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Ars Technica Reviews 2014 Mac mini
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 4:25 PM EST
Posted by: Staff

Ars Technica today posted a review of the mid-level 2014 Mac mini with an upgraded Fusion Drive. It's a fairly comprehensive review that includes multiple benchmark scores, power consumption comparisons, and general opinion of the new Mac mini. It then wraps everything up with the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The good

  Better storage, Wi-Fi, and graphics performance than last year.

  Significantly lower idle power consumption, thanks to Haswell.

  Dual-core models should be faster than 2012's dual-core model, though not by much.

  Two Thunderbolt 2 ports for external expansion.

  Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI ports support 4K screens at up to 30Hz.

  $100 price cut in low-end and midrange models.

The bad

  The second 2.5-inch drive bay is gone.

  The Mac Mini Server configuration is also gone.

  RAM is soldered to the motherboard, and the desktop is generally much harder to open up and work on.

  No 60Hz 4K support.

The ugly

  No quad-core CPU option, which limits performance in midrange and high-end models.


We think the review of the 2014 Mac mini from Ars Technica is fair and comprehensive. You should definitely check it out if you're interested in learning more.



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