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Apple Mac Mini (Late 2009) MC238 / MC239

Apple Mac Mini (Late 2009) MC238 / MC239
alaScore 87

294 reviews

Jun, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 294 reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Late 2009) MC238 / MC239. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviews about the size and design are on the whole positive. The reliability and price are also appreciated.

usability, price, reliability, design, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Mini (Late 2009) MC238 / MC239 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple Mac Mini (Late 2009) MC238 / MC239

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Late 2009) MC238 / MC239 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 size and design. The reliability and price also get good feedback.

usability, price, reliability, design, size

92% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Mini (2.26GHz, 2X1G RAM, 160GB Hard Drive, SD, AP, BT-GBR)Apple Mac Mini (2.26GHz, 2X1G RAM, 160GB Hard Drive, SD, AP, BT-GBR)

Jun, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple Mac Mini (Late 2009) MC238 / MC239

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 78 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Late 2009) MC238 / MC239 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. Views about the design and size are generally positive. The reliability and price are also appreciated.

usability, price, reliability, size, design

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac mini MC238LL/A DesktopApple Mac mini MC238LL/A Desktop

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini ( Spring 2010)

 

Say what you want about the new Mac Mini 's features or its price, but the new chassis further secures Apple's standing as the best enclosure designer in the computing business. The new aluminum case carries with it all of the uber-industrial charm...

Sleek, living-room-ready aluminum chassis; HDMI video output makes it easy to connect an HDTV; SD card slot; user-accessible RAM; handles Web-based HD video with no trouble; best-in-class case design.

Puny storage capacity for its price; no Blu-ray hurts in a pricier living room system like this.

Apple's new Mac Mini includes an elegant new design and some long asked-for features, including HDMI output and user-accessible memory. The system still faces a value challenge for its given specs, but Apple has done enough to improve the Mac Mini's...

Jun, 2010

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini ( 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 160GB, Fall 2009)

 

Apple has stuck with the same exterior design for the Mac Mini since the system first debuted in 2005. We have no qualms with Apple retaining a design that works, but we continue to find it surprising that in the ensuing five years, no Windows PC...

Best design among budget desktops; decent performance for its price; best performance-per-watt on the market.

160GB hard drive too small at this price; no HDMI port.

The lower-cost Mac Mini offers respectable budget performance and Apple's usual compelling design, but a puny hard drive and a lack of HDMI hurt this system's value and overall potential. It's actually more versatile next to its budget-priced Windows...

Jan, 2010

Expert review by: Rich Brown (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini (2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo review: Apple Mac Mini (2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

 

We didn't love the higher-end model from Apple's most recent round of Mac Mini updates, but we're a bit more positive about this $599 version. A reasonably capable desktop, the entry-level Mac Mini will provide suitable day-to-day performance, wrapped...

Best design among budget desktops; decent performance for its price; best performance-per-watt on the market.

160GB hard drive too small at this price; no HDMI port.

The lower-cost Mac Mini offers respectable budget performance and Apple's usual compelling design, but a puny hard drive and a lack of HDMI hurt this system's value and overall potential. It's actually more versatile next to its budget-priced Windows...

Jan, 2010

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

Apple Mac mini (Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz)

 

The Apple Mac mini is the entry point for the Apple faithful and is a small, cheap, decent computer, but a number of low-cost nettops offer more bang for the buck, especially since they usually are priced at $150-200 less.

Compact. Quiet. Dual-core performance. Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth built in. Windows compatible. FireWire 800. More powerful than nettops

No Blu-ray option. No keyboard or mouse included. MiniDisplayPort is still a nascent technology. 30-inch LCD support requires optional DVI adapter

Jan, 2010

Expert review by: Rich Brown (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini (2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo review:

 

Apple's newest iMacs, especially the 27-inch model , offer strong value thanks to their fast performance, good looks, and large, attractive displays. The new Mac Mini is not quite as compelling. We're looking at only the $799 2.53GHz model in this...

Apple's industry-leading design.

Poor performance for its price; not as living-room-friendly as its Windows-based competition.

With strong competition among small PCs on the Windows side of the aisle, the latest Mac Mini faces a greater challenge than older models. If you demand a small, relatively affordable Mac, we suppose the Mac Mini is your only option. Otherwise, you can...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini ( 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 320GB, Fall 2009)

 

The new Mac Mini, introduced by Apple back in October, received no changes to its physical design or external features compared with the last revision this past March. The case is still made from a combination of aluminum and plastic, and the size...

Apple's industry-leading design.

Poor performance for its price; not as living-room-friendly as its Windows-based competition.

With strong competition among small PCs on the Windows side of the aisle, the latest Mac Mini faces a greater challenge than older models. If you demand a small, relatively affordable Mac, we suppose the Mac Mini is your only option. Otherwise, you can...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Dan Frakes (pcworld.com)

Apple Mac Mini/2.26 GHz (Late 2009)

 

Impressive set of features ; Tiny size ; All the dramatic improvements of the Early 2009 model plus better performance

Difficult to upgrade ; Slow hard drive

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Justin Yu (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini (Winter 2009) review: Apple Mac Mini (Winter 2009)

 

Editor's note: While we evaluated each new Mac Mini separately, the chassis and many of the core features of each model are the same, so many of the descriptions are copied over from the entry-level Mac Mini.

Competitive Nvidia G9400M graphic chip; includes iLife '09 digital media software; energy-efficient; space-saving chassis retains distinct design.

Similarly priced PCs offer increased functionality; phone support only lasts 90 days from purchase.

Apple's newest high-end Mac Mini maintains its small, stylish footprint, and as with the cheaper version, this $799 model has impressive multitasking capabilities. You'll like this desktop if juggling apps with attractive hardware is important to you,...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini ( 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 120GB, Winter 2009)

 

Apple breathed fresh air into its line of Mac Minis, whose specs haven't changed since an update in August 2007. With this $799 model, Apple adds significantly improved Nvidia graphics, a new 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and a larger hard drive....

Competitive Nvidia G9400M graphic chip; includes iLife '09 digital media software; energy-efficient; space-saving chassis retains distinct design.

Similarly priced PCs offer increased functionality; phone support only lasts 90 days from purchase.

Apple's newest high-end Mac Mini maintains its small, stylish footprint, and as with the cheaper version, this $799 model has impressive multitasking capabilities. You'll like this desktop if juggling apps with attractive hardware is important to you,...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini ( 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo)

 

On the other hand, neither of those systems is as expensive as the Mac Mini. Both Dell and HP let you build comparable desktops for $620 or so, including wireless networking capabilities, mice and keyboards (which the Mac Mini lacks), and in Dell's...

Fast new Core 2 Duo processor compares well with competing Windows desktops; useful iLife '08 software; supersmall chassis remains unique in the mainstream desktop market.

Comparable slim Windows desktops offer more features for the dollar, as well as expandability; no information from Apple on whether you'll have to pay for a Leopard upgrade two months from now; free phone support for only 90 days.

The Mac Mini remains unique as the smallest mainstream desktop, but competition from Dell and HP has narrowed the gap in features while also offering room for expansion, and at a better price. If your goal is saving space, the Mac Mini is a winner. If...

Aug, 2007

Product Specifications

A great choice for home computing tasks and creating a digital media hub, Apple's Mac mini desktop PC combines design simplicity with powerful computing resources. Nicely compact at just 6.5 inches square and 2 inches high, the Mac mini offers an affordable avenue to dual-core processing power via the 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and Apple's latest suite of digital media applications--iLife '08. It also comes with the Apple Remote and Front Row media display software, which enables you to easily play your music, enjoy photo slideshows, and watch DVDs, iMovies, music videos and television shows from across the room. Every Mac mini includes iLife '08, the latest version of Apple's award-winning suite of digital media applications, with major upgrades to iPhoto, iDVD, iWeb, and GarageBand and a completely reinvented iMovie. iPhoto '08 now automatically organizes photo libraries into Events that let you more easily manage your growing photo collections, and iMovie '08 can import video from the latest AVCHD, HDV and DV camcorders, as well as from digital cameras, and displays your entire video library whether it's stored on internal or external drives. Both iPhoto and iMovie integrate seamlessly with the new .Mac Web Gallery, Apple's new service for .Mac members to instantly create and host websites for their photos and videos.

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:256
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256

Processor

Conflict Free processor: No
ECC supported by processor: No
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Penryn / Wolfdale
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo E7000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo P8000 series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):25 / 65

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Processor package size:35 / 37.5