March 27, 2020

How New is the Refreshed Mac mini 2020?

Along side the new iPad Pro and MacBook Air, Apple has refreshed the Mac mini from 2018. At the time of writing this article, if you look on Apple’s website, the Mac mini was silently refreshed by Apple.

March 26th, 2020 Photo Taken

So what’s new in the mac Mini 2020? Storage. That’s it. The base i3 comes with 256GB instead of 128GB. The base i5 comes with 512GB instead of 256GB which is phenomenal. The CPU and RAM are all the same from 2 years ago. It’s odd that the latest MacBook Air is using 10th generation Intel chips, but the mac Mini is still using an 8th generation chips. At most, a modest 9th generation would have been nice.

As a first time Mac mini user, here are my likes, dislikes, target audience, and if you Gotta Have It?


The Mac mini stands tall with its small size

Likes

  • The small form factor and design
  • 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports, so you can add any display, keyboard, mouse, or eGPU that you want, making it one of the cheapest entry Macs you buy
  • How quiet the system runs, even under load
  • Connectivity of being of the macOS/Apple ecosystem
  • Portability

Dislikes

  • No SD slot (Not a problem for me)
  • Runs a tad bit hot, a compromise for its small form factor
  • As a refresh but still using a CPU that is coming up to be 3 years old in 2020. The only new is the storage, which seem to be just discontinued versions

Target Audience

  • Yes this can edit 4K video in iMovie & Final Cut no problem, but I’m going to take a different stand. If the work you do is more CPU intensive, such as using xCode or producing music, then this is something to consider.

Gotta Have It?

As a video editor, maybe. From what I’ve read, people seem to be hard core into Mac and Apple in terms of video editing, which is probably true. But I think there are many other professions that are considered professional that don’t need all the bells and whistles at a premium price. And that’s where I think the market for the Mac Mini comes in. I don’t think the Mac mini deserves all the flack it gets. When I priced the iMac versus this, it’s pretty comparable and even cheaper if you really don’t care for a GPU, and most of the time, you’ll know whether or not if you need a GPU. With support for eGPU, you can easily pop whatever you want for years to come. The Storage is soldered on the motherboard, so get the local storage you need. RAM is upgradable to 64 GB which is great and easier than the iMac. iMac offers a regular hard drive that’s slower than most by today’s standard, so you will be compromising on fast storage. If you already have your peripherals, then go ahead and buy this. Also, if portability isn’t a huge concern and most of your work will be done at home, then go with this.  If you prefer a hackintosh that’s AMD, then go with that.


New Apple Mac Mini (3.6GHz Quad-core 8th-Generation Intel Core i3 Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB)
New Apple Mac Mini (3.0GHz 6-core 8th-Generation Intel Core i5 Processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB)

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