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Apple Mac Mini (Late 2009) MC238 / MC239

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

359 reviews

Apr, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 359 reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Late 2009) MC238 / MC239. The average rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability. The usability is also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical opinions about the size. Views are divided on the price.

design, usability, reliability

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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 15 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Late 2009) MC238 / MC239 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.co.uk.

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

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

Apr, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 158 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Late 2009) MC238 / MC239 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com.

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

This summary is based on the product: Apple Mac mini MC239LL/A Desktop (OLD VERSION)

Apr, 2015

Expert review by: Rich Brown (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini ( Spring 2010)

 

Apple's new Mac Mini answers a lot of the issues that have plagued the series over the years. An HDMI port helps it fulfill its potential as a living room system. An SD card slot gives a nod to digital photographers. A removable panel on the bottom...

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
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Expert review by: Rich Brown (cnet.com)

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

 

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: Justin Yu (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini ( 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 120GB, 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: Rich Brown (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini ( 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo)

 

At the same time it revamped its iMac , Apple also more quietly updated its smaller-scale Mac Mini desktops, adding a faster Intel Core 2 Duo processor in place of the old Core Duo chips. The result is more or less competitive performance compared to...

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

Expert review by: Ryan Faas (computerworld.com)

Apple’s Mac mini server ‘ideal’ for the small office

 

It's inexpensive and easy to set up and use

The Mac Mini server is a well-priced solution for small businesses. It can scale up to a point as a company grows or its business needs change, but it really isn't designed to take the place of a more powerful server in a larger business or enterprise...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: Jonathan Rougeot (computershopper.com)

Apple Mac Mini (2.53GHz Core 2 Duo)

 

If you're a PC user with a spare monitor, looking to dip your toe into Mac waters, the Mini is a nice introduction to Apple computers. All others, though, should weigh this tiny PC's value versus an iMac.

Very compact; decent performance; great connectivity for a tiny chassis

Keyboard, mouse, monitor not included; not upgradable; costly for what you get

The warranty coverage on the Mini isn't a deal breaker either way; Apple provides a one-year limited warranty and 90 days of toll-free telephone support. (An extended AppleCare warranty will cover your system for two years for The warranty coverage on...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: ComputerShopper (computershopper.com)

Expert Review

 

If you're a PC user with a spare monitor, looking to dip your toe into Mac waters, the Mini is a nice introduction to Apple computers. All others, though, should weigh this tiny PC's value versus an iMac.

Very compact, Decent performance, Great connectivity for a tiny chassis

Keyboard, mouse, monitor not included, Not upgradable, Costly for what you get

Dec, 2009

Expert review by: Dan Frakes (macworld.com)

Review: Mac mini (Late 2009)

 

Just seven months after giving the Mac mini line its biggest update ever, Apple has bumped the performance of the company's smallest desktop computers. While the improvements are modest, the latest Mac minis address a few of our biggest criticisms of...

Rounding out the list of improvements, the newest Mac minis also ship, as you would expect, with Snow Leopard. They continue to include iLife ’09

Nov, 2009

Expert review by: Pocket Lint (pocket-lint.com)

Apple Mac mini 2.53GHz review

 

Compact design, near silent operation, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and plenty of power

No SD card slot, USB slots close

The Mac mini is a fantastic entry point into the world of the Apple Mac for those switching over from a PC - with existing peripherals - or for someone looking for a compact but powerful desktop computer. Given the growth of digital content and the...

Oct, 2009

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.

Configuration

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

Connectivity

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

Display

Aspect Ratio:Not Applicable
True Resolution:Not Applicable

General Features

Digital Entertainment Platform:Not Applicable
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Product Type:Micro / Micro PC
RAM Type:DDR3 SDRAM
Type:Micro PC

Graphic

Brand of Graphic Chip:nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GeForce 9400M / GeForce 9400M G
GPU TYPE:OnBoard Graphic
OnBoard Graphic Chip:Dedicated GPU / OnBoard Graphic

Processor

Chipset Brand:Intel / nVidia / Unknown
Chipset Type:Unknown
Hyper Threading: No
Processor:Core 2 Duo
Processor Brand:Intel
Processor Number:P7550 / P8700 / T9300
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