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Apple Mac Mini: The affordable entry into the M1 world

Offers the same performance as a MacBook Pro: The Apple Mac Mini with the M1 chip
Offers the same performance as a MacBook Pro: The Apple Mac Mini with the M1 chip
The base version of the Mac Mini with the M1 chip is available for a maximum of 800 Euros (~$938), making it considerably cheaper than comparable iMacs or MacBooks. Nevertheless, performance is on par with the MacBook Pro.
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In the cheapest configuration variant, the Mac Mini comes with an Apple M1 that can use both eight CPU and eight GPU cores. In addition, there's a 256 GB SSD and GB of RAM.

A 16 GB option is offered for an extra 260 Euros (~$305), and the storage space can also be configured with 512 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB. Another relatively new feature is the option to equip the Mac Mini with 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The base configuration is equipped with the standard Gigabit LAN.

For now, nothing has changed in the case, except that the color has returned to silver. The Space Gray color is reserved for the Intel model, which is still available. Compared to the latter, the M1 Mac Mini only has two Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Despite its active cooling, the Mac Mini isn't audible, even under load. The surfaces only heat up moderately, so the case can be touched without issues when you need to connect or disconnect a cable, for example.

Account for emulated applications

The performance of the built-in M1 is on par with the MacBook Pro 13 with the M1 in our tests. Even against Intel CPUs like the Core i7-1165G7, the Apple SoC is always able to gain an advantage.

The fact that native M1 applications are necessary for the best performance is, however, also a fundamental point to consider here. As with Apple's other M1 devices, non-native applications need to be emulated. This can lead to limitations that, depending on the program, can be more or less noticeable or even not noticeable at all.

If you use your own peripherals anyway, you'll get a comparatively cheap M1 computer with the small Mac. Our review reveals the performance of the Apple Mac Mini with the M1 chip in detail. 


Notebookcheck review of the Apple Mac Mini Late 2020 Entry (M1, 8GB)

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Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Senior Tech Writer - 444 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I carried out my first IT experiments with a 386-based system and a whole 4 MB RAM. This was followed by work on various PCs and laptops that I maintained and repaired for friends and acquaintances. After training to become a Telecommunications Systems Technician and gaining a few years of experience, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Currently, I pursue my fascination for IT, technology, and mobile devices by writing reviews and articles for Notebookcheck. I have also worked for Gamestar, Netzwelt, and Golem, among others.
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Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 516 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Mike Wobker, 2021-09-18 (Update: 2021-09-18)