Apple Mac Mini – A Beast In Budget
Generally, people find Apple products to be pricey and less valuable on the utility front. Although I do believe that Apple’s devices are a bit pricey but at the same time, they also add value to the experience of users. The Apple Mac Mini provides far better performance than a typical Windows machine at a price that would not hurt your pockets. For professionals in the video and graphic editing industry, Mac machines are the preferred option. A powerful iMac or MacBook Pro will easily cost you more than one lakh rupees and thus for someone who is on budget but the Mac Mini is a much cheaper solution.
The latest edition of the Mac Mini became available in late 2014. One can choose from 3 variants. The base model sports Intel’s Core i5 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz and is available in the market for around 37,000 rupees. I personally prefer the mid-higher end model as it has a clock speed of 2.6 GHz. The higher end model has a base frequency of 2.8 GHz and comes with a fusion drive.
In this review, we will focus on the second model because it gives the best value for money.
Mind Blowing Design
The Mac Mini is the most appealing piece of tech I have ever seen. It features a unibody design. A single case of aluminum covers all the inner electronics and gives a mind blowing look to the whole setup. The Apple logo at the top adds a premium feel to it. No one would believe that such a powerful machine could fit in a case so small.
Sitting on a table, this device looks so much amazing that a person would easily confuse it with a really high price product.
Top Notch Performance
We used the Core i5 2.6 GHz variant for testing and its performance was fabulous. This device outperforms any other Core i5 laptop available under this price segment. It has 8GB of memory and comes with 1 TB of HDD space. The hard disk runs at 5400 RPM but surprisingly, the read and write speeds are really good. I did not find it lagging behind at any point of time.
Heavy applications like Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects run like breeze. In my test, Adobe Photoshop CC opened up in just 3 seconds, which is quite attractive.
Intel Iris GPU helps in pushing the graphics up in resolution game. It easily handles a full HD monitor and is also capable of playing 4K videos.
MacOS Sierra gives a satisfying experience. Its interface is highly intuitive and the users will not find the UI confusing at any point of the time. By attaching a trackpad, one can use gestures to operate the Mac Mini.
For those want to run Windows applications, Bootcamp is a great solution. This lightweight software allows Mac owners to install Microsoft Windows OS alongside the Mac OS.
Great Connectivity Options
On the back of the Mac Mini, there are a plethora of connectivity ports. One will find 4 USB 3.0 ports along with 2 high-speed Thunderbolt ports. Instead of a VGA port, this device sports an HDMI port, which means you cannot connect a standard HD monitor.
Separate Audio and Microphone jacks are another pro features that will give big relief to users who want to record voice using a dedicated Mic.
No Hardware Upgrades
The greatest downside of the Mac Mini 2014 is it does not allow for hardware upgrades. Its RAM is soldered into the motherboard and there is no way to access the hard disk without damaging the circuitry. This would definitely disappoint a number of customers since Apple does not sell Mac Mini with more than 8GB RAM in India.
- Killer looks
- Superb performance
- Good for light to moderate video editing
- Inbuilt speakers
- IR port
- Upgrades are not possible
- Does not have a VGA port
In my opinion, Mac Mini is for the people who want to get a taste of an Apple product on a budget. It makes a really great desktop PC and is perfect for everyday usage. The fact that you can install Windows OS on it is also a great relief. However, customers will not be able to upgrade its hardware if they find it limiting.
|Price||30000 to 75000 Rupees|
|Processor||Intel Core i5 ( 1.4 GHz to 2.8 GHz )|
|Storage||500 GB to 1TB Fusion Drive|
|RAM||4GB to 8GB; Expendable up to 16GB|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics|
|Size||3.6 cm(H)×19.7 cm(W) × 19.7 cm(D)|
|Video Support||Up to 2K|
|Audio||Minijack, 3.5mm Audio Jack, HDMI Port for Audio Output, iPhone Support, Built-in Speaker|
|Connectivity||2×Thunderbolt Port, 4× USB 3.0, HDMI Port, SDXC Card Slot, Gigabit Ethernet, Audio-in-port, 3.5mm Jack, IR Receiver|
|Communication||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet|
|In the Box||A Unit, Power Cord|