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Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) MD387 / MD388

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1350 reviews of Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) MD387 / MD388. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviews about the design and size are on the whole positive. The reliability and price are also mentioned favorably.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) MD387 / MD388 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 108 user reviews of Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) MD387 / MD388 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 People really like the size and design. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. Many are critical about the reliability.

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97% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Mini (Dual-Core i5 2.5GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB, HD Graphics)Apple Mac Mini (Dual-Core i5 2.5GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB, HD Graphics)

Jun, 2017

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 878 user reviews of Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) MD387 / MD388 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers are impressed by the design and reliability. The size and price also get good feedback.

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93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Mini MD387LL/A Desktop (OLD VERSION)Apple Mac Mini MD387LL/A Desktop (OLD VERSION)

Jun, 2017

Expert review by: David Pierce (

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

Nov, 2012

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Brian Westover (

Apple Mac mini (Late 2012)


The Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) may look the same—it is, after all identical to the Mac mini (Thunderbolt)—but it has been updated with Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processor, faster USB 3.0 ports, and given a performance boost with Apple's new Fusion...

Intel Ivy Bridge processor. Fusion Drive with 1.12TB capacity. Unchanged aluminum unibody design. Offers USB 3.0, HDMI, and Thunderbolt ports

Limited upgrade opportunities

The Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) is Apple's best yet, packing as much punch into its compact chassis as a full-size desktop, and offering the sizable, speedy Fusion drive.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Joseph Volpe (

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.

Nov, 2012

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Apple Mac Mini Core i7 2.3 GHz, fall 2012


The Fusion option puts the Mac Mini outside its familiar sub-$1,000 territory, making it either an indulgence, or an appropriate upgrade for those with serious storage needs. Without the drive, the stock $799 model offers a newly invigorated Mac Mini...

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: 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: Rich Brown (

Apple Mac Mini (2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo) review: 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...

Aug, 2007

Expert review by: gazmaz (

Teach Yourself Visually: Mac mini – Book Review


The Teach Yourself Visually series of books contain clear step-by-step, descriptive instructions on how to get the most from your Mac. This title tells you what to look for when buying a new Mac mini. It also provides some good advice about peripherals...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Matt Safford (

Apple Mac Mini (Late 2012, Fusion Drive) Review and Ratings


Apple's latest Mac Mini adds "Ivy Bridge" power, USB 3.0 ports, and a hybrid-drive option for fast, roomy storage. It's an excellent, quiet performer for its size, but spendy, given the $250 premium for the Fusion Drive and the lack of peripherals in...

Strong productivity and media performance ; Quiet operation ; Compact size ; Fast drive performance with Fusion Drive option ; USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt ports

Expensive considering lack of peripherals ; $250 price for Fusion Drive option seems high ; No dedicated-graphics option

Apple's Mac Mini remains an impressive, and impressively compact, piece of hardware, wrapped in Apple's excellent OS. The addition of Intel's "Ivy Bridge" processors makes it more powerful for productivity and media-processing work, even if a lack of...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Lee Hutchinson (

Review: The Mac mini takes the Ivy Bridge to Fusion Town


New CPUs, USB 3, and optional Fusion make for a nice shiny package.

Ivy Bridge CPUs make the mini nice and quick ; USB 3.0 means access to more fast peripheral devices ; Fusion Drive, if you get it, is fast and transparent ; Built-in HDMI and no wall wart makes it a great fit as an HTPC

At $599, even the entry-level Mac is more expensive than competing offerings ; Fusion Drive's hands-off nature is bound to upset control-freak geeks ; Not terribly repairable—replacing the SSD or HDD is a pain

The mid-tier mini is a small, quick computer. I've been very pleased with it over the past several days, and there's little to fault when the system is considered in the correct context. The lack of a discrete GPU will turn off gamers and the not-great...

Nov, 2012

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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.

Product Specifications


Water cooling system: No


Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)


Password protection: Yes

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4


Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Processor ARK ID:65708 / I5-3210M / i7-3615QM
Processor package size:31


Number of storage drives installed:1