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

We have collected and analyzed 72 expert reviews and 1169 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 80/100 and users rate it 86/100. The average review date is Oct 6, 2012. We have compared these reviews to 321681 reviews from other Desktops. The alaScore™ for this product is 92/100 = Excellent. Last update: Dec 10, 2018.

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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. Reviews about the size and design are on the whole positive. The price and usability also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

reliability

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Mini (Dual-Core i5 2.5GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB, HD Graphics, Launched Oct 2102)Apple Mac Mini (Dual-Core i5 2.5GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB, HD Graphics, Launched Oct 2102)

Dec, 2018

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. Comments about the size and reliability are on the whole positive. The design and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, design, reliability, size

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Mini MC815LL/A Desktop (OLD VERSION)Apple Mac Mini MC815LL/A Desktop (OLD VERSION)

Dec, 2018

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

Product Specifications

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Chassis type:Desktop / Nettop / SFF / USFF
Color of product:Metallic / Silver / White
Placement supported:Horizontal
Water cooling system:N

Energy Management

Power consumption (standby):13
Power consumption (typical):85
Power supply:85
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240 / 110 - 240

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:256 / 288
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 6630M / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / No
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3 / GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.288
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter:No / Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1200 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.288
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / No

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory layout:1 x 2 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 1 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 1 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM

Networking

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

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2 / 0 - 120000 / 0 - 393700.8
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):-40 - 47 / 10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):-40 - 47 / 10 - 35
Relative humidity:5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 47 / 10 - 35
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 47 / 10 - 35

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Acoustic pressure emissions:16
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, 802.3ab / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab / IEEE 802.3/802.3u/802.3ab
Cooling type:Passive
Ethernet interface type:Fast, Gigabit / Gigabit
Floppy drive installed: No
Form Factor:1.4L PC
Graphics adapter family:AMD / AMD, Intel / Intel
Mac compatibility: Yes
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
Number of loudspeakers:1
Number of Speakers:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Operating temperature (T-T):50 - 95
Operating temperature range (T-T):50 - 95
Platform:Mac / PC
Power Requirements:100 - 240V / 100-240V
Power supply type:AC / AC/DC
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Speakers: Yes
TV tuner integrated: No
Weight:2.69
Wireless Technology:802.11a/b/g / IEEE 802.11a/b/g / Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bundled software:Mac App Store, Safari, Mail, Messages, Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Notes, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, Game Center, iTunes, iLife, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand
Cables included:AC
Display included: No
Display Resolution:2560 x 1600
Drivers included: Yes
Manual: Yes
Mouse included:N

Performance

Audio system:HD
Compatible processor series:Core i5
Product type:Mini PC / PC
Remote controlled: Yes
Remotely operated:Y

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
DVI port:No / 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
Line-in: Yes
Line-out: Yes
Microphone in:No / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4

Power

Power consumption (standby):13
Power consumption (typical):85
Power supply:85
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240 / 110 - 240

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):23 / 25 / 27
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 8
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Number of processors installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:I5-2410M / I5-2415M / I5-2520M / i7-2620M
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3.1 / 3.2 / 3.4
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i7
Processor frequency:2.3 / 2.5 / 2.7
Processor front side bus:1333
Processor lithography:32
Processor model:I5-2410M / I5-2415M / I5-2520M / i7-2620M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i5-2400 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-2500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023 / Socket 988
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:J1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:52224 / 52229 / 52231 / 53449
Processor code:SR041 / SR048
Processor package size:31 / 31 x 24 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Software

Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC / SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:256
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1006 / 256 / 500 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:4.06 / 7.76
Height:1.42
Weight:2.69
Width:6.54 / 7.76