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Apple Mac Mini (2005) M9686 / M9687 / M9971

Apple Mac Mini (2005) M9686 / M9687 / M9971
alaScore 87

418 reviews

Apr, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 418 reviews of Apple Mac Mini (2005) M9686 / M9687 / M9971. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Comments about the size and reliability are overall positive. The price and design also get good views.

usability, design, price, reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Mini (2005) M9686 / M9687 / M9971 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Peter Rojas (

Mac mini reviews contest: We have a winner


We know it's taken us freaking long enough, but we finally have a winner in our Mac mini reviews contest. What was the holdup? Well, for starters we received more entries than we expected, but what really complicated matters was the quality of the...

Mar, 2005

Expert review by : Peter Rojas (

Last chance to enter our Mac mini reviews contest


Just a quick reminder that you have until noon tomorrow to enter our Mac mini reviews contest (we're giving you all an extra 24 hours to get 'em in). Post up your review of the Mac mini for a shot at $500 in Mac mini accessories (or $500 in cash). So...

Mar, 2005

Expert review by : Troy Dreier and Matt Elliott (

Service and support


Apple Mac Mini (PowerPC G4)

Affordable; extremely compact; whisper quiet; ships standard with 512MB of memory; includes iLife '05.

G4 processor, not G5; peripherals--even keyboard and mouse--add to the bill if you don't already own them; case can't be easily opened; slow hard drive; only two USB 2.0 ports.

The Apple SuperDrive Mac Mini addresses some of the shortcomings of its $499 predecessor, making it a well-rounded home PC at its base configuration.

Sep, 2005

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (

Apple 1.25GHZ Mac Mini Desktop Desktop


Cute isn't a word we use very often in connection with PCs, but it certainly applies to the Apple Mac Mini--arguably the most visually striking personal computer ever built. The world's most petite PC could serve double duty as a bookend, as long as...

Apple describes the Mac Mini as a BYODKM (bring your own display, keyboard, and mouse) system; none of these are included. Apple offers a USB keyboard and mouse set for $58, but the system works with any USB keyboard and mouse designed for a PC: You...

Apr, 2005

Expert review by : Richard Baguley (

Apple Mac Mini


This impressive small system could tempt you to become a Mac user.

The Mac Mini provides an elegant way to enter the Mac universe without having to spend too much.

Apr, 2005

Expert review by : Jason Snell, Macworld (

Mac Mini Dissected


The inside scoop on one of the smallest PCs around.

Mar, 2005

Expert review by : Rebecca Freed (

Apple's Diminutive Mac Mini Seems Pretty Mighty


Powerful but tiny Mac just might lure curious PC users.

Feb, 2005

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (

Apple Mac mini


The Apple Mac mini makes an attractive entry point for the Windows-to-Mac switcher, the Mac user who needs an upgrade from a pre-1-GHz Mac, or the user on a budget who wants a small, silent desktop with a really cool design.

Sleek design. Tiny chassis. Most affordable Mac yet. Built-in Bluetooth and 802.11g wireless available. Quiet, single-fan system

Base price ($499) does not include keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, or wireless; RAM and hard drive space are barely adequate. No audio input. Limited internal expansion

Jan, 2005

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Apple Mac mini (HDMI)


Apple's Mac mini raises the bar yet again for ultra small form factor ("mini") desktops.

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.

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Expert review by : Anand Lal Shimpi (

Mac mini Review w/ brief looks at iPhoto 5 & Pages


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Nov, 2005

Product Specifications

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Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon 9200
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.032


Internal memory:0.5
Internal memory type:DDR-SDRAM

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
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 47
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 47

Optical Drive

DVD read speed:8
DVD write speed:4
Optical Drive Type:DVD-RW

Other Features

CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:8
CD write speed:16
DVD rewrite speed:2
Hard disk drive type:Ultra ATA
Mac compatibility: Yes
Networking features:Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth
Power Requirements:100-240V AC, 50-60Hz
Video adapter, bus:AGP 4x

Packaging Content

Display included: No


Product type:PC

Ports & interfaces

DVI port: Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 6 PIN FireWire \n2 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 PIN USB Type A \n1 x display / video - DVI-Analog/Digital - 29 pin combined DVI \n1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 \n1 x audio - line-out/headphones - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2


Processor family:PowerPC G4
Processor frequency:1.42


Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger


Total Storage Capacity:80

Weight & Dimensions