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Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014) MGEM2 / MGEN2 / MGEQ2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1811 reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014) MGEM2 / MGEN2 / MGEQ2. 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 reliability and design are generally positive. The size and price also get good feedback.

usability, price, size, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014) MGEM2 / MGEN2 / MGEQ2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014) MGEM2 / MGEN2 / MGEQ2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 83 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014) MGEM2 / MGEN2 / MGEQ2 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. Reviewers are impressed by the size and reliability. The design and price also get good comments.

usability, price, design, reliability, size

95% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

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Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014) MGEM2 / MGEN2 / MGEQ2

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 404 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014) MGEM2 / MGEN2 / MGEQ2 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. Views about the size and design are overall positive. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed views about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Jun, 2017

Expert review by: (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini 2014

 

To get access to the features of OS X for same price as a standard iPad, you'll need to bring your own display, keyboard and mouse or trackpad. If you already have some or all of those, great; if not, the total cost can add up quickly, especially if...

The Mac Mini is the least expensive OS X computer, and its performance is on par with Macs that cost twice as much.

Upgrades are expensive, and aftermarket upgrades are nearly impossible. Configuration options are not as extensive as previous versions of the Mac Mini, and a keyboard and mouse are not included.

While its sealed-case limitations will turn off power users, Apple's least expensive Mac delivers a solid OS X experience in a compact box with similar performance to the entry-level MacBook Air and iMac models.

Feb, 2015

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

Apple Mac mini (2014)

 

Apple's latest tiny desktop computer, the Mac mini, is in top form thanks to its excellent build quality, scads of connectivity options, good selection of preloaded software, and a really nice price.

The least expensive Mac you can buy. Plenty of connectivity options. Comes with iWork and iLife preloaded

Not upgradable. No included keyboard or mouse. Only 4GB of memory. Memory upgrade options are expensive

The Apple Mac mini ($499) is the least expensive new Macintosh computer you can buy. Like its previous iterations, it's built into a sleek aluminum unibody chassis, and is one of the more compact desktop PCs on the market. It's now less expensive, but...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by: Paul Lilly (computershopper.com)

Apple Mac Mini (2014) Review and Ratings

 

The long-overdue upgrade to "Haswell" power is welcome news for the Mac Mini family, though we're disappointed that no quad-core CPU option is available. Overall, a worthy refresh with a few annoying flaws.

Affordable ; Compact design ; Decent connectivity ; "Haswell" inside

Upgrade options nixed ; No quad-core in sight

There are two types of users who are ideal fits for the refreshed Mac Mini. The first is anyone desiring a compact system running OS X Yosemite (and Apple's nifty bundled apps such as iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, and Keynote), and the second is a Windows...

Dec, 2014

Expert review by: Tony Ibrahim (pcworld.idg.com.au)

Apple Mac Mini review: A Macintosh that's easy on the wallet

 

Not all the changes to the Mac Mini are for the best

Fantastic design with small footprint ; Good connectivity ; Inexpensive

RAM is not upgradable ; Closed-off design ; Does not come with keyboard or mouse

The design may be three years old, which is an eternity in the technology space, though the simplicity of it ensures it is timeless. Mac Mini’s nesting alongside televisions and set-top boxes will only add charm to entertainment set-ups, and that’s...

Feb, 2015

Expert review by: Kane Fulton (techradar.com)

Mac mini 2014 review

 

A welcome upgrade, Apple's latest Mac mini lives for the moment

Still small and quiet ; Two Thunderbolt 2 ports ; Energy efficient ; 802.11ac Wi-Fi

RAM isn't user-upgradable ; No quad-core options ; Can't run 4K at 60Hz

Ratings in depth First launched in 2005, Apple's Mac mini has never received the same design plaudits as the MacBook Air, but it has been almost as influential upon the competition. The titular computer's square shape, minimal appearance and compact...

Dec, 2014

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Apple Mac mini (Late 2014) review: Updated, if not upgraded

 

The Mac mini is perhaps the least celebrated of the Apple Mac family.

Now cheaper, graphics updates, design is still strong for the most part

Rear SD card slot inconvenient, no quad-core options, no user upgradability after purchase

The Mac mini has been changed in 2014: updated, if not upgraded. There are tweaks and changes, but the thing we notice most is that the Mac mini now feels like it's been moved out of the hands of those who like to tinker. Perhaps that's just our inner...

Nov, 2014

Expert Reviews Recommended

Expert review by: Richard Easton (expertreviews.co.uk)

Mac Mini 2014 review

 

The Mac Mini 2014 is a good upgrade for what was already an excellent entry-level Mac system but comes at the expense of easy upgrades

In the end, the Mac Mini 2014 is a worthy follow-up to the older model. It’s kept what made its predecessor so good and reduced the price - at the bottom end at least. It’s a shame that upgradeability has been sacrificed but otherwise the Mac Mini 2014...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (cnet.com.au)

Mac Mini is Apple's most affordable Mac

 

There are only two ways to get a computer running OS X, but without a permanently attached display. One is Apple's most-expensive computer, the $2,999-and-up Mac Pro, the other is its least-expensive, the $499 Mac Mini. Other than those two bookends,...

The Mac Mini is the least expensive OS X computer, and its performance is on par with Macs that cost twice as much

Upgrades are expensive, and aftermarket upgrades are nearly impossible. Configuration options are not as extensive as previous versions of the Mac Mini, and a keyboard and mouse are not included

While its sealed-case limitations will turn off power users, Apple's least expensive Mac delivers a solid OS X experience in a compact box with similar performance to the entry-level MacBook Air and iMac models.

Feb, 2015

Expert review by: Mark Peters (letsgodigital.org)

Apple Mac mini

 

Apple updates Mac mini : Apple updated Mac mini with the latest technologies and a new lower starting price, making Apple's most affordable Mac an even better value. Apple Mac mini now features fourth generation Intel Core processors, integrated...

Apple Mac mini comes in three standard models: a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 5000 and a 500GB hard drive starting at a suggested retail price of $499; a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Andrew Harrison (macworld.co.uk)

Apple Mac mini (Late 2014) 2.8GHz review

 

The new 2014 top-spec Mac mini has only half the processor cores compared to the 2012 model – but is it half the Mac?

Improved Fusion Drive with PCIe flash ; Improved 11ac Wi-Fi ; Two Thunderbolt 2 ports

Top Mac mini has less than half the processor performance of previous model ; Soldered memory blocks user upgrades ; Expensive compared to previous 2012 model, with price increasing again in late 2016

For power users that need that extra processing headroom, the quad-core Mac mini is already sorely missed. For single-threaded applications, the processor performance is little changed, even though we expected the 0.2 GHz advantage to give this model...

Nov, 2016

Product Specifications

Design

Water cooling system: No

Graphics

Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel Iris Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xA26 / 0xA2E
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)

Performance

Password protection: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4

Processor

Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4300 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 28

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel TSX-NI: No
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Processor ARK ID:75030 / I5-4260U / I5-4278U
Processor package size:40

Storage

Number of storage drives installed:1