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Apple Mac mini (Late 2012)

Apple Mac mini (Late 2012)
alaScore 91

18 reviews

Apr, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design. There are some negative reviews about the value for money.

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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) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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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.

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Apple Mac Mini (Core i7 2.3 GHz, 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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"Hello I'm a Mac...err on a budget, so curb expectation."

 

This Apple-refurbished ($620+tax) 2012 mini was an upgrade to the 2007

Cheap, 2.3GHz quad core i7 (3rd gen), 4x USB 3.0, 1TB drive, HDMI, FireWire, compact design. Mountain Lion runs well with 4GB@1600MHz RAM.

No design-matching optical drive, keyboard/mouse or monitor included. Not enough USB ports. Doesn't feel much faster than a 2 year old core 2 duo

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Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) review

 

Sitting here looking at our Windows-based desktop and, next to it, the Mac Mini, we're starting to wonder if the full-sized desktop is running toward the end of its lifespan. Sure, gamers want a big powerful machine with loads of cooling and a...

Stylish, good connectivity, more than powerful enough for most tasks, cheapest Mac you can buy

Could have a better graphics system, HDMI output bug will annoy until next OS X update, still quite expensive really

A lovely machine that has so many uses it's almost staggering. It works as a desktop machine, it works as a media centre. It's not hugely cheap, but it is still the cheapest way to get into Apple computers, without buying reconditioned or second-hand....

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New Mac mini preview (2012)

 

The 2012 Mac mini offers quad-core computing in a tiny box with very little power draw. Here's our new Mac mini preview.

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Review: Apple Mac mini (2012)

 

The latest Apple Mac mini brings it on par with its Windows PCs, while the Fusion Drive hybrid provides an effective but costly upgrade for power users. Here's what we think.

Competitive specifications; speedy Fusion hybrid drive

Fusion Drive is an expensive upgrade

Is Fusion worth US$250? Because it hosts the operating system, Fusion'simpact extends across the Mac mini's day-to-day functions. It alsodramatically speeds up on-system file transfers, and should improvefile load times, depending on the application. I...