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Apple MAC MINI MB138

Apple MAC MINI MB138
alaScore 91

203 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 203 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the size and value for money are on the whole positive. The design and reliability also get good feedback.

usability, reliability, design, value for money, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple MAC MINI MB138 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 203 reviews)

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Apple Mac mini (Thunderbolt)


In addition to being as powerful as a tower PC, the Apple Mac mini (Thunderbolt) innovates and sounds the death knell for the optical disc.

Super compact design. Aluminum unibody construction. SD slot supports SDXC cards. Included HDMI-to-DVI adapter and HDMI port. Internal power supply. Thunderbolt interface. Second generation Core i5 processor. 3D performance rivals a tower PC

Hard drive is hard to upgrade. Thunderbolt peripherals are scarce. No optical complicates some installs

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Apple Mac Mini Core Duo


The Apple Mac Mini with Intel Core Duo is a lean, mean computing machine. Aesthetically pleasing and functional the Mac Mini is a great option for Apple enthusiasts that can't quite afford that large iMac just yet. The Mac Mini includes an Intel Dual...

The Mac Mini is a great introduction for those looking to switch from PC to Mac without breaking the bank

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How To Boot From Any Type of USB drive


It is not clear how one could boot before the hard drive OS on the new Mac Mini. What would be the alternative without a built in optical drive? Avoiding a premature startup of OS X on the hard drive might be impossible. Don't know the answer yet. For...


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Amazon review summary for Apple MAC MINI MB138


alaTest has collected and analyzed 216 user reviews of Apple MAC MINI MB138 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on

value for money, usability, design, size

89% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Great little computer


Mac Minis are great little computers, especially for dedicated single purposes. Last year I bought 2 Minis for digital signage, which work seamlessly. This new Mini will be a streaming server used to send 1080p video to another computer via LAN. Minis...

Adequate Storage","Easy To Set Up","Easy To Use","Fast","Quality Accessories","Reliable Performance","Sleek Design


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very impressive machine


Able to run 2 Thunderbolt displays, my main reason for a new Mac Mini. This machine is a workhorse for me.

Easy To Set Up","Fast","Sleek Design

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Former Windows user utterly satisfied


I\'ve been a lifetime Windows user mainly because of work requirements. But after cycling through two Windows-based desktops and one laptop in the last 5 years, I decided to try an Apple desktop for quality design and performance. It\'s only been a...

Easy To Set Up","Easy To Use","Fast","Reliable Performance","Sleek Design

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reformed pc user


Not much for writing reviews, but here goes. I\'ve been a pc user for over 25 years. have gotten progressively more frustrated with the last three pcs that i\'ve owned. there is always so much bloatware and other programs installed, that they run slow,...

Adequate Storage","Easy To Set Up","Easy To Use","Fast","Great Software Bundle","Quality Accessories","Reliable Performance","Sleek Design

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Awesome product


The only hard thing for me was going from windows to Mac, but overall I\'m very pleased with this purchase. It was a little harder for my wife since she\'s not as tech savvy but within a few days we put away our PC.

Adequate Storage","Easy To Set Up","Easy To Use","Fast","Great Software Bundle","Reliable Performance","Sleek Design

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Super quiet and efficient Mac Mini


My PC seems to hang quite a bit with Photoshop. My friends recommended me to move to Mac. It took me a long time until now to make a move. A decision was wise as I can see it in just one day.

Easy To Set Up","Easy To Use","Fast","Reliable Performance","Sleek Design

Product Specifications


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


Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:No / Single Card Reader
Firewire: 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 / Mac OS X Tiger
Product Type:Micro / Micro PC
Type:Micro PC


Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD / Intel / Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):HD GRAPH. 4000 / Intel ® HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Media Accelerator 950 / Radeon HD6630M
GPU TYPE:Dedicated GPU + OnBoard / OnBoard Graphic
OnBoard Graphic Chip:Dedicated GPU + OnBoard / OnBoard Graphic


Chipset Brand:Intel / Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown
Hyper Threading:No / Yes
Processor:Core 2 Duo / CORE I5 / CORE I7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ®
Processor Number:I5-2410M / I5-2520M / I7-2620M / I7-2630QM / I7-3610QM / I7-3720QM / T5600