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The Mac mini — Your Solution to Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

Updated: Jun 29

The Mac mini was a low-key release, to say the least. Within 18 days Apple dropped three new releases. While the MacBook Air and iPad Pro were much expected and anticipated, the Mac mini was somewhat of a wild card. However, the Mac mini offers one advantage to those trying to balance work and play.

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Before the March release date, Apple users hadn’t seen anything new with the mini since 2018 and prior to that 2014. In fact, there have only been 8 generations of the Mac mini since the announcement of its original release in 2005. Truth be told, the mini only has a few upgrades from that 2018 model, but those changes help bump up the capabilities of this micro-desktop.

There is also nothing new about the design of the Mac mini outer shell and casing, but the peripheral connections are still plentiful.

The mini is More Than A Thin Client

For those unfamiliar with the size of the mini, it comes in at 7.7 inches in length, 7.7 inches in width, and stands flat at 1.4 inches in height. For a casing no bigger than a first-generation Roku, it can support four Thunder 3 (USB-Cs), an ethernet cable, HDMI 2.0, two USB 3s, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and (of course) the Apple Silicon M1.

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Like most Apple products, the Mac mini is 802.11ac Wi-Fi capable and contains Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology. On the Ethernet side, it’s configurable to 10Gb and still supports 1Gb, 2.5Gb, and 5Gb speeds using the RJ-45 connector. Though we typically see heavy power blocks on the Macbook, the mini’s power cord is as low profile as the tower — if you can call it that.

With such a small frame, it’s easy to assume the Mac mini has some low processing power, but its configure to order options are still impressive. The mini can come equipped with the

Intel UHD Graphics 630 card. With processing memory, the standard model comes with 8 GB of DDR4 SO-DIMM memory, but it is configurable to 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB.

The mini has Memory and Power to Boot

The Mac mini doubles the storage over last year’s model and is available with internal memory options of 256 GB or 512GB. All of these capabilities are handled by the choice of the 4-Core 3.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i3 processor or the 3.0GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz processor and can be upgraded to the 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 with Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz processor.

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Just like with most of Apple’s other releases, the new Mac mini is now made with 100% recycled aluminum, but what we love about the Mac mini is its usability.

This device is designed for someone with a dedicated desk because it is technically a desktop.

The Perfect Option For A Cross-Platform Workspace

However, it offers portability to travel and can be used with any HDMI display. The only downside is that the Mac mini does not contain a battery, so it will not be able to replace your Macbook or iPad Pro.

In a lot of cases, users have to utilize both Mac and PC for work, design, gaming, or development. This can be a hard thing to do in a tiny space. The one device that the Mac mini can replace is your iMac.

This is great for those who prefer a PC gaming set up or those who want to take advantage of the peripherals, like panoramic or vertical monitors, that are superior to that of the iMac. The Mac mini is the perfect option to add tiny Apple influences into a space dominated by a PC and PC gear.

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