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Apple Mac Mini Core Solo

Apple Mac Mini Core Solo
alaScore 82

29 reviews

Apr, 2015

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 reviews of Apple Mac Mini Core Solo. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and design. The price and usability are also appreciated. There are some negative reviews about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Mini Core Solo is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 29 reviews)

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini Core Solo from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on People really like the size and design.

design, size

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Apple MA970LL/A Two 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processors, 8GB Ram, 500GB , BL

Apr, 2015

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Apple Mac mini Core 2 Duo/1.83GHz


Faster than ever before ; Small size ; Least expensive Mac available

Hard drive and graphics performance underwhelming ; Slower, shorter-ranged 802.11g wireless networking

Aug, 2007

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Apple Mac mini/1.83GHz


Includes Front Row software with Apple Remote ; Decent dual-core processor performance ; Analog- and digital-audio input and output ; Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0 ; Built-in SuperDrive ; Gigabit Ethernet

Not enough built-in RAM ; RAM is difficult to upgrade ; Ntegrated graphics reduces available RAM ; Not suitable for gaming

Sep, 2006

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Apple Mac mini/1.5GHz


Analog- and digital-audio input and output ; Four USB 2.0 ports ; Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0 ; Front Row software with Apple Remote ; Improved performance in many native applications ; Gigabit Ethernet

RAM is difficult to upgrade ; Improvements over G4 Mac mini not as dramatic as Core Duo model ; Unable to play HD video without dropping frames ; Integrated graphics reduces available RAM

Mar, 2006

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Apple Mac mini/1.25GHz


Adequate memory ; Fast enough for basic tasks ; Excellent design ; Small and light ; Decent value ; Good video-out options

No audio-in port ; No DVD burner, not even as a build-to-order option

Aug, 2005

Expert review by: Consumer Guide (

Apple Mac mini desktop computer Review and Prices


Apple's Mac mini looks less like a home computer and more like a case to hold your CDs. Weighing in at less than three pounds and only two inches tall and 6.5 inches square, the Mac mini is the ultimate in Apple's desktop streamlining efforts.

Jun, 2006

Expert review by: Clint Ecker (

Mac mini (Core Solo)


The Mac mini is the third Apple computer to make the jump from PowerPC to Intel. Along with a new CPU it also received more USB ports, integrated graphics, Front Row, and remote control. Do those new features combine to make a compelling upgrade to its...

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: Rich Brown (

Apple Mac Mini Core Solo


It looks great, it's easy to use, and it executes the home-theatre PC concept better than perhaps any other vendor's product. The only problem with Apple's Mac Mini Core Solo is that we're not sure there's enough big-screen TV-worthy content available...

Outlook If nothing else, the Apple Mac Mini Core Solo demonstrates the potential for PC and TV convergence when it's executed by a smart company. Apple's track record has earned it the benefit of the doubt as far as ease of use, especially since we've...

Mar, 2006

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Apple Mac Mini PC 2010 Review


For a long time now, Apple's Mac Mini has been the manufacturer's odd child, as it has been the only mass range desktop machine from the brand that does not have a complete in-built experience. However, people had fallen in real love with this weird...

The new Mac Mini 2010 is a beautifully engineered piece of equipment, it brings in a better graphics, more memory and a brand new design. Other notable additions to the Mac mini: an SD card reader, integrated power supply with lower energy consumption...

Nov, 2010

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Apple Mac Mini Desktop PC


Low price and small size characterises Mac mini. Apart from being economical and versatile Mac mini is all-inclusive. It is a pleasant surprise when Mac announced that it has updated Apple Mac mini to include Intel Core 2 Duo processors, the exact same...

Mac mini is more of a display than it is about a performance. Rather, it is an affordable computer from Apple with a good array of features in a tiny package. Small size is not the excuse and Apple has understood that so it has incorporated some of the...

Jun, 2009

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Apple Mac Mini Core Solo


this computer has worked great. i've only had it for a few days, but i have yet to run into any problems. i'm a student, so i got $50 off the 3 year warranty, which includes being able to bring it into the store, so if i run into any problems, i'm...

the size of the cpu is great. i love how small it is. also, bundled software is awesome. built-in wireless also a plus

uuh... the apple store gave me the remote with a pretty dead battery. not much of a con. oh, more usb ports would be great, but that's not a requirement. it's small enough to justify 4 ports

Jan, 2006

Product Specifications

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 16.5 cm square and just over 5 cm tall. Simply add monitor, keyboard and mouse. You'll be organising 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. And since Mac mini can do wireless, you don't even have to put it near a phone jack. Configure your Mac mini with an AirPort Extreme Card, hook up an AirPort Express to your ADSL connection or cable modem, and start surfing and printing wirelessly. Using AirPort Express and AirTunes, you can even listen to tunes from your Mac mini on speakers in a different room.

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
Per Processor Size:2MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)


Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple Mac mini


Data Bus Speed:667MHz


Color:Anodized aluminum


Type: None


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:16x
Type:CD-RW / DVD-ROM combo
Write Speed:24x

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS X 10.4


Clock Speed:1.5GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Type:Core Solo


Installed Size:512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:60GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 950