Apple Mac Mini Core i5 2.5 (Mid-2011)

Compact, Quiet, Well-Connected

The least expensive of Apple’s personal computers, the petite Mac Mini is a powerful and affordable option. Weighing in at under three pounds and standing less than an inch and a half tall, its compact size makes it a perfect choice for those with limited space.

This environmentally friendly desktop computer is an ideal option for a low cost server, home entertainment PC, and can tackle light to medium computing with ease. Apple touts its energy efficiency and advanced power management, as well they should given the Mac Mini’s surprisingly small footprint.

With its speedy Intel processor and configurable RAM and hard drive options, the Mac Mini is a wonderful platform for general computing tasks, and can be configured to suit most non-standard needs. While it is not a viable choice for running graphic intensive software, its versatility makes it a practical option for professional and casual users alike.

As with most of Apple’s recent personal computers, the Mac Mini has become an effectively “sealed” design as of 2014, with the RAM soldered onto the motherboard and the chassis tightly secured to ensure it’s never opened. This prevents the user from upgrading the memory after purchase as was common with the previous Mac Mini models.

Compact, quiet, well-connected — the Mac Mini is just enough computer to get the job done.

 


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Full Technical Specs of this Model

The compact Apple Mac mini Core i5 2.5 (Mid-2011/Aluminum Unibody) features a 32-nm Sandy Bridge 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 (2520M) processor with two independent processor cores on one chip, a 3 MB shared level 3 cache, 4 GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-10600) memory, a 500 GB hard drive, and AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics with 256 MB of GDDR5 memory. It does not have an internal optical drive, although an external one is available. This does not have an optical drive.

Connectivity includes four USB 2.0 ports, a Firewire 800 port, audio line in (digital/analog) and audio line out/headphone (digital/analog) jacks, a 10/100/1000Base-T Gigabit Ethernet port, an HDMI port, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an SDXC card slot, and a new Thunderbolt port. The Thunderbolt standard provides up to 10 Gbps of bandwidth in both directions.

2.5 GHz Core i5 (I5-2520M)
4 GB 16 GB
Radeon HD 6630M GDDR5
Details: This model has an AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics processor with 256 MB of dedicated GDDR5 memory.
256 MB 256 MB
Details: The AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics processor has 256 MB of dedicated GDDR5 memory.
Three Displays 1920×1200
Details: This model simultaneously supports 1920×1200 on an HDMI display or a DVI display using the included HDMI-to-DVI adapter and 2560×1600 on two Thunderbolt or Mini DisplayPort displays or even a VGA display (with an optional Mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter, which is compatible with the Thunderbolt port).
Dual/Mirroring 2560×1600 (x2)
Details: This model simultaneously supports 1920×1200 on an HDMI or a DVI display (using the included HDMI-to-DVI adapter) and2560×1600 on two Thunderbolt or Mini DisplayPort displays or even a VGA display (with an optional Mini DisplayPort-to-VGA adapter, which is compatible with the Thunderbolt port).
500 GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA (6 Gb/s) x2
None None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: N/A
802.11a/b/g/n 4.0
4 (2.0) 1 (800)
SD Card (SDXC) None
Details: This model has an SDXC Card slot.
None None
Cuboid Mac mini Unibody
MC816LL/A Mid-2011
A1347 (EMC 2442) Macmini5,2
Details: Please note that these identifiers often refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1347 Model Number, the 2442 EMC Number, and the Macmini5,2 Model Identifier.
N/A N/A
X 10.7 (11A2061) Current
Original Price (US): $799 

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