Apple Mac mini (Winter 2012)

  • Apple Mac mini (Winter 2012)
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The Mac Mini 2012 features a Fusion Drive (HDD + SSD) with 1.12 TB of capacity, it also sports a built-in HDMI port and better memory and integrated graphics than earlier versions.

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By PCAdvisor on 80

Beautiful, minimalist design combined with wonderful build quality make the slick Mac mini a highly attractive proposition. It’s also capable of class-leading performance when fitted with the quad-core here, although it will be harder to keep cool. It comes with a massive 1TB hybrid drive and an equally massive price...

By Computeractive on

The Mac Mini is Apple's smallest and cheapest Mac. The basic design remains unchanged, consisting of a smart little aluminium box that's small enough to fit inside a biscuit tin.The cheapest model has been reduced from £529 to £499,...

By on

A mini PC for £679 or € 955. It has a fast processor and slow hard disk that you want to replace with a Fusion Drive or SSD, and no matter how you look at it, it's a lot of money for a mini PC. The slow 5400 rpm hard disk is really the...

By Pocket-lint on 80

A lovely machine that has so many uses it's almost staggering. It works as a desktop machine, it works as a media centre. It's not hugely cheap, but it is still the cheapest way to get into Apple computers, without buying reconditioned or...

By DigitalVersus on 80

Even after losing its dedicated graphics card (which makes it basically useless for gaming), the 2012 Mac mini is still one of the most powerful mini-computers around. And the design is still as stylish and well-built as they come. Its low graphics...

By IT PRO on 67

Apple's Mac mini doesn't look any different to last year's version, but this doesn't matter because the design and build quality is outstanding. The Fusion Drive is a luxurious addition and Ivy Bridge upgrades provide plenty of power but...

By Channel Pro on 60

Not all Apple’s additions offer good value, but the hardware is as enticing as ever, and the Ivy Bridge upgrade is worth havingRating: 3Average: 3 (1 vote) The latest Apple Mac Mini doesn't look any different to the previous model, but it...

By PC Pro on 67

Not all Apple's additions offer good value, but the hardware is as enticing as ever, and the Ivy Bridge upgrade is worth...

By Business Computing World on 90

This update to the humble Mac Mini has gone almost unnoticed amidst the headline-grabbing launch of the iPad Mini and the elegant new iMac. That’s a shame, as for many people―both home and business users―the Mac Mini is the ideal entry...

By PC Advisor on 90

Apple's tiny but perfectly-formed Mac mini makes no claims to be a media centre PC . It requires a little work to setup as a media centre, but its minuscule dimensions, minimal power consumption and flawless design make it more than a little...

By TechRadar on 80

Dropping the discrete graphics processor was an unwelcome surprise, though the unexpected but much appreciated Fusion Drive, a hybrid solution combining a hard drive and solid state storage, is a great configuration option.

By TechRadar on 80

The hackneyed old phrase, 'an evolution not a revolution' could (to use another hackneyed phrase) be written for the late 2012 Mac mini. With the Ivy Bridge processors and faster memory already having debuted on other Macs, it was inevitable...

By IT Pro Portal on 90

Note that our review machine’s configuration, with the added Fusion Drive, isn’t the cheapest Mac mini available by far at £879. Without the Fusion tech on board, and just a vanilla 1TB hard drive, the Core i7 Mac mini is £679...

By Gizmodo on 70

If you're OK with a Mac whose specs are less than top of the line, and don't want the design grace of an all-in-one iMac, the answer is absolutely yes. This is a small, fast, affordable thing. But be warned: you will find the rear-positioned jacks a rear pain.

By PC Mag on 90

The Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) is Apple's best yet, packing as much punch into its compact chassis as a full-size desktop, and offering the sizable, speedy Fusion...

By Computer Shopper on 70

Apple's latest Mac Mini adds "Ivy Bridge" power, USB 3.0 ports, and a hybrid-drive option for fast, roomy storage. It's an excellent, quiet performer for its size, but spendy, given the $250 premium for the Fusion Drive and the lack of...

By Ars Technica on 90

Whatever the use, the littlest Mac benefits greatly from its Ivy Bridge updates, and we're glad to see its continued presence in the Mac lineup.

By engadget on 90

At the end of the day, the mini is destined to sit outside of Apple's public limelight like all the models that have come before it. It's the company's jack-of-all-trades, but a shining star for those in the know.

By PC Advisor on 80

Last year's Mac mini brought a number of drastic changes to the compact desktop computer: Core i5 processors that replaced the aging Core 2 Duo CPUs, Thunderbolt ports, and the discontinuation of a built-in SuperDrive. The new Mac mini may not be...

By cnet on 80

With or without its new Fusion hybrid drive, Apple finally has a Mac Mini that competes well against mainstream Windows PCs in the same price...