Apple Mac Mini Core i5 2.8 (Late 2014)

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.

DSC07134With 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 Apple Mac mini Core i5 2.8 (Late 2014/Aluminum Unibody) features a 22 nm Haswell 2.8 GHz Intel Core i5 (4308U) processor with two independent processor cores on one chip, a 3 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM (upgradeable at time of purchase), a 1 TB Fusion Drive (combines a 1 TB hard drive and a 128 GB SSD), and an Intel Iris 5100 graphics processor that shares system memory.

Connectivity includes four USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, an HDMI port, 802.11ac Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n compatible), Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, and an SDXC card slot.

This model has a more advanced architecture and graphics, although it has half the number of cores, no longer supports Firewire, and no longer supports two 2.5″ drives.

2.8 GHz Core i5 (I5-4308U)
8 GB 16 GB
Iris 5100 Integrated
Details: This model has an Intel Iris 5100 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
1 GB 1 GB
Details: Apple provides no details regarding the video system on this model beyond “Intel Iris Graphics.” However, Intel reports that this processor is packaged with a Intel Iris 5100 graphics processor and shares 1 GB of memory with the system for graphics function.
Dual Displays 2560×1600
Details: This model supports “up to two displays” at 2560×1600, both at millions of colors, via the two Thunderbolt 2 ports. It supports Thunderbolt digital video output and native Mini DisplayPort output as well as DVI, VGA, and Dual-link DVI using Mini DisplayPort to DVI, Mini DisplayPort to VGA, and Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapters. It also supports 1080p at up to 60 Hz via the HDMI port. DVI output additionally is supported using an HDMI to DVI adapter. All adapters are sold separately.
Dual/Mirroring 2560×1600
Details: This model supports “up to two displays” at 2560×1600.
1 TB (Fusion) Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)/PCIe
None None
None 10/100/1000Base-T
Details: N/A
802.11ac 4.0
4 (3.0) None
SD Card (SDXC) None
Details: This model has an SDXC Card slot.
None None
Cuboid Mac mini Unibody
MGEQ2LL/A Late 2014
A1347 (EMC 2840) Macmini7,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1347 Model Number, the 2840 EMC Number, and the Macmini7,1 Model Identifier.
X 10.10 (14A389) Current
Original Price (US): $999

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