Refurbished Mac Mini (October 2012) 2.5Ghz dual core i5 4GB Ram 500GB Hard drive @ Apple Store
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Refurbished Mac Mini (October 2012) 2.5Ghz dual core i5 4GB Ram 500GB Hard drive @ Apple Store

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Found 23rd Jan 2015
They have various 2012 i7's and 2014 models too.

I got one of these last week. Absolutely mint condition - as all Apple refurbs are. This is the late 2012 edition, so it is easy to upgrade by just twisting off the bottom and it upgrades to Yosemite.

Got mine hooked up to the two Dell 2414H monitors I posted earlier in the week - looks beautiful. Very nice little machine.

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Hot from me

Sweeeeeeeet little thing man ... :-)

Heat

They also have the more recent (but less versatile with a 1.4GHz CPU) one at the same price if people want to run Mavericks.

Here's a direct link to them:

store.apple.com/uk/…-i5


store.apple.com/uk/…-i5


Edited by: "androoski" 23rd Jan 2015

Is the upgrade to Yosemite free, thinking about my first foray into Macs

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a1

Is the upgrade to Yosemite free, thinking about my first foray into Macs



Yep, Free - Microsoft have just realised this is a good tactic too!

Thinking of getting this to replace my desktop at work.

Can they be connected to non-Mac monitors/keyboard/mice? Is the one linked the most 'future proof'?

My wife bought the refurbished i7 version last year. Great machine. Silent, small. Used for hour every day, never gone wrong, she does lots of Photoshop editing.

qwertymz

Thinking of getting this to replace my desktop at work. Can they be … Thinking of getting this to replace my desktop at work. Can they be connected to non-Mac monitors/keyboard/mice? Is the one linked the most 'future proof'?



Monitor - you may need a thunderbolt/mini displayport to VGA/DVI adapter. Keyboard - in reality get an Apple one, shortcuts a PITA with a PC one.

Bought one of these a couple of months ago - fantastic machine (I got the I7 one). Upgraded the RAM to 16GB and dropped in an SSD (not easy, but simple enough if you're careful and follow a guide). Runs 24 hours a day, is whisper quiet and lightning fast.

Yes they can use non-Mac peripherals, but I added a Magic Mouse and the wired Apple keyboard (which is very good indeed - highly recommend that).

qwertymz

Thinking of getting this to replace my desktop at work. Can they be … Thinking of getting this to replace my desktop at work. Can they be connected to non-Mac monitors/keyboard/mice? Is the one linked the most 'future proof'?



Yes they connect to almost any recent monitor. Keyboard and Mouse are standard USB interfaces.

The newer ones 2014 are almost impossible to upgrade, the 2012 can accept memory and disk upgrades but the little tightly packaged units are tricky to disassemble.

Apple will stop offering OS upgrades on the 2012 one obviously before a more recent one. I think that this would run smoother with Mavericks anyway, for Yosemite it would probably be better with 8GB and SSD.

Edited by: "androoski" 23rd Jan 2015

This is far better than the new 2014 model as they made the processor slower on the benchmark

The newer model seems to run 200 points less of the 2012 model... so 2014 may be better (when taking into account energy)?
Edited by: "jamhops" 23rd Jan 2015

Can they be connected to non-Mac monitors/keyboard/mice? Is the one … Can they be connected to non-Mac monitors/keyboard/mice? Is the one linked the most 'future proof'?


I think that this version is HDMI- get an HDMI to DVI adapter. Any USB keyboard and mouse will work with it, but the @ and " keys might be swapped around on a PC keyboard- you can swap them back in keyboard preferences.

Don't forget, those who want to get the latest for slightly more can get 0% credit from Apple for 12months too, and if you work in education or the NHS you can get extra discounts. You need to login to their website using the school/workplace's internet connection to view their offers.
Alternatively, ask your IT department for any offers they can do for you. Sometimes they can even give you free software, such as office.

Heat added!!

out of stock!!

You can hook up using HDMI and 2nd monitor via mini display port to DVI. I've upgraded to 16GB and putting in an SSD easy. You can even put 2 in. Plenty of guides on the Web too.

Hot. I've got a 2011 2.5 i5 and it's a brilliant little machine. I popped 16gb ram in mine when I first got it and hooked it up to 46" TV and run Plex on it as well as things like imovie, lightroom, photoshop and even some light gaming! Just upgraded to Yosemite which is nice and smooth.

Yep, sadly out of stock so you have to get the lower spec but newer model

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bisto

Yep, Free - Microsoft have just realised this is a good tactic too!



What do you mean by daisy chained

Really? There are so many better computers to buy than something that was released in 2012.. It's 2015 now!

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fandroidguy

Really? There are so many better computers to buy than something that was … Really? There are so many better computers to buy than something that was released in 2012.. It's 2015 now!


The 2012 edition is quite sought after, upgradeable and the processor seems to be better than the base/mid 2014 models

Where's the refurbs? I can only find the new ones on the mac mini tab.

Ahh found them - scroll right on the mac tab
Edited by: "Bigfootpete" 23rd Jan 2015

another one here thinking for a while now about jumping to a mac. had it with staring at the 'installing update 1 of 10000000' screen

However, would i be better off buying the imac rather than this? as i'll have to splash out on monitors etc too..

austinc

another one here thinking for a while now about jumping to a mac. had it … another one here thinking for a while now about jumping to a mac. had it with staring at the 'installing update 1 of 10000000' screen :(However, would i be better off buying the imac rather than this? as i'll have to splash out on monitors etc too..



If you have a PC already chances are the monitor will work (the Mac Mini supports HDMI and MiniDisplay port - the older 2012 models come with a hdmi to DVI adaptor). USB keyboards and Mice work fine - you just have to get used to a couple of keys in the wrong place.

I bought one of the i7 Quad cores last week from the refurb store (£479) so heat from me on this one.

Bigfootpete

Where's the refurbs? I can only find the new ones on the mac mini tab.



store.apple.com/uk/…ini

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Bigfootpete

Where's the refurbs? I can only find the new ones on the mac mini tab.



go to the bottom of the screen and look for the refurbished link

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Cheeky beggars just put up a 2012 with 8GB RAM for £499 - £160 for an extra 4GB RAM? I think not oO

Looks like the 2012 4GB model may have gone for now (unless lots of people have them in their basket?)

They seem to be getting these in quite regularly though.

Decent machines bought one last year.

bisto

Yep, Free - Microsoft have just realised this is a good tactic too!



Not really, Apple just build it into the initial cost of the machine.

knackers missed it. I've been looking for a replacement for my 2009 mac mini which is still working flawlessly after 4 +years but is starting to get a bit slow loading itunes/iphoto libraries. I would love a 2012 model for £339 though. Did anyone notice how much the i7 was?

For anyone who wants to keep an eye out for these deals, you can set up an alert on refurb-tracker.com/en/ and get emails when these come back into stock
Edited by: "Lard" 23rd Jan 2015

kerching.......

gavin1

Not really, Apple just build it into the initial cost of the machine.



nope I have a 2011 mac mini that can be upgraded to yosemite free

HipposRule

Monitor - you may need a thunderbolt/mini displayport to VGA/DVI adapter. … Monitor - you may need a thunderbolt/mini displayport to VGA/DVI adapter. Keyboard - in reality get an Apple one, shortcuts a PITA with a PC one.



sorry if this is a basic question, How would i go about connecting my two existing VGA/DVi monitors to this? Can you get the above adapter to connect to 2 VGAs?

KlausHeissler197

nope I have a 2011 mac mini that can be upgraded to yosemite free



But when you bought the mac was it a similar price to a device with the same spec running Windows? Typical Mac hardware is 20 to 30% more expensive than a same spec PC. The OS upgrade is baked into the price from the start.

austinc

another one here thinking for a while now about jumping to a mac. had it … another one here thinking for a while now about jumping to a mac. had it with staring at the 'installing update 1 of 10000000' screen :(However, would i be better off buying the imac rather than this? as i'll have to splash out on monitors etc too..



Most people usually have a TV they can use, if it has HDMI or VGA connection you'll be fine.

It says it's £60 off the usual price, so 15%. Not a massive bargain, but still better than paying the regular price if you want one of these.

bisto

Daisy chained - You can connect the 2012 edition to your first monitor … Daisy chained - You can connect the 2012 edition to your first monitor using HDMI and then, if you have two monitors and they have a displayport connection that supports multi monitors (ver1.2 with MST?) you can then link directly to the second monitor and the mac will recognise it and extend your desktop onto it.


What you've described there isn't daisy chaining at all, it's simply plugging in two monitors using different ports.

The Mac Mini 2012 does not support DisplayPort daisy chaining as it does not support DisplayPort 1.2 with MST.
Only the Mac Mini 2014 supports DisplayPort daisy chaining. ("Up to two displays at 2560 by 1600 pixels, both at millions of colors").

DisplayPort DaisyChaining is when you plug one monitor directly into another (which is then only using one port on your Mac/PC).

Edited by: "btc-uk" 23rd Jan 2015
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