If you’re looking to upgrade to a fast and compact desktop computer, Apple’s Mac Mini M1 is a good option. The machine is back on sale on Amazon right now for $570 thanks to a coupon that slashes $99 off its price. It’s the lowest price we’ve seen on the desktop that runs on Apple’s M1 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Buy Mac Mini M1 (256GB) at Amazon – $570
Yes, we’re on M2 machines at this point, but only a few Apple computers are running on this updated processor (and only the MacBook Pro M2 is even available right now). The Mac Mini M1 also remains the most affordable way to get an M1 device into your home, as the latest iPad Pros that share the same processor start at around $799. The desktop is powered by an eight-core CPU and an eight-core GPU, along with a 16-core neural engine. Although we haven’t given the Mini M1 the full review treatment, you can expect it to perform the same as the MacBook Air M1, which is fast and efficient.
While there’s nothing fancy about the Mac Mini M1’s design, it almost works to its advantage. Apple hasn’t changed much from the Intel version, keeping the machine a sleek square case interrupted only by a few ports: two Thunderbolt ports, two USB-A connectors, an Ethernet port, an HDMI port and a headphone jack.
The biggest issue we have with the desktop is its lack of expandability – its RAM and storage are soldered in place, so you’re stuck with whatever amount you buy initially. RAM is arguably more crucial than storage here, as you can always connect an external SSD to the Mini M1 if you need to offload important files. If you don’t mind these limitations, the Mac Mini M1 could be a great replacement for your aging desktop computer.
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