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Apple Mac Mini Server (Mid 2010) MC438

Apple Mac Mini Server (Mid 2010) MC438
alaScore 88

55 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 reviews of Apple Mac Mini Server (Mid 2010) MC438. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design. The size also gets good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability. Comments are divided on the price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Mini Server (Mid 2010) MC438 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple Mac Mini Server (Mid 2010) MC438

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini Server (Mid 2010) MC438 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the usability. The price also gets good reviews.

design, price, usability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Mini, 2.66GHz, 4 GB, Intel Dual 500 GB, Geforce 320M, Snow Leopard Server 2Apple Mac Mini, 2.66GHz, 4 GB, Intel Dual 500 GB, Geforce 320M, Snow Leopard Server 2

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple Mac Mini Server (Mid 2010) MC438

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini Server (Mid 2010) MC438 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the price and size. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are less positive about the reliability.

usability, design, size, price

reliability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Mini MC438LL/A Server (OLD VERSION)Apple Mac Mini MC438LL/A Server (OLD VERSION)

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : John C. Welch (macworld.com)

Review: Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server (Mid 2010)

 

For a small utility server or as the only server for a SOHO business, the Mac mini With Snow Leopard Server is hard to beat.

One handy feature of the Mac mini server: since it supports large-capacity SD cards, you can install an OS on one and boot from it. Apple was clear that you don’t want to use an SD card as the normal boot device on these servers—they’re not designed...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Jason Snell (macworld.com)

Review: Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server

 

The new $999 Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server is a fantastic product for workgroups, small businesses, and even schools to use.

Combination of hardware and software is attractively priced ; Enough processing power for small businesses, small workgroups in larger enterprises, and educational environments

Use of 2.5-inch hard drives hampers speed ; No optical drive ; Bottom Line ; This OS X Server-equipped version of the Mac mini isn't the ideal choice for most home users. But if you want to run a Mac OS X-based server and take advantage of Snow Leopard...

Ever since the Mac mini was first released, people have been using Apple's diminutive Mac desktop as a server. At 6.5 inches square and 2 inches high, it bears just the sort of compact computing power you want to stick in a closet or under a desk and...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by (appleinsider.com)

Review: Apple's aluminum Mac mini and Mac mini Server (2010)

 

Apple's newest entry-level Mac recently received a full hardware makeover, with a wider but flatter aluminum unibody shell, integrated power supply, built in HDMI for home theater applications, and a greener more efficient design.

Compact appliance server ; Includes faster hard drives ; Bundles $500 copy of Mac OS X Server ; Reasonably priced server package

Harder to upgrade beyond RAM ; Limited-duty design

The Mac mini Server configuration appears to be better value than buying a Mac mini as a desktop PC or a home theater appliance, where there are much cheaper alternatives and slightly more expensive options that deliver a lot more

Expert review by : Richard Dyce (techradar.com)

Apple Mac mini server 2.66GHz review

 

Apple's bijou desktop, packed with everything a small business needs from a server

Easy to deploy and manage ; Quiet and energy efficient ; Unlimited client licence

No DVD reader

Sep, 2010

Expert review by : Liam Proven (reghardware.co.uk)

Apple Mac Mini with Snow Leopard Server

 

Review With Apple's Xserve now discontinued [1], the only two Mac servers available are the Mini and the Mac Pro Server. The Mac Mini is Apple's lowest-cost computer yet in its more expensive server incarnation it dispenses with the optical drive of...

The size-zero supermodel of the server world – but with hidden strength and stamina.

Nov, 2010

Expert review by : Steve Cassidy (crn.com.au)

Apple Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server (2nd gen)

 

The new-form-factor Mac Mini gets its server version, is it better than building a PC server of your own?

It's undeniably expensive, but in return you get a beautifully compact package and a fine operating system

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : Steve Cassidy (pcauthority.com.au)

Apple Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server (2nd gen)

 

The new-form-factor Mac Mini gets its server version, is it better than building a PC server of your own?

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : Alan Stevens (theinquirer.net)

Apple Mac Mini Server

 

A small business server for Macheads

Small, efficient and quiet, unlimited user licence, user upgradeable RAM, cross-platform file sharing, bundled email, address book, calendaring and web servers, wiki and blogging tools

Limited expansion options, no eSATA interface for external storage, old-fashioned webmail client

that springs to mind when it comes to network servers might not be Apple's Mac Mini. However, a server implementation of the popular Mac desktop is available, and it's not just for Apple aficionados.

Sep, 2010

Expert review by (itreviews.co.uk)

Apple - Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server

 

As all Dr Who fans know, the Tardis time machine is a lot bigger on the inside than out. A seemingly impossible feat that Apple appears to have replicated with its tiny Mac mini which can ...

By cramming in extra hardware and tweaking the OS, Apple has managed the seemingly impossible, turning its tiny Mac mini into a respectable small business server, complete with file and print sharing, email, web, wiki and blogging tools. It works best...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : John C. Welch (macworld.co.uk)

Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server (Mid 2010) review

 

The Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server lets you add an unlimited number of Mac and PC users without per-user licensing fees.

Small, quiet, and doesn’t use a lot of power; CPU and RAM are enough to handle a solid load; can boot from SD card; can use the MacBook Air’s Optical Drive and USB Ethernet Adaptor

Only one power supply; only one ethernet port; no optical drive; replacing drives somewhat tedious

The Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server is an outstanding small utility server for the lower end of the SMB market, able to handle a couple hundred users for almost any single service, (Mail, Chat, Open Directory, etc.) with aplomb. It's also a good "do...

Aug, 2010

Product Specifications

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

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

Energy Management

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

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:256 / 384
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 6630M / No / NVIDIA GeForce 320M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter memory:0.375
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 2 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1333 / 1600
Memory layout:2 x 1 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 1 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

Bluetooth: 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 / 1000
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

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

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / No

Other Features

Acoustic pressure emissions:18
Audio Input:1
Built-in camera: No
CD read speed:24
CD rewrite speed:24
CD write speed:24
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:AMD / Intel / NVIDIA
Mac compatibility: Yes
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Networking features:10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet, 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Operating temperature (T-T):50 - 95
Operating temperature range (T-T):50 - 95
Power Requirements:100-240V / 100-240V AC, 50-60Hz
Power supply type:AC / AC/DC
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
TV tuner integrated: No
Weight:3.02
Wireless Technology:802.11a/b/g/n / 802.11n

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Mac App Store, Safari, Mail, Messages, Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Notes, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, Game Center, iTunes, iLife, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand / Mac OS X Snow Leopard.\n(iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools)\niLife.\n(iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iWeb)
Cables included:AC
Display included: No
Handheld remote control: No
Mouse included:N

Performance

Audio system:HD
Product type:Mini PC / PC
Remote controlled: Yes
Remotely operated:Y

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
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
Microphone in: Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

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

Processor

Bus type:DMI / FSB
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10 / 20
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1
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 Processing Die Transistors:228
Number of processors installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:82
Processor:E7300 / I7-2630QM
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3.3 / 3.6
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge / Wolfdale
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i7 / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:2 / 2.3 / 2.5 / 2.6 / 2.66 / 2.7
Processor front side bus:1066
Processor lithography:32 / 45
Processor model:E7300 / I7-2630QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core 2 Duo E7000 series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series
Processor socket:Socket 988 / Socket T (LGA 775)
Processor threads:2 / 8
Stepping:D2 / M0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Tcase:74.1
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45 / 65
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

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: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: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:No / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / 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® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:36463 / 52219
Processor code:SLAPB / SR02Y
Processor package size:37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Software

Bundled software:Mac App Store, Safari, Mail, Messages, Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Notes, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, Game Center, iTunes, iLife, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard / Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD / SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:100 / 1000 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
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:HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1006 / 1500 / 2000 / 256 / 500 / 512 / 750

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.76
Height:1.42
Weight:2.87 / 3.02
Width:7.76