2011 mini vs. 2010 mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Corso99, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. Corso99 macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2007
    Upstate New York
    I found 2 used minis that fit my needs and are within my budget. I would like some advice on which one to get.

    1-2010 mini 2.4GHz Core2 Duo, 8GB ram, 256GB SSD

    2-2011 mini 2.3GHz i5, 8GB ram, 500GB SSHD Hybrid Drive

    The Apps I use regularly are Safari, iTunes, Calibre, and some light word processing. My main goals are finding a mac that will be able to run the latest versions of MacOS and last at least 3-4 more years. Also, I would like to avoid beach balls and unresponsive apps as much as possible. The iMac I currently use is from 2006 and is starting to become a real chore to use.

  2. MacManiac76 macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2007
    White Mntns, Arizona
    The 2011 model will get you the most lifespan, it has a much better processor. You can always upgrade the RAM and Hard Drive to an SSD in the future if you want.
  3. richmlow macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2002
    HI Corso99,

    Without a doubt, you should get the 2011 Mac Mini.

    I have such a machine (see my signature) and it has been rock solid. =)


  4. Micky Do macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    If being up to date with the latest version of OS X is important, then get the most recent Mac Mini that fits your budget. The 2009 Mini will not be supported by Mac OS 10.12, Sierra. Chances are that the 2010 will be dropped from the next iteration; if not, then the one after for sure.
  5. Gudi macrumors 68030


    May 3, 2013
    Berlin, Berlin
    If you want USB 3.0 speed for external storage, you should look out for a 2012 model. It shouldn't be that expensive either after 4 years in the market.
  6. grahamperrin macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009

    As mentioned above, a late-2012 would be the better buy, particularly with USB3.

    You don't even need to open it to install an SSD.
    Just plug it in and boot and run via USB3 -- you will like the speeds it gives you!

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