Mac Mini/2.53GHz

by Apple

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Price
Pros
  • Impressive set of features
  • No longer a very poor value compared to the $599 model
  • Tiny size
  • All the dramatic improvements of the Early 2009 model plus better performance
  • Impressive multi-core performance
  • Dual workstation-class GPUs
  • Fast internal storage
  • Plenty of external-expansion options
  • Compact, attractive design
  • Quiet and relatively cool
  • Many internal components upgradeable
  • Impressive multi-core performance
  • Dual workstation-class GPUs
  • Fast internal storage
  • Plenty of external-expansion options
  • Compact, attractive design
  • Quiet and relatively cool
  • Many internal components upgradeable
Cons
  • Performance increase over $599 model still not dramatic
  • Difficult to upgrade
  • Slow hard drive
  • Single-core performance not substantially better (and sometimes worse) than that of other current Macs
  • No internal expansion options
  • Single-core performance not substantially better (and sometimes worse) than that of other current Macs
  • No internal expansion options, Higher-end configurations quickly get expensive
At A Glance

The Mac mini continues to be a great option for those new to the Mac who already have a display, keyboard, and mouse. However, the performance of this model is only slightly better than the less expensive Mac mini, making that $599 configuration a better value.

Specs

Processor

Processor type Intel Core 2 Duo Intel Xeon E5  
Processor speed 2.53  MHz    

Display

Included monitor No    

Graphics

Primary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce 9400M dual AMD FirePro workstation-class GPUs  
Graphics Type   Discrete  

General Information

UPC Code 885909337729    

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces Bluetooth|Mini DisplayPort HDMI|Line Out 1/8|Thunderbolt 2.0|USB 3.0  
Ethernet Type   10/100/1000 Mbps  
Wireless connection   802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n|Bluetooth  

Memory

Memory type DDR3 DDR3  
Memory speed   1866.0  MHz  

Storage

Drive 1 type   Solid-State Drive  

Dimensions

Height   9.9  inches  

Case

Chassis style   Tower (Midsize)  

Performance

Macworld Labs

SpeedMark 6 Score

118.0    
Cinema 4D XL 8.5

118    
Tested Configuration

Mac OS X 10.6.1 with 4GB of RAM