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Apple Mac mini (Mid 2011) MC815 / MC816

Apple Mac mini (Mid 2011) MC815 / MC816
alaScore 92

1069 reviews

Apr, 2015

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1069 reviews of Apple Mac mini (Mid 2011) MC815 / MC816. 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 really like the size and reliability. The design and price also get good comments.

usability, price, design, reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac mini (Mid 2011) MC815 / MC816 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple Mac mini (Mid 2011) MC815 / MC816

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 195 user reviews of Apple Mac mini (Mid 2011) MC815 / MC816 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the design. The usability is also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability, while there are some mixed views about the price.

usability, design

reliability

94% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Mini (Dual-Core i5 2.5GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB, HD Graphics, Launched Oct 2102)Apple Mac mini (Dual-Core i5,2.3GHz,2GB,500GB HD,HD GraphicsApple Mac mini (Dual-Core i5,2.5GHz,4GB,500GB,... 6630M)

Apr, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple Mac mini (Mid 2011) MC815 / MC816

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 472 user reviews of Apple Mac mini (Mid 2011) MC815 / MC816 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. Reviews about the size and design are on the whole positive. The reliability and price also get good feedback.

usability, price, reliability, design, size

88% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: Tobias Winkler (notebookcheck.net)

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
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Expert review by: Ray Aguilera (maclife.com)

2.3GHz Core i5 Mac Mini & 1.6GHz Core i5 MacBook Air Review

 

Add the MacBook to the long list of things Apple has killed off. Toss it on the pile, alongside floppy drives, ADB ports, and (soon, we're betting) optical drives. While the death of the MacBook was shocking at first, what's even more shocking is to...

I'm cutting on both Final Cut Pro X and Final Cut Pro 7, doing some things in Photoshop CS5 and it's pretty fast. The 8GB of RAM I put in it cost only $80 + tax at CompUSA (Tiger Direct), not too bad. It's pretty fast for what I do, thanks to that RAM....

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Nilay Patel (theverge.com)

Mac mini review (mid 2011)

 

The Mac mini has long been the lovably lost scamp of the the Mac family, produced and sold with as seemingly little fanfare as possible. (Quick: where are the minis located in your local Apple store?) No matter: we've seen minis used as everything from...

Solid performance ; Small, beautiful case ; HDMI port

No optical drive ; Magic Trackpad required for full Lion experience ; Expensive

Apple's added hot new processors and dropped the optical drive — is the trade off worth it?

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Darren Murph (engadget.com)

Mac mini review (mid 2011)

 

For those familiar with last year's Mac mini, what you're peering at above isn't likely to strike you as jarring. Heck, it may even seem somewhat

Gorgeous design ; Thunderbolt port ; Snappy performance

No optical drive ; Too pricey ; Sluggish hard drive

A solid little Mac, but losing the optical drive while not shrinking in size strikes us as a very strange design decision.

Jul, 2011

Editor's Choice!

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

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

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Rich Brown (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini ( 2.3GHz Core i5, Summer 2011)

 

Editors' note (October 23, 2012): The 2011 Mac Mini reviewed here has been replaced by a modestly updated 2012 model that offers a newer Ivy Bridge CPU and USB 3.0.

The new Mac Mini boasts Apple's usual design leadership, as well as new internal components that nearly double its performance compared with that of the older model.

Some users will find the lack of an optical drive too forward-looking, and may struggle to understand the benefits of the Thunderbolt port. The new Mac Mini also offers suspect value compared with Windows PCs in the same price range.

Apple's new $799 Mac Mini demands that you abandon disc-based media, and that you surround it with potentially expensive extra hardware to realize its full benefits. It makes most sense for committed Mac users, those who need it for a specific...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: Hardware Secrets (hardwaresecrets.com)

Mac mini Computer Review

 

With a suggested price of USD 600, the Mac mini is not a cheap computer, but it is one of the cheapest ways to get into the Mac world, even if you have to purchase a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. With the upgraded processor and new internal components,...

Dec, 2011

Expert review by: Sanjiv Sathiah (electronista.com)

Review: Mac mini 2011

 

Apple gives the Mac mini a shot of speed while taking the disc away.

Compact and sleek design ; Thunderbolt port for (future) expansion ; Much faster than previous gen; quad option ; Discrete graphics finally a choice ; Relatively easy to upgrade ; Quiet and low power ; Lion as an OS is high grade

No optical drive ; No system reinstall media; Internet only ; Hard drive not (easily) user upgradeable ; No USB 3.0 ports, few Thunderbolt devices ; Relatively expensive for a computer without a display, keyboard, or mouse

When the Mac mini first arrived on the scene, it was in many ways a tool for Apple to attract Windows users and get them to switch to Apple and Mac OS X. The thinking was that it was sold without a keyboard, mouse and display. Windows users already h

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: Sanjiv Sathiah (macnn.com)

Review: Mac mini 2011

 

Apple gives the Mac mini a shot of speed while taking the disc away.

Compact and sleek design ; Thunderbolt port for (future) expansion ; Much faster than previous gen; quad option ; Discrete graphics finally a choice ; Relatively easy to upgrade ; Quiet and low power ; Lion as an OS is high grade

No optical drive ; No system reinstall media; Internet only ; Hard drive not (easily) user upgradeable ; No USB 3.0 ports, few Thunderbolt devices ; Relatively expensive for a computer without a display, keyboard, or mouse

When the Mac mini first arrived on the scene, it was in many ways a tool for Apple to attract Windows users and get them to switch to Apple and Mac OS X. The thinking was that it was sold without a keyboard, mouse and display. Windows users already h

Aug, 2011

APPROVED

Expert review by: Ray Willington (hothardware.com)

Apple's Sandy Bridge-Based Mac Mini Review

 

For many, this is the least expensive way to enter the world of OS X. And with OS X Lion shipping on the mini, it's also the cheapest way to get a new system with Apple's minty-fresh operating system. This new mini is also $100 less than the...

Great overall performance ; Gorgeous design ; Ships with OS X Lion ; Included Thunderbolt port ; Cool and quiet ; Robust iLife apps included

Pricey ; HDD is sluggish ; No optical drive ; Must purchase adapter cable for Thunderbolt / DisplayPort ; No USB 3.0 ports

Performance Summary: The refreshed Mac mini, with its Core i5-2415M (2.3GHz) CPU, is quite powerful for its price point and form factor. But the limited RAM (2GB) and sluggish hard drive (500GB 5400 RPM) are somewhat of a let down. Overall, the machine...

Jul, 2011

Product Specifications

Configuration

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

Connectivity

Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:Single Card Reader
Firewire:No / Yes
TV Output: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes

Display

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
RAM Type:DDR3 SDRAM
Type:Micro PC

Graphic

Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD / Intel / Intel ®
GPU Model (Graphic Card):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

Processor

Chipset Brand:Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown
Hyper Threading:No / Yes
Processor:CORE I5 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ®
Processor Number:i5-2400S / I5-2410M / I5-2500T / I5-2520M / I7-2620M / I7-2630QM
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