Should I buy a mac mini 2011?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by eddikal, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. eddikal macrumors newbie


    Nov 3, 2016
    One friend of mine offers me a mac mini 2011 for 300 euros. It is has an i5 processor at 2,3 GHz, 500 gb hard-drive and 8 gb of ram. My question is: is it still worth it? I will use it for Java programming and web development.
    Thank you in advance.
  2. Algus macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2014
    That's not that great of a price on that old of a machine, though it sounds like he has put some extra RAM in so it will run pretty good. The 2012 is a fairly significant improvement, especially in graphics support, while sporting the same design but both machines are fairly good. If you or a friend have some technical expertise, you can add an SSD to that computer and it will perform very well.

    I still use my entry level 2012 mini to power my desktop (albeit I have put my own parts in it) and the only major issue I have is I can't output my second display to 1440p (but it isn't a thunderbolt display so that is more my problem)
  3. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    That's a LOT of money for a 5-year-old computer. I wouldn't pay anywhere near that much.
  4. monkeybongo macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2007
    No major problem but I'd recommend the 2012 versions simply for the USB3 and improved wifi.
  5. MattA macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2006
    Orlando, FL
    I've had a 2011 Mac Mini for the last 5 years or so. It's a very capable machine. I've got 16GB of memory and a 750GB HDD in mine. I also upgraded when I purchased it with the i7 and Radeon 6630M graphics in it.

    I would say the only negative of the machine is no USB3 support. Otherwise, it's been pretty rock solid. I'm not sure what it's worth these days, but I do know that if you put a SSD in it, performance wise it would do everything you wanted very competently.

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