This thing is next level in terms of what it can do. It’s a simple box, with ports galore and party tricks you’ve never heard of.
It’s all you want from a Mac, but with the flexibility of bringing your own screen, keyboard and mouse – because those are things you might already have or have your eyes on specific versions of.
I took full advantage of that, hooking this Mac Mini up to a 43 inch Samsung Curved Screen. Looks – sensational.
But – and this is a real head scratcher – buggered if I could get it working without an Apple Magic Mouse. Honestly, I tried for hours, over several days.
When we moved into our new office, I bought three Logitech Keyboards – one for each desk, and three Microsoft Arc mouse(s). These are a great mouse, so I wanted it for my workstation.
Nope. Just brought a Magic Mouse from home, and zippo, we’re off and running.
Leaving all that aside, the machine was excellent. Using just the basic Intel Core i3 equipped version I was seriously underpowered when compared to my main iMac (Core i7). But in fact it didn’t hold me back, just slowed me up a touch.
Video editing did become frustrating, but you’re mad if you try make a living editing video on a Core i3 machine – that’s why there are upgrades you can spec from the get-go.
USB-C connectivity in the new Mac Mini is a requirement, and important for this kind of machine, yet there are still standard USB ports.
Ethernet too – and that’s the party trick, because these little baby’s can be clustered together to share your workload – frankly, too complex for me as a one man band when it comes to making my content.
With that in mind, I didn’t take advantage really of what a Mac Mini offers – other than the flexibility to use my own screen, mouse and keyboard. If it was an i7 powered unit, I’d still be using it.
But then again, I look at the price of an iMac and you can get the smaller iMac for just a couple of hundred more than the Mac Mini – and that comes with the screen, keyboard and mouse – and an i5 processor.
So unless you’re someone using the Mac Mini as your entertainment machine in your home theatre/lounge, or in a corporate environment where screens and keyboards are set – I don’t see the case for it.
Prices start at $1249 at Apple.com.au
Trev is a Technology Commentator, Dad, Speaker and Rev Head.
He produces and hosts two popular podcasts, EFTM and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He also appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the resident Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show each day and appears regularly on A Current Affair.
Father of three, he is often found down in his Man Cave.