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Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014, MGEM2, MGEN2, MGEQ2)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2004 reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014, MGEM2, MGEN2, MGEQ2). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The size and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, size, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014, MGEM2, MGEN2, MGEQ2) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014, MGEM2, MGEN2, MGEQ2)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 83 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014, MGEM2, MGEN2, MGEQ2) 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. Reviewers are impressed by the size and reliability. The design and price are also mentioned favorably.

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: Apple MGEN2B/A Mac Mini (Intel Core i5 2.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Mac OS X)Apple MGEN2B/A Mac Mini (Intel Core i5 2.6GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Mac OS X)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014, MGEM2, MGEN2, MGEQ2)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 415 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014, MGEM2, MGEN2, MGEQ2) 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. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The price and usability also get good feedback. Reviews are divided on the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Mini MGEN2LL/A Desktop (NEWEST VERSION)Apple Mac Mini MGEN2LL/A Desktop (NEWEST VERSION)

Dec, 2018

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 : Paul Lilly (computershopper.com)

Apple Mac Mini (2014) Review and Ratings

 

The long-overdue upgrade to "Haswell" power is welcome news for the Mac Mini family, though we're disappointed that no quad-core CPU option is available. Overall, a worthy refresh with a few annoying flaws.

Affordable ; Compact design ; Decent connectivity ; "Haswell" inside

Upgrade options nixed ; No quad-core in sight

There are two types of users who are ideal fits for the refreshed Mac Mini. The first is anyone desiring a compact system running OS X Yosemite (and Apple's nifty bundled apps such as iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, and Keynote), and the second is a Windows...

Dec, 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

Expert Reviews Recommended

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

Product Specifications

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Chassis type:Nettop
Color of product:Silver
Placement supported:Horizontal
Product color:Silver
Water cooling system:N / No

Energy Management

Power supply:85
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support:Y / Yes
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 / 11.2/12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel Iris Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xA26 / 0xA2E
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 5000 / Intel Iris Graphics / Intel Iris Graphics 5100
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3

Memory

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

Networking

Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a,802.11ac,802.11b,802.11g,802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 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):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 47
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 47

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N / No

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
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 / 9.45 x 2.8 x 7.09 / AirDrop, AirPlay, Gatekeeper, iCloud, iCloud Drive, Dashboard, Mission Control, App Nap, Power Nap, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iBooks, Safari, FaceTime, Contacts, Time Machine, Photo Booth, Mac App Store, iTunes, Game Center / Beat, Mixing, Stirring / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nMac App Store / OS X Server\niPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nMac App Store
Cables included:AC
Display included:N / No
Drivers included:Y / Yes
Keyboard supplied:N / No
Manual:Y / Yes
Mouse included:N / No

Performance

Password protection:Y
Product type:Mini PC / PC

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: No
DVI port:N / No
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
Infrared data port: Yes
Line-in: Yes
Microphone in:Y / Yes
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:2
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4

Power

Power supply:85
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240

Processor

Bus type:DMI2
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity:N / No
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 / 4x1,2x4
PCI Express slots version:2 / 2.0
Processor:i5-4260U / i5-4278U / i5-4308U
Processor boost frequency:2.7 / 3.1 / 3.3 / 3.5 / 3.6
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i7
Processor frequency:1 / 1.4 / 2.6 / 2.8 / 3
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:i5-4260U / i5-4278U / i5-4308U / i7-4578U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4500 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA 1168 / BGA1168
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:C0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 28
Tjunction:100 / 100 C

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching:N / No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:N / No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:N / No
Intel FDI Technology:N / No / Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:N / No
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel HD Graphics:N
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology:Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:75030 / 83506 / 83507 / 83508
Processor code:SR16T / SR1ZT / SR1ZU / SR1ZV
Processor package size:40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

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 / AirDrop, AirPlay, Gatekeeper, iCloud, iCloud Drive, Dashboard, Mission Control, App Nap, Power Nap, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iBooks, Safari, FaceTime, Contacts, Time Machine, Photo Booth, Mac App Store, iTunes, Game Center
Drivers included:Y
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite / Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2
Number of SSDs installed:1 / 2
Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2
Solid-state drive capacity:256
Storage media:Flash / Fusion Drive / HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 1128 / 2000 / 256 / 500 / 512 / 516

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.76
Height:1.42
Weight:2.62 / 2.65 / 2.69 / 2.87
Width:7.76