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2018 Mac Mini pops up in Apple's refurbished store

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Apple is now selling the 2018 Mac Mini desktop in its refurbished store. Prices start at US $599 for a Mini with a quad-core Core i3 CPU, 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 128 GB PCIe SSD. While this might be more expensive than an equivalent Windows desktop, the value compared to other macOS computers may be enticing for some.
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Looking for a macOS device on the cheap? As long as you have a mouse, keyboard, and monitor, the 2018 Mac Mini may be a good option for you. Even better, you can now score one at a discount through Apple’s refurbished store.

The 2018 Mac Mini was the first refresh of Apple’s plucky little desktop in over four years and is a notable bump over the older 2014 Mac Mini. In addition to the new PCIe SSDs and updated CPUs, the 2018 Mac Mini also has four Thunderbolt 3 ports, as well as two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, a headphone jack, and a Gigabit Ethernet port.

While the Mini requires users to bring their own keyboard, mouse, and display, it is usually seen as the cheapest way to get into the macOS ecosystem. Case in point: you can now buy a 2018 Mac Mini with an 8th-gen quad-core Intel Core i3 clocked at 3.6 GHz, 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 128 GB PCIe SSD for US $599 from Apple’s refurbished store, a $200 discount off the new 2019 Mac Minis (which are largely the same, albeit with double the base storage).

Yes, an equivalently-specced Windows desktop is likely cheaper, but comparing the Mini to other Apple laptops shows its value in the Apple ecosystem. The cheapest Macbook available in Apple’s refurbished store is the 2017 Macbook Air, which has a meager dual-core Core i5 clocked at 1.8 GHz, 8 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and a 128 GB PCIe SSD. That model costs $759, or $160 more than a more powerful Mac Mini. You could find a great keyboard, mouse, and monitor for less than $160. Additionally, the Macbook Air is not upgradeable; users can upgrade the RAM in the 2018 Mac Mini. (Keep in mind that storage is soldered in both machines.)

Of course, the Mac Mini is not portable, so it’s not a great option if you need your computer to move from desk to anywhere else. Still, if you have a dedicated workspace and need a macOS device, the Mac Mini may be a decent option at a relatively affordable price.

What are your thoughts on the Mac Mini? Does a refurbished Mac Mini represent a good value? Let us know in the comments.

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Sam Medley - Senior Tech Writer - 1131 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2020-04-10 (Update: 2020-04-11)