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Apple Mac mini, Mid 2011 (MC815, MC816, Z0M8, Z0M9)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1240 reviews of Apple Mac mini, Mid 2011 (MC815, MC816, Z0M8, Z0M9). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People really like the size and reliability. The design and price also get good comments.

usability, price, design, reliability, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac mini, Mid 2011 (MC815, MC816, Z0M8, Z0M9) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple Mac mini, Mid 2011 (MC815, MC816, Z0M8, Z0M9)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 264 user reviews of Apple Mac mini, Mid 2011 (MC815, MC816, Z0M8, Z0M9) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the size and design. The price and usability also get good opinions, but there are some critical views about the reliability.

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reliability

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

Aug, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple Mac mini, Mid 2011 (MC815, MC816, Z0M8, Z0M9)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 578 user reviews of Apple Mac mini, Mid 2011 (MC815, MC816, Z0M8, Z0M9) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the size and reliability. The design and price also get good reviews.

usability, price, design, reliability, size

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Aug, 2019

Expert review by (engadget.com)

Mac mini review (mid 2011)

 

A solid little Mac, but losing the optical drive while not shrinking in size strikes us as a very strange design decision.

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Nilay Patel (theverge.com)

Mac mini review (mid 2011)

 

The Mac mini has long been the lovably lost scamp of the the Mac family, produced and sold with as seemingly little fanfare as possible. (Quick: where are the minis located in your local Apple...

Solid performance ; Small, beautiful case ; HDMI port

No optical drive ; Magic Trackpad required for full Lion experience ; Expensive

The Mac mini offers solid performance in a stunning case that’s unmatched in the industry

Jul, 2011

Editor's Choice!

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

Apple Mac mini (Thunderbolt)

 

In addition to being as powerful as a tower PC, the Apple Mac mini (Thunderbolt) innovates and sounds the death knell for the optical disc.

Super compact design. Aluminum unibody construction. SD slot supports SDXC cards. Included HDMI-to-DVI adapter and HDMI port. Internal power supply. Thunderbolt interface. Second generation Core i5 processor. 3D performance rivals a tower PC

Hard drive is hard to upgrade. Thunderbolt peripherals are scarce. No optical complicates some installs

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Rich Brown (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini Summer 2011 review: Apple Mac Mini Summer 2011

 

Apple Mac Mini Summer 2011

The new ; boasts Apple's usual design leadership, as well as new internal components that nearly double its performance compared with that of the older model.

Some users will find the lack of an optical drive too forward-looking, and may struggle to understand the benefits of the Thunderbolt port. The new Mac Mini also offers suspect value compared with Windows PCs in the same price range.

Apple's new $799 Mac Mini demands that you abandon disc-based media, and that you surround it with potentially expensive extra hardware to realize its full benefits. It makes most sense for committed Mac users, those who need it for a specific...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini 2.3GHz Core i5, Summer 2011

 

Apple's new Mac Mini features some welcome updates and a controversial omission, but overall it remains in the same competitive middle ground as its earlier incarnations. No other system in its price range comes close to the Mac Mini's pleasing,...

The new Mac Mini boasts Apple's usual design leadership, as well as new internal components that nearly double its performance compared with that of the older model.

Some users will find the lack of an optical drive too forward-looking, and may struggle to understand the benefits of the Thunderbolt port. The new Mac Mini also offers suspect value compared with Windows PCs in the same price range.

Apple's new $799 Mac Mini demands that you abandon disc-based media, and that you surround it with potentially expensive extra hardware to realize its full benefits. It makes most sense for committed Mac users, those who need it for a specific...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by : Tobias Winkler (notebookcheck.net)

Review Apple Mac mini (Mid 2011) MC815D/A

 

Shrunk down PC? For years now Apple has offered the Mac Mini, an inexpensive entry-level computer of interest not only for existing Mac users. We checked the most crucial aspects of this new revision and present you with our findings below. ... read ...

How ridiculous Apple's price jumps are for RAM and hard drive upgrades

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Hardware Secrets (hardwaresecrets.com)

Mac mini Computer Review

 

With a suggested price of USD 600, the Mac mini is not a cheap computer, but it is one of the cheapest ways to get into the Mac world, even if you have to purchase a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. With the upgraded processor and new internal components,...

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Sanjiv Sathiah (electronista.com)

Review: Mac mini 2011

 

Apple gives the Mac mini a shot of speed while taking the disc away.

Compact and sleek design ; Thunderbolt port for (future) expansion ; Much faster than previous gen; quad option ; Discrete graphics finally a choice ; Relatively easy to upgrade ; Quiet and low power ; Lion as an OS is high grade

No optical drive ; No system reinstall media; Internet only ; Hard drive not (easily) user upgradeable ; No USB 3.0 ports, few Thunderbolt devices ; Relatively expensive for a computer without a display, keyboard, or mouse

When the Mac mini first arrived on the scene, it was in many ways a tool for Apple to attract Windows users and get them to switch to Apple and Mac OS X. The thinking was that it was sold without a keyboard, mouse and display. Windows users already h

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Sanjiv Sathiah (macnn.com)

Review: Mac mini 2011

 

Apple gives the Mac mini a shot of speed while taking the disc away.

Compact and sleek design ; Thunderbolt port for (future) expansion ; Much faster than previous gen; quad option ; Discrete graphics finally a choice ; Relatively easy to upgrade ; Quiet and low power ; Lion as an OS is high grade

No optical drive ; No system reinstall media; Internet only ; Hard drive not (easily) user upgradeable ; No USB 3.0 ports, few Thunderbolt devices ; Relatively expensive for a computer without a display, keyboard, or mouse

When the Mac mini first arrived on the scene, it was in many ways a tool for Apple to attract Windows users and get them to switch to Apple and Mac OS X. The thinking was that it was sold without a keyboard, mouse and display. Windows users already h

Aug, 2011

APPROVED

Expert review by : Ray Willington (hothardware.com)

Apple's Sandy Bridge-Based Mac Mini Review

 

For many, this is the least expensive way to enter the world of OS X. And with OS X Lion shipping on the mini, it's also the cheapest way to get a new system with Apple's minty-fresh operating system. This new mini is also $100 less than the...

Great overall performance ; Gorgeous design ; Ships with OS X Lion ; Included Thunderbolt port ; Cool and quiet ; Robust iLife apps included

Pricey ; HDD is sluggish ; No optical drive ; Must purchase adapter cable for Thunderbolt / DisplayPort ; No USB 3.0 ports

Performance Summary: The refreshed Mac mini, with its Core i5-2415M (2.3GHz) CPU, is quite powerful for its price point and form factor. But the limited RAM (2GB) and sluggish hard drive (500GB 5400 RPM) are somewhat of a let down. Overall, the machine...

Jul, 2011

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