Mac Mini (2012) First Impression

Update: Read the review here

Mac Mini 2012 in box

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.

Mac Mini 2012 with power cable
The unit is so small, just larger than a few DVD cases stacked together.

Mac Mini 2012 ports behind
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.

Mac Mini opened up
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.

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I'd love to hear more about

I'd love to hear more about how the new Mac mini holds its ground in comparison to your 2006 Mac Pro. I myself have one of those machines and if the mini feels as fast or even faster (wouldn't that be incredible?), I'd consider selling my Pro and buying a new mini with maxed out RAM.

Thanks in advance!

Hi, I read that connecting

Hi, I read that connecting this new mac mini to a monitor using HDMI will cause random black screens/snowy effects.

May I know how did you connect the mini to your dell? Do you have any issues??

Thanks.

Hi Teoh,

Hi Teoh,

Thank you for sharing. I also just bought Mac mini exactly the same as your configuration using Dell U2711. and getting blank screen.
I noticed you use mini-Displayport to Displayport. How is it ? Did it work at 2560 x 1440? Tack Sharp?
I'm looking forward to ordering mini-Displayport to Displayport, I'm really hoping from your feedback.
I appreciate your advice.

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