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Apple Mac mini (2018 / 2020)

Apple Mac mini (2018 / 2020)
alaScore 96

33 reviews

Apr, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews of Apple Mac mini (2018 / 2020). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People really like the usability and design. Some have doubts about the reliability and price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac mini (2018 / 2020) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

With the Mac Mini 2018, Apple teaches an old design new tricks

 

It's back to being an impressive mini PC now that Apple's finally updated it.

Apple wrests excellent performance out of even the low-end Core i3 processor in the base configuration. The small system remains unobtrusive. The four USB-C/Thunderbolt ports and 10Gb Ethernet option provide for more storage with fast external data...

You're stuck with integrated graphics unless you fork over the bucks and desk space for an eGPU. Relatively high entry price once you spring for the accessories and a display. It no longer serves as a budget option despite being the most affordable Mac.

The Apple Mac Mini 2018 continues to serve as a satisfying, gets-the-job-done desktop system that delivers surprising value when you want something designed to be seen and not heard.

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Nick Statt (theverge.com)

APPLE MAC MINI 2018 REVIEW: THE MINI GETS MIGHTY AND PRICEY

 

For years, the Mac mini has been the black sheep of Apple's computer lineup. It's not the preferred workstation of graphic designers or video editors. That's the iMac. And it's never been the versatile product of choice for the coder class, the modern...

Huge boost to speed and power Sleek space grey finish Excellent port selection

More expensive base model Lacking GPU performance Tough sell for your average Mac user

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Lloyd Coombes (toptenreviews.com)

Apple Mac Mini review

 

The Apple Mac Mini kickstarts the M1 revolution, but is it the best way to get into the Mac ecosystem?

Transformative performance from the M1 chip ; Whisper quiet

You’ll need to buy a monitor ; Lack of ports ; No DIY upgrade options

It’s all change for the Mac Mini, as it receives the impressive M1 chip. With huge performance boosts, it’s an easy recommendation - but isn’t the complete package like an iMac would be.

Mar, 2021

Expert review by : Jeff Benjamin (9to5mac.com)

The Rewind: Mac mini (2020 release) – still as versatile as ever [Video]

 

At the time of its release back in 2018, the Mac mini had the designation of being the most versatile Mac in Apple's entire desktop lineup. With the release of the Mac Pro , that designation now belongs to Apple's professional-oriented desktop machine...

Apr, 2020

Expert review by : Brian Westover (tomsguide.com)

Apple Mac mini (2018) review

 

After four long years, Apple has finally brought the Mac mini back to life with a 2018 update that just might have been worth the wait. The Mac mini 2018 ($799 as tested) gets a full refresh with a new look, a new internal design and new hardware tuned...

Same compact dimensions with a space-gray finish Upgradable RAM Four Thunderbolt 3 ports Healthy 4K display support Impressive performance Improved Mac OS Mojave

Limited upgradability Very limited internal access Can get pricey

The Apple Mac mini (2018 model) is finally back, and it's better than ever, with a new look, rock-solid performance, and even a bit of upgradability. It's not just the best (and only) mini PC in the Mac lineup, it's also one of the best mini PCs we've...

Mar, 2020

Expert review by : Michael Potuck (9to5mac.com)

Apple updates Mac mini with double the storage

 

Apple has updated the Mac mini today alongside the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro . expand full story

Mar, 2020

Expert review by : Jeff Benjamin (9to5mac.com)

Review: 2018 Mac mini – Apple’s most versatile Mac [Video]

 

The Mac mini is back for 2018, regaining its rightful place as the most versatile Mac in Apple's entire computer lineup. The long-rumored update, which was announced during the midway portion of last week's iPad Pro event, is exciting for a number of...

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Matt Hanson (techradar.com)

Apple Mac mini review

 

It's been more than four years since we got a new Mac mini. But, clearly Apple hasn't forgotten about its smallest Mac, and this long overdue refresh is proof. Now, Apple faithfuls' favorite has been refreshed for the modern age, and it's better than...

Hugely improved specs Same small design Four USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports Good value

Integrated graphics aren’t all that Higher starting cost

The Apple Mac mini (2018) was a long time coming, but it’s been worth the wait. This brilliantly-designed small-form factor computer packs in some impressive specs and pulls off neat tricks to do so. It’s not cheap, but it’s priced very competitively...

Mar, 2020

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Mac mini (2018) review

 

Apple's ‘mini' computer maxes out on power – but at a price

Loads of ports ; Decent CPU performance ; Design still looks great ; Silent

Upgrades quickly get pricey ; GPU performance isn’t all that

As a major pro-ish-oriented rethink of the Mac mini’s place in the world, this upgrade gets the balance right

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com.au)

With the Mac Mini 2018, Apple teaches an old design new tricks

 

It's back to being an impressive mini PC now that Apple's finally updated it.

Apple wrests excellent performance out of even the low-end Core i3 processor in the base configuration. The small system remains unobtrusive. The four USB-C/Thunderbolt ports and 10Gb Ethernet option provide for more storage with fast external data...

You're stuck with integrated graphics unless you fork over the bucks and desk space for an eGPU. Relatively high entry price once you spring for the accessories and a display. It no longer serves as a budget option despite being the most affordable Mac.

The Apple Mac Mini 2018 continues to serve as a satisfying, gets-the-job-done desktop system that delivers surprising value when you want something designed to be seen and not heard.

Nov, 2018
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