Louis says: Mac Mini M1 (review)

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Several days ago, I bought a Mac Mini, late 2020 edition, with the M1 processor. You heard it right, Apple developed their own hardware instead of using Intel’s. Aside from being much faster, the device also uses significantly less energy.

Can this system replace tower desktops that are 1500-3000 euros, in terms of power? It really depends on what you want to do. I recommend the 8GB version (the one I own) if you’re a video editor, musician, student, or a blogger like me. Even Apple Arcade games can be played on high settings. Running Oceanhorn 2 is no problem, for example. An App store title like Rising on the Tomb Raider can hit up to 30-40 fps on medium settings according to YouTube. Although I could install Windows on my Mac via Parallels, I found that it didn’t work properly, so I uninstalled it shortly after. The 8GB edition is just not powerful enough. Fortunately, I have a Windows device that can literally run everything.

Yes, the Mac Mini is mini, and it’s easy to take with you wherever you go. You only need an HDMI/thunderbolt cable, a mouse, a keyboard, and a screen. Everything’s plug-and-play. So far, the fan has barely made any noise, and that’s fantastic. Even when there are many programs open.

Instead of two USB outputs, Apple should have added three/four. Further, no extra RAM can be added, making the 16GB model the best choice if you intend to use it. I wouldn’t say that the Mac Mini totally replaces my other machines, but it’s an excellent addition, and will help me improve my work flow.

Are you considering buying a Mac Mini, or do you want more information about it? You can see all the specifications on the official page – https://www.apple.com/nl/mac-mini/. Until next time, thanks for reading!