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Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) MD387 / MD388

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1357 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 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and size. The reliability and price also get good feedback.

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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 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) MD387 / MD388

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 108 user reviews of Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) MD387 / MD388 from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The price and usability also get good comments, but there are some less positive opinions about the reliability.

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97% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk 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)

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) MD387 / MD388

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 878 user reviews of Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) MD387 / MD388 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com. Comments about the design and reliability are overall positive. The size and price also get good feedback.

usability, price, size, reliability, design

93% of the reviews on Amazon.com 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)

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: David Pierce (theverge.com)

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 (pcmag.com)

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 (engadget.com)

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

Expert review by: Rich Brown (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini with Fusion Drive review

 

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: (cnet.com)

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 (pcworld.com)

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 (cnet.com)

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 (mymac.com)

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 (computershopper.com)

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 (arstechnica.com)

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

Product Specifications

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Chassis type:Nettop
Color of product:Aluminium / Silver
Placement supported:Horizontal
Water cooling system:N

Energy Management

Power supply:85
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 220 / 100 - 240

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 5000

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2 / 0 - 393700.8
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35 / 50 - 95
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35 / 50 - 95
Relative humidity:5 - 95
Storage relative humidity (H-H):-40 - 116 / 5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:-40 - 116 / 5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 47
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 47

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.11a/b/g / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Cooling type:Passive
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35 / 50 - 95
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35 / 50 - 95
Power Requirements:100-240V AC
Power supply type:AC
Speakers: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bundled software:- iPhoto\n- iMovie\n- GarageBand\n- Pages\n- Numbers\n- Keynote\n- Maps\n- iBooks\n- Safari\n- Mail\n- FaceTime\n- Messages\n- Calendar\n- Contacts\n- Reminders\n- Time Machine\n- iTunes\n- Game Center\n- Preview\n- Notes\n- Mac App Store
Cables included:AC
Display included: No
Drivers included: Yes
Manual: Yes

Performance

Password protection:Y
Product type:Mini PC / PC

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4

Power

Power supply:85
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):23 / 25
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
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
Number of processors installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:I5-3210M / I7-3615QM
Processor boost frequency:2.7 / 3.1 / 3.3 / 3.6
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i7
Processor frequency:1.4 / 2.3 / 2.5 / 2.6
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:I5-3210M / I7-3615QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023 / BGA1224
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:E1 / L1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45
Tjunction:105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:64900 / 65708
Processor code:SR0MP / SR0N0
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Software

Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite / Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.76
Height:1.42
Weight:2.62 / 2.69
Width:7.76