Apple Mac Mini - Summer 2011 Edition - Intel Core i5

  • Apple Mac Mini - Summer 2011 Edition - Intel Core i5
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Based on 34 scores, 55 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    9
  • Good:
    18
  • Average:
    5
  • Bad:
    2

Pros:

  • Excellent performance.
  • AMD Radeon GPU provides game playing power.
  • Stylish design.

Cons:

  • Display and keyboard cost extra.
  • No optical drive.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Shutterbug on -

& RecommendationThe biggest cost in getting a completely functioning computer to do digital photography successfully, with a minimum of problems like “prints too dark,” is getting a good LCD display like the new EIZO FlexScan SX2262W I...

By PC Advisor on 90

At £529, the Apple Mac mini is the cheapest Mac out of Apple’s complete line of desktop and portable computers. But its superb build quality and feature set puts it ahead of any other compact PC. While it’s measurable a little slower...

By PC Pro on 83

A beautiful, fast and future-proof system, but one that comes with a hefty price...

By PC Advisor on 90

Ultra-compact in size, ultra-low in power consumption, and crucially quiet to use, the Apple Mac mini makes a compelling media centre when matched with the right peripherals and software. Its performance is much faster than a box this size deserves...

By Hardware Secrets on -

With a suggested price of USD 600, the Mac mini is not a cheap computer, but it is one of the cheapest ways to get into the Mac world, even if you have to purchase a keyboard, mouse, and monitor. With the upgraded processor and new internal...

By Bare Feats on -

Other than gaming, the "non-pro" user typically uses apps like iMovie, iTunes, and HandBrake. We decided to see how the top model of Mac in each category compared to the Mac mini when doing typical functions with those apps. iTunes 10.5We...

By PCWorld India on 80

The latest Mac mini comes at around the same price range as its 2010 predecessor. While featuring the same design, the 2011 Mac mini does get a hardware upgrade that gives it a performance boost over its forerunner model - but at the same time, it...

By Macworld UK on 80

Apple gave its smallest Mac an aesthetic overhaul in 2010, replacing the chunky, aluminium-and-white-plastic 2009 model with a sleek, aluminium-unibody model that was easier to upgrade, felt rock solid, and sported an SD-card reader and an HDMI port...

By NotebookCheck on -

The Mac mini (Mid 2011) model we tested is the least expensive way of getting into the world of Macs and already offers good performance for many uses. The variety of ports is good, the Thunderbolt port should provide many opportunities in the future...

By DigitalVersus on 100

This is without a doubt one of the most powerful mini computers out there. However, in the absence of any way of playing a DVD, let alone a Blu-ray, without using an external player, the Mac Mini 2011 can't be classified with other home cinema...

By ConsumerSearch on -

The diminutive Mac mini is the most inexpensive Apple desktop. The mini was updated in 2011 and sports a stylish aluminum housing that matches Apple's other computers. It also has a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB...

By PC Authority on 67

Apple's new Mac Mini gets a Sandy Bridge upgrade, turning it into a very able little computer...

By RegHardware on 75

I’ve always liked the compact design of the Mac Mini – which is still streets ahead of most of its PC rivals – and the much stronger performance of this year’s i5 models is a welcome improvement. However, cost-cutting decisions...

By V3.co.uk on 80

A stylish and highly portable desktop replacement powerful enough to rival larger machines. Small businesses thinking about desktop upgrades will definitely want to give this a look, as it can work out cheaper than licensing Windows in the long...

By Ars Technica on -

The Mac mini is finally starting to look like a decent desktop computer. Bumping it up from a Core 2 Duo to a Core i5 makes a big difference in performance and competitiveness. As Apple's entry-level desktop Mac, it plays a really important role in...

By IT PRO on 83

The lack of an optical drive, very limited upgradeability and the comparatively small base 500GB hard disk won't be ideal for some users. However, these are common traits of Apple's systems; but if your business requires the efficiency of a...

By Electronista on 80

We found the mid-2011 Mac mini, at least in 2.5GHz form, to be a very satisfying desktop computer experience. It has more than enough grunt for the typical user and runs Lion seamlessly. The new AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics even makes the new Mac mini...

By Pocket-lint on 90

While we feel that many will be tempted by the portable and now powerful MacBook Air, for those looking to fill that little corner of the computing life, the Mac mini is an elegant and reasonably affordable...

By Macworld on 80

With the Mac mini (Mid 2010), released in June 2010, Apple gave its smallest Mac an aesthetic overhaul, replacing the chunky, aluminum-and-white-plastic 2009 model with a sleek, aluminum-unibody model that was easier to upgrade, felt rock-solid, and...

By TechRadar on 80

The Apple Mac mini has come a long way since it was first introduced in 2005. The 2011 Mac mini refresh represents a radical change for Apple's small form factor computer. The ageing Core 2 Duo is gone, replaced by second-generation Sandy Bridge...