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Apple Mac Mini (fall 2012)

Apple Mac Mini (fall 2012)
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Price $549 to $594 at 3 stores $1,449 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.0 stars out of 2 reviews 3.5 stars out of 3 reviews
Release date September 11, 2012 September 11, 2012
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. Apple sticks to the fundamentals with the new iMac, relying on design, strong features, and overall polish to maintain its leadership among high-end all-in-ones.

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Features See What's the Same or What's different
Audio Output Integrated - Stereo
Integrated - Stereo
Type Personal computer
Personal computer
Video Memory Info unavailable 512 MB
GDDR5 SDRAM
Storage Controller Serial ATA ( Serial ATA-300 ) ; None
Serial ATA ( Serial ATA-300 )
Optical Storage (2nd) None
Info unavailable
Optical Storage None
None
Hard Drive 500 GB
1 x HDD - Serial ATA-300 - Serial ATA
1 TB
1 x HDD - Serial ATA-300 - Serial ATA
Processor Intel 3rd Gen Core i5
1 3 2.5 GHz ( 3.1 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
Intel 3rd Gen Core i5 3.2 GHz ( Quad-Core )
1 3 ( 3.6 GHz )
RAM 4 GB
16 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1600 MHz
8 GB
32 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - 1600 MHz
Cache Memory 3 MB L3 cache
6 MB
L3 cache
Dimensions (WxDxH) 7.8 in x 7.8 in x 1.4 in
25.6 in x 8 in x 20.3 in
Hard Drive (3rd) None
None
Weight 2.7 lbs
21 lbs
Monitor none.
27 in
LED - 2560 x 1440
Packaged Quantity 1
1
Graphics Controller Intel HD Graphics 4000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
Storage Removable None
None
Networking Bluetooth 4.0
IEEE 802.11a
Fast Ethernet
Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11g
Bluetooth 4.0
IEEE 802.11a
Fast Ethernet
Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11g
Product Form Factor Desktop slimline
All-in-one
Product Description Apple Mac mini Mac Mini (fall 2012) - 3rd Gen Core i5 - 4 GB
2.5 GHz - 500 GB - none.
Apple iMac iMac (fall 2012) - 3rd Gen Core i5 3.2 GHz - 8 GB 27 in
- 1 TB - LED
Operating System Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion
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