Review and experience of using Mac Mini (2014) two weeks later

I am sure that the overwhelming majority of readers who come to McReadar, from Apple only iPhone or iPad. The price is the main criterion that stops people from buying a full-fledged "apple" computer. Therefore, every time once again we break your hair on my head because of the fact that "Windows" slows down again, you begin to think about buying a poppy. However, prices are happy only to the simplest Mac Mini computers. The most important question that any potential buyer is asked: "Can the computer at the price of the smartphone cope with my tasks?". Let’s find out the answer.

First on the configuration. As everyone likes to save, then the first of the models considered by the buyer will be the cheapest. It is her that we will take as a basis that you can immediately decide whether you can meet 25 thousand dollars, which is asked for her.

Configuration

– Dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with a clock frequency of 1.4 GHz (acceleration of Turbo Boost to 2.7 GHz)
– 4 GB of memory LPDDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
– SERIAL ATA 5400 rpm hard disk Volume 500 GB
– Graphics processor Intel HD Graphics 5000
– Wireless Interfaces: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11AC
– Ports: 4 USB ports 3.0, HDMI, 2 Thunderbolt 2 connectors, Ethernet, 3.5 mm Audio output, input for microphone
– SD, SDHC memory card slot
– Dimensions: 197 x 197 x 36 mm
– Weight: 1.22 kg

And of course, together with each new computer, Mac comes with a new OS X Yosemite operating system.

Equipment

I think, those who have long been waiting for updates to the line of the smallest computers from Apple, it is known that nothing except the computer and power cable is not included. Yes, mouse, keyboard and monitor will have to be bought separately, or connect from the old PC. Of course, due to the lack of input / output devices, the price and dimensions are reduced, but if you have already been a PC, most likely, when you change it to a new Mac mini, you will not have to buy anything (except for problems with the connection of the monitor, T.To. Old VGA connectors in Apple technology have been missing for a long time).

Appearance

As in the case of a complete set, externally, the new Mac mini has practically not changed. He still reminds Apple TV (except size more, yes the color is different) and everything also has a miniature size for a full-fledged computer. If you wish, you can easily put it in a backpack and attributed to a friend. Or take it as a laptop to work – Weight a little more kilogram makes it possible to freely transport a computer from place to place.

HopScotch: Capital Page

Performance

Hello everyone! I argue, most of the readers missed everything that was written above and immediately moved to this item 🙂
Well, since now everyone gathered, let’s start about the most important thing – the work of the computer itself. As before, Mac Mini works absolutely silent during standard work (surfing on the Internet, viewing video, work with documents and so on). And of course, it starts to make noise fans at heavy loads, for example, when starting productive games.

We all know well that "Mac is not for games", but nevertheless, from time to time, we run on it the latest available hits to see how they will work on not the most top. For the test, I launched three games: World of Warcraft, Tomb Raider

And the new Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!

Why they are? First, WoW shows excellent optimization. This is not a curve port with Windows, but "sharpened" specifically under Mac development. Secondly, the last Lara Croft came out not so long ago and could boast of decent graphics. And thirdly, the last part of Borderlands was on the shelves Mac App Store recently, so not to look at how it works – sin.

Honestly, the performance I was surprised. Who compared different models of Mac Mini there and shouted that two-year "mini" coped better than new?

Review and experience of using Mac Mini (2014) two weeks later

– Wow, as expected, showed itself great. At high settings, the game "feels" itself is quite comfortable. You can even experiment and some parts can be adjusted under the "ultra", but most likely, along with beauty and brakes will come. Nevertheless, I did not expect that the graphics sliders can be put above the average. But here, of course, it’s all about optimization.

– Tomb Raider. It is not bad "feels" on medium-high settings and 720p. Here the role played exclusively permission. 1920×1080 slows down even at low graphic installations.

– Borderlands. It is played pretty cheerful when FullHD-resolution and medium-high graphics settings. If you wish, you can donate 1080p in favor of more detailed textures, but in general brakes are not noticed.

Now let’s look at the GEEKBENCH results, which the whole Internet shouted. Judging by synthetic tests, new Mac mini, although not much, but higher in the indicators compared to previous models. However, performance points are typically typically (test page).

"Bottleneck"

While SSD solid-state drives have become increasingly appearing in laptops and stationary PCs, new Mac Mini is still shipped with ordinary HDD in the minimum configuration. It is clear that SSD is still more expensive, but the hybrid disks (the same Fusion Drive) has not been canceled. Yes, of course, the price would have risen, but not so much. My advice to you before purchasing: Do not skip and take instead of the usual hard drive Fusion Drive. This will be the best solution between HDD and SSD, in which you get a good performance increase.

At the moment, HDD is the most "narrow" place in the current MAC computers. You can endlessly arguing about the shortcomings and advantages of OS X Yosemite, but not recognize that now it is a convenient operating system itself – it is impossible. And to enjoy all its capabilities, you need a high level of response from user actions until the start of the program (Programs). And here, of course, HDD is not an assistant.

Output?

Miniature, lightweight, quiet – this is still a full-fledged computer. Of course, this is the perfect option for undemanding tasks. The cost, which is below most flagship smartphones – indisputable plus in the device’s piggy bank. Outdated already HDD – the saddest thing is in the updated Mac Mini.

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