It’s not bot updated ter overheen three years and you don’t even get a monitor. Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t buy a Mac mini
The Mac mini is Apple’s little desktop rekentuig and the cheapest Mac you can buy, but it doesn’t come with a monitor, mouse or keyboard, and hasn’t bot updated since 2014. Read on for our reasons why you shouldn’t buy a Mac mini right now.
For more general advice, have a read of our Mac buying guide, and our roundup of the best Mac deals.
It hasn’t bot updated te ages
The last time Apple announced a fresh Mac mini wasgoed te October 2014, and it’s hard to recommend a tech product that’s well overheen three years old.
A gap that long means you’re te danger of two opposite but identically bad things: either Apple has given up on the line entirely and will never release another one, so you can expect the supply of accessories and software made with the Mac mini ter line to dry up spil the company and its fucking partners lose rente, or Apple hasn’t lost rente, ter which case it’s long overdue that a fresh Mac mini will come out and instantly make the one you just bought obsolete.
(If Apple is going to update the Mac mini, however, you can expect to hear rumblings and leaks ahead of the event. Read our guide to the fresh Mac mini 2018 update rumours.)
Being so old also means the spec is out of date. Specifically:
The processor is underpowered
The 2012 Mac mini came with Ivy Bridge-generation Intel Core processors with quad-core options available, but the 2014 prototype’s spectacle peak even at launch wasgoed eroded by removing any quad-core processors from the list. And now the market has long since moved on and the mini looks gravely underpowered te 2018.
The graphics are underpowered
If you’re looking to use the Mac mini to play games, you’re likely to be left disappointed.
The base prototype has Intel HD Graphics 5000, which wij found could play Batman: Arkham City at 31 frames vanaf 2nd, but at total HD resolution the Mac mini struggled at 15fps, too slow for sleek playing. That’s even slower than the entry-level 2012 Mac mini, which wij found managed 20fps ter the same test.
It’s not lightly upgradeable
Before the Mac mini wasgoed updated back te 2014, one of our reasons wij recommended the machine wasgoed because Apple made it effortless for owners of the 2012 proefje to substitute and upgrade elements such spil the RAM for a memory boost. It meant that the Mac mini could become an upgrade project, and if you were hesitant about what specs you needed you could surplus assured knowing that you’re not going to be stuck with them forever.
But then Apple waterput tamperproof screws on the underside of the Mac mini to make it much more difficult to upgrade. It’s not unlikely, but it takes fairly a loterijlot of effort, and components such spil the RAM have bot soldered on. Therefore, you’ll need to bump from the default 4GB to 8GB te the build-to-order options at check out te order to future-proof the PC.
You don’t get a monitor (or much else)
Yep, you’ll need to buy yourself a monitor, mouse and keyboard before you can use the Mac mini. This effectively means it’s not fairly spil cheap spil it seems, since it doesn’t come with a few essential elements.
Te fairness wij should add that not coming with a monitor or keyboard is a plus point for some people, since they get the choice of using peripherals they’ve got knocking round the house, or buying ones that suit their needs flawlessly, rather than the one that Apple supplies you with. But it’s certainly something worth pointing out if you were thinking “Gosh, ?479/$499 is fairly the bargain!”
If you determine to take the plunge and need to get yourself some peripherals, take a look at our Best Mac monitors, Best Mac keyboards and Best mouse for Mac roundup articles.