Mac Mini M2 Review: Here´s why you´ll switch to become a pro
The new Mac Mini M2 is one of those launches that has been welcomed with open arms and a great deal of enthusiasm from users. Long-awaited (too long) rumours of its release began last Autumn, with Apple officially unveiling the new computer in the last few days. The Mac Mini has received a significant upgrade that includes Apple’s new M2 and M2 Pro chips, bringing its power and performance up to par with top-of-the-line desktop computers. The update allows the Mac Mini M2 to adapt to any workflow, making it an ideal choice for professionals and users who require a powerful, versatile computer.
In summary, the new Mac Mini M2’s key features include power, performance, and adaptability to various configurations and high-performance workflows.
Mac Mini M2 and M2 Pro vs its predecessor model: noticeable differences
The M2 and M2 Pro chips outperform their predecessors, the M1 and M1 Pro chips, in terms of performance. These new chips offer a 10–20% increase in CPU speed as well as a 25% increase in graphics performance. Short version: Users can expect a smoother and more effective experience on their devices thanks to Apple’s new M2 and M2 Pro chips, which represent a substantial upgrade in terms of performance and speed.
When compared to the previous-generation Mac, they deliver:
- Mac Mini M2:
Up to 2.4x faster ProRes transcode in Final Cut Pro.
Up to 50% faster filter and function performance in Adobe Photoshop.
- Mac Mini M2 Pro:
Up to 4.2x faster ProRes transcode in Final Cut Pro.
Up to 2.5x faster graphics performance in Affinity Photo.
Mac Mini M2 Specs
- Processor: Apple M2 or M2 Pro
- RAM: 8GB, 16GB, 24GB or 32GB
- Storage: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB or 8TB SSD
- Operating system: macOS 13.2 Ventura
- Connectivity: wifi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, 2x USB-A, 2 or 4x USB 4/Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1, Ethernet, headphones
- Dimensions: 197mm x 197mm x 35.8mm
- Weight: 1.18kg to 1.28kg
- External material: aluminium.
- M2 Model: two Thunderbolt 4 ports and support for two external displays(dual monitors).
- M2 Pro Model: four Thunderbolt 4 ports and support up to three external displays.
- The M2 Pro Model is ready for an 8K display, for the first time in Mac.
Where can I buy the Mac Mini M2 and how much does it cost?
In addition to being Apple’s cheapest desktop computer, it preserves the chip used in the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
It is £50 cheaper than the 2020 model, with a starting price of £650 for the entry-level variant, though this varies depending on the model and storage capacity that best suits your needs.