Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Apple Mac Mini (Early 2009, MB463, MB464)

Apple Mac Mini (Early 2009, MB463, MB464)
alaScore 89

345 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 345 reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Early 2009, MB463, MB464). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Opinions about the design and size are on the whole positive. The price and usability are also appreciated. There are some critical opinions about the reliability.

usability, price, size, design

reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Mini (Early 2009, MB463, MB464) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 345 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 302 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews

Disclaimer:

Below is a list of reviews for this or similar products. If you think this grouping is wrong please click here to flag.
Read more on our FAQ’s page.
Showing 1 - 254 of 302 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (41)

Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple Mac Mini (Early 2009, MB463, MB464)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Early 2009, MB463, MB464) 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. Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas some have doubts about the size.

usability, price, design, reliability

size

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

This summary is based on the products: Mac mini Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz/2GB/320GB/GeForce 9400M/SDMac mini Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz/2GB/320GB/GeForce 9400M/SD

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple Mac Mini (Early 2009, MB463, MB464)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 225 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Early 2009, MB463, MB464) 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. People really like the design and size. The price and usability are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the reliability.

usability, price, size, design

93% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac mini MB463LL/A DesktopApple Mac mini MB463LL/A Desktop

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Dan Frakes (pcworld.com)

Apple Mac mini/2GHz (120GB, Early 2009)

 

Performance comparable to that of the $799 model ; Significantly improved graphics performance compared to older models ; FireWire 800 ; Dual video outputs with support for extended Desktop mode and 30-inch displays ; Tiny size ; Five USB ports

Difficult to upgrade ; Even slower hard drive than $799 model ; Too little RAM

Mar, 2009

Expert review by (pcworld.com)

Mac Mini 2009 Edition

 

When we reviewed the previous Mac mini iteration, we lamented the 11 months it took Apple to release that update--a period so...

Watch webcast presentations and videos from industry thought leaders on today's most important business and technology topics. For free

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Justin Yu (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini (Winter 2009) review:

 

Editor's note: While we evaluated each new Mac Mini separately, the chassis and many of the core features of each model are the same, so many of the descriptions are copied over from the entry-level Mac Mini.

Competitive Nvidia G9400M graphic chip; includes iLife '09 digital media software; energy-efficient; space-saving chassis retains distinct design.

Similarly priced PCs offer increased functionality; phone support only lasts 90 days from purchase.

Apple's newest high-end Mac Mini maintains its small, stylish footprint, and as with the cheaper version, this $799 model has impressive multitasking capabilities. You'll like this desktop if juggling apps with attractive hardware is important to you,...

Mar, 2009

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

Apple Mac mini (Nvidia GeForce 9400M)

 

The Apple Mac mini (Nvidia GeForce 9400M) comes with better graphics and hard drive, more memory, and the new iLife suite, all improvements over its predecessor.

Compact. Energy efficient. Quiet. Dual-core performance. Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth built in. New iLife '09. Mac Os X 10.5 Windows compatible. FireWire 800 now standard.

No Blu-ray option. No keyboard or mouse included. DisplayPort is still a nascent technology. 30-inch LCD support requires optional DVI adapter. ; Watch the Apple Mac mini (Nvidia GeForce 9400M)!

More Desktop Reviews: • Acer Aspire Z3 (AZ3-715-UR15)• Origin Neuron• Dell OptiPlex 7450 All-in-One• Microsoft Surface Studio• Corsair One Pro• more

Mar, 2009

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

Apple Mac mini (2-GHz Core 2 Duo)

 

The Apple Mac mini has been around for a while, but it's still the trailblazer for compact, energy-efficient desktops.

Compact. Energy efficient. Quiet. Dual-core performance. Wireless 802.11g and Bluetooth built in. New iLife '08. Mac Os X 10.5 Leopard makes the mini and iMac ; officially ; Windows compatible.

Only 1GB of RAM standard (2GB would be better, especially if you use Boot Camp). No TV tuner. No keyboard or mouse included. This is the only wireless Mac without 802.11n.

More Desktop Reviews: • HP Z2 Mini G3• Acer Aspire Z3 (AZ3-715-UR15)• Origin Neuron• Dell OptiPlex 7450 All-in-One• Microsoft Surface Studio• more

Feb, 2008

Expert review by (pcmag.com)

Apple Mac mini (nVidia GeForce 9400M)

 

The mini's 320GB hard drive (significantly larger than its predecessor's 120GB) is large enough to hold a household's iTunes library and fill up the largest iPods now available. The optical drive is still a DVD burning SuperDrive, but at least the $599...

Compact. Energy efficient. Quiet. Dual-core performance. Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth built in. New iLife '09. Mac Os X 10.5 Windows compatible. FireWire 800 now standard

No Blu-ray option. No keyboard or mouse included. DisplayPort is still a nascent technology. 30-inch LCD support requires optional DVI adapter ; Watch the Apple Mac mini (Nvidia GeForce 9400M)

The mini's new internals bring it up to the same performance level as Apple's MacBook, and that's a good thing. It's the nettop-sized desktop that's a better alternative for many users.

Expert review by : ZDNet (zdnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini (2009)

 

Apple's newest Mac Mini is set to be a hit, being both small and powerful. We suspect that if Apple had managed to squeeze Blu-ray support in there, it would take a large chunk of the home theatre pc market.

Size has stayed tiny, despite hardware upgrade, Nvidia chipset offers better 3D and video decoding

No Blu-ray, No HDMI out — Apple TV is still a stand-alone product, RAM upgrades overpriced

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Dan Frakes (macworld.com)

Review: Mac mini (Early 2009)

 

The new Mac mini models provide the most significant upgrades to the line yet, offering slightly better CPU performance, considerably improved video capabilities, increased expandability, and better wireless technology. The result is that for the first...

Remaining the same are the mini's gigabit Ethernet port, the digital/analog audio input and output jacks, and the security lock slot

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Wilson Rothman (gizmodo.com)

Mac Mini 2009 Review

 

The Mac Mini is the greatest Mac that never was, always just a little too expensive and/or a little too underfeatured to be perfect. This time it's closer than ever to perfection—but still falls short.

and, not coincidentally, the new iMac, and when it comes to rendering 1080p movies and playing a little Quake 4 on a 24" monitor, it gets the job done

May, 2003

GOOD GEAR GUIDE - EDITOR'S CHOICE

Expert review by : James Hutchinson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Apple Mac Mini (2009)

 

It has been a year and a half since Apple updated its budget desktop line of Macs, but a new Mac Mini has finally been released.

Decently priced, reasonably powerful, small and attractive design, DisplayPort connection

No HDMI, 5400rpm hard drive

With the latest upgrade, the price gap between the Mac Mini and other Apple computers has widened. For the price, you get decent power and a small case that will fit into the tightest of spaces.

Mar, 2009

Product Specifications

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

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

Energy Management

Power consumption (typical):110
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240 V

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter memory:256
Discrete graphics adapter model:Not available / NVIDIA GeForce 9400M / NVIDIA nForce 405
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100
On-board graphics adapter family:NVIDIA GeForce
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xA2E
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 5000 / Intel Iris Graphics 5100 / NVIDIA GeForce 9400M G

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 4
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1600
Memory layout:1 x 2 / 2 x 1
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 1 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR / 4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 393700.8
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):-20 - 47 / -40 - 47
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 47

Optical Drive

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

Other Features

Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Graphics adapter family:NVIDIA
Mac compatibility: Yes
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Speakers: Yes
Weight:2.89

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bundled software:- iPhoto\n- iMovie\n- GarageBand\n- Pages\n- Numbers\n- Keynote\n- Maps\n- iBooks\n- Safari\n- Mail\n- FaceTime\n- Messages\n- Calendar\n- Contacts\n- Reminders\n- Time Machine\n- iTunes\n- Game Center\n- Preview\n- Notes\n- Mac App Store / iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book
Cables included:AC
Display included:N / No
Drivers included:Y
Manual:Y

Performance

Password protection:Y
Product type:Mini PC / PC

Ports & interfaces

DVI port:N / 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
Microphone in:Y / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:5
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

Power consumption (typical):110
Power supply:85
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240 / 100 - 240 V

Processor

Bus type:DMI2
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
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
Number of processors installed:1
PCI Express configurations:4x1,2x4
Processor boost frequency:2.7 / 3.1
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:L2 / L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:1.4 / 2 / 2.6
Processor front side bus:1066
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:i5-4278U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA 1168
Processor threads:4
Stepping:C0
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):28
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
Processor ARK ID:83508
Processor code:SR1ZV
Processor package size:40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y

Software

Bundled software:- iPhoto\n- iMovie\n- GarageBand\n- Pages\n- Numbers\n- Keynote\n- Maps\n- iBooks\n- Safari\n- Mail\n- FaceTime\n- Messages\n- Calendar\n- Contacts\n- Reminders\n- Time Machine\n- iTunes\n- Game Center\n- Preview\n- Notes\n- Mac App Store
Drivers included:Y
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite / Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Y
Compatible memory cards:SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:320
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1
Storage media:Fusion Drive / HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 320

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:6.5 / 7.76
Height:1.42 / 2
Weight:2.62 / 2.65 / 2.89
Width:6.5 / 7.76