktop adds media-center features.

Apr, 2006


Expert review by: Jason Tomczak (

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...

Apr, 2006

Expert review by: Troy Dreier (

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.

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: Jason Snell, Macworld (

Mac Mini Dissected


The inside scoop on one of the smallest PCs around.

Mar, 2005

Expert review by: Peter Rojas (

Last chance to enter our Mac mini reviews contest


Just a quick reminder that you have until noon tomorrow to enter our Mac mini reviews contest (we're giving you all an extra 24 hours to get 'em in). Post up your review of the Mac mini for a shot at $500 in Mac mini accessories (or $500 in cash). So...

Mar, 2005

Expert review by: Jason Calacanis (

Mac mini user reviews contest: Win $500 in Mac mini accessories (or $500 in cash)


If we've learned one thing from our year-long adventure over here at Engadget, it's that our readers are really, really smart. Scary smart (and we're not just buttering you all up). We thought about hiring a bunch of folks to review products, but...

Mar, 2005

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