Review Roundup: Apple Mac mini (Mid 2011)

Submitted by lalit on August 16, 2011 - 8:01am.

Apple updated the Mac mini with second generation Core i5/i7 processors, AMD Radeon HD 6630M discrete graphics, Thunderbolt port and Mac OS X Lion in July. According to Apple, the new Mac mini delivers up to twice the processor and graphics performance of the previous generation model. The 2.3 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Mac mini with 2GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 300 and a 500GB hard drive is priced $599 and the 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Mac mini with 4GB of memory, AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics and a 500GB hard drive is priced $799. Options include 2.7GHz dual-core Core i7 processor, up to 8GB RAM, 750GB hard drive and 256GB SSD.

Reviews of the new Mac mini have been average with reviewers appreciating performance improvements, but also criticizing missing features like DVD drive. Rich Brown wrote in his Mac mini Review “Apple's new $799 Mac Mini demands that you abandon disc-based media, and that you surround it with potentially expensive extra hardware to realize its full benefits. It makes most sense for committed Mac users, those who need it for a specific niche-case, or for those who value design over functionality for the dollar.”

On the other hand, Nilay Patel wrote in his Mac mini review “It’s a tiny desktop PC that can go anywhere and hook up to nearly anything, and if that’s what you’re looking for you’ll leave extremely happy: the mini offers solid performance in a stunning case that’s unmatched in the industry.”

Overall, Mac mini is not for everyone (specially when you add price of peripherals) and most consumers will be happier with an entry-level iMac. Below we have added links of 12 best Mac mini reviews posted online: