Where are the in depth reviews of the Mac Mini 2014?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Akula971, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. Akula971 macrumors regular


    Aug 25, 2006
    Perfidious Albion
    Normally when a new Mac is released the internet "press" is all over it, in depth reviews praising the latest wonder product. But with this mini I'm noticing a distinct lack of in depth reviews with lots of benchmarks and real world application comparisions.

    Nothing of any substance from MacRumours, 9-5 Mac, Mac World, and Cult of Mac. Yes we had a tear down of it, and an estimated performance on primate labs. Even Bare Feats have ignored it.

    Is it because any real review vs previous models would be so bad that it could effect sales?

    Or is it too early?
  2. Micky Do macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    Far from too early……

    I would have expected something within a few days, going by previous releases. This time, in more than a week, there has been nothing more than a slickly done teardown of the 1.4 GHz model, and the odd geeky amateur's U-tube rambling based more on specs than any real world or test experience.

    Maybe the usual professional reviewers are so underwhelmed that they cannot be bothered with the 2014 Mac Minis.

    Or perhaps they are overwhelmed; preoccupied with testing and reviewing more glamorous products such as Yosemite and the Retina iMac.
  3. Crosscreek macrumors 68030


    Nov 19, 2013
    I think they are avoiding pissing Apple off by comparing the last model to the new model.

    They don't get review products if they give Apple a bad review. Just better to avoid it.
  4. tadzio macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2014
    Hello there,

    the 2 reviews aren´t good enough...just numbers...I want to know how is the real performance of all new models, running programs and some games!...

    I is frustrating me a lot nobody makes no professional good review of new mac mini!

    Just this 2 links, the bad teardown video, an amatorial utube video...nothing else! :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:

    In the meanwhile, the mac mini late 2012 2.6 ghz is rare to find, here in Europe, and it costs 2nd hand about 1100 euros...a way too much for what it is, old hardware! :eek:


  5. dvdchance macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2012
    I'm not usually a conspiracy thinking kind of guy, but the lack of any english language publications or websites reviewing the new Mini does give one reason to ponder such thoughts.

    I, like probably many others, have been debating whether the new model or the 2012 Quad-core is the best option for them, and so real world pro reviews would really help in making an informed decision.
  6. thetruth1985 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2010
    They're busy trying to figure out how to desolder the ram.
  7. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    i7 2012 Mini is still the best deal, unless:

    - You want 4K/60Hz support.

    - You want really fast storage - but 128GB PCIe SSDs are sometimes slower than big, good SATA III SSDs, and 250GB PCIe ones aren't significantly faster.

    - Money is not an issue.
  8. cypriot macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2011
    Where are the in depth reviews of the MacMini 2014?

    Only 2 news out of 12 are about mac in macrumours front page. And they are about 1) apple being filed a lawsuit about gpu in some macbooks 2) office for mac leak (basically its about microsoft). May be we are a bunch of nostalgic people running after good old days. Ipad/iphone rules now. I am seriously thinking to get a nMp or a maxed out mini to become my last computer and have fun for the rest of it.
  9. chrise2 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2012
    Maybe because Apple didn't actually have an announcement on it so nobody cares. Seems like more of a refresh then something new enough to warrant a full review.
  10. Occamsrazr macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2012
    I have just received my 2014 mac mini

    Model Name: Mac mini
    Model Identifier: Macmini7,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core i5
    Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz
    Memory: 16 GB
    HDD: PCIe 500GB SSD

    Apps open instantly, even photoshop elements opens immediately (less than 1.5 seconds)
    Browsing is noticeably faster - web pages render immediately, I can't even see them rendering

    Honestly I don't understand why everyone is dogging this system - its amazing and is giving me blazing fast performance.
  11. AndyJapan, Oct 29, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2014

    AndyJapan macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    You must have paid $1,500 (excl. tax) for that model, right.
    Not exactly cheap if you ask me. People are complaining about the new Mac Mini as the old one was better value (i.e. bang for the buck). Apple deliberately crippled the 2014 Mac Mini (soldered RAM & ludicrous upgrade prices, no more quad cores) in order to gouge customers and increase their margin. That doesn't go down well with many Mac users. Apple products have never been inexpensive, but I think they pushed the envelope a little bit too much with this Mac Mini upgrade.

  12. BJonson macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2010

    Hmm, I don't know, maybe because that system cost you $1600 after tax and last month you could get a twice as fast one for $800.
  13. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    Now go render some videos on final cut and export several dozen 36 megapixel photos on Lightroom and then get back to us on how blazing fast your Mac mini 'Air' is.....
  14. crazzapple Guest

    Oct 19, 2014
    You're kidding right? My 6 year old macbook with an ssd and 8GB ram will do all that no problem.
  15. Jambalaya macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2013
  16. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    They are just screen less airs or pros

    As these are just the same components as the air or rMBP, I'd imagine no one can be bothered to worry about it. Basically anyone who can use a MBair or rMBP as a desktop replacement will be just as happy with the mini.
  17. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    2014 Mac Mini ptuey. Not much more to say about a crippled neutered system. How wonderfully funny that they put TB2 on those machines and yet no demanding app (that uses multi-core) will ever be able to exploit the potential attached storage. What a sick sense of humour Apple has...
  18. vovov macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2014
    That is the setup i´m thinking of getting. You dont happen to have a 4K tv to test it with?
  19. Occamsrazr macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2012
    I don't really care how much it cost or whatever - the point is, that it is fast - much faster in my day to day use than the 2012 model.

    I don't own lightroom, I don't take 36 megapixel photographs, and I don't render movies (wtf?).

    Why would I care if doing those things is slow, when I never do them?


    I don't own a 4k tv, but my neighbor has one. If you're interested, I can take it over to his house and try it out.
  20. ceraz macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2008

    Is there a way to find out if the 16GB RAM upgrade is worth it ?
  21. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    What machine do you have now? Start activity monitor. Open your usual mix of apps and web pages that you peruse on a daily basis. For most the bar graph labeled "Memory Pressure" is the one to pay attention to, if you're at 8gb already and it's turning yellow then 16gb is for you. For me personally since this machine cannot be upgraded, I'd pay more attention to memory used and if you're showing consistently over 7gb used, then I'd go for the 16gb option as OS X 10.11, 10.12, 10.13 aren't going to become smaller in their memory footprint and neither are web pages.
  22. Crosscreek macrumors 68030


    Nov 19, 2013
    If your asking, it's not worth it.
  23. vovov macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2014
    That would be very interesting to hear. Theres not that much info on the 4K side.

    Since you will very likely be limited to 4K@30hz, i would be interested to hear how is the usability of the interface (mouse lag etc.)? Are there any problems with videos (30fps-60fps)? And just in general how well it behaves compared to a normal monitor(non 4K)?
  24. TPadden macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2010
    I'll take your word for that..... :rolleyes:.

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