How do the 2014 core i5 Mac Minis perform in day to day use?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mossme89, Oct 17, 2018.

  1. mossme89 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 2, 2009
    I know new ones are on the way, but I'm considering getting a 2014 core i5 Mac Mini (either the 1.4Ghz or the 2.6Ghz) for my dad.

    He's still using a 2010 Core 2 Duo Mac Mini that is borderline unusable to say the least.

    I don't need bells and whistles for him. What I do need is a Mac that isn't a total lag fest and that doesn't freeze constantly.
  2. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    I have the 2.6, - it does fine.

    You’ll get some beach balling due to the HDD, but for day to day casual use it does well.

    Stay away from the 4GB version though.
  3. krause734 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    Find a used one with an SSD on eBay. They're fine. Don't pay Apple full price for 4 year old hardware!
  4. Acronyc macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    I've had the 2014 2.8 GHz i5 with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB fusion drive since the 2014 models were released. While a lot of people may not like this machine, it has held up fantastically for 4 years now. It has been on pretty much 24/7, only getting turned off when I moved a few times and once when the power went out.

    It is the family/guest computer and gets used daily for basic computing and has been rock solid. Very few beachballs or slowdowns. It's been a great Mac and I'm looking forward to a new mini possibly being released at the end of this month.
  5. Easttime, Oct 19, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2018

    Easttime macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2015
    When my 2011 iMac died in 2016, I got a refurbished 2014 Mac mini with 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 3MB on-chip shared L3 cache, 8GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 memory, Intel Iris Graphics and a fusion hard drive (1 TB spinner and 128 SSD). The hard drive converted to APFS when I upgraded to Mojave. I run two large low res monitors on the mini.

    This setup is perfectly satisfactory for me. No slowdowns or beach balls. I am in a professional role (business not IT). I keep multiple apps open all the time, including Office, a banking app, Safari, email, messaging and multiple personal information apps. Periodically I make graphics or edit family videos. Three attached external hard drives manage backups, and the mini backs up to a cloud service in the background. I run a few useful menu bar and other third party utilities.

    And my Apple Watch logs me in when the mini goes to sleep.

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