Apple Mac Mini i5 4gb ram 500gb hard drive 299 with code MAC100 @ PC World
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Apple Mac Mini i5 4gb ram 500gb hard drive 299 with code MAC100 @ PC World

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Found 27th Nov 2015
Product features

OSX Intel® Core™ i5 processor
Memory 4 GB ram
Hard drive: 500 GB
With built-in WiFi

use code MAC100 to get £100 off the list price.

67 Comments

I don't care what the Apple haters say, this is a fantastic price for an entry level Mac!... once you've had Mac you won't go back!

looks a great price, does anyone know how old this is?

Good price

a1

looks a great price, does anyone know how old this is?


You can find the current spec on the Apple website apple.com/uk/…cs/ I think they're due an update, but all told these are the 2014 (currently) model. macworld.co.uk/new…56/

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rodman

Reposthttp://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/apple-mac-mini-500gb-pc-world-2334590



​i was quicker by 4 mins...

Nearly get this instead of an apple tv lol.

These make very good PMS's!

Is this the one that you can't upgrade the ram or HDD on?

Cattle

Is this the one that you can't upgrade the ram or HDD on?



The RAM is soldered, but I believe you can upgrade the HDD, but it's a mission, so you're better to buy the best spec for your from the outset.

Forgive my ignorance. Does this have SSD ?

im an apple hater but even im tempted at this price

£2 cheaper plus a 2 year warranty if you are a Costco member: costco.co.uk/vie…412

John Lewis have price matched

Clearly a new model is on the horizon.

mattoligy

Clearly a new model is on the horizon.



This is late 2014 model, the one that was heavily criticized for not offering upgrades. The 2012 version was the one people went for. I went for this model from Apple Refurb but with 8GB and Blade SSD. Not sure there's a new version on the way, could be. However it's important to know that these aren't ones you want if you're thinking of upgrading.

Mine is fast and boots in less than 20 seconds, but I have the SSD version.

ourdevonfamily

... once you've had Mac you won't go back!



I did.

mattoligy

Clearly a new model is on the horizon.


Clearly it is black friday

avinine86

Forgive my ignorance. Does this have SSD ?


Yes

fishmaster

This is late 2014 model, the one that was heavily criticized for not … This is late 2014 model, the one that was heavily criticized for not offering upgrades. The 2012 version was the one people went for. I went for this model from Apple Refurb but with 8GB and Blade SSD. Not sure there's a new version on the way, could be. However it's important to know that these aren't ones you want if you're thinking of upgrading.Mine is fast and boots in less than 20 seconds, but I have the SSD version.



Just watched a YouTube video showing how to replace the HDD to an SSD in this model but it looks like a lot of fudging about... I did look at the 2012 model but they're very expensive now and the cpu is very outdated, albeit quad core but the integrated graphics are showing there age and I just don't feel happy buying a nearly four year old mini pc at this price just because Apple haven't made a decent successor! Those that purchased a Mac Mini in 2012 are laughing as they've had all these years usage and their computer has remained the best in its class, but to buy one now... oO
Edited by: "mattoligy" 27th Nov 2015

In have one of these and honestly is it under powered for even running iTunes and photos app together it struggles, to get a good OS X experience I would suggest looking at a higher spec model with 8gb ram minimum. I use mine as a media sever only as I hate clicking on an app and waiting 20 seconds for it to load.

mattoligy

Just watched a YouTube video showing how to replace the HDD to an SSD in … Just watched a YouTube video showing how to replace the HDD to an SSD in this model but it looks like a lot of fudging about... I did look at the 2012 model but they're very expensive now and the cpu is very outdated, albeit quad core but the integrated graphics are showing there age and I just don't feel happy buying a nearly four year old mini pic at this price just because Apple haven't made a decent successor! Those that purchased a Mac Mini in 2012 are laughing as they've had all these years usage and their computer has remained the best in its class, but to buy one now... Dunno.



That's why I got the model with blade SSD it's very fast and I got 8GB RAM as the RAM is soldered. It's faster for disk operations than the 2012 model but the CPU is so so, easily good enough to run El Capitan though. It's my development unit, I just use it for coding stuff when I get round to it I have a Windows 10 HP Workstation with 32GB RAM for other stuff, gaming and VMs etc.

rodman

Clearly it is black friday



Black Friday is pretty much a load of bull... Just a way to con consumers to buy old stock at a slightly reduced price. There's a few good deals but no better than any other point in the year and certainly not worth flocking for if you're not specifically looking for said items.

I got the NowTV Amazon deal which was pretty good and a dehumidifier I was after for £20 off its original price so I'm happy, but not what I was expecting after all the hype.

This is the same processor and RAM as the base model Macbook Air. For light use or as an HTPC it's just fine - the problem is the 5400rpm HDD inside.

Simple solution - buy one of these and SSD of your choice: amazon.co.uk/dp/…65U

Speed Test for Samsung 840 Series Pro 128GB
==== Mac OS X 10.8.4 ======
Read: 413.9 Mb/s
Write: 433.4Mb/s

Load OS X via Internet Recovery onto the external SSD and watch it fly (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202796). Use the 500Gb HDD as document/movie/photo storage.

avinine86

Forgive my ignorance. Does this have SSD ?


No it doesn't. Ignore what the other guy said.

I have the Late 2012 version but manually upgraded to 16gb ram and an SSD. It runs fantastically well for a 3yo machine. Use it for Graphics and Photography and is more than quick enough.

Obviously the problem with this late 2014 model is that you can't change the RAM and that'd be the first thing you'd want to do with it, unfortunately.

If you want to change to a SSD here's the ifixit guide. Very straight-forward: ifixit.com/Gui…646

greencode

If you want to change to a SSD here's the ifixit guide. Very … If you want to change to a SSD here's the ifixit guide. Very straight-forward: https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Mac+Mini+Late+2014+SSD+Replacement/32646



I've done this and it's far from straightforward for the average person. All sorts of odd-sized screwdrivers needed and a real risk of damaging some very delicate connectors. Oh, and you'll void the warranty.

Use the external method above. It's easy and the Mac will run just as fast. Any marginal internal SSD improvement will be negated by the 1.4GHz processor and 4Gb RAM anyway.

ourdevonfamily

I don't care what the Apple haters say, this is a fantastic price for an … I don't care what the Apple haters say, this is a fantastic price for an entry level Mac!... once you've had Mac you won't go back!



​or you'll boot camp windows because osx can be a pain in the ass sometimes

An apple a day keeps the microsoft windows away

Hang on a minuet, on Amazon, their page for this item (ASIN: B00ORHL3RQ) states, and I quote:

Apple MGEM2B/A Mac Mini (Intel Core i5 1.4GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Mac OS … Apple MGEM2B/A Mac Mini (Intel Core i5 1.4GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Mac OS X ) - Older Model


Older model than what? This is the current model. Is there something Amazon know that we shouldn’t?

D9LVE

John Lewis have price matched


Out of stock, though.

rodman

Yes



This doesn't have an SSD

Interloper

I've done this and it's far from straightforward for the average person. … I've done this and it's far from straightforward for the average person. All sorts of odd-sized screwdrivers needed and a real risk of damaging some very delicate connectors. Oh, and you'll void the warranty.Use the external method above. It's easy and the Mac will run just as fast. Any marginal internal SSD improvement will be negated by the 1.4GHz processor and 4Gb RAM anyway.



I have been toying with the idea of getting and SSD and putting it in my Mac mini but it does look a ballache, I am ok with computers (I've built Windows machines from scratch) but this seems a lot of hassle - not sure I want to go down the external HDD route either though

danielson1978

I have been toying with the idea of getting and SSD and putting it in my … I have been toying with the idea of getting and SSD and putting it in my Mac mini but it does look a ballache, I am ok with computers (I've built Windows machines from scratch) but this seems a lot of hassle - not sure I want to go down the external HDD route either though



It really is straightforward if you follow the ifixit guide. I'm no computer builder and I found it easy. Just make sure you have the correct tools though.

greencode

It really is straightforward if you follow the ifixit guide. I'm no … It really is straightforward if you follow the ifixit guide. I'm no computer builder and I found it easy. Just make sure you have the correct tools though.



That guide is for replacing a blade style SSD rather than a mechanical 500gb drive which is what this Mac Mini has (as does mine) the tutorial on that is a lot more problematic

danielson1978

That guide is for replacing a blade style SSD rather than a mechanical … That guide is for replacing a blade style SSD rather than a mechanical 500gb drive which is what this Mac Mini has (as does mine) the tutorial on that is a lot more problematic



Doh! It's this guide for removing the Hard Drive ifixit.com/Gui…815

rodman

Yes


No it doesn't, it has a 500GB Hard drive

This is a great deal, voted hot. Yes its last years tech, but its still the current model. There will probably be a new model Spring 2016 but at the end of the day this is £399 on Apples web site today and before today so to get £100 at PC world is a good deal.

Yes I'd rather have an SSD as others say, (I've had this machine before but sold it for my MacBook air which is the same spec but with an SSD - it does make a big difference) but for a budget Apple mac without going down the 2nd hand route this is a great deal.

mattoligy

Just watched a YouTube video showing how to replace the HDD to an SSD in … Just watched a YouTube video showing how to replace the HDD to an SSD in this model but it looks like a lot of fudging about... I did look at the 2012 model but they're very expensive now and the cpu is very outdated, albeit quad core but the integrated graphics are showing there age and I just don't feel happy buying a nearly four year old mini pc at this price just because Apple haven't made a decent successor! Those that purchased a Mac Mini in 2012 are laughing as they've had all these years usage and their computer has remained the best in its class, but to buy one now... oO



So true. I'd like to buy but no way am I buying the new butchered ones, and buying a used 3yr old one doesn't make much sense either. Hopefully the next version will be a bit better.
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