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Apple’s latest Mac Mini is the most cost-effective way to get an M1, and now you can get a desktop for even less. The base 256GB model is priced at $570 on Amazon now, which is a new record. You’ll get that price thanks to a $50 off discount plus an additional coupon that knocks another $79 off at checkout. The 512GB version was also discounted to $750, a price we’ve seen a few times in the past but still a good deal.
Buy Mac Mini M1 (256 GB) at Amazon – $570 Buy Mac Mini M1 (512 GB) at Amazon – $750
The Mac Mini is the best option if a desktop fits your lifestyle better than a laptop, and if you don’t have much to spare for a new computer. It packs a decent amount of power into a compact device thanks to Apple’s M1 chipset. While we didn’t put the Mac Mini in its stride, we tested the previous MacBook Air M1 and MacBook Pro M1 — both of which impressed us with their overall smooth performance and impressive speed. It has an eight-core CPU and eight-core GPU, as well as a 16-core Neural Engine that handles machine learning tasks. While the 256GB model is probably enough for most people, you’ll protect the device in the future a bit if you’re using the version with extra storage because you won’t run out of space as quickly.
With all the improvements being internal, the latest Mac Mini looks similar to the previous version. The silver case is smooth on most sides, except for the rear edge which houses all of its connectivity options including two Thunderbolt ports, two USB-A connectors, an HDMI port, an Ethernet port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Since we didn’t get an updated Mac Mini this fall, there’s currently no telling when Apple might introduce a new version of its mini desktop. This makes a sale like this a great opportunity to upgrade your home computer without spending a lot of money. If you are planning on gifting the device, keep in mind that it may arrive after Christmas depending on the model you choose.
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