Refurbished Mac mini 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 £479 @ Apple
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Refurbished Mac mini 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 £479 @ Apple

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Found 10th Jan 2015
Had an alert from refurb.me just now these are in stock again...be quick! Not sure why but only seems to work through mobile browser (did try chrome so maybe needed Safari) The elusive i7 quad core with expable ram

Direct link to the whole range...you might need to click enter on your browser a few times:-

store.apple.com/uk/…ini

Originally released October 2012
4GB memory

1TB hard drive
Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps)
HDMI port supports multichannel audio output
Intel HD Graphics 4000

39 Comments

Original Poster

Link is being weird...just google Apple refubished on iPhone or iPad (might work on android)

Not working through Chrome or Safari or mobile app!!

Myasina

Not working through Chrome or Safari or mobile app!!



it worked for me, i ordered two to run them in parallel.

Well I tried several times and managed to get the page up searching via Google and it's sold out. They must of had 3

Original Poster

tempt

it worked for me, i ordered two to run them in parallel.



Just worked out you have to refresh it a few times (well click enter) working on chrome too...glad it has helped even 1 person...been after one of these at this price since the killed the mac mini this year...now to sell the i5 version i bought last month!

Original Poster

Myasina

Well I tried several times and managed to get the page up searching via … Well I tried several times and managed to get the page up searching via Google and it's sold out. They must of had 3



still working....just keep pressing enter after get to the store on your web tab! or click the link i pasted above!
Edited by: "cantonbean" 10th Jan 2015

Yes, it's working now thanks. Had to go via Google though the link doesn't take me there

Original Poster

Myasina

Yes, it's working now thanks. Had to go via Google though the link … Yes, it's working now thanks. Had to go via Google though the link doesn't take me there



Just realised it might be because I was signed in! Signed out now...maybe this link will work! Was in rush to post deal as I don't give a hoot about heat but thear are like gold dust to the right people at the minute!

store.apple.com/uk/…mac

Yes, it's working now thanks. Had to go via Google though the link doesn't take me there

Thank you, been after one for ages.

Decent price

I have gone for this can decide weather Im glad I did or regret it! comparing this to the new model though its a bargain

Is this worth the upgrade from a 2011 2.3 i5?

topcashbackof 2.02% available for online purchases also.

Thanks for posting, ordered and heated.

Original Poster

DavieDeal

I have gone for this can decide weather Im glad I did or regret it! … I have gone for this can decide weather Im glad I did or regret it! comparing this to the new model though its a bargain



The new model isn't quad core and doesn't have user expandable RAM (soldered to the motherboard). Also these models have 2 SATA connections so you can put 2 HDD into them and even create your own fusion drive. The new 1 has 1. Finally the base plate of new model is much harder to get into as not designed for user upgrades. In short this model is better in every way...hence why keeps selling out....hope that helps you realise you made a good choice!

Shows as £619 at the moment

Original Poster

team_a

Shows as £619 at the moment



That's because all the other versions have gone this morning! I'll expire it as the server version is a fair bit more!

I've had one of these since they came out. I upgraded it to 16GB RAM as soon as I got it and last week added an additional 256GB SSD

It's a beast of a little machine and is on 24/7/365 doing all sorts

Can see this lasting me at least another 2/3 years

Shame, shows £619 for me also.

Currently still showing availability at £479 (4GB / 1TB). The £619 model has 4GB 2x1TB + OSX server.

There is a £699 with 256GB SSD, and at £819 the faster 2.6GHz 8GB 1TB Fusion (hybrid SSD drive). But these more expensive upgraded models are relatively costly for the extra you get.

HOT!

Where is the £699 with Ssd option?

Does anybody have the model number for this mac mini. I would like to keep an eye out for it by model number so I can change the ram etc.

Thanks

Does anybody have the model number for this mac mini. I would like to keep an eye out for it by model number so I can change the ram etc.

Thanks

Does anybody have the model number for this mac mini. I would like to keep an eye out for it by model number so I can change the ram etc.

Thanks

Sorry for the reposts the phone browser refreshes every time you open it and I can't delete them on it.

jamin100

I've had one of these since they came out. I upgraded it to 16GB RAM as … I've had one of these since they came out. I upgraded it to 16GB RAM as soon as I got it and last week added an additional 256GB SSD It's a beast of a little machine and is on 24/7/365 doing all sorts Can see this lasting me at least another 2/3 years



Thats what Im planning to do as well with the ram and second ssd, whats the hd4000 graphics like? do you play any games on it? I understand its better with 8gb ram and up with the i7 so would be interested to know what you think

I was looking at benchmarks and it scored much lower 3D wise than my old iMac graphics (and its from 2009), quite worried that I won't be able to play the games I have just now like sim city 4 left 4 dead GTA not a huge gamer on the mac but was planning to retire the iMac not sure Ill be able to now, although not sure if the benchmark is relevant if the cpu specs and ram make a difference

Mobility Radeon HD 4850---------Intel HD P4000

G2D Rating 495 ------------------------ 629
G3D Mark 747 ------------------------ 432

as I was pondering cancelling I got my dispatch text !


Edited by: "DavieDeal" 10th Jan 2015

Dannyrobbo

Does anybody have the model number for this mac mini. I would like to … Does anybody have the model number for this mac mini. I would like to keep an eye out for it by model number so I can change the ram etc.Thanks



Its back in Stock if your looking to buy

Apple Mac® mini MD388B/A Intel® Core™ i7 Processor, 4Gb RAM, 1Tb Hard Drive - Silver

Is the details FD388B/A is what apple call the refurb

Looks like they're all gone

Thanks op, ordered the i5 same price as Jigsaw24 had it on Black Friday. The blessing and curse of Hukdeals

Original Poster

DavieDeal

Thats what Im planning to do as well with the ram and second ssd, whats … Thats what Im planning to do as well with the ram and second ssd, whats the hd4000 graphics like? do you play any games on it? I understand its better with 8gb ram and up with the i7 so would be interested to know what you thinkI was looking at benchmarks and it scored much lower 3D wise than my old iMac graphics (and its from 2009), quite worried that I won't be able to play the games I have just now like sim city 4 left 4 dead GTA not a huge gamer on the mac but was planning to retire the iMac not sure Ill be able to now, although not sure if the benchmark is relevant if the cpu specs and ram make a differenceMobility Radeon HD 4850---------Intel HD P4000G2D Rating 495 ------------------------ 629G3D Mark 747 ------------------------ 432as I was pondering cancelling I got my dispatch text !It runs football manager and civ fine! The older Mac mini had a dedicated gpu as does your iMac...this has got better now they have given it more memory in Yosemite and if you load in more RAM...give it a go as could always sell for more on eBay

cantonbean

It runs football manager and civ fine! The older Mac mini had a dedicated … It runs football manager and civ fine! The older Mac mini had a dedicated gpu as does your iMac...this has got better now they have given it more memory in Yosemite and if you load in more RAM...give it a go as could always sell for more on eBay

=cantonbean]

Ah right how much can be allocated to it now? on the old forum posts I seen it was 756 or something max will see I guess when it turns up

Original Poster

DavieDeal

=cantonbean]Ah right how much can be allocated to it now? on the old … =cantonbean]Ah right how much can be allocated to it now? on the old forum posts I seen it was 756 or something max will see I guess when it turns up


On my MacBook Air with 4GB RAM it now assigns 1024 but that is HD5000...it is the same on the Mac mini but I've got 10gb RAM in it. I think it will be the same with 4gb as the Air though (one of the best parts of Yosemite!)

The i5 is up for £339 too. 500GB 4GB RAM Intel HD4000 graphics. Worth it?

Original Poster

bisto

The i5 is up for £339 too. 500GB 4GB RAM Intel HD4000 graphics. Worth it?



Yes if you're not using it for video conversion. I've got one and it does most things great. Tbf it still works fine for video conversion but just takes lot longer then i7 on my iMac using handbrake.
Edited by: "cantonbean" 10th Jan 2015

For me, the 2014 Mac Mini update was all about the new graphics and while the not particularly inspiring HD5000 was a long overdue update on HD4000, Intel Iris Graphics in the 2.6GHz and 2.8GHz models is at least able to cope with 4K files at 60Hz. I appreciate that it's not much consolation that single core performance is better with the newer dual core core CPUs, when multicore and Geekbench performance are particularly poor and disappointing compared to the 2012 model but based on what I was hoping for, the new Minis delivered where it mattered to me, while leaving me disappointed on the CPU benchmarks.

It is frustrating that to upgrade to the 8GB model costs you need to give an additional £80 or so to Apple but as compared to what, £19 or so less to fit your own purchased memory in the 2012 model, it's not a deal breaker for me on the 2014 model. I can't even quite agree that Mac Minis are overpriced. Who makes cases like Apple, the quality is spectacular, or at least compared to much else out there in the world of computers. A quiet gem. I love my old Mini but will be waiting for Broadwell, which will help Apple and others to better CPU options than were available with Haswell. To those looking for a better balance of CPU and graphics performance, I would probably look elsewhere and a bit larger meantime but would be sad to forgo Apple's aesthetics. Getting back on topic and with a nod to the 2012 model's CPU grunt that will be more important to some people than Isis, have some more heat.

cantonbean

Yes if you're not using it for video conversion. I've got one and it does … Yes if you're not using it for video conversion. I've got one and it does most things great. Tbf it still works fine for video conversion but just takes lot longer then i7 on my iMac using handbrake.



Looks like I managed to get one of the last i5's
Thanks for the info. Just for my daughter to use for homework, browsing and a bit of SIMS 4. She was sad when her old iMac G5 screen died with the multiple coloured line fault (seems to affect quite a few) - this looks perfect as a replacement and avoids the problem of the failed screen too.

On the subject of old iMacs, anyone had any success removing the innards from one and re-boxing in another case with an external monitor? I am hoping to give this a go at some stage, the hardware is still fine, just a duff screen.
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