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Apple Mac Mini Core Solo

Apple Mac Mini Core Solo
alaScore 86

181 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 181 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the reliability and size are overall positive. The design and value for money also get good feedback.

usability, value for money, design, size, reliability

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 86/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 181 reviews)

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Apple Mac mini (Mid 2010)


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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

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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


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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

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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

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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.

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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...

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Apple Mac Mini Core Solo


The mac comercial is no joke. This mac mini was ready to work from the second I plugged it in. This is a geat pc for someone who doesnt have a lot of desk space. More to come...I have only had it a few days... So far its smoooooth sailing

Compact, Secure, Quck

No cons yet

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Apple Mac Mini Core Solo


I'm just getting started with this mini, so I haven't explored it in depth yet. Video hookup for me required a VGA male to male cable($10)which hooked into my Samsung 23" HD LCD VGA port without a hitch. DVI to HDMI is an option, but I'll wait to see...

Small form factor; nice iLife suite of software; connectivity; cool factor

remote doesn't do a whole lot. Some video adapter probably required; no audio cable provided

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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

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