Apple’s Mac mini doesn’t quite grab headlines the same way a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro does, but that doesn’t make its latest entry any less exciting. Just as it does with the rest of its products, the company is once again cramming bigger specs into a smaller, brushed aluminum body — if you’ve never seen a mini, it basically looks like a bigger Apple TV.
For those unwilling (or unable) to spend over a grand for an Air or iMac, the Mac mini is a pretty great entry computer into the company’s ecosystem. It’s been a pretty long time since Apple last refreshed its mini line, so the boost in specs and configurations is certainly welcome.
We picked up the 2.3GHz quad-core model with Fusion Drive, and as you can see in the video, it performs quite well in Geekbench — even beating out some older Mac Pros. Ports include FireWire 800, HDMI, Thunderbolt, 4x USB 3, SD card slot, audio in and audio out. If you’re in the market for a cheaper Apple computer, the Mac mini is probably the one you want to go with. Check out the entire video for a full unboxing and quick Fusion Drive explanation.