How many Mac Minis have you owned?

How many Mac Minis have you owned?

  • None, and never will

    Votes: 8 4.7%
  • Not yet, but probably will

    Votes: 8 4.7%
  • Just one

    Votes: 43 25.0%
  • Two

    Votes: 32 18.6%
  • Three

    Votes: 35 20.3%
  • Four

    Votes: 19 11.0%
  • Five

    Votes: 10 5.8%
  • 6 to 10

    Votes: 13 7.6%
  • 11 to 15

    Votes: 1 0.6%
  • Heaps - more than 15

    Votes: 3 1.7%

  • Total voters

Micky Do

macrumors 68000
Original poster
Aug 31, 2012
a South Pacific island
Just two for me, the 2005 original, and now the early 2009.

I am still using the 2009 Mini. With an upgrade to a SSD, and maybe more RAM, I guess I will be for a few more years…… If and when repair or upgrade is no longer cost effective, it will probably be replaced with another Mac Mini.


macrumors newbie
Jun 28, 2013

My first one was a refurbished early 2009, 2.0GHz. Slowly got my wife to start using it, then upgraded to the 2010 2.4GHz model which has been our main desktop and iTunes/Apple TV server. Just recently grabbed a refurbished 2012 2.3GHz with a 256GB SSD which I'm going to start transitioning to in the next few weeks, love the speed of it so far.


macrumors 68000
Aug 25, 2010
Early 2009 2.26GHz with 4GB RAM and a WD 72k RPM Caviar Black (hot stuff at the time.

Late 2009 2.66GHZ ending with 8GB RAM and same model WD HDD.

2012 2.3 quad with 16GB RAM and a 960GB M500 SSD, currently has two 1TB OEM HDDs running Windows 8.1 exclusively.

2012 2.6 quad with 16GB RAM and two 960GB M500 SSDs.


macrumors 68030
Jun 12, 2011
If used ones count, 3. One 1.5(?) GHz 2005 G4, One 1.66GHz 2006 Core Duo (both bought used), and One 2012 2.5GHz dual core i5 (bought new, using as Media Computer in Den).

Micky Do

macrumors 68000
Original poster
Aug 31, 2012
a South Pacific island
If used ones count, 3. One 1.5(?) GHz 2005 G4, One 1.66GHz 2006 Core Duo (both bought used), and One 2012 2.5GHz dual core i5 (bought new, using as Media Computer in Den).
Yes, used ones do count. Any Mac Mini owned at some stage. How acquired, and still owned or not, are both irrelevant.

Small whoops….. included 10 twice. Was thinking of finishing with more than 10, but added the 10 - 15 option; should have been 11 to 15.


macrumors 6502
Jun 2, 2013
Costa Rica
Last year I bought a Refurbished Mac Mini 2012 basic model from the Apple Store with 4GB Ram and 500 GB Hard drive with Apple Care and it has been a very good purchase for all of my computer needs.


macrumors regular
Oct 17, 2011
Early '05 1.25GHz G4
Late '09 2.53GHz C2D Server
Mid '10 2.4GHz C2D
Late '12 2.5GHz i5


macrumors 604
Oct 17, 2014
My minis:

Late 2005, 1.33 GHz PowerPC G4, 1 GB RAM
Mid 2010 Server, 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM (HTPC)
Late 2012, 2.5 GHz i5, 4 GB RAM (General Purpose/Server)


macrumors 68000
Nov 20, 2007
2009 2.0GHz [sold]
2011 i5 6630M [current]
2012 i5 (bought in Feb 2014) [current]

Love(d) them all. Loved getting in and swapping bits and pieces, home made Fusion and the like.

Good fun machines - and very capable too.


macrumors 68000
Jul 30, 2012
The illegal citizen: the 1.5Ghz G4
The late 2009 2.26
The Radeon one.
Might be trying to get a 2.6/2.3 quad before they are hard to get.
Off course all were improved DIY. The G4 had a ram upgrade, The 2009 runs as media center now and got the RAM of the 2011 with a new 7200rpm HD, the 2011 got 16GB, 256GB SSD and 7200rpm HD.
I sold the G4 for 100€ last year, and bought back a G4 iMac with speakers for 70€! Mini's kick ass on resale value!


macrumors 68030
Apr 21, 2010
I have a 2010, 2.4GHz Mini maxed out with 16GB of ram and a 480GB SSD. Although its processor is pretty outdated, its GPU is nearly on par with HD 4000 (at least this is what gfxBench says).


macrumors 6502
Oct 20, 2004
I've owned about 12 minis. I've purchased about 5,000 minis. :) One of the perks of my job is the new Mac smell a few times a day.


macrumors newbie
Jun 3, 2014
1, mid 2011 or 12, simple one, but changed ram memory to 4, looking foward to buy more ram


macrumors 68040
Dec 17, 2009

1. 2006 Core Solo 1.5ghz (upgraded it to 1.83ghz Core2Duo) - No longer have
2. 2006 Core Duo 1.66ghz (upgraded it to 1.83ghz Core2Duo)- No longer have
3. 2009 Core2duo Server 2.53ghz - No longer have
4. 2011 i5 2.3ghz - No longer have
5. 2012 i7 2.3ghz quad
6. 2012 i7 2.3ghz quad (bought refurb just a couple weeks ago)


Mar 8, 2009
I was addicted to buying used computers when I lived in Calgary. The used market there was so great for buyers so I would buy any mac and use it for I while.

these are the mini's I have had

2007/2008 core 2 duo
early 2009 2.0 ghz x 3
early/late 2009 2.26 ghz x1
late 2009 2.56 ghz
late 2009 2.56 ghz server
2010 2.4 ghz x 2
2010 2.66 ghx server
2012 2.3 ghz quad


macrumors 6502
Jan 13, 2014
Got 3 of them:
Late 2009 Server (no front disc drive)
Mid 2010 (Unibody with disc drive)
Late 2014 (Currently a server for my small business)

These little guys are awesome!

Micky Do

macrumors 68000
Original poster
Aug 31, 2012
a South Pacific island
One day in (to a 14 day poll), and 63 respondents, folks here seem to like / are loyal to the mini Mac concept. About 2/3 have owned more than one Mac Mini, and over half have had three or more. From the comments it seems quite a few have more than one currently in use.

There are a few who have never owned a Mac Mini and never will, but none left a comment. Of course the Mini is not for everyone; it would be interesting if some could say why.


macrumors member
Oct 23, 2012
I still own both of mine, an early 2009 and the 2012. I didn't realise it until I ready the 'what was your first mini?' thread but basically these two machine (and the 2011 perhaps) are characterised by being at least as powerful as the contemporary iMac - in CPU terms at least.


macrumors 65816
Jun 7, 2008

1.2008 Core2Duo. It ran great for years with 2Gig ram and 120Gig HDD, but just started to get slower and slower. I added 4Gig of ram and a 1Tb hybrid drive. This really woke it up. It still runs Snow Leopard and a lot of my legacy software.

2. I just picked up a 2012 quad core. The 2008 is now a server for my house. The 2012 will be getting a ram upgrade and maybe a possible fusion drive.


macrumors 68020
Jan 8, 2008
Tampa, Florida
Three for me!

1. 2009 mini that I used as my main desktop for four years until I got a used 2011 iMac to replace it.

2. G4 mini that I used as my home server for about a year until it was recently replaced by #3

3. A 2012 that I got for $300 at best buy a couple weeks ago to act as my home server. Holds all my media, hosts my website and email, and all of my machines back up to it.

Micky Do

macrumors 68000
Original poster
Aug 31, 2012
a South Pacific island
Five days in and nine to go……..

Just over 90% of respondents have owned a Mac Mini, with about 2/3 of them having owned more than one, and half have had three or more.

Among those who have not owned a Mac Mini, half anticipate owning one. The the other half never will……. I'd be interested to know why; none have made a post.
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