Mac mini

Mac Format - - UPGRADE! -

The small­est, most af­ford­able Mac in Ap­ple’s range got a re­fresh in Oc­to­ber 2012, which ac­tu­ally saw the prices fall a lit­tle. The en­try-level Mac mini, which boasts a 2.5GHz dual-core In­tel Core i5 Ivy Bridge pro­ces­sor, is now £499 (down from £529), and the high­end 2.3GHz quad-core In­tel Core i7 model costs £679 (pre­vi­ously £699).

The 2012 re­fresh re­tained the out­ward ap­pear­ance of the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion, with the up­grades all un­der the hood. The four USB ports are now high-speed USB 3, and both mod­els have 4GB of RAM as stan­dard, up from 2GB. Un­for­tu­nately, the high-end model’s dis­crete graph­ics chip has gone, but the Ivy Bridge pro­ces­sors of­fer more pow­er­ful in­te­grated graph­ics chipsets than their Sandy Bridge pre­de­ces­sors. Thank­fully, the FireWire 800 port is re­tained.

The Mac mini is in­cred­i­bly ver­sa­tile. It’s small and light enough to carry around in your work bag. You can use the same com­puter at home and in the of­fice just by un­plug­ging it and tak­ing it with you. It’s also ideal for un­der your liv­ing room TV. Con­nect us­ing its in­te­grated HDMI port and in­stall a me­dia app such as Plex; it’s free, and ideal for putting the mini at the cen­tre of your dig­i­tal life­style.

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