Apple Mac Mini (fall 2012) comparison

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Apple Mac Mini (fall 2012)

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Falcon Northwest FragBox (2013)

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Price $549 to $594 at 3 stores $1,879 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
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    Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
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    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
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    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.0 stars out of 2 reviews 3.5 stars out of 3 reviews 0 stars No reviews, write one! 4.5 stars out of 1 review
Release date September 11, 2012 September 06, 2013 July 25, 2013 N/A
The Bottom Line 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 range. Anyone who bought last year's redesigned iMac doesn't need to upgrade, but for owners of older models or anyone looking to switch, the latest 27-inch Apple iMac offers a wide-ranging set of internal upgrades. High-end, high-price gaming desktops are an even rarer beast than ever, but with the latest Intel and Nvidia parts inside, at least the significant money you'll put into a Falcon Northwest FragBox will be well-spent. It's the best of the small handful of current tablet/all-in-one hybrids, with a subtle, sophisticated design and good battery life, but this new genre is still in its early days.

Basic specs

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Audio Output Integrated - Stereo
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Type Personal computer
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Video Memory Info unavailable 2 GB
3 GB
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Storage Controller Serial ATA ( Serial ATA-300 ) ; None
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Optical Storage (2nd) None
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Optical Storage None
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Hard Drive 500 GB
1 x HDD - Serial ATA-300 - Serial ATA
1 TB
960 GB
320 GB
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Processor Intel 3rd Gen Core i5
1 3 2.5 GHz ( 3.1 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
Intel 4th Gen Core i5 3.4 GHz ( Quad-Core )
Intel Core i7 4770K / 4.5 GHz ( Quad-Core )
Intel Pentium 2117U / 1.8 GHz
RAM 4 GB
16 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1600 MHz
8 GB
16 GB
4 GB DDR3 SDRAM
Cache Memory 3 MB L3 cache
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2 MB
Dimensions (WxDxH) 7.8 in x 7.8 in x 1.4 in
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Hard Drive (3rd) None
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Weight 2.7 lbs
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Monitor none.
27 in
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Packaged Quantity 1
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Graphics Controller Intel HD Graphics 4000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 775M
nVidia GeForce GTX 780
Intel HD Graphics 4000
Storage Removable None
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Networking Bluetooth 4.0
IEEE 802.11a
Fast Ethernet
Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11g
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Product Form Factor Desktop slimline
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Product Description Apple Mac mini Mac Mini (fall 2012) - 3rd Gen Core i5 - 4 GB
2.5 GHz - 500 GB - none.
- 4th Gen Core i5 3.4 GHz - 8 GB 27 in
- Core i7 4770K 4.5 GHz - 16 GB
- Pentium 2117U 1.8 GHz - 4 GB - 320 GB 18.4 in
Operating System Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Info unavailable Microsoft Windows 8
Windows 8, 64-bit, English
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