Update: Read the review here
My Mac Mini (2012) has arrived.
Here's the specification:
- Intel i7 Quad 2.6Ghz
- 4GB RAM
- 1TB Fusion Drive
- Intel HD4000 Integrated Graphics
I'll review it in the next few days, specifically looking at how good it is for art, graphic design, photo editing and video editing. I'll be working the Mac Mini with huge graphic files, hundreds of RAW photos and 1080P video encoding. I'll also examine how capable the integrated graphics card is at driving a 2560 x 1440 monitor (I'm using a Dell U2711. I work in the art room of a newspaper so I'm going to be very critical at how it performs.
Software I'll be using are Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup, Lightroom, iMovie and Final Cut Pro.
The unit is so small, just larger than a few DVD cases stacked together.
USB3 ports are finally added, and the Mac Mini is the first of the Apple computers to get it. About time. They are late by more than a year. They aren't as fast as what the specifications suggest though.
It's great the the RAM is user upgradeable. If you're more adventurous, you can also upgrade the hard drive yourself, which would involve disassembling the whole unit.
So far, with the few short hours I have with it, I'm impressed and amazed at the performance, especially when compared to the old Mac Pro (2006) Quad 3Ghz that I'm still using at home. Everything feels snappy, responsive.
If you have any areas you want me to look into, post your comments below.