Mac mini is the cheapest desktop Apple computer available on the market. Many users tend to buy it because of its brand. But can it be considered a good pennyworth? When you take a closer look at it, it becomes obvious that the purchase of Mac mini is only a start: it has no monitor, mouse or keyboard, so you will have to dip into your pocket to buy them. Update of mini in October 2016 didn’t improve the situation too much. However, many users still believe that Mac minis are more convenient and better than any other desktop computer. But are they really so advantageous?
You won’t upgrade it easily
The advantage of 2012 model of Mac mini turned into a disadvantage of 2016 model: before the update users could easily upgrade their devices replacing RAM to add some productivity to the system.
Today’s version of Mac mini has tamperproof screws underside – that’s the first obstacle on the road to upgrade. Revealing the interior of the device is no longer a walk in the park – you will have to spend quite a lot of time opening the casing. Also, some parts that were replaceable, are not soldered on, so if you want a future-proof PC, it is necessary to select the 8GB version of the device.
The previous model of Mac mini had Ivy Bridge-generation Intel Core processors with quad-core options. The new model has no quad-core options so that you won’t be impressed by its speed. It does not mean that this computer is slow, but in comparison with other machines for this price it does not stand out from the crowd.
Gamers should shy away from Mac mini, as it has quite moderate specifications when it comes to graphics. The basic model produced in 2014 has Intel HD Graphics 5000, so in the full-HD resolution, you will get no more than 15fps in modern games like Batman: Arkham City. Sadly enough, the newer version of this desktop computer has shown worse results than the device manufactured in 2012 (it displayed 20fps in the same game). If you are searching for a gaming computer build, then the mini is definitely not your option.
Aditional Purchases of Computer Peripheral
Mac mini is a small silver box – and that’s all you get when you buy it. In order to start using it, you will have to purchase a mouse, a keyboard, and a monitor. In case you are looking forward to obtaining big, high-quality monitor, then the Mac mini purchase does not seem so advantageous. Still, if you will buy cheap parts, then mini will be around $700 cheaper than the cheapest MacBook Air. In addition, you will be able to select a monitor that is not Apple-produced.
Of course, it is up to you to decide whether to buy Mac mini or not. But at least now you know that together with many benefits this desktop computer has some significant disadvantages as well.