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Apple Mac Mini M1 (2020)

Apple Mac Mini M1 (2020)
alaScore 96

28 reviews

Mar, 2023

alaTest has collected and analyzed 28 reviews of Apple Mac Mini M1 (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. Reviewers really like the reliability and design.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Mini M1 (2020) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Alex Blake (

Apple Mac Mini M1 review: Miniature footprint, maximum performance


The Mac Mini is the first desktop Mac with Apple's M1 chip inside. That means a lot of changes have come to the company's smallest Mac. How does it perform?

Blistering CPU performance ; Incredibly fast SSDs ; Superb value ; Compact, sturdy design ; MacOS Big Sur is great

Subpar gaming performance

Jan, 2021

Expert review by : John Burek (

Apple Mac mini (M1, Late 2020) Review


New, lower starting price ; Much improved overall performance from 2018 model ; Especially promising bench results with native "Universal" apps ; Surprisingly quiet and cool operation under load

Boosting RAM and SSD capacity at purchase time is pricey ; Fewer Thunderbolt ports than previous Mac mini ; Memory no longer upgradable post-purchase

With a new lower starting price and Apple's straining-at-the-leash M1 CPU, the Mac mini is far and away the most polished, potent tiny desktop in its class.

Nov, 2020

Expert review by : Shubham Agarwal (

Apple Mac mini with M1 review


Apple's mini computer gets more powerful for less

Outstanding performance ; Great value ; Wi-Fi 6 ; Energy efficiency ; No heating issues

Fewer ports than the predecessor ; Horrible speakers ; Long-term upgradability concerns

With Apple's new M1 chip, the humble Mac mini takes a massive performance leap and transforms from an entry-level Mac to a powerhouse at an even more affordable price.

Jan, 2021

Expert review by : Chris Davies (

Mac mini M1 Review – The great Apple leveler


Of all the reasons to be excited by Apple Silicon, its potential to put high-end performance in more affordable computers like the Mac mini M1 could be the biggest. Apple's diminutive desktop…

Most affordable path into Apple Silicon ; Astonishing performance ; Third-party app support for M1 keeps getting better

Fewer ports than Intel-based Mac mini ; No user upgrades

Dec, 2020

Expert review by : Brian Westover (

Apple Mac mini with M1 review: Shockingly good for the money


Holy moley! The Apple Mac mini with M1 processor is cheaper, faster, and keeps everything we loved about the Mac mini while changing up both the internals and where Apple sits in the larger industry. That's a lot to live up to, but the M1 Mac mini does...

Seriously fast performance ; Seamless support for most software ; More affordable than ever before

No aftermarket upgrades ; Fewer Thunderbolt 3 ports ; A few minor hiccups with compatibility and features

For most users, this is a no-brainer: The M1 Mac mini is the most affordable of Apple's new crop of Macs, and delivers huge value for the affordable price. If you're a professional or were keen for now-missing features like eGPU support, then you might...

May, 2021

Expert review by : Filipe Espósito (

Apple silently updates M1 Mac mini with optional 10 Gigabit Ethernet port


Apple today introduced a new redesigned iMac with the M1 chip , but there's also another Mac that received an upgrade after the special “Spring Loaded” event . The company has quietly updated the M1 Mac mini with an optional 10 Gigabit Ethernet port,...

Apr, 2021

Expert review by : Filipe Espósito (

Apple now selling refurbished M1 Mac mini, some iMac models currently unavailable


Following the arrival of the M1 MacBook Pro and M1 MacBook Air in the Apple Refurbished Store, Apple today began selling the refurbished M1 Mac mini. Customers can now get all three Macs with M1 chip in the Refurbished Store at a discounted price....

Feb, 2021

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Apple Mac mini (M1, 2020) review – could it possibly replace the Mac Pro?


Previously when someone said Mac mini, the first thing that came into your mind would be a small-sized desktop computer. However, as Apple moved to the ARM chips, and the components inside became s…

Exceptional performance from the Apple M1 SoC;Arguably affordable;Extremely cool and quiet even under heavy load;Supports Wi-Fi 6 and features two Thunderbolt 3 ports;Great build quality

Ethernet is limited to 1Gbit;Soldered RAM and storage

Jan, 2021

Expert review by : Ben Andrews (

Apple Mac Mini M1 review


It may look the same as any other Mac Mini, but the new Mac Mini M1 is a very different beast within

Stunning performance ; Ultra-quiet ; Reasonable cost for such high speed

Only configurable to max 16GB memory ; Fewer Thunderbolt ports than before ; Few fully compatible apps at present

If you're after a small-form-factor computer that performs superbly, runs almost silently and exudes quality, the new Mac Mini M1 is a terrific buy. It also represents excellent value for money, but you should give serious consideration to paying extra...

Jan, 2021

Expert review by : Chance Miller (

The 9to5Mac Apple Product of the Year: The M1 MacBook Air, Mac mini, and MacBook Pro


Apple first unveiled its plans to transition away from Intel processors at WWDC in June, detailing that the first Mac powered by Apple Silicon would be released before the end of the year. As it turns out, Apple released three Macs powered by its new...

Dec, 2020