It might look sexier and pack a more powerful punch than ever before but the new Apple Mac Mini device comes out as one of the worst value for money products from Apple in recent years.
So much so that, even though it is technically a success, we'd recommend NOT buying the Mac Mini, at least not for now. We're even giving you reasons why not to.
(1) Too Expensive
For some reason, Apple (rightly) believes that its users will pay insanely high prices for a computer, up 30 percent from the previous generation. The cheaper Mac Mini costs $699 in the US, the equivalent of £558 after adding the compulsory 17.5 per cent VAT. This is still significantly cheaper than the official £649 suggested retail price.
(2) Not Enough Improvements
Apple hasn't significantly improved the Mac Mini. Apart from the decrease in size, hard disk capacity, the SD card slot and the onboard graphics system, Apple kept the same processor family, memory size, connectivity, optical drive. The jump in graphics performance is great if you are a gamer playing on a small screen (via Steam for example) but not if you plan to use the Mac Mini with your full HD 42-inch LCD monitor.
(3) Apple own products!!!
The old 2GB Mac Mini can be had for as little as £480 from Dixons (opens in new tab) while the 4GB version costs only £591 at Cancom (opens in new tab). Bear in mind as well that the current Mac Mini, as it stands, doesn't come with a keyboard or mouse. Should you add those three items, the price difference between the entry level Mac Mini and a MacBook will be £140. The Macbook has a smaller 250GB hard disk drive but gets a 13.3-inch screen, keyboard, mouse and a 10 hour battery.