The Mac Mini, along with its more mobile Mac cousins the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, was the first Apple computer to ditch Intel silicon in favor of Apple’s new M1 processor. Our early tests of the M1 machines show a substantial performance boost over their predecessors, and now we’re seeing discounts sprout up for the new machines.
You can find discounts on the M1 MacBooks, but the Mac Mini remains the least expensive entry point for MacOS. The baseline model of the M1 Mac Mini costs $699 and features 8 gigabytes of RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive. The step-up model costs $899 and doubles the storage capacity to 512GB. Amazon is currently offering both configurations at a discount; you can save $99 on the baseline configuration and $50 on the step-up model.
One benefit of paying full price and buying from Apple, however, is you can customize the machine and add more RAM or a higher-capacity SSD, whereas the models sold on Amazon and other retailers are fixed configurations. And unlike most other desktops, the Mac Mini’s RAM is not user upgradeable. Apple’s M1 system-on-a-chip integrates the CPU, GPU, RAM and other components for greater power and efficiency, but the downside of this integration is the lack of DIMM slots that would allow you to add additional RAM after purchase.
It’s also worth noting that the, but you’ll save only $20 on the price of a new Mac Mini, though some upgrades are discounted, too. For example, doubling the RAM to 16GB costs $180 with the education discount instead of the usual charge of $200.
Keep reading to see the best prices currently available for Apple’s Mac Mini. We update this page regularly and make all attempts to have prices be accurate at time of publication, but note that they do fluctuate.
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