Apple Mac mini (Late 2014): Unboxing & Review

by birtanpublished on April 18, 2021

Hey guys Mike here the Detroit Borg with a look at the new late 2014 Mac Mini which is receiving a long overdue update that hasn't seen since late 2012 so that's a pretty long run now the Mac Mini has basically been brought up to the same specs of a MacBook Air so it has the same upgraded Haswell processors has the same Intel HD graphics 5000 processor on the base model we also get Thunderbolt 2.0 and a low 2.11 AC Wi-Fi but the big news here is the price cut so we go from $5.99 to $4.99 so that makes us an even more compelling entry point for a lot of people who want to get into their first mac this is also a

Popular home theater PC for a lot of people with its compact form factor and the HDMI port on the back and an IR receiver for control with a universal remote now the new Mac Mini is arriving with some controversy because they've eliminated some of the top 2 your configurations so you can now under get a core i7 quad-core processor instead the best you can do is a core i7 dual core clocked at 3 gigahertz they've also eliminated the server edition so you can no longer get a 2 terabyte configuration of the Mac Mini the best you can do is one terabyte

Either a hard disk drive a fusion drive or an SSD and more importantly although they haven't updated the design of the Mac Mini they've actually removed the user upgradeable RAM sticks so that means you're gonna have to upgrade the RAM when you order your Mac Mini now I'm gonna take a look at the base configuration of the Mac Mini which is similar expect to the MacBook Air so it comes with a dual core Intel Core i5 clocked at 1.4 kickers we have 4 gigs of RAM and a 500 gig hard disk drive which spins at 5400 rpm so no SSD standard like you get in the MacBook Air now the

Design of the Mac Mini is mostly unchanged here which date maksim in 2010 so once again we have this aluminum unibody design that's seven point seven inches by seven point seven inches square and only one point four inches thick so a nice compact computer now inside the box you'll see that we no longer have any DisplayPort adapters that used to come with the Mac Mini of course DisplayPort is now more ubiquitous than it was before and then we have HDMI on here as well now inside we'll find the literature packet which includes a Quick Start Guide some

Regulatory and warranty information along with some Apple stickers and then we'll find our power cord once again there is no external power supply with this tiny computer it's all built-in now getting back to the Mac Mini once again we have that black plastic Apple logo toward the top which acts as an RF transparent window for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and a soar thing to work through the metal chassis of the Mac Mini now once again on the front of the Mac Mini we have an RF receiver for using this with a remote control all the one isn't included you could use Apple's

Remote control or any universal remote control and right next to that we have a little LED status light now hidden on the back of the Mac Mini is all of our IO ports which have been slightly redesigned here for the new generation so you can see that we have our power bun along with our power port and our Gigabit Ethernet port you also find our HDMI output and you'll see two Thunderbolt 2.0 ports we used to have a Thunderbolt 1 port and the firewire 800 port so now it's just Thunderbolt 2.0 then we have our four USB 3.0 ports which is carried over and then we have

An SDXC card slot and we have an audio input and output jack which also incorporate optical audio outputs if you use the right adapter so all those home theater geeks will like that now once again on the bottom of the Mac Mini we have a circular pedestal but the difference this time is that you can no longer pop this off to gain access to those RAM sticks so you should be able to just kind of twist it off in fact they give you a little thumb ports for twisting off the back panel but that's completely eliminated this is not meant to be user removed but if you did pry

This panel off like I fix it did you'll find just a metal plate which is secured by Torx security screws so again this is not meant to be user accessible alright so let's go ahead and connect up our Mac Mini so we can take a look at performance now of course with a Mac Mini you'll need to supply the display keyboard and mouse now they can be anything you do not need to use Apple's equipment which of course cost quite a bit so in my case I'm using a thunderbolt display an apple keyboard and an apple mouse which together cost quite a bit more than the Mac Mini but

You can use anything use your existing equipment you can use much cheaper equipment and of course the Mac Mini does support HDMI or DisplayPort but if your monitor doesn't you'll have to buy an adapter although the base CPU is clocked at 1.4 gigahertz the performance is actually very similar to the 2.5 gigahertz it replaces from last year so that's the benefit of has well over Ivy Bridge so if you take a look at our Geekbench 3 scores this reveals a single core score of 24 18 and a multi-core score of 51 42 that single core score is actually up

Just slightly but the multi-core score is down from the previous model now if we compare this to the top-end 5k iMac I just reviewed obviously there is a big difference here in processing power from the baseline to our top two your iMac next test is to the bench to test out the integrated Intel HD graphics 5000 processor which reveals improved but still low-end performance so the OpenGL scored about 23.78 frames per second and the CPU scored about 228 that's a fraction of the 5k iMac with a four gig GPU now perhaps the biggest weakness of

The baseline 9 Mac Mini is the standard 5200 RPM hard disk drive which is pretty slow now if you take a look at the read and write speeds they clock in just above 100 Meg's per second now if we compare this to the MacBook Air which has a standard SSD and there is a massive speed difference this means the load times for the OS and apps are significantly quicker which makes the system feel much faster of course you can get an SSD in the Mac Mini if you build to order one now if you really want to push your baseline Mac Mini you can edit 4k video in a professional

Editor like Final Cut Pro however the Mac when he does struggle with only 4 gigs of ram so scrubbing clipping editing your timeline can be a slow process although 4k video plays back just fine on the Mac Mini even on the 4k monitor now export times of the Mac Mini are surprisingly good a roughly 3 minute 4k video using compressor exported in 3 minutes and 18 seconds that same project on the 5k iMac was only 25 seconds quicker now once again the Mac Mini has an internal speaker which is really just there to get you by you're going to want

To connect a set of speakers or you're gonna want to use headphones or you can buy a display that has internal speakers like the Thunder will display I have here so let's go and take a listen at the internal speaker and then switch it over to the display over unchanged for the most part the brand not identical to the existing non-retina 27-inch iMac but they adds a 5k display and upgraded internal specs now ultimately this is a full-featured Mac loaded with Yosemite and all the software you need from I work to I life this works great for almost all daily

Tasks from email to web browsing to light photo and video editing this is not intended for power users who edit in 4k work with 3d projects or gamers who should consider the upgraded models with Intel iris graphics although this man is still capable of decent gaming performance with lowered settings now ultimately this baseline Mac is for very price-sensitive shoppers so I don't think there's a need to upgrade the baseline configuration if you do start spending money on the Mac Mini at all I would upgrade to the $6.99 configuration which gets you a much more powerful CPU

More storage a better graphics processor and more importantly 8 gigs of ram standard alright guys so that's going to do for me in this video thanks for watching and I'll see you again in the next one

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