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Apple Mac Mini (2014)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 942 reviews of Apple Mac Mini (2014). The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Opinions about the reliability and size are on the whole positive. The design and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, design, size, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Mini (2014) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple Mac Mini (2014)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 84 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (2014) 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. Opinions about the size and reliability are overall positive. The design and price are also appreciated.

usability, price, design, reliability, size

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

Nov, 2020

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple Mac Mini (2014)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 409 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (2014) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the size and design. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. Opinions are divided on the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2020

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini 2014

 

To get access to the features of OS X for same price as a standard iPad, you'll need to bring your own display, keyboard and mouse or trackpad. If you already have some or all of those, great; if not, the total cost can add up quickly, especially if...

The Mac Mini is the least expensive OS X computer, and its performance is on par with Macs that cost twice as much.

Upgrades are expensive, and aftermarket upgrades are nearly impossible. Configuration options are not as extensive as previous versions of the Mac Mini, and a keyboard and mouse are not included.

While its sealed-case limitations will turn off power users, Apple's least expensive Mac delivers a solid OS X experience in a compact box with similar performance to the entry-level MacBook Air and iMac models.

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Mac Mini is Apple's most affordable Mac

 

The small form factor Mac Mini costs less than ever, but isn't as flexible as other Macs.

The Mac Mini is the least expensive OS X computer, and its performance is on par with Macs that cost twice as much.

Upgrades are expensive, and aftermarket upgrades are nearly impossible. Configuration options are not as extensive as previous versions of the Mac Mini, and a keyboard and mouse are not included.

While its sealed-case limitations will turn off power users, Apple's least expensive Mac delivers a solid OS X experience in a compact box with similar performance to the entry-level MacBook Air and iMac models.

Feb, 2015

Editor's Choice

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

Apple Mac mini (2014)

 

Apple's latest tiny desktop computer, the Mac mini, is in top form thanks to its excellent build quality, scads of connectivity options, good selection of preloaded software, and a really nice price.

The least expensive Mac you can buy. Plenty of connectivity options. Comes with iWork and iLife preloaded.

Not upgradable. No included keyboard or mouse. Only 4GB of memory. Memory upgrade options are expensive.

The latest Apple Mac mini has more competition to contend with than its predecessor did, but it still manages to hold its own, and then some. It is better connected than the Acer Aspire AXC-604-UR11 and much more cost effective than the Polywell...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Mark Peters (letsgodigital.org)

Apple Mac mini

 

Apple updates Mac mini : Apple updated Mac mini with the latest technologies and a new lower starting price, making Apple's most affordable Mac an even better value. Apple Mac mini now features fourth generation Intel Core processors, integrated...

Apple Mac mini comes in three standard models: a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 5000 and a 500GB hard drive starting at a suggested retail price of $499; a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Andrew Cunningham (arstechnica.com)

Not the upgrade we were hoping for: The 2014 Mac Mini reviewed

 

Removed features and Intel's convoluted CPU lineup make the Mini less versatile.

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Apple Mac mini (Late 2014) review: Updated, if not upgraded

 

The Mac mini is perhaps the least celebrated of the Apple Mac family. The Mac mini has been changed in 2014: updated, if not upgraded. There are tweaks and changes, but the thing we notice most is that the Mac mini now feels like it's been moved out of...

Now cheaper, graphics updates, design is still strong for the most part

Rear SD card slot inconvenient, no quad-core options, no user upgradability after purchase

The Mac mini has been changed in 2014: updated, if not upgraded. There are tweaks and changes, but the thing we notice most is that the Mac mini now feels like it's been moved out of the hands of those who like to tinker. Perhaps that's just our inner...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : Kane Fulton (techradar.com)

Mac mini 2014 review

 

A welcome upgrade, Apple's latest Mac mini lives for the moment

Still small and quiet ; Two Thunderbolt 2 ports ; Energy efficient ; 802.11ac Wi-Fi

RAM isn't user-upgradable ; No quad-core options ; Can't run 4K at 60Hz

The Mac mini gets a new processor, upgraded Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt 2, but its lack of upgradability and a quad-core option may be a deal-breaker for some.

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Tony Ibrahim (pcworld.idg.com.au)

Apple Mac Mini review: A Macintosh that's easy on the wallet

 

Not all the changes to the Mac Mini are for the best

Fantastic design with small footprint ; Good connectivity ; Inexpensive

RAM is not upgradable ; Closed-off design ; Does not come with keyboard or mouse

The design may be three years old, which is an eternity in the technology space, though the simplicity of it ensures it is timeless. Mac Mini’s nesting alongside televisions and set-top boxes will only add charm to entertainment set-ups, and that’s...

Feb, 2015

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Expert review by : Richard Easton (expertreviews.co.uk)

Mac Mini 2014 review

 

The Mac Mini 2014 is a good upgrade for what was already an excellent entry-level Mac system but comes at the expense of easy upgrades

In the end, the Mac Mini 2014 is a worthy follow-up to the older model. It’s kept what made its predecessor so good and reduced the price - at the bottom end at least. It’s a shame that upgradeability has been sacrificed but otherwise the Mac Mini 2014...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.co.uk)

Apple Mac Mini (2014) review

 

There are only two ways to get a computer running OS X, but without a permanently attached display. One is Apple's most-expensive computer, the $2,999-and-up Mac Pro , the other is its least-expensive, the $499 Mac Mini. Other than those two bookends,...

The Mac Mini is the least expensive OS X computer, and its performance is on par with Macs that cost twice as much.

Upgrades are expensive, and aftermarket upgrades are nearly impossible. Configuration options are not as extensive as previous versions of the Mac Mini, and a keyboard and mouse are not included.

While its sealed-case limitations will turn off power users, Apple's least expensive Mac delivers a solid OS X experience in a compact box with similar performance to the entry-level MacBook Air and iMac models.

Feb, 2015