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Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014) MGEM2 / MGEN2 / MGEQ2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1948 reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014) MGEM2 / MGEN2 / MGEQ2. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and design. The size and price also get good opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014) MGEM2 / MGEN2 / MGEQ2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 83 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014) MGEM2 / MGEN2 / MGEQ2 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on People really like the size and reliability. The design and price are also appreciated.

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95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Dec, 2017

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 404 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Late 2014) MGEM2 / MGEN2 / MGEQ2 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers really like the size and design. The price and usability also get good opinions, whereas views are divided on the reliability.

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85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Kane Fulton (

Mac mini 2014 review


A welcome upgrade, Apple's latest Mac mini lives for the moment

Still small and quiet ; Two Thunderbolt 2 ports ; Energy efficient ; 802.11ac Wi-Fi

RAM isn't user-upgradable ; No quad-core options ; Can't run 4K at 60Hz

Ratings in depth First launched in 2005, Apple's Mac mini has never received the same design plaudits as the MacBook Air, but it has been almost as influential upon the competition. The titular computer's square shape, minimal appearance and compact...

Dec, 2014

Expert review by: Chris Hall (

Apple Mac mini (Late 2014) review: Updated, if not upgraded


The Mac mini is perhaps the least celebrated of the Apple Mac family. The Mac mini has been changed in 2014: updated, if not upgraded. There are tweaks and changes, but the thing we notice most is that the Mac mini now feels like it's been moved out of...

Now cheaper, graphics updates, design is still strong for the most part

Rear SD card slot inconvenient, no quad-core options, no user upgradability after purchase

The Mac mini has been changed in 2014: updated, if not upgraded. There are tweaks and changes, but the thing we notice most is that the Mac mini now feels like it's been moved out of the hands of those who like to tinker. Perhaps that's just our inner...

Nov, 2014

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Expert review by: Richard Easton (

Mac Mini 2014 review


The Mac Mini 2014 is a good upgrade for what was already an excellent entry-level Mac system but comes at the expense of easy upgrades

In the end, the Mac Mini 2014 is a worthy follow-up to the older model. It’s kept what made its predecessor so good and reduced the price - at the bottom end at least. It’s a shame that upgradeability has been sacrificed but otherwise the Mac Mini 2014...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: Mark Peters (

Apple Mac mini


Apple updates Mac mini : Apple updated Mac mini with the latest technologies and a new lower starting price, making Apple's most affordable Mac an even better value. Apple Mac mini now features fourth generation Intel Core processors, integrated...

Apple Mac mini comes in three standard models: a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost speeds up to 2.7 GHz, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 5000 and a 500GB hard drive starting at a suggested retail price of $499; a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by: Andrew Harrison (

Apple Mac mini (Late 2014) 2.8GHz review


The new 2014 top-spec Mac mini has only half the processor cores compared to the 2012 model – but is it half the Mac?

Improved Fusion Drive with PCIe flash ; Improved 11ac Wi-Fi ; Two Thunderbolt 2 ports

Top Mac mini has less than half the processor performance of previous model ; Soldered memory blocks user upgrades ; Expensive compared to previous 2012 model, with price increasing again in late 2016

For power users that need that extra processing headroom, the quad-core Mac mini is already sorely missed. For single-threaded applications, the processor performance is little changed, even though we expected the 0.2 GHz advantage to give this model...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by: Cliff Joseph , Adam Shepherd , Rene Millman (

Apple Mac Mini (2014) review: Everything you need to know


Broadwell CPU updates in offing and a dongle to speed up headless Mac Minis

Compact desktop design; Lower price and stronger performance than previous models; Thunderbolt 2.0

RAM now soldered onto motherboard; Prices exclude monitor, keyboard and mouse

The lack of user-upgrades is a step backwards and may deter IT admins from deploying the Mac Mini.

Dec, 2015

Expert review by: Andrew Harrison (

Mac mini (Late 2014) 2.6 GHz review


How does the inbetweener perform? We find out how the middle of three new Apple Mac mini (Late 2014) models stacks up against its cheaper and dearer siblings.

Latest Mac mini gains extra Thunderbolt 2 port ; 802.11ac Wi-Fi ; PCIe-attached flash drive option

Up to 50 percent slower than before ; no quad-core processor ; loses option to upgrade memory ; loses FireWire 800

While the entry-level Mac mini (Late 2014) is priced attractively at £399, it would benefit from a memory upgrade at least to 8 GB, especially since this upgrade will never be possible later. By then comparing this upgraded cheapest model at £479 to...

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: James Pikover (

Mac mini 2014: Apple's price-conscious Mac that doesn’t skimp on power [REVIEW]


Apple's cheapest Mac is actually a very capable little computer with plenty of power.

Cheapest Mac, even without serious upgrades ; Small, quiet and still very powerful ; Perfect for schools and kids

Not upgradeable ; iMac better choice if you need a display

The Mac mini is the most inexpensive Mac you can buy that’s also very powerful and portable.

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Karen Haslam (

Mac mini (2014) versus Mac mini (2012) comparison review: how the 2014 Mac mini compares to the 2012 Mac mini


How the new Mac mini compares to the 2012 Mac mini, and why it's worth buying the old model

The 2014 Mac mini starts at £399 and the prices are lower than the 2012 models across the board

The 2012 models are more upgradable and the processors are faster

There is a lot to like about the new Mac mini, not least its lower pricing and modern processor. However, you should note that the older models from 2012 offer exceptionally good processors, and are upgradable, so if you can get your hands on one we...

Jan, 2015

Expert review by: Andrew Harrison (

Mac mini (Late 2014) 1.4 GHz review: Mac mini is sort of upgradable, but is it any good as it is?


Apple has finally has given the cheap iMac (last updated in October 2012) some love.

Lowest ever start price, Supreme build quality, Quiet, Two Thunderbolt 2, Extremely economical

Memory now soldered and not upgradeable ; Loss of FireWire port

Nov, 2014

Product Specifications


Energy Star certified:Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold


Chassis Type:NETTOP
Colour of product:Silver
Placement supported:Horizontal
Water cooling system:N / No


Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available
Graphics adapter Open GL support:Y / Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 11.2/12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel Iris Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xA26 / 0xA2E
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 5000 / Intel Iris Graphics / Intel Iris Graphics 5100
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)


Internal Memory:16 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 2 / 8
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 2 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a,802.11ac,802.11b,802.11g,802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 10000 / 0 - 3000 / 0 - 3048
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35 / 50 - 95
Relative humidity:5 - 95
Storage relative humidity (H-H):-40 - 116
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 47

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:N / No

Other features

Built-In Microphone: Yes
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.11a/b/g
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Power requirements:100-240V AC
Power supply type:AC
Speakers: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Bundled software:- iPhoto\n- iMovie\n- GarageBand\n- Pages\n- Numbers\n- Keynote\n- Maps\n- iBooks\n- Safari\n- Mail\n- FaceTime\n- Messages\n- Calendar\n- Contacts\n- Reminders\n- Time Machine\n- iTunes\n- Game Center\n- Preview\n- Notes\n- Mac App Store / 2 HDMI/HDCP / AirDrop, AirPlay, Gatekeeper, iCloud, iCloud Drive, Dashboard, Mission Control, App Nap, Power Nap, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iBooks, Safari, FaceTime, Contacts, Time Machine, Photo Booth, Mac App Store, iTunes, Game Center / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nMac App Store / Mac App Store, Safari, Mail, Messages, Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Notes, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, Game Center, iTunes, iLife, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, OS X Server / OS X Server\niPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nMac App Store
Cables included:AC
Display included:N / No
Drivers included:Y / Yes
Keyboard supplied:N / No
Manual:Y / Yes
Mouse included:N / No


Password protection:Y / Yes
Product Type:Mini PC / PC
Remotely operated: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: No
DVI port:N / No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Infrared data port: Yes
Line-in: Yes
Microphone in:Y / Yes
Number of SATA III connectors:4
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:2
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4


Power Supply:85
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240


Bus type:DMI2
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity:N / No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM, LPDDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM,LPDDR3-SDRAM
Number of Processors Installed:1
PCI Express configurations:4x1, 2x4 / 4x1,2x4
PCI Express slots version:2 / 2.0
Processor boost frequency:2.7 / 3.1 / 3.3 / 3.5 / 3.6
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i5-4xxx / Intel Core i7 / Intel Core i7-4xxx
Processor frequency:1 / 1.4 / 2.6 / 2.8 / 3
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:I5-4260U / I5-4278U / I5-4308U / I7-4578U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-4200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4300 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA 1168 / BGA1168
Processor threads:2 / 4 / 8
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15 / 28
Tjunction:100 / 100 C

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching:N / No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:N / No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:N / No
Intel FDI Technology:N / No / Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:N / No
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel HD Graphics:N
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel ME Firmware Version:9.5
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:N / No
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology:Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio): Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Y
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:75030 / 83506 / 83507 / 83508
Processor code:SR16T / SR1ZT / SR1ZU / SR1ZV
Processor package size:40
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes


Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite / Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks


Card reader integrated:Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1 / 2
Number of SSDs installed:1 / 2
Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2
Solid-state drive capacity:256
Storage Media:Flash / Fusion Drive / HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 1128 / 2000 / 256 / 500 / 512 / 516

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:19.7 / 197
Height :3.6 / 36
Weight:1.19 / 1.2 / 1.22 / 1.3
Width:19.7 / 197