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Apple Mac mini (Late 2020) Desktop

MSRP 699 USDNEX score 74%

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Product Overview

The Late-2020 Mac mini is the first in the model's history to feature Apple's proprietary M1 chip, which promises 3x faster CPU, 6x faster GPU, and 15x faster Machine Learning performance.
Apple boasts up to 5x faster performance compared to similarly-priced desktop computers running Windows.
Like the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13 announced at the same event, the late-2020 Mac mini is the first Mac mini to support WiFi 6.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful M1 processor
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 74% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great performance
  • Good value for money
  • Solid performance
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3
  • No Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • App compatibility could be better
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
2x Thunderbolt 3 / USB 4 + 2x USB + 1x HDMI 2.0 + 1x LAN + 1x 3.5mm headphone jack
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Colors
Silver
Form Factor
Mini desktop computer

Dimensions

Size | Depth
7.7 inches (19.7 cm)
Size | Height
1.4 inches (3.6 cm)
Size | Width
7.7 inches (19.7 cm)
Weight
2.6 pounds (1.2 kg)

Function

Graphics
Apple M1 8-core GPU
Operating System
MacOS Big Sur
Operating Temperature
50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
Processor
Apple M1 8-core CPU with 16-core Neural Engine

Performance

Memory | Capacity
8 or 16 GB
Power Consumption
150 W max
Storage
256GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB

Production

Availability
2020-11-17
Debut
2020-11-10

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

ndtv[1]

Sentiment Score 61%
Reviewers from ndtv have found the following***:
You can't just install Windows 10 on M1-based Macs – at least not yet. Microsoft does develop Windows for ARM-based devices such as its own Surface Pro X. If the two companies decide to keep working together as they have so far, we could see official support somewhere down the line. This is likely the beginning of the end for the ‘hackintosh’ movement – enthusiasts running macOS on commodity x86 PC hardware.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, unobtrusive design
  • M1 SoC is easy to use
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Windows 10 on ARM isn’t ready yet

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score 85%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The M1 Mac Mini is one of the best-value desktop PCs money can buy right now. Its performance is mind-blowing for a computer this small and this affordable. While it is not much of a gaming rig, it is just about perfect for everything else.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Very affordable
Cons
  • App compatibility could be better
  • No Thunderbolt 3

macworld[3]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from macworld have found the following***:
The M1 Mac mini was 10 percent faster than the old Mac mini. The M1 has only two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, while the Intel model has four Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports. The Mac mini may be small in stature, but it's a giant when it comes to performance.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Great performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Apple M1 is an SoC with eight cores that are divided into four fast Firestorm cores with clock rates of up to 3.2 GHz and four power-saving Icestorm cores with speeds of 2.1 GHz. Apple also uses its in-house developed SoC in the Mac Mini, which also integrates the GPU and RAM in one chip alongside the CPU. The switch to the underlying ARM architecture ensures compatibility with iOS apps.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good system performance
  • High-contrast display
  • Very good battery life
  • Fast Wi-Fi
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[5]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
, which also employs Iris Xe. It outruns the MacBook Air and the Mac mini here. The GTX 1650 Ti showed muscle with these older games and synthetic tests. Ultimately, people will want to play what exists, and for older titles, it will probably have to be through emulation, not back-ported native versions.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, compact design
  • Solid performance
  • Good value for money
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3 ports

techradar[6]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
Apple's M1 system-on-a-chip combines the CPU, I/O, security and more into one. The M1 has an 8-core CPU consisting of four high-performance cores. rendering in Final Cut Pro is also promised to be up to six times faster. The Mac mini (M1, 2020)'s unified 8GB or 16GB of memory is shared between the CPU and GPU.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful M1 chip
  • Excellent performance
  • Very versatile
Cons
  • No eGPU
  • No Thunderbolt 3

wired[7]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from wired have found the following***:
The M1 chip plays decidedly to the strengths that the Mac Mini had already laid as a foundation. The base Mac Mini gives you 8 GB of RAM and a 256-GB solid-state drive for $699. The other base model is the same, except it ups the SSD to 512 GB, for $899.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic performance
  • Solid build quality
  • Solid battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Mac mini (M1, 2020) Review. [ndtv]. https://gadgets.ndtv.com/laptops/reviews/mac-mini-m1-2020-review-price-india-apple-silicon-arm-2339521. 2020-12-16. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Apple Mac Mini M1 review: Miniature footprint, maximum performance. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/desktop-computer-reviews/apple-mac-mini-m1-review/. 2021-01-17. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ M1 Mac mini review: The Mac with the best ever bang for your buck. [macworld]. https://www.macworld.com/article/3597402/m1-mac-mini-review-the-mac-with-the-best-ever-bang-for-your-buck.html. 2020-11-19. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
4. ^ Apple Mac Mini Late 2020 in review: The most affordable M1 is also convincing. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Apple-Mac-Mini-Late-2020-in-review-The-most-affordable-M1-is-also-convincing.561513.0.html. 2021-09-15. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
5. ^ Apple Mac mini (M1, Late 2020) Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/apple-mac-mini-m1-late-2020. 2020-11-17. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
6. ^ Apple Mac mini (M1, 2020) review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/apple-mac-mini-m1-2020. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
7. ^ Review: Apple Mac Mini (2020). [wired]. https://www.wired.com/review/apple-mac-mini-m1-2020/. 2020-12-09. Retrieved 2021-10-14.

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