I am going to go ahead and say I am basically a “pro” user. I use much more intense applications. Such as 3-D modeling, gaming, video production, and much more ways I use my Mac mini. Now I’m coming from a early 2008 white MacBook to a late 2014 Mac mini. So it was a much bigger upgrade. As you may know I do a lot of video editing so, I would need a machine that would export 20 minute video at 1080p 30FPS (Frames Per Second) in about 8 minutes. I knew this computer had integrated graphics which about 3 years ago were pretty bad graphics chipsets. So this was going to be one of the harder things to get pass but, I was super surprised that it was able to exported the 20 minute 1080p video in 5 minutes! Which is extremely good. It has truly made my production time five times faster then it has ever been. Which this was already a massive plus for me. Since I am now able to recorded and export videos faster, I soon realized that I had hit 100GB free out of 1,000GB. Since being able to export faster I did seem to closely run out of space. Now this would be a problem if you are in the video production side or photography. Otherwise, the Mac mini has tons of space! If you are a gamer this maybe the computer for you unless you plan on playing games at 1080p at 60FPS. Some games can run at 4K for sure but some games will lag. It just depends if ou are willing to deal with some lag on the newer games.
Now on to ports. There is a ton of ports, As listed down below is all the ports on the Mac mini. I have found my self running out of USB ports, due to having many, many USB devices, but with having USB 3.0 made transferring files five times faster then USB 2.0. So that was a plus. With thunderbolt I have not found myself using it yet…. Because at this moment I do not own any thunderbolt devices. Which may be the case for a lot of people. I would rather have another 3 USB ports instead of thunderbolt but, hey maybe one day thunderbolt will become a standard. Until then its useless for me. I use the headphone jack a ton. I have my speakers plug right in to the headphone jack 24/7 because, the Mac mini speakers kinda suck for what I do. Since I need to hear every background noise. Plus the Mac mini’s speakers have very little bass. But great if you not in to having wonderful sounding sound. (If that makes sense) The SD card slot I have not used yet, since I use my iPhone as a camera and I can just AirDrop my photos and videos right to my Mac. I do use the HDMi port since my monitor has a HDMI cable. This HDMi is pretty awesome because you can connect a 4K display right though the HDMi port. I don’t find my self using the ethernet port since the wireless is 802.11ac so it’s pretty fast for downloading and uploading.
- Two Thunderbolt 2 ports (up to 20 Gbps)
- Four USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
- HDMI port
- SDXC card slot
- Gigabit Ethernet port
- Audio in port
- Headphone port
- IR receiver
So overall the Mac mini gets a 8.9 out of 10 for me. Its a great machine overall and its really is the prefect Mac for anyone looking for a Mac. By the way, what you hear from people that this is meant to be theater PC or media center. Well they are wrong its so much more then just a computer you use for watching movies and listening to music. So should you overall YES! Go for it! Thats those are my thoughts, go try the Mac mini for your self and see!