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Refurbished M1 Mac mini models with a 10Gb ethernet port are now available from the Apple Store, following the launch of the $100 build-to-order option in April.

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The refurbished units were first spotted by Paul Haddad on Twitter. There are currently a range of refurbished M1 Mac mini configurations with 10Gb ethernet available with different amounts of storage, although stock appears to be selling out quickly. Going forward, stock will fluctuate based on which machines customers are sending back to Apple for repairs and returns.

Spot checks show that the refurbished M1 models with 10Gb ethernet are now available in multiple regions, including the United States, Canada, France, and Japan.

When buying the M1 Mac mini new, customers have to use a build-to-order configuration to upgrade from standard Gigabit ethernet to 10Gb ethernet for an additional $100. A refurbished M1 Mac mini with 16GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and 10Gb ethernet sells for $849, which is a $150 saving on the same machine if bought new.

Apple's refurbished ‌M1‌ Mac minis are sold with the same one-year warranty offered with a new ‌Mac mini, and they come with all manuals and accessories. Apple uses a rigorous testing, repair, repackaging, and cleaning process to ensure refurbished devices are identical to new devices.

Article Link: Refurbished M1 Mac Mini With 10Gb Ethernet Now Available
 

Shirasaki

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While M1 Mac Mini has been praised by many content creator YouTubers as a good budget machine, I'd say Mac Mini's true value happens after M2X or later. But right now, it is arguably still good, assuming you already have paid your monitor and peripheral cost before purchase. Otherwise, I dunno. Maybe consider getting an iMac with all Apple-branded accessories.
 

HiVolt

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It's lack of ports is the only blemish, really.

They could have added two USB-C ports in addition to the two Thunderbolt ports, like on the M1 iMac.
 

Mick-Mac

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Yea - the only M1's left with what I consider to be the minimum amount of acceptable RAM (16GB) are over $1000. Too rich for my blood, even at refurbished prices...
 

nquinn

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I assume this 10Gbps is unable to fallback to 2.5Gbps right? Believe that was always one of the gotchyas with networking.

Lots of affordable NAS's now with 2.5Gbps ports, but the 10Gbps ones are very pricey.
 

ddtmm

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Apple's refurbs are a great deal. I have purchased about 10-12 refurbs for our company over the past 5 or 6 years - Mac Pros, iMacs and MacBook Pros. I've never been let down. You're essentially getting a brand new product and full warranty. It's a pretty good deal.
 

Apple Knowledge Navigator

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It's lack of ports is the only blemish, really.

They could have added two USB-C ports in addition to the two Thunderbolt ports, like on the M1 iMac.
That may not be the case. It’s believed that M1 only has the bandwidth for four streams of data, which would also explain why no M1 machine has more than 2 Thunderbolt ports or USB C ports.

Hopefully the ‘X’ variant will rectify this, in addition to more RAM. Lightroom is really pushing the limits of my 16gb…
 
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Zadigre

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I assume this 10Gbps is unable to fallback to 2.5Gbps right? Believe that was always one of the gotchyas with networking.

Lots of affordable NAS's now with 2.5Gbps ports, but the 10Gbps ones are very pricey.
usually any with 10Gbps ethernet can do 1, 2.5, 5 and 10Gbps.

and according to Apple :
Configurable to 10Gb Ethernet (Nbase-T Ethernet with support for 1Gb, 2.5Gb, 5Gb and 10Gb Ethernet using RJ-45 connector)
 
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ruka.snow

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I assume this 10Gbps is unable to fallback to 2.5Gbps right? Believe that was always one of the gotchyas with networking.

Lots of affordable NAS's now with 2.5Gbps ports, but the 10Gbps ones are very pricey.

Your switch usually does the heavy lifting here. So your mini is connected to the switch at 10 Gbps and the NAS is connected with 2.5 Gbps if you have one of the lower budget ones or 10 Gbps (usually SPF+) into said switch. The expensive part here remains getting 10 Gbps switches, but they are now under £1500 for 24 ports and no longer sound like they are taking off.

And as confirmed by another user, it'll auto negotiate down to 2.5 if thats all you have. But don't plug the NAS directly into the mini ether way.
 

Techwatcher

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I prefer Windows when it comes to Desktops/Laptops, but I keep a M1 Mac Mini around when needed. It's definitely a good device. Terrible for gaming though [which I suppose is obvious] lol.
 

ruka.snow

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I prefer Windows when it comes to Desktops/Laptops, but I keep a M1 Mac Mini around when needed. It's definitely a good device. Terrible for gaming though [which I suppose is obvious] lol.
Depends what you are playing on it. I got on just fine with Jenny LeClue and a number of other games that you can just sit down and play. The vast majority of gamers are playing The Sims 4 as their most complicated game, not Doom.
 

ikramerica

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That may not be the case. It’s believed that M1 only has the bandwidth for four streams of data, which would also explain why no M1 machine has more than 2 Thunderbolt ports or USB C ports.

Hopefully the ‘X’ variant will rectify this, in addition to more RAM. Lightroom is really pushing the limits of my 16gb…
That seems to be the case. 2 displays, 4 data channels, 4 main cores, 4 performance cores, 4 data channels, 8 video cores. Those are the limits from what I understand. Which is pretty good for a very powerful cell phone masquerading as a computer. But not enough for a high end computer.
 
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RONS67

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Are there even any internet providers that have 10gbps as an option? I guess this is a future proof thing lol
For most people, it's to expedite shoveling data around the LAN, but 2+ Gbps Internet service is available some places including from Google.
 

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That seems to be the case. 2 displays, 4 data channels, 4 main cores, 4 performance cores, 4 data channels, 8 video cores. Those are the limits from what I understand. Which is pretty good for a very powerful cell phone masquerading as a computer. But not enough for a high end computer.
Well I guess it’s good that it’s neither supposed to be, nor priced at, nor advertised as a high end computer. So I’m really not sure what your point is here? A mac mini isn’t a high end product? quelle surprise
 

Maximara

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That may not be the case. It’s believed that M1 only has the bandwidth for four streams of data, which would also explain why no M1 machine has more than 2 Thunderbolt ports or USB C ports.
With the exception of the 8-Core CPU 7-Core GPU model the M1 iMac has "Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports" and "Two USB 3 ports" so that isn't the bottleneck.
 

bigfatipod

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Your switch usually does the heavy lifting here. So your mini is connected to the switch at 10 Gbps and the NAS is connected with 2.5 Gbps if you have one of the lower budget ones or 10 Gbps (usually SPF+) into said switch. The expensive part here remains getting 10 Gbps switches, but they are now under £1500 for 24 ports and no longer sound like they are taking off.

And as confirmed by another user, it'll auto negotiate down to 2.5 if thats all you have. But don't plug the NAS directly into the mini ether way.
I know nothing about NAS. Why wouldn’t you just plug it in directly to the mini?
 

Treq

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Yea - the only M1's left with what I consider to be the minimum amount of acceptable RAM (16GB) are over $1000. Too rich for my blood, even at refurbished prices...
The above article states that a 16GB ram model, refurbished, is only $849. Is the article incorrect?
 
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