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Apple Mac Mini (2005) M9686 / M9687 / M9971

alaTest has collected and analyzed 759 reviews of Apple Mac Mini (2005) M9686 / M9687 / M9971. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviews about the size and reliability are overall positive. The design and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, design, reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Mini (2005) M9686 / M9687 / M9971 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple Mac Mini (2005) M9686 / M9687 / M9971

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (2005) M9686 / M9687 / M9971 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the price and size. The reliability and design also get good feedback.

usability, design, reliability, size, price

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple 1.42GHz Mac miniApple 1.42GHz Mac mini

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple Mac Mini (2005) M9686 / M9687 / M9971

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 381 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (2005) M9686 / M9687 / M9971 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the size and reliability. The design and price are also appreciated.

usability, price, design, reliability, size

87% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac mini M9687LL/A (G4 1.42 GHz, 256 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)Apple Mac mini M9687LL/A (G4 1.42 GHz, 256 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Anand Lal Shimpi (anandtech.com)

Mac mini Review w/ brief looks at iPhoto 5 & Pages

 

Updated! With anticipation and excitement building, we got our first Xbox 360 in house and of course, took it apart. Now with HDD disassembly instructions and pictures!

Nov, 2005

Expert review by: Troy Dreier and Matt Elliott (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini (PowerPC G4) review

 

Intro Editors' note: Apple recently updated the Mac Mini with Intel Core Solo and Core Duo chips. Apple no longer sells models with the older PowerPC G4 processors, but you can still find such units available at various online resellers. For our most...

Affordable; extremely compact; whisper quiet; ships standard with 512MB of memory; includes iLife '05.

G4 processor, not G5; peripherals--even keyboard and mouse--add to the bill if you don't already own them; case can't be easily opened; slow hard drive; only two USB 2.0 ports.

The Apple SuperDrive Mac Mini addresses some of the shortcomings of its $499 predecessor, making it a well-rounded home PC at its base configuration.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (pcworld.com)

Apple Mac Mini

 

This impressive small system could tempt you to become a Mac user.

The Mac Mini provides an elegant way to enter the Mac universe without having to spend too much.

Apr, 2005

Expert review by: Richard Baguley (pcworld.com)

Apple 1.25GHZ Mac Mini Desktop Desktop

 

Cute isn't a word we use very often in connection with PCs, but it certainly applies to the Apple Mac Mini--arguably the most visually striking personal computer ever built. The world's most petite PC could serve double duty as a bookend, as long as...

Apple describes the Mac Mini as a BYODKM (bring your own display, keyboard, and mouse) system; none of these are included. Apple offers a USB keyboard and mouse set for $58, but the system works with any USB keyboard and mouse designed for a PC: You...

Apr, 2005

Expert review by: Peter Rojas (engadget.com)

Mac mini reviews contest: We have a winner

 

We know it's taken us freaking long enough, but we finally have a winner in our Mac mini reviews contest. What was the holdup? Well, for starters we received more entries than we expected, but what really complicated matters was the quality of the...

Mar, 2005

Expert review by: Jason Snell, Macworld (pcworld.com)

Mac Mini Dissected

 

The inside scoop on one of the smallest PCs around.

Mar, 2005

Expert review by: Peter Rojas (engadget.com)

Last chance to enter our Mac mini reviews contest

 

Just a quick reminder that you have until noon tomorrow to enter our Mac mini reviews contest (we're giving you all an extra 24 hours to get 'em in). Post up your review of the Mac mini for a shot at $500 in Mac mini accessories (or $500 in cash). So...

Mar, 2005

Expert review by: Rebecca Freed (pcworld.com)

Apple's Diminutive Mac Mini Seems Pretty Mighty

 

Powerful but tiny Mac just might lure curious PC users.

Feb, 2005

Expert review by: Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Apple Mac mini

 

The Apple Mac mini makes an attractive entry point for the Windows-to-Mac switcher, the Mac user who needs an upgrade from a pre-1-GHz Mac, or the user on a budget who wants a small, silent desktop with a really cool design.

Sleek design. Tiny chassis. Most affordable Mac yet. Built-in Bluetooth and 802.11g wireless available. Quiet, single-fan system

Base price ($499) does not include keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, or wireless; RAM and hard drive space are barely adequate. No audio input. Limited internal expansion

Jan, 2005

Expert review by: (machome.com)

Apple Computer Mac Mini 1.42 GHz SuperDrive

 

Extra RAM is not enough to shoulder Tiger's burden, but the other extras are nice

SuperDrive, built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth, RAM doubled to 512MB (1GB total capacity).

No improvement to processor speed or graphics card, the demands of the Tiger OS actually make it run slower overall than before.

Frankly, it's almost shocking that a Mac would not have a faster processor after more than six months, but this probably underscores the need for the upcoming switch to Intel processors. The Mac Mini's graphics processor could also use a little extra...

Nov, 2005

Product Specifications

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Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon 9200
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.032

Memory

Internal memory:0.5
Internal memory type:DDR-SDRAM

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 47
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 47

Optical Drive

DVD read speed:8
DVD write speed:4
Optical Drive Type:DVD-RW

Other Features

CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:8
CD write speed:16
DVD rewrite speed:2
Hard disk drive type:Ultra ATA
Mac compatibility: Yes
Networking features:Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth
Power Requirements:100-240V AC, 50-60Hz
Video adapter, bus:AGP 4x

Packaging Content

Display included: No

Performance

Product type:PC

Ports & interfaces

DVI port: Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 6 PIN FireWire \n2 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A \n1 x display / video - DVI-Analog/Digital - 29 pin combined DVI \n1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 \n1 x audio - line-out/headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2

Processor

Processor family:PowerPC G4
Processor frequency:1.42

Software

Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

Storage

Total Storage Capacity:80

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:6.5
Height:2
Weight:2.91
Width:6.5