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Apple Mac mini (Mid 2011) MC815 / MC816 / MC936

Apple Mac mini (Mid 2011) MC815 / MC816 / MC936
alaScore 86

793 reviews

Mar, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 793 reviews of Apple Mac mini (Mid 2011) MC815 / MC816 / MC936. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Views about the size and design are on the whole positive. The reliability and price also get good opinions.

usability, price, reliability, design, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac mini (Mid 2011) MC815 / MC816 / MC936 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 652 user reviews of Apple Mac mini (Mid 2011) MC815 / MC816 / MC936 from 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 People are impressed by the size and design. The reliability and price are also appreciated.

usability, price, reliability, design, size

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Mini MC815LL/A Desktop (NEWEST VERSION)Apple Mac Mini MC816LL/A Desktop (NEWEST VERSION)Apple Mac Mini MC815LL/A Desktop (OLD VERSION)

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Tobias Winkler (

Review Apple Mac mini (Mid 2011) MC815D/A


Shrunk down PC? For years now Apple has offered the Mac Mini, an inexpensive entry-level computer of interest not only for existing Mac users. We checked the most crucial aspects of this new revision and present you with our findings below. ... read ...

How ridiculous Apple's price jumps are for RAM and hard drive upgrades

Sep, 2011

Consumer review by: N/A (

Good compromise


This is a good solution for someone who has an old Mac that wants new hardware but already has the KB, mouse and monitor or someone on a budget.

Inexpensive solution for those that want a Macintosh but don't want to spend an arm-and-a-leg ; Has an i5 CPU and is fast ; Case is easily opened for RAM upgrade. Comes with 2GB but Apple charges $135 extra for 8GB. Buy 3rd party RAM for about $40 to...

Doesn't come with a CD/DVD requires one to buy either an Apple Superdrive ($79) or another one. I opted for the SuperD because it is slick looking ; Also doesn't come with a keyboard or mouse. I had both already jut the Apple KB is $49

Oct, 2012

Consumer review by: nmappleman (

Returned to the world of Apple


I used to own a McIntosh several years ago and it was great. I have used PCs since until I purchased the Mac Mini. I have it connected through my stereo and enjoying every minute. A friend purchased a Mac Mini a few months ago and I have been looking...

Easy To Set Up","FUN","Never Freezes","Powerful","Quiet","Versatile


Sep, 2012

Consumer review by: N/A (

I'm not converting but I really like it


I really like the system. This is my second experience with an Apple product. My first experience was with the Ipad. I have to say I love both. I may purchase another mac for the kids. However I still plan to maintain a windows based system on my network.

Easy to setup for the most part (see cons) ; Secure right out of the box ; Small Form Factor (whatever room I"m in, it's in) ; Decent graphics ; OK sound

It gets a little hotter than I would like. It also can be challenging to setup wireless networking with uverse. Due to it and my Ipad attempting to share the same IP address. This is easily resolved though manual network settings

Aug, 2012

Consumer review by: gb211257 (

Great Mac!!!


Great product I use to have a iMac 27" but I hated the glossy monitor!!! So I sold it and I got this Mac mini instead. It is a little less powerful but unless you do some heavy editing you cannot rally notice it. I can use wit a 27" matte monitor and I...

Easy To Set Up","Powerful","Quiet","Versatile

Feb, 2012

Consumer review by: Ed (

Loving my Mac mini


I told a friend that this machine is nearly theft proof. If it was in your backpack most thieves would\'t know if was a computer.

Easy to Customize","Easy to Navigate","Matches periperals","Versatile

Nov, 2011

Consumer review by: Fang (

No MacDIctionary? It\'s the best.


Try looking up the endless words, phrases and adages that people very often think they know correctly, and\/or usde them in a stupid way of avoiding real communication. Not to mention everyone\'s ignotance of history, and they all walk around with...

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


Oct, 2011

Consumer review by: PollysG (

Luvin\' My Mac Mini


Way too much has been made over the fact that Apple has eliminated the optical drive. No big deal. There are good work arounds and like a lot of Mini owners, I have a MacBook with an optical drive. Trashing the Mini\'s over this issue is lame.

Adequate Storage","Easy To Set Up","Easy To Use","Fast","Reliable Performance

Aug, 2011

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Apple Mac mini MC815LL/A Desktop Computer



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Apple Mac mini MC816LL/A Desktop Computer


My first computer and I could not be happier with it. What I love most is how seamless it is to use between different applications. 5+ stars!

Product Specifications


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


Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:Single Card Reader
Firewire:No / 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 Snow Leopard
Product Type:Micro / Micro PC / PC Server
Type:Micro PC


Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD / Intel / Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):HD Graphics 3000 / Intel ® HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Radeon HD 6630M / 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 I5 / CORE I7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ® / Intel®
Processor Number:i5-2400S / I5-2410M / I5-2500T / I5-2520M / I7-2620M / I7-2630QM / I7-2635QM