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Apple Mac Mini Core i3 computer

A compact desktop computer, tested with macOS Mojave 10.14.4, an Intel Core i3-8100B 3.6GHz processor, 8GB of memory, a 128GB solid-state drive, an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 video adapter, and a built-in mono speaker.

About

The Apple Mac Mini Core i3 is a compact desktop computer. It has 8GB of memory and a 128GB solid-state drive. It has an Intel Core i3-8100B 3.6GHz processor and an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 video adapter. It is not suitable for high-performance gaming. However, it lacks an optical drive for burning CDs or DVDs. It comes with macOS Mojave 10.14.4 pre-installed.

It has 2 full-size and 4 type-C USB ports in the rear. It supports WiFi 802.11ac, so it's compatible with the latest high-speed routers.

The Mac Mini Core i3 measures 7.8 inches wide by 1.4 inches high by 7.8 inches deep. As a compact desktop computer, the case is smaller than a typical tower and is designed to take up less desk space. It is backed by a 12-month warranty, with 3 months of free tech support by telephone.

Results in the following chart are gathered from Consumer Reports’ 2018 Winter Survey of 33,059 desktop computers, owned by members who purchased a new device between 2013 and 2018.

Our predicted brand reliability ratings are based on a statistical model that estimates problem rates within the first 3 years of ownership, for desktop computers that are not covered by an extended warranty or service contract. We also adjust for the median number of hours of use per week. The median in our survey was 20 hours per week. Higher ratings are indicative of better reliability. Brands receiving a red or orange rating cannot be recommended by CR at this time.

Our owner satisfaction ratings are based on the proportion of members who are extremely likely to recommend their desktop computer brand to friends and family.

Predicted Reliability

Acer
Apple
Asus
Dell
HP
Lenovo

Source: Consumer Reports' 2018 Winter Survey

Owner Satisfaction

Acer
Apple
Asus
Dell
HP
Lenovo

Source: Consumer Reports' 2018 Winter Survey

Connections

WiFi WiFi The type of built-in 802.11 wireless networking supported. Computers with 802.11n also support 802.11g routers. Some models with 802.11n also support the 5GHz "high band," a standard suitable for apartments and other crowded areas. 802.11ac is the newest, fastest type.
Yes
Digital video out Digital video out Has an HDMI, DisplayPort, or Thunderbolt video output for sending a digital video signal to a computer monitor or HDTV.
Yes
Thunderbolt port Thunderbolt port Has a Thunderbolt port for connecting peripherals such as an external hard drive. Thunderbolt is a new high-speed port that can connect to DVI, HDMI and VGA through the use of adapters.
Yes
Number of free USB ports Number of free USB ports Number of free USB ports for printers, hard drives, flash drives, or other peripherals.
6
Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet Support for 1,000 Mb/s networking.
Yes
HDMI video out HDMI video out An HDMI out port for sending a digital video/audio signal to a computer monitor or HDTV.
Yes
HDMI video in HDMI video in Has an HDMI video input for using your all-in-one computer as a monitor.
No
DisplayPort video out DisplayPort video out A connection for a digital flat-panel display.
No
Optical digital-audio out Optical digital-audio out Has an optical digital audio output to connect to speakers or a stereo receiver.
No
Analog surround sound out Analog surround sound out Has analog rear speaker connectors for surround sound.
No
Free memory slot Free memory slot A free memory slot inside the PC for upgrades.
No

Features

Suitable for gaming Suitable for gaming All systems can play casual games such as solitaire and Angry Birds. Systems designated as suitable for gaming are more powerful and can play modern mainstream and intensive 3D video games with a frame rate and visual affects that does not make the game stop or stutter.
No
Wireless mouse Wireless mouse Comes with a mouse that is wireless.
No
Wireless keyboard Wireless keyboard Comes with a keyboard that is wireless.
No
Memory-card reader Memory-card reader At least one flash memory-card slot (CF, SD, XD, MS, etc.).
No
Blu-ray reader Blu-ray reader Lets you play Blu-ray high definition movies.
No
Voice command Voice command Voice control allows you to control your computer by speaking to it. Depending on the software you can perform commands such as search the web, play music, check and reply to email, and, update your social media.
Siri
Built-in webcam Built-in webcam A built-in webcam for videoconferencing.
N/A

Specs

Display size (in.) Display size For all-in-one desktops, the diagonal measure of the display.
N/A
Operating system (as tested) Operating system (as tested) The operating system that was installed on the computer at the time it was tested. The operating system is the software that controls the basic operation of the computer. Common examples are Windows and Mac OS. The operating system determines the "look and feel" of the PC.
macOS Mojave 10.14.4
Processor Processor Also known as the CPU (Central Processing Unit), the processor is responsible for running commands and handling data. Processors come in different speeds and may have two or more cores (ex. dual-core), which let you more quickly process multiple complex tasks.
Core i3-8100B
Memory (GB) Memory Also known as RAM, memory is a temporary storage area for data. Its size is an important factor for performance. We recommend at least 4GB of memory, or 8GB if you plan to run several large applications at the same time.
8
Storage (GB) Storage The amount of storage, a permanent area for the operating system, programs and data such as documents, music, and media files. Storage can be a hard drive, an SSD (solid state drive), or hybrid drive.
128
Optical drive Optical drive The optical drive reads and/or writes to CDs and DVDs. Most PCs come equipped with a DVD-RW, also known as a DVD burner, which lets you read and write to DVDs.Some models come with Blu-Ray drives, which let you play high-definition movies.
None
LCD resolution LCD resolution The number of picture elements ("pixels") across the horizontal and vertical dimension of the screen. The higher the resolution within a given size screen, the finer the detail can be displayed.
N/A
Video adapter Video adapter Also known as the video card, the video adapter processes all the data that you see on your screen. They come in different speeds and may be integrated (most common, but is slower and uses up memory) or discrete (which is faster and has its own dedicated memory). If you will not be playing complex 3D games, any integrated graphics adapter will do. Otherwise, buy a discrete graphics adapter using a video processor from ATI or Nvidia with at least 256 MB of memory.
Intel UHD Graphics 630
Video memory (MB) Video memory The amount of dedicated memory built into a graphics adapter. Most models have integrated graphics, which have no dedicated memory but are still suitable for most applications, including photo editing and watching movies. Others have discrete graphics adapters, which typically have 256 MB or more video memory, to deliver smoother and more realistic graphics for 3D games.
0
Height (in.) Height The height of the computer chassis.
1.4
Width (in.) Width The width of the computer chassis.
7.8
Depth (in.) Depth The depth of the desktop chassis.
7.8
Warranty length (mos.) Warranty length The length in months of the manufacturer's standard warranty.
12
Tech support length (mos.) Tech support length The length in months of the manufacturer's free technical support by telephone.
3