Expect to pay from about $499.00 and up for a brand new Mac Mini from Apple in 2016.
The Mac Mini (the current one) comes from Apple in the following configurations:
1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
500GB hard drive1
Intel HD Graphics 5000
2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
1TB hard drive
Intel Iris Graphics
2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
1TB Fusion Drive
Intel Iris Graphics
The other models offer faster processors, more RAM and in some cases: fusion drives. The last feature is really what you should consider as the most important feature if you want a faster Mac Mini.
The starter model comes from Apple with a spinning 500GB hard drive and it’s a shame because prices on SSD storage has dropped considerably and if Apple had equipped this with even a 128GB ssd (the maximum on most phones) then they would have had a very nice desktop mac with very nice features at a very nice price.
But currently you need to spend another $200 to get the 2.66Ghz Mac Mini and then you are close to spending one thousand dollars on a desktop Mac with a SSD drive which is another $200 upgrade. This begs the question: maybe you should buy a PC instead? Or perhaps just switch to an Apple notebook like the MacBook Air which includes portability and a display keyboard and touchpad too.
Power Users will want the $999.00 model which is a bit faster and inludes the fusion drive as standard but at a thousand dollars is the Mac Mini a deal when you compare it to other small format desktop computers?
I guess that last question is up to you but if you’re looking at the cheapest apple computer you can buy you’re looking at spending **at least ** $$500 for the base configuration
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