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Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) MD387 / MD388

Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) MD387 / MD388
alaScore 95

757 reviews

May, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 757 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. Views about the size and reliability are generally positive. The design and price are also appreciated.

usability, price, design, reliability, size

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 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 105 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 (Quad-Core i7 2.3GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 1TB, HD Graphics, Launched Oct 2012)Apple Mac Mini 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 / 4GB memory / 500GB hard drive (MD387)

May, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 411 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 Reviews about the size and design are overall positive. The reliability and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, reliability, design, size

94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Mini MD387LL/A Desktop (NEWEST VERSION)Apple Mac Mini MD388LL/A Desktop (NEWEST VERSION)Apple Mac Mini MD388LL/A 2.60-3.60GHz i7-3720QM 16GB RAM 250GB SSD

May, 2015

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

Expert review by: Rich Brown (

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.

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: 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)


When Apple rolls out a new Mac Mini desktop—roughly an annual event, these days—we usually see big changes in this small computer. And 2012 is proving no different. At its $599 price in its most basic configuration, with a dual-core Intel Core i5...

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 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...

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.

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Budget Mac desktop


Product Specifications


DVD Writer: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive / Hard Disk Drive / Hybrid Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: No


Bluetooth:No / Yes
Card Reader:Multi Card Reader / Single Card Reader
Firewire:No / Yes
TV Output: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:Not Applicable
True Resolution:Not Applicable

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable / vPro
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Mac OS X Lion / Mac OS X Mountain Lion / Mac OS X Snow Leopard / OS X MAVERICKS
Product Type:Micro / Micro PC / PC Server


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):HD GRAPH. 4000 / HD Graphics 4000 / Intel ® HD Graphics 3000
GPU TYPE:OnBoard Graphic


Chipset Brand:Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown
Hyper Threading: Yes
Processor:Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel ® / Intel®
Processor Number:I5-2520M / I5-3210M / I7-3610QM / i7-3615QM / I7-3720QM