First impressions of Mac mini 2018

After four years of silence, Apple finally announced a new generation of its most compact Mac mini .

The old form factor, the updated processor, the availability of the T2 chip and the new Space Gray color are the first differences between the seventh generation of Mac mini and its predecessors.

Journalists who were lucky enough to be at yesterday’s Apple presentation at the Brooklyn Academy (New York) have already managed to familiarize themselves with the novelty and share first impressions.

We publish some of them.

1. GadgetSnow

Mac mini can be called a niche product, which in recent years has become more and more interesting for users who are looking for a compact home computer.

Despite its miniature size, the Mac mini has impressive power. There is a nettop version with a 6-core 8th generation Intel Core processor. In TurboBoost mode, this chip delivers up to 4.6 GHz per core.

According to Apple, Mac mini has become five times faster than its predecessor . Significantly increased the maximum amount of RAM. Now the top bracket is 64 GB of RAMrunning at 2 666 MHz.

The four times faster and has become a full-time the SSD . Due to the presence of the T2chip , which until today has remained the prerogative of iMac Pro and MacBook Pro 2018, any Mac mini SSD installed is automatically encrypted without user intervention.

Color Space Gray will be particularly relevant for users who have multiple Apple devices.

Summing up, I would like to note that Apple has managed to breathe new life into Mac mini. This is an amazingly powerful compact computer with impressive potential. And now it will definitely interest an order of magnitude more potential buyers than its predecessor.

2. SlashGear

At some point, we already thought that Mac mini is dead. But everything takes time. On a worthy update nettop Apple took four years. Not in vain!

When we first met for a moment it might seem that this is all the same Mac mini. But no, he has a new Space Gray case color. And the new performance touched. But the form factor has remained unchanged.


Since the release of the latest Mac mini in the world of interfaces, everything has changed dramatically. And this is noticeable if you look at the back side of the nettop. However, unlike the current line of Mac computers and laptops, Mac mini does not have full compatibility with all interfaces.

Four USB Type-C ports are something we clearly did not expect from Mac mini. On-site and two USB A “old” sample, HDMI 2.0 and 3.5 mm audio jack. It is noteworthy that there is an option to upgrade the network card up to 10 Gbps, but for this speed you will have to pay $ 100 on top – an optional feature.

A wave of updates went well over the wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 on board.

When choosing a Mac mini should pay attention to the processor. Better to take with a margin. But the fan with RAM is not worth it. You can choose a model with 8 GB, and then carry out an independent upgrade .

A nice feature of the new Mac mini is that they have a SO-DIMM standard installed, which is not soldered, as in the previous generation, but replaceable. This is perhaps one of the most pleasant innovations of the novelty.

3. Engadget


On the eve of the presentation, we were confident that the “highlight of the program” would be the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro. But Apple has prepared another trump card, coolly updating the Mac mini.

Alas, we managed to build all the impressions of the novelty solely on the basis of eye contact. Journalists were not given the opportunity to sit down and test the performance of Mac mini on their own.


Admittedly, a stack of five Mac mini looks fascinating. New color nettop is clearly coming.

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