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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 117 reviews

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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 12 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I like how compact it is.

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    Marty
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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    No issues with it can literally take it anywhere where it can be plugged in and a hdmi compatible is present.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    MINI MAC IS AWESOME! COMBO MONITORS WORK WELL.

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    JG12
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Combo monitors work well with mini Mac. Thank you for your help.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excllent upgrade from older Mac mini

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    DavidP
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    Eighteen months ago I acquired from Best Buy a 500GB Mac Mini then available to do heavy mobile programming using XCode and Visual Studio. The old mini was incredibly slow, sometimes requiring hours to do a compile. Correcting a single coding error and retesting could take half a day. And OS updates took a day or more. The new Mac mini now has the responsiveness I've longed for and makes the old one (now returned for rebate credit) seem like a toy. I was worried about the decreased storage area (256GB SSD instead of 512GB HD), but needn't be. Got a compatible LaCie drive to extend storage and programming is a breeze, at last! As I already had an external drive functioning as a "Time Machine" data transferal from the old mini to the new worked pretty well, but when the new reported it had run out of storage space I just revised my transferal choices to exclude my own coding, placing that instead on the LaCie. I am very pleased with how all this works seamlessly together with alacrity,

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love my new Mac Mini!

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    JabberwockyBaby
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    Coming from a late 2013 15" mbp, decided I would like to move to a newer system. Not at all happy with Apple's lack of ports on the new mbp's but didn't want to wait for the iMac refresh so I could get a modern cpu so decided to go with this 6-core i5 Mac mini. Will be using a 500gb SSD external drive for additional storage and also will be upgrading to 32gb or ram soon. I mainly do a lot of accounting on it with a fair share of social media and video streaming on it. So far my impression is that I much prefer this set up, using a 27" 4k LG display rather than a current gen 15" mbp. I would have liked to have gotten the i7 Mac mini but for my purposes I don't think I'm going to miss much. After a year, if it really matters to me I'll just hand this down to one of my kids and get an i7 model next year maybe. So far I'm very impressed and happy with my decision! I can't wait to get a Razer Core X eGPU (Haven't decided on a specific gpu card yet) connected to this to give it some legit graphics handling capability because what currently comes with it is just enough to do the minimum. Love that I can actually mod this up to do actual work with!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Major Improvement Over 2012 Server

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    Ne10
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    I used a maxed out version the previous Mac Mini (Late 2012 Mac Mini Server i7). It was a rock solid machine for all 5 years I used it. The last year has been rough though. Just browsing websites caused the machine to use the fan at full speed. Using Adobe applications would cause it to get super hot to the touch. Lagging was also starting to occur, if I was doing too many things at once. This new version is a significant improvement. Since I've bought it, the fan hasn't run once, even with 12 Illustrator and Photoshop tabs open and running videos in the background. In fact it doesn't even get warm to the touch. It's so wonderful to be able to work without hearing a constant blowing noise. The speed at which projects render and load are also greatly improved. This should be no surprise jumping form a 3rd generation i7 with 4 cores to an 8th generation i5 with 6 cores. It really is blazing fast. Performance aside, I do have some gripes with it. First and foremost is the fact that my Thunderbolt screen is no longer compatible without an expensive adapter. I thought this was kind of a middle finger to long time users, especially since Apple no longer produces a display. I also don't like how they only include 2 USB 3.0 ports. I get that USB C is better, but none of my office peripherals use it. And because I had to give up my Thunderbolt screen, that reduced my available ports even further. A $30 dongle added 6 ports, but I do think it is incredibly silly being that this is a machine meant to be used in an office environment. The WiFi also has major issues. Out of the box I was getting less than 1 mbps. After renewing the DHCP lease, and resetting my network a few times, I was able to resolve the issue, but I still experience WiFi slowdowns that I did not have with my old Mac Mini. Lastly, I really miss being able to have a secondary internal hard drive. I'm fine running one on the outside, but it is much less secure. Overall I really like the upgrade. At $1,050 It's a great value for the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend