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Apple Mac Mini (Core Duo)

Apple Mac Mini (Core Duo)
alaScore 92

931 reviews

Nov, 2014

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 931 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and size. The usability and design also get good reviews.

price, design, usability, size, 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 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Apple Mac Mini (Core Duo)


alaTest has collected and analysed 41 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Core Duo) from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktop Computers on

price, design, usability, size, reliability

95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac mini MA607B/A, Intel Core Duo 1.66GHz, 512MB, 60GB, Combo driveApple Mac Mini (2.26GHz, 2X1G RAM, 160GB Hard Drive, SD, AP, BT-GBR)Apple Mac mini MA608B/A, Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz, 512MB, 80GB, SuperDrive

Consumer review by: review summary for Apple Mac Mini (Core Duo)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 351 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Core Duo) from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on

price, usability, design, size, reliability

86% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac mini MC239LL/A Desktop (OLD VERSION)Apple Mac mini MA607LL/A (1.66 GHz Intel Core Duo, 512 MB RAM, 60 GB Hard Drive, Combo Drive)Apple Mac mini MA608LL/A (1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)

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Apple 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Mac Mini Review


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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 iMac and Mac mini review (late 2012)


As soon as it was unveiled on stage in October, I started looking forward to getting the new iMac in for review. See, my main machine is a 13-inch MacBook Air, which I mostly love. But sometimes I want a bigger screen for watching movies, or more...

Great design ; HDMI port ; Good media performance

Graphics performance worse than last model ; Fusion Drive only available on high-end mini ; Doesn't ship with mouse or keyboard

From its smallest desktop to its largest, Apple's computers get a 2012 refresh

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Mac mini review (2012)


More Info 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,

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 Mac Mini ( 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 (mid 2011)


The Mac mini has long been the lovably lost scamp of the the Mac family, produced and sold with as seemingly little fanfare as possible. (Quick: where are the minis located in your local Apple store?) No matter: we've seen minis used as everything from...

Solid performance ; Small, beautiful case ; HDMI port

No optical drive ; Magic Trackpad required for full Lion experience ; Expensive

Apple's added hot new processors and dropped the optical drive — is the trade off worth it?

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Mac mini review (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

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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Mac mini (mid 2010) review


The Mac mini has long been the oddball child of the Mac family: it's the only consumer-level machine from Apple that isn't a fully-integrated experience,

HDMI port ; Sleek, attractive design fits anywhere ; Low power consumption

No Blu-ray options ; On your own for home theater support ; Expensive

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Apple Mac Mini ( Spring 2010)


Apple's new Mac Mini answers a lot of the issues that have plagued the series over the years. An HDMI port helps it fulfill its potential as a living room system. An SD card slot gives a nod to digital photographers. A removable panel on the bottom...

Sleek, living-room-ready aluminum chassis; HDMI video output makes it easy to connect an HDTV; SD card slot; user-accessible RAM; handles Web-based HD video with no trouble; best-in-class case design.

Puny storage capacity for its price; no Blu-ray hurts in a pricier living room system like this.

Apple's new Mac Mini includes an elegant new design and some long asked-for features, including HDMI output and user-accessible memory. The system still faces a value challenge for its given specs, but Apple has done enough to improve the Mac Mini's...

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Apple Mac Mini (2009)


Apple's newest Mac Mini is set to be a hit, being both small and powerful. We suspect that if Apple had managed to squeeze Blu-ray support in there, it would take a large chunk of the home theatre pc market.

Size has stayed tiny, despite hardware upgrade, Nvidia chipset offers better 3D and video decoding

No Blu-ray, No HDMI out — Apple TV is still a stand-alone product, RAM upgrades overpriced

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