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  • 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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love my new Mac Mini!

    Posted
    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

    Great little computer with many ports

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    BBob
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    I use to have a Mac Pro with 4 cores and 16G RAM and an after market SSD drive. Due to its age the hardware was no longer compatible with any of the updated macOS releases, so I looked for a new Mac replacement. I wanted a small foot print like the Mac mini, but the mini at that time was an old design that Apple hadn't updated in years. So I waited for the Mac mini to be redesigned and I am glad I waited as I have used the Mac mini for 3 months now and I am very satisfied with its performance. I would recommend the upgraded 6-core unit with the 256G SD drive over the 4-core unit. It is plenty fast, and I have parallels desktop running Windows 10 as a virtual machine on this new Mac mini as well. With 4 thunderbolt ports (USB-C), 2 USB 3.1 ports and HDMI port as well as an audio output, I had plenty of ports to plug in multiple monitors and external SSD drives, DVD burner, etc. The small size of the Mac mini means I don't have that large space being taken up like the old Mac Pro and I still have a relatively fast machine.

    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

    Finally a Mac Mini that is worth it

    Posted
    Isoomega
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    Before I used to have a Mac Mini (2014) and the next day returned it to the store. The integrated video at that time was not working with my Samsung 27 inch HDR monitor (with 30 hz output it was killing me!). I took a chance this time with the new Mac Mini 2018 and to my surprise I am quite glad I did. Smooth response and not quite much learning curve as I thought I would have (Window user and still am). I am still figuring out the issue with my current monitor Dell S2417SG 24 inch which goes to sleep mode and does not wake up unless if I unplug and plug it back in from time to time but that's a minor issue. Aside from that if you update to the latest Mojave update (10.14.5) be prepared to have issues when watching movies/tv shows in full screen as there is no video but audio works. Hopefully they can fix this issue in the next update soon.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    First Mac Mini and really like it

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    gbfapp
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    Pros: small, quiet, powerful, flexible, and love the color. Cons: Expensive when you add matching "stuff" like keyboard, mouse, monitor, track pad and external storage. Wires are more cluttered. I replaced a 9 year old I-Mac that still operated well for our use. I am sold on paying a little more for a Mac and have it last 3 times more than a PC or Laptop. The mini is small, really quiet and with the update will last me another 9 years. I like that I could match my own monitor, which is wider than an I-Mac. My only complaint is that I have too many wires and have to figure out how organize them - not too bad of a complaint. (external drive, external back up drive, speakers, etc..) I rated as a 4 because of the overall cost and is a little more complicated than my all in one i-mac.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First Mac I've owned, first I've used since mid 90

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    Curt
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    I'm a developer (Windows normally), and investing effort into mobile development. I needed a Mac in order to publish applications to the App Store for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad). I'm pleased with the quality and workmanship of the Mac Mini. The last time I used a Mac with any depth was in the mid 90s, on a Mac 68040 CPU, OS 9 or something like that, so it's also nice to refresh my skill set on the basic operation of the Mac OS. This Mac mini is one "step" above the base model. So far I'm very happy with it, it recognizes everything I've plugged into it very quickly (compared to Windows 10 with a higher CPU/memory), and works flawlessly. It's very small compared to my PC, in fact I've got it set on top of my PC. I'm looking forward to learning a lot about mobile development.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Very Nice Mac Mini

    Posted
    Apothe
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    I would say this computer was worth the wait. Apple has overall done a nice job with the new Mac mini. The connections on the back of the mini are plentiful. The speed and the responsiveness of the i5 processor is nice. The 8gb memory has been sufficient,but will need to be upgraded at some point. The graphics are adequate and able to power two 24 inch monitors. The main use of this Mac mini is for photography and it has handled large raw files well. The only reason to not give the mini 5 stars is the fact that the item is a bit overpriced. You are definitely paying a premium for the name. The cost of upgrades from the base is high.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good enough computer

    Posted
    FRinLI
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    This was my first Mac computer so without any real experience outside of windows I wanted to try the Apple experience. due to the fact that I am mostly a Windows user, I did not really enjoy using the Mac. The operating system is a good system it has a lot to offer and it is very good. But I found it has a learning curve that I could not get over not to mention the fact that this is way overpriced for what you are being offered. I decided to return it because I think I'm more of a Windows guy but to be honest this is a very good computer if you are a Mac user. Just be ready to pay a premium for the Apple logo.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money

    Posted
    BeeTheRain
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    Specs pitiful returned it for full refund Note= if stuck at OS High Sierra ( a Firmware update can get You to OS Mojave ! My iMac 2010 died to to heating and fans I switched to a “ built diy Windows for far less money and much more power ! $1069.00 for a PC tower 1 TB SSHD - 32 GB ram 12 USB 3.1 ports and a CD/ DVD readier / writer My iMac died 2010 model ? Why can you run Windows on a Mac but not Visa Versa (+ try to build a Mac ) it’s possible but Door after hurdle after sand pit Bye Apple

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Mac mini 2018

    Posted
    Macnerd
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    I had a 2012 Mac mini that lasted 6 years & 9 months. I had read that Apple may come out with a new mini. I'm glad that they did. Earlier this month (April) I downloaded the latest Mojave update. The mini rebooted to the Desktop. I could move the cursor around but clicking the mouse did nothing. I couldn't shut down the mini. I had to force the mini to shut down. When it rebooted, it froze at the bootup screen. I went down to Best Buy & bought a new mini. I paid extra for 3 years of Apple Care. So far, so good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Mac I’ve been waiting for!!

    Posted
    Michael459
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    I’ve carefully waited and researched all options in my price range before making this purchase. The MacMini i5 model is the perfect balance of value and performance. It’s faster than i could’ve imagined and runs smoothly without any issues, lagging or freezing up. It has plenty of Ports for external accessories and is quiet as can be. To get this type of power and performance in a laptop, it would’ve cost me twice what this one did. I’d highly recommend the i5 model to anyone in search of a good future proofed pc which is portable and versatile.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little mac

    Posted
    Vijay
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    We bought this to go under the TV in the living room and we use this as an entertainment system to do a variety of things (store/look at family pictures and videos, browse the internet, stream stuff, etc.). The memory (256 GB) is not much to store everything we have but since this comes with a bunch of USB ports (USB-C and USB-regular), adding a bunch of disks was not an issue. We highly recommend the 256 GB version because you will soon run out of space with the 128 GB version.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very quick mac mini

    Posted
    Greg
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    I purchased the new 2018 mac mini (to replace an older 2012 mac mini), and was very happy with over-all performance. I purchased with the 6 core i5, 8GB ram, and the 256GB SSD. The internal drive is very fast, but not the largest SSD. So I run the OS/Apps off of the internal hard drive and installed 2 larger extarnal SSD's using the included thunderbolt 3 ports for our files (photos, videos, movies, music, etc). Very happy with this new mini and macos Mojave.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If you need Mac but on budget

    Posted
    XRayAdams
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    If you need Mac and have monitor/keyboard already it is very good choice! Yet 8gb is too small for serious work like software development, but totally enough for non memory hungry tasks. Very energy efficient device and very fast CPU at the same time. Even though i5 does not have hyper-threading you still have full 6 cores!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the upgrade if...

    Posted
    PhartBarfunkel
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    ...you’re a Mac user, and a user who hasn’t upgraded their Mac Mini since 2011. Upgrades bring a much welcomed abundance of speed increases, from both a processor, Memory, and storage perspectives. Argue and hate as much as you want, but there’s no denying the deep hardware and software integration as a result of Apple’s Draconian ways, has an end result of incredibly fast processing and data accessing speeds.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This meets my needs, Runs Mojave Great!

    Posted
    tmeidinger
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    This meets my needs, Runs Mojave Great! This is a great little Mac and I love the small form factor. Apple has managed to pack a lot of power into a small package which stays cool and is whisper quite! If I need more graphics power eGPU options are numerous! Love it! I am a long time Windows user (still am) but for most day to day tasks I always go for one of my Macs vs Windows. LOVE it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    VERY SMART BRICK.

    Posted
    SYMBOTHEELEGANT
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    While the Mac Mini (3.0ghz 6-core, 8gb ram. That one.) does just about everything I’d intended it for, it’s pretty slow with some things (rendering vectors in Illustrator, for example) and gets cuh-razy hot. I slapped some external fans on ‘er and am upgrading the RAM myself in the near future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    Posted
    Sav2018
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    Picked up the new Mac mini a few weeks ago. Stating to move into the Mac ecosystem, and everything works great. This is really the best bang for your buck for a Macintosh. I had monitors a mouse and keyboard so it works well. Mac mini still has all the ports you need to connect peripherals if needed, unlike all other macs that only give you a couple USB c ports.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great upgrade for the Mini

    Posted
    ClemsonGuy
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    After a long awaited refresh, the new mini is here, and I’m glad I bought it. I had my keyboard and trackpad from an earlier Mac Mini, so I was ready to go with my dual 27” monitors. Buyer beware this is not a gaming machine, however. But you can now use the thunderbolt 3 connectors to attach an egpu and turn it into one. Very happy with my experience so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend