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Apple Mac Mini (Mid 2010, MC270)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 421 reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Mid 2010, MC270). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size. The design also gets good opinions. Views about the reliability and price are mixed.

usability, design, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Mini (Mid 2010, MC270) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple Mac Mini (Mid 2010, MC270)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Mid 2010, MC270) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, 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, but reviews about the reliability and price are different.

usability, design, size

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Mini, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB, 320 GB, GeForce 320M, SDApple Mac Mini, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB, 320 GB, GeForce 320M, SD

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple Mac Mini (Mid 2010, MC270)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 186 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Mid 2010, MC270) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the size and design. The price and usability also get good opinions, but there are some critical views about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

reliability

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Mini MC270LL/A DesktopApple Mac Mini MC270LL/A Desktop

Dec, 2018

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Mac mini (mid 2010) review

 

The Mac mini has long been the oddball child of the Mac family: it's the only consumer-level machine from Apple that isn't a fully-integrated experience, and i...

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : Rich Brown (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini (Spring 2010) review: Apple Mac Mini (Spring 2010)

 

Apple Mac Mini (Spring 2010)

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...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Dan Frakes (pcworld.com)

Apple Mac mini (Mid 2010)

 
Jun, 2010

Editor's Choice!

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

Apple Mac mini (HDMI)

 

The Apple Mac mini (HDMI) is an all-around improvement with a new unibody aluminum chassis to match the rest of the Macintosh line. The mini is the mainstream, compact PC you've been searching for, and it defines its category.

Super compact design. Aluminum unibody construction. SD slot supports new SDXC cards. Included HDMI-to-DVI adapter and HDMI port. Extremely low power usage. GreenTech Approved. Internal power supply. Accessible memory slots. More 3D power than anything...

Still no Blu-ray. Hard drive is hard to upgrade. No eSATA port

Jun, 2010

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 : Rich Brown (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini (Spring 2010) review

 

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

Expert review by : Anand Lal Shimpi (anandtech.com)

Apple Mac mini Review (Mid 2010)

 

For the first time since its introduction in 2005 Apple has significantly updated the design of the Mac mini. The new model is thinner, although it requires a bit more surface area. Basically a 13-inch MacBook Pro without the display, this new $699 Mac...

The role of the Mac mini has changed dramatically over the past five years. What once was a way for Apple to tempt users into trying OS X is now a fairly expensive, niche Mac. As an HTPC the new Mac mini is great. It works just as well as any of the...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Vincent Nguyen (slashgear.com)

Mac mini 2010 review

 

Apple's Mac mini was always the compact computer with a few frustrations. Perfectly scaled for doing duty as your HTPC, the absence of a native HDMI port meant hooking the Mac mini up in your living room was never quite as easy as we'd like to expect...

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : thinkdigit.com (thinkdigit.com)

Apple Mac Mini 2011 Review

 

The 2011 Apple Mac mini is alive and kicking. What with the Cupertino-based company dazzling the tech world with iPhones, iPads and MacBook Airs, the Mac mini seems to be the forgotten child in Apple's product portfolio. Still with the latest revision...

Tiny, great design, Good performance, Thunderbolt port

Heats up, No optical drive

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Luigi Lugmayr (i4u.com)

Refurb Apple Mac mini Core 2 Duo 2GHz for $499 + free shipping, more

 

The Apple Store continues to discount several factory-refurbished Apple Mac mini computers, as listed below. Each carries free shipping and is well under the best total price we could find for a new unit. Sales tax is added where applicable. A 1-year...

Aug, 2010

Product Specifications

Design

Chassis type:Desktop
Color of product:Silver, White / White
Placement supported:Horizontal
Water cooling system:N

Energy Management

Power supply:85
Power supply input frequency:50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:256
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA GeForce 320M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:NVIDIA GeForce
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.25
On-board graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce 320M

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory layout:1 x 2 / 2 x 1 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 / 2 x 1 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 1000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Relative humidity:5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 47 / -47 - 40
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 47 / -47 - 40

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL
Optical drives quantity:1

Other Features

CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:24
CD write speed:24
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:NVIDIA
Mac compatibility: Yes
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power Requirements:100-240V AC, 50-60Hz
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
TV tuner integrated: No
Weight:3.02
Wireless Technology:802.11a/b/g/n / 802.11n

Packaging Content

Display included: No
Drivers included: Yes
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Mouse included:N

Performance

Password protection:Y
Product type:Mini PC / PC

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Line-out: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

Power supply:85
Power supply input frequency:50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240

Processor

Bus type:FSB
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10 / 9
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Number of Processing Die Transistors:228 / 291
Number of processors installed:1
Processing die size:143 / 82
Processor:E6600 / E7300
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L2 / L3
Processor codename:Conroe / Wolfdale
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:2.4 / 2.66
Processor front side bus:1066
Processor lithography:45 / 65
Processor model:E6600 / E7300
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core 2 Duo E7000 series
Processor socket:Socket T (LGA 775)
Processor threads:2
Stepping:M0 / R0
Tcase:60.1 / 74.1
Thermal Design Power (TDP):65

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:27250 / 36463
Processor code:SLAPB / SLGUG
Processor package size:37.5 / 37.5 x 37.5
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Software

Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:320 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.76
Height:1.42
Weight:3.02
Width:7.76