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A Review On Apple Mac Mini With M1

Pros

  • Extremely fast performance
  • It is now more affordable than ever
  • Almost all software is supported

Cons

  • 16 GB maximum memory
  • Less USB-C ports than Intel model

A new Apple Mac mini featuring the Apple M1 processor replaces the Intel i3 and i5 chips offered on previous models. New hardware is tough to get your hands on first, but the littlest Mac handles it just fine. It would be Apple’s smallest desktop computer that needed an update the most. As a result, the company not only accomplished that but set the bar high for future products, particularly considering Apple claims the new MacBook mini is three times faster in terms of CPU performance and six times faster in terms of GPU performance.

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Apple moved away from Intel in favor of its own processors for the Mac family of laptops and desktops, so there was some justified doubt as to whether Apple would succeed in providing a viable alternative to Intel. The Mac mini with M1 and MacBook Air with M1 reviews on the laptop side will show, however, that this is indeed a new and exciting era for the companies in the industry. With its all-new and all-different design, the Mac mini is arguably the best mini-PC ever created, and one of the best computers you can buy.

Mac mini fans are sure to be excited by the addition of the M1 chip to this model, as the Mac mini has developed a following over the years. We’re happy with the extra power the M1 model has, considering how much performance the M1 model has gained since its introduction. Apple’s computer line continues to feature this model as one of the most versatile.

Price And Availability

Apple’s Mac mini (M1, 2020) starts at $699 for the version with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. For $899 you can also get a model with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage space. Each of these has the same M1 chip, which has an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU, like the Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020).  Both models can be configured with up to 16GB of unified memory and up to 2TB of SSD storage.

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Design

The Apple silicon processors have brought major changes under the hood, but the exterior is unchanged from years ago. Aluminum chassis are still milled from a single block of metal and are finished in silvery bare metal as they have been for years. Apple’s Mac mini design remains just as impressive as in years past, despite the fact that the mini-PC category has recently expanded to include a huge number of very small computers with a variety of designs. In fact, the Mac mini looks similar to an icon rendered in 3D aluminum thanks to its square shape and rounded corners.

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The 2020 M1 Mac mini returns to that same look, the anodized finish being replaced by the silvery bare aluminum used for so many years. Unibody design from a decade ago is still beautiful, stark, and minimal while remaining familiar and even comfortable. However, Apple clearly wants to make just the hardware inside this Mac mini feel new, and the rest of the Mac mini feel as familiar as possible.

There is a black round plastic disc on the bottom of the compact machine. Additionally, this serves as an afoot for the PC, elevates it for ventilation, and provides access to the tiny desktop. The new Mac mini isn’t user-serviceable unlike previous models and there are no aftermarket upgrades available.

Ports

Port selection is one notable change on the Mac mini’s exterior. There is an Ethernet port, dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI port that can handle up to 6K resolution, and dual USB 3.0 ports on the back of the M1 mini in a black plastic I/O panel.

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When you look at the 2018 Mac mini, you will notice a couple of differences. Additionally, the Mac mini’s Thunderbolt 3 ports are also USB 4 ports. The recent USB 4 standard, which conforms to most Thunderbolt 3 specifications, may leave some users scratching their heads – Thunderbolt and USB were once competitions. Among other features, USB 4 uses a USB Type-C connector, offers 40 gigabits per second of speed, and supports power delivery of up to 100 watts, all of which sound very similar to Thunderbolt 3. Both USB and Thunderbolt standards have essentially merged, and Thunderbolt 3 and USB 4 can be used interchangeably. Furthermore, it supports USB 3.2 and USB 2.0, but that’s not a major concern since there are already two USB 3.0 ports on the Mac mini.

Hardware Changes

It features an Apple M1 processor, the first processor from the Apple Silicon family to be included in a Mac. It has 16 billion transistors that are squeezed onto its silicon, which is a 3.2 GHz processor. System on a Chip (SoC) incorporates both graphics and processing on one chip, as well as other features such as secure enclaves, unified memory for better RAM utilization, and an integrated storage controller for faster, more secure storage. Clearly, it is designed to solve every bottleneck of modern PC design with a single chip. A 5-nanometer process technology lets Apple’s design cram in more capability into a single CPU, and it delivers on that promise.

This is paired with an 8-core GPU on the same chip. Apple’s new graphics solution is dramatically faster than the prior Intel-based graphics solution, Intel Iris UHD Graphics 630, in applications like video rendering, image editing, and gaming.

Performance

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Mac mini review unit has an Apple M1 processor and 8GB of RAM, equipped with the new standard base model. You can get the cheapest Mac with 256GB of flash storage. Additionally, it is a great test case for what the M1 chip really can do. It will be interesting to compare the Mac mini with other mini-PCs, as well as Apple’s two latest laptops, the MacBook Air and Apple MacBook Pro, which both have the same processing hardware. The Apple Mac mini (M1, 2020) performs incredibly well. It is commendable that old Mac apps can be run on the Mac mini (M1, 2020), and with the M1 chip also allowing iOS apps to be installed, the Mac mini continues to be a very versatile little PC. Apple M1 system-on-a-chip, which combines the CPU, I/O, security, and more, is the biggest selling point of the Mac mini (M1, 2020). Here, Apple makes some big claims, claiming that the M1 offers the highest CPU performance per watt in the world. In the M1, Apple claims that eight CPU cores – four high-performance and four high-efficiency – will balance workloads, allowing it to operate tasks nearly three times faster than it was with the previous Mac mini. Performance in gaming is also said to be greatly improved.

Conclusion

Apple’s Mac mini with M1 review highlights what Apple has always excelled at: releasing innovative products with perfected attention to detail. Although it’s not perfect, the M1 Mac mini comes pretty close to being perfect. In terms of a system that offers a significant price cut while introducing new hardware while balancing Apple-centric software with Rosetta 2-translated apps, it’s surprisingly good, and although there are some glitches, they are few and far between.

Among Apple’s new crop of Macs, the M1 Mac mini provides the best value for its affordable price. The M1 Mac mini is the best desktop Mac if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on it, but if you need eGPU support or are a professional, you might want to look elsewhere.

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