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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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93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1064 out of 1149)

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Features


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: 5 out of 5 stars

    openbox price with usb3 ssd boot drive

    Posted
    w1n78
    • 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.

    Posted
    Mizu

    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Mac mini is the way to go inexpensive option

    Posted
    Teejaye1100
    • 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: 3 out of 5 stars

    BOOTCAMP video quality (fix)

    Posted
    LowRider2112
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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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Computer for Home Office

    Posted
    MaryMac

    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 reflex...so 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic little machine, with one drawback

    Posted
    dezvitor
    • 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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent Computer for Everyday Tasks or as an HTPC

    Posted
    TechedOutInSeattle
    • 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

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Built in obsolescence

    Posted
    Offhand
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I love the Mac-mini. It is sleek, small, and versatile. It is also mostly empty space inside, space that Apple has neglected. The Mac-mini was built with enough space inside to have two 2.5” hard disks and still have adequate cooling and ventilation for an i7 Quadcore with 16 GB of RAM. In 2014 Apple updated the mini with new processors, but took away many of the upgrade features like adding additional RAM, although one may still upgrade the PCIe SSD (hard drive / storage). However, with all of the internal space saved, Apple has not upgraded the mini to its potential nor have they reduced the footprint to match what is inside. In other words, the mini could be a fourth of the thickness or could be 10 times more powerful than it is today. A piece of advice for the consumer: Always buy the mini with the fastest CPU and most RAM that falls within your budget. Both of these extend the life and usefulness of your Mac investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend





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