Apple Mac Mini Desktop Computer, 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, U.S.A.

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About Apple Mac Mini

The Mac mini Desktop Computer from Apple is a quiet and compact desktop computer in a sleek aluminum unibody enclosure. The system, only 7.7" square and 1.4" high, is a great option for users who would like an inexpensive, yet fully-functional, desktop Mac. The mini ships sans keyboard, mouse and monitor, allowing you to choose the accessories that best suit your needs for use with the system.

iLife '11, a complete suite of digital creativity applications, is installed on the system. Easy enough for anyone to use, iLife will help you edit your home movies, organize digital photos and compose original music. The system features an HDMI output port, making it a great option for users who would like a home theater computer for Internet video streaming and big-screen computer gaming. An optional remote control is available separately for purchase.

The system is powered by 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 CPU and includes 4GB of RAM, a 500GB 5400rpm hard drive, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, an SDXC card reader and AMD Radeon HD 6630M 256MB GDDR5 graphics. The computer is loaded with Apple's Mac OS X Mavericks operating system. The 64-bit OS features Time Machine backup, which automatically backs up system data to an external hard drive.

It also features intuitive natural scrolling, the innovative Launchpad application launcher and support for full screen applications. Mission Control combines the functionality of Dashboard, Expose and Spaces - giving you a bird's eye view of everything that is happening on your computer.

Lion also adds Auto Save to your Mac, ensuring that you won't lose data if you forget to save a file. The OS tracks different versions of your documents, so you can go back to a previous draft of a document with ease. AirDrop makes it easy to transmit files wirelessly between computers, even if there is no central Wi-Fi network available. The revamped Mail application takes full advantage of modern widescreen displays.

And of course, you can expand the functionality of your computer system by browsing through the multitude of productivity applications, games and other software that is available for purchase from the Mac App Store. Because the software in the store is curated by Apple, you can be sure that it is free of malware and safe to use. And, like the iOS App Store, you'll automatically be notified when updated versions of your favorite programs are available for download.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (6),Sleek design (5),Easy to set up (5),Fast (5),Adequate storage (4),Reliable (4)
Best Uses:
Internet (5),Music (3),Word processing (3),Video (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Tech savvy (5)

Apple Mac Mini Features

  • Mac mini features a 1.4-inch-thin seamless unibody enclosure carved from a single, solid block of aluminum. It's created using computer numerical control, or CNC, machines - the same kind used by the aerospace industry to build mission-critical spacecraft components
  • The power supply is built right into Mac mini. So there's no bulky brick and there are fewer cables to connect. A removable panel on the bottom makes upgrading the memory completely painless. And once you're inside, you'll see how clean and organized Mac mini is
  • Built-in Thunderbolt technology lets you daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt peripherals, including the Apple Thunderbolt Display, to a single port. It also supports Mini DisplayPort peripherals you might already have, including the Apple LED Cinema Display
  • The HDMI port lets you connect Mac mini to your HDTV with a single cable. And a built-in SDXC card slot makes speedy work of transferring photos and videos from your digital cameras
  • Mac mini is designed without an optical disc drive. Because these days, you don't need one. It's easier than ever to download music and movies from the iTunes Store. And you can download apps from the Mac App Store with a click
  • What Mac mini doesn't do could be its biggest feat. It doesn't waste energy. When idle, Mac mini consumes less than 13 watts. Mac mini is also made from highly recyclable aluminum. And even its package is designed to be mini, so it's as efficient as possible to ship
  • The dual-core 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 CPU comes standard on this Mac mini. With up to two times the performance of the previous generation, Mac mini keeps up with computers twice its size
  • When you're using processor-intensive applications, Turbo Boost 2.0 increases the clock speed. Hyper-Threading lets each core run two threads, so OS X multitasks even more efficiently
  • The integrated memory controller connects fast 1333MHz memory directly to the processor, so it gets right to work on your data. In short, Mac mini is a little box of vroom
  • The Mac mini features an integrated Intel GMA HD 3000 GPU delivers plenty of power for everyday tasks like managing photos and editing HD video
  • The Thunderbolt technology in Mac mini is phenomenally fast. It features two 10Gbps channels for data transfer. That's up to 12 times faster than FireWire-800 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0
  • The Thunderbolt port lets you connect up to six Thunderbolt devices, including the Apple Thunderbolt Display. You can also daisy-chain an Apple LED Cinema Display
  • You can even connect two displays to see more of your photos, movies and documents at the same time
  • A built-in SDXC card slot makes it easy to grab all those photos and videos from your digital cameras
  • 802.11n wireless technology is built into every Mac mini. It automatically connects to your Wi-Fi network, so you can get right down to browsing the web, printing and streaming your music wirelessly
  • Bluetooth wireless technology is also built in, so you can connect accessories such as a wireless keyboard and mouse
  • Plug your own display, keyboard and mouse into Mac mini. Turn it on. And just like that, everything works together. That's one of the great things about Mac mini. You can mix and match it with almost anything
  • It's easy to connect Mac mini to the biggest screen in the house - your HDTV - courtesy of a built-in HDMI port. All it takes is one HDMI cable to start enjoying movies and TV shows from iTunes, browsing the web and flipping through your photo library, all in brilliant HD
  • here's also a handy control that lets you adjust the output on Mac mini to fill even the biggest HDTV screen
  • when you just want to listen to music, you can play your entire iTunes collection through your home entertainment center, or stream it to a set of speakers in any room via an AirPort Express Base Station
  • Mac mini comes with a 500GB hard drive. So you can pack in your photo libraries, movies, music, files and more, more, more. Need to burn discs? The external USB-based MacBook Air SuperDrive does the job for a modest cost
  • Mac mini comes with 4GB of fast 1333MHz DDR3 memory. And thanks to a removable bottom panel, it's easy to add more. Just give it a twist and you're in. Pop your new memory into the SO-DIMM slots and you're ready to go
  • Since the software on every Mac is created by the same company that makes the Mac, you get a fully integrated system in which everything works together perfectly. OS X works with the processor in your Mac to deliver the best possible performance
  • The Multi-Touch trackpad on every Mac notebook gives you more than enough space to pinch, swipe and tap your way around most of the apps on your system
  • OS X gives you long battery life by dimming the screen in low-light conditions and even regulating processor activity between keystrokes

Apple Mac Mini Specifications

2.5GHz Intel Core i5
L3: 3MB
Slots: 2x 204-pin SO-DIMM
Type: PC3-10600 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Installed: 2GB (2x1GB)
Capacity: 8GB
Graphics Display
Intel GMA HD 3000 with 288MB of Shared DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive
Bays: 1x
Installed: 500GB 5400rpm
Type: SATA
Optical Drive
1x Thunderbolt
1x 9-pin FireWire-800
4x USB 2.0 (A)
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Microphone
Memory Card Reader
10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
Operating System
Mac OS X Mavericks
Electrical Requirements
AC: 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz
Maximum Continuous Power: 85W
Environmental Requirements
Operating Temperature: 50-95deg.F (10-35deg.C)
Storage Temperature: -40-116deg.F (-40-47deg.C)
Relative Humidity: 5-95%, non-condensing
Maximum Altitude: 10,000' (3048 m)
Typical Acoustical Performance: 16dBa SPL (Idle)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
7.7 x 1.4 x 7.7" (19.7 x 3.6 x 19.7cm)
2.7 lb (1.22kg)
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Apple Mac Mini Reviews

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Reviewed by 7 customers




from Chico, CA  -  Tech Savvy

I love this Mac mini. It is super energy efficient and works whenever I need a computer, without being big and bulky, and sucking up unnecessary power. I did upgrade the RAM. It was super easy, took about two minutes. Now it's 16 Gb, perfect. I'm using it as my base station to collect photos and music, it's great to have everything centrally located in a safe place. I've been wanting a Mac for a while, this is an affordable alternative to a MacBook. So far nothing negative, like everything else by apple it just works, and that's what I love.


Sold on Macs


from Los Angeles, CA  -  Tech Proficient

Plan to use exclusively for photos. This is where the Mac excels over that of the PC. The Macs are also well known for their user friendliness and their highly intuitive approach to computing. The PC is approaching that level but not yet there. Another big selling point to buying Macs over PCs is that most applications one needs come bundled while in the PC you have to buy most of them from third party software companies. The downside is that you will have to pay more for the MAC as against a PC of comparable power.

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Small but powerful


from Los Angeles, CA  -  Tech Savvy

The computer is fast! Very happy with it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Mac mini is a winner!


from Ocala, FL  -  Tech Savvy

It's silent. It's fast. It's value. This Mac mini replaced a Mac G5 tower unit in a advertising design studio environment. I run Photoshop and InDesign everyday amongst others and they are fast on the mini. The unit does not ship with a manual and a check of the Apple site only yielded a copy of the same mini info folders that ship with the unit. The Apple site does have a copy of the 2111 mac mini manual available for free download and that seems to cover the 2012/13 models fine. Adorama was a great source for my Mac mini. To say I'm well pleased is an understatement.


Great what you would expect from apple


from San Antonio  -  Tech Savvy

Upgradable is a big big plus


Right balance for me


from Salish Sea  -  Technophobe

I bought all the speed and storage I could afford, and think this is the best deal. I don't like all the connectivity i-cloud bs, but thats everywhere, and not a complaint about this product. I'm switching from PC to Mac, and got set up and running without undue difficulty (that says a lot comeing from me). I havent owned it long eough to comment on reliability.


Great Little Machine


from Huntington Beach, CA.  -  Tech Savvy

I am jumping ship from a slowly dying Mac Pro Tower G5 which is a great machine but no longer able to be updated. I have been waiting to purchase the new (possibly) upcoming Mac Pro Tower for 2013, but I couldn't wait any longer. So I bought this mini to hold me over until the new Mac Pros appear. Surprise! This little computer is very fast, efficient and powerful. It has four USB 3 ports, a firewire 800 port and (drum roll) Thunderbolt!! fastest port in the West! It has a 1 TB fusion drive which is quite a bit faster than a standard HD running at 7200 rpm. I bought this with 8GB and it can be (user) upgraded to 16GB Ram. It also came a HDMI video port driven by Intel HD Graphics 4000! What's not to love? I may not need that Mac Pro anytime soon.


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