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Mac mini now has fourth-generation Intel Core processors, increased graphics performance, and ultrafast 802.11ac wireless networking. It also features two Thunderbolt 2 ports, great built-in apps, and OS X Yosemite. And it's still the world's most power-efficient desktop.

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    • Mac mini - Intel Core i5 (1.4GHz) – 4GB Memory – 500GB Hard Drive
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    Fourth-generation dual-core Intel Core i5 processor

    Up to 30 percent faster graphics performance when compared to the previous generation

    Two Thunderbolt 2 ports for connecting up to 12 Thunderbolt devices or two Apple Thunderbolt Displays

    Four USB 3 ports and one HDMI port

    Built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0

    Works with almost any display, keyboard, and mouse

    Powerful apps for creativity and productivity

    OS X Yosemite, the world's most advanced operating system

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    Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 15 reviews



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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      openbox price with usb3 ssd boot drive

      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      i needed an inexpensive apple desktop at home. i don't need anything powerful. i have a PC with X99 hexacore desktop and a 2016 macbook pro. i just need a daily driver at home that's not windows. this macmini is a bare minimum with a slow hard drive, non-upgradeable 4GB ram, and 1.4GHz i5 dual core haswell CPU. so if you can accept those specs in 2017, then you're good as gold. the CPU is 1.4GHz but it does turbo up to 2.7GHz. but it is dual core. i will be doing some photoshop editing and some iMovie video editing. i will be doing some podcast recording as well. nothing too serious. i will be doing some web development with homebrew, phpstorm, and mysql. it should handle it. i was able to develop using a 2015 macbook retina - although that has twice the ram but a less capable CPU. besides, between haswell and skylake, the "improvements" are not significant to the average user... power consumption? sure but it's a mac mini. no battery life and it's always plugged in. more powerful? then why look at the mac mini? the 4GB ram is soldered and cannot be upgraded. but macOS and 4GB of ram is running well. i did see some lag with Mail app downloading emails for the first time, installing an app, and chrome running 4 tabs. i just closed everything but Mail and let it finish synchronizing and went on my business afterwards. it's not a speed demon, don't get me wrong. again, for the average person, it's good enough. don't go too crazy with multi-tasking. the CPU is capable but you could use up your ram quick. finally, the best you can do to improve the performance is the hard drive. it's not too bad i guess. read and write is around 105MB/s. but you can purchase a 2.5" USB3 enclosure and add a SSD. i had a samsung 830 256GB lying around. i got 326MB/s write and 340MB/s read. it tripled the performance and i didn't need to open up the mac mini. just hold down apple, option, R during boot up and it will connect to the internet. then you format the drive and install macOS from the internet. i used double-sided heavy duty tape to keep the enclosure affixed on the computer. you can open it up and replace the hard drive, but i've seen videos... no thanks. i was able to get the open box for $355. i had a $40 gift card as well. good price and condition. i wish apple would allow macOS to be installed on PC hardware (legally and with support).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Beautiful product, but not powerful enough.


      I've been waiting for this mac to come out for a long time. This mac mini and it's $699 brother both use the Haswell Intel processors which have better graphics and are a little more power efficient than the outgoing 3rd generation Ivy Bridge processors. This base model Mac Mini seems to not entirely have a place at it's price point. Hardware wise if you have the knowledge on how to put together a computer this is about ~$275 in parts at the moment for a machine running Windows or Linux (375 with windows operating system). This is running OS X and does come with the iLife suite, personally the iLife suite was enough for me to pick one of these up for basic tasks like garage band and iMovie as I already have a powerful Windows computer. I went ahead and purchased what's called the "Late 2012" Model Mac Mini. The reason for doing that is the upgrade from OS X Maverick to Yosemite is free, and with the late 2012 model you have the ability to upgrade the RAM. This new $499 model you're stuck with 4GB, of RAM, for the life of the product. Understand the user base for a mac isn't entirely familiar with upgrading components but at least the functionality is there if down the road you are running out of ram or hard drive space. Also sort of a downer is the outgoing late 2012 model has a 2.5GHz (Turbo 3.1) processor and while this new mac mini has a generation newer 1.4GHz (Turbo 2.7) doesn't match the 2.5GHz outgoing model. I'd recommend looking into trying to find a late 2012 model. With the late 2012 model there's room for you to grow. I'm not sure if I'll need 8GB of ram as I'm just getting into mac and OS X, but at least if I need it I can just upgrade for ~$70. Buy the late 2012 model or step up the extra ~$200 to get the middle of the road model (At the moment $699) with a much more powerful processor, twice the storage and twice the ram already installed so you don't have to upgrade (late 2012) or purchase a new mac again in the future.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Either spend more or walk away

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This has been HANDS DOWN the WORST computer I have owned in the last decade. I had a Mac book pro some years ago and last year it finally bit the bullet so for a replacement I ended up with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and was completely blown away by it, now that is hands down the BEST computer I've owned. Now for the mini... I recently got into photography and bought photoshop, drawback was the surface pro does not have enough RAM for it to run properly. Since I know a lot of photographers use a Mac product for editing that was where I began leaning towards. After talking with the Apple specialist in store I was pretty confident that the Mac would be a good way to go for me as well. Now since I got rid of iPhones years ago and only essentially need this computer for light photo work and very light usage for internet, streaming, etc I was drawn into the Mini for the price point, because of aforementioned items, didn't feel it was necessary to spend 1k on a machine when I had recently spent that on a lap top that was going to have day to day usage. BIG MISTAKE! This computer is painfully slow to boot followed by constant slow downs and lag during use. Since this unit is 100% sealed there is very few options to improve this thing. I was looking forward to getting another Mac and see what they had improved upon over the years, now I regret it every time I turn this thing on. Completely disappointed and seems like Apple support has become essentially non-existent. As my title says, either spend the 1k on a Mac product or walk away from them and go with PC. Definitely a lot more bang for your buck and upgrades are pretty much endless.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      BOOTCAMP video quality (fix)

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The CPU is OK, but what really makes this rating -2 stars is the abysmal performance of the 5400 rpm hard drive. Consider a minimum of a 7200 rpm upgrade or SSD if you need ultra performance. I have a note for BOOTCAMP users: please confirm your video settings for the Intel Graphics. My experience with the display settings in the Intel Graphics control panel was such that the defaults were set to pour quality. The dual monitor setup I used with a PC looked wonderful; I write code all day long. However, when in BOOTCAMP, these same monitors LOOKED HORRIBLE; blurry and washed out colors. If you aren't experiencing any issues with your image quality, you're probably fine, but if not, consider following these steps as they worked for me: In BOOTCAMP (I was using Windows 10 AE), click on the Intel HD Graphics icon in your system tray, and choose Graphics Properties and confirm several settings for all displays you are using: 1. If you do nothing else, on the General Settings page, click on Advanced and confirm Quantization Range is set to FULL RANGE. 2. (optional) On the Basic settings, I don't like scaling (causes blurriness), so I chose Maintain Aspect Ratio. The only time you'll need this is for older 4:3 apps, you'll know if you have them (games). 3. On the Color Settings page, click on Advanced and confirm YCbCr is Enabled for your digital display. 4. (optional) On the Basic settings, consider reducing the gamma to 0.9. Also, at this writing I have not been able to upgrade to Windows 10 CU, but I hear Apple and Microsoft are working on that issue.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic little machine, with one drawback

      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This base version os the Mac mini is a perfect desktop of the Apple world. It is the cheapest Apple computer, but, delivers very good performance overall. If you are a regular internet user, do spreadsheets, word processing, listen to music and deals lightly with photos, this is the machine for you. There is one drawback tho. This Mac mini comes with a HDD and not a SSD. Most of new computers and laptop do not use HDD anymore due to its low reading a writing speeds. I took around 45 minutes to go to all the initial Mac OS Sierra steps, then the performance was just sluggish. Safari would take a while to open, the mail app suffered as well, even going to the settings app the mouse would turn into the little colorful disk, which would spin for like forever (it tells the systems is waiting too long for a response, in this case from the hard drive). But, there is way to circumvent this. I bought an external SSD drive with a USB connection (For $100) - you can find tutorials in You Tube on how to set it up, took me less than 30 minutes to get is up and running - I have to say the improvement is AMAZING! All apps open quickly and it is like I am operation a top of the line machine. if you are a power user that deals with images, videos or anything that requires lots of processing power, you should not get this base model - it only comes with 4GB, so multitasking can be difficult.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Mac mini is the way to go inexpensive option

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I have seen Mac mini's for years but never looked into them. So my Windows tower was so old and aging, I decided to look into how to get a Mac for the least money possible. I already had the monitor, keyboard, mouse etc. So I saw that Bestbuy had a certified Mac mini on sale. I bought it and have been impressed so far. It is the 2014 Mac mini and it does the job well. I'm not new to MacOS because I have multiple MacBooks, but the mini is so compact and fits perfectly on the desk for kids to do homework and look up things. It is still fast with the i5 processor and 500gb hard drive is more than enough for what I need since I use cloud services mostly. Apple is still supporting it and love that I have a simple solid Mac setup for a fraction of what it would cost getting an iMac. I would love to see Apple update the Mac mini line since it has been 4 years since. If you need a Mac and already have the necessary monitor, keyboard, etc., look at the Mac mini for under $500. I know most people may say but you can't update the 2014 model as opposed to the 2012 model, and I get that but what the 2014 offers for me its perfect at this time. Had Apple let you upgrade the internals, this would be a 5 star review from me.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Computer for Home Office


      The latest round of windows updates killed another PC. I was really tired of Windows so I decided to replace my windows desktop PC with this apple mini. It's great. It does everything I need and more for my home office. No driver software to deal with. I didn't have to do anything and it connected to my wireless printer. Love that you turn it on and it works. You don't have to wait 20 minutes for updates. I have a 3 monitor set up in my office and was able to use a universal docking station to set that up easily. The only problem I had was with the Monitors flickering when plugged into the HDMI port. I contacted AppleCare and after an update to the latest operating system that issue was solved. Now I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Oh and one warning...I was so used to flash player updates with my Windows PC that I accidentally fell for a fake flash player update and my Mac mini was infected with all these popups...the update popped up in the bottom corner where it would on a PC and I fell for it as kind of a embarrassing. AppleCare was able to point me to some free software to remove it. Just be aware even though virus threats are less w/Mac they are still out there.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Decent Computer for Everyday Tasks or as an HTPC

      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      My first Mac, still getting used to it. Moving all of my files over was relatively easy with the built in tool. Comes with all apps I need, a learning curve, but I appreciate not having to buy everything again. Works great for web browsing, word processing, spreadsheets. iTunes of course is there and my iPhone syncs really fast, though apparently iTunes on the Mac doesn't sync Notes, which was a big headache to work around. The price is reasonable for an i5 machine, but 4gb of RAM is on the low end. I wished I had gotten 8gb, especially since RAM is no longer upgradeable. The HD5000 graphics is a nice improvement, but still not great for gaming, but at least for some games, it's reasonable. I was pleasantly surprised when I loaded World of Warcraft. I would recommend to anyone looking for a machine for basic tasks or for someone looking for a home theater PC. I loaded Plex on it and it runs very well, so I can connect to an HDTV to watch videos. Pricier than an Apple TV, but a lot more options or if you have an Apple TV, you can Airplay to it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars with 15 reviews

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    • TechRadar (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5Kane Fulton on November 27, 2017
      Mac mini 2014 review
      A welcome upgrade, Apple's latest Mac mini lives for the momentFull Review
    • Macworld (UK)Rating, 3 out of 5Andrew Harrison on November 4, 2016
      Apple Mac mini (Late 2014) 2.8GHz review
      The new 2014 top-spec Mac mini has only half the processor cores compared to the 2012 model – but is it half the Mac?Full Review
    • Expert Reviews (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5Richard Easton on June 1, 2016
      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 upgradesFull Review
    • IT PRO (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5Cliff Joseph , Adam Shepherd , Rene Millman on December 7, 2015
      Apple Mac Mini (2014) review: Everything you need to know
      Broadwell CPU updates in offing and a dongle to speed up headless Mac MinisFull Review
    • Mashable (UK)James Pikover on March 1, 2015
      Mac mini 2014: Apple's price-conscious Mac that doesn't skimp on power [REVIEW]
      Apple's cheapest Mac is actually a very capable little computer with plenty of power.Full Review
    •, 4 out of 5Dan Ackerman on February 12, 2015
      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 twoFull Review
    • CNETRating, 4 out of 5February 11, 2015
      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, especiallyFull Review
    • Ibrahim on February 5, 2015
      Apple Mac Mini review: A Macintosh that's easy on the wallet
      Apple's Mac Mini has a low $619 price, is unobtrusively styled and proves versatile in that it can be used as an everyday computer or a sophisticated media player.Full Review

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