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Mac Mini M2 Pro Review: Best Buy Ever

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March 19, 2023
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Mac Mini M2 Pro Review: Best Buy Ever

In short

  • Apple Silicon revitalizes the Mac mini in 2020
  • Updated with M2 chip and M2 Pro option in 2023
  • Improved graphics performance in a small space
  • Great value for money and affordable basic configuration
  • Compact design unrivaled by mini PCs
  • Abundant ports, including HDMI 2.1 and Thunderbolt 4
  • Slower SSD in basic configuration
  • Performance similar to MacBook Pro with M2 Max, but cooler and quieter
  • M2 Pro ideal for content creators
  • Mac Studio aimed at other audiences, Mac mini M2 Pro more “mainstream”


Let's go deeper

Apple Silicon has given new life to Mac mini in 2020. Who would have thought that?

From an almost dead product to one of the best quality-price computers you can buy, and in 2023, not only was it updated to the M2 chip, but it also offers you the option of upgrading to the M2 Pro.

That's right regaz, we're talking about better graphics performance in the same small space. It doesn't even seem possible, and yet it's true.

It's the best compact computer ever made, especially when we consider the extra graphics performance ofM2 Pro and the amazing quality/price ratio of the basic configuration.

Let's go deeper together.

Pros and Cons


  • Top compactness, as always
  • The M2 Pro gives a boost to graphics performance
  • Lots of memory options, plenty!
  • Quiet and fresh like a summer salad
  • A choice of doors so wide that it looks like a buffet
  • Basic configuration at a mouth-watering price


  • The basic configuration has a slower SSD, damn it!
  • DIY updates? But not even by dream!


The Mac mini, the group's' old 'in Apple's current lineup, is still standing.

And I'll tell you, despite a certain desire for innovation, it's hard to say goodbye to that simple and essential design of the Mac mini.

It's all aluminum, compact, and it blends perfectly with the desk - and that's what matters, isn't it?

Yes, there are compact PCs with Windows, but no one can compete with the Mac mini, believe me.

And then, the small size of this little gem has its reason.

There are those who use it as a PC for the home theater, or perhaps to manage their media, and even there, the size of the Mac mini makes a difference. The M2 Pro model It weighs a little more than the basic model: 1.27 kg against 1.18 kg.

Fun fact: it weighs more or less like a MacBook Air M2.

In the end, the world of mini PCs hasn't made much headway in recent years. Intel's NUC machines remain a niche product, and then there are competitors such asHP Z2 Mini G9 which, bigger and louder, are no match for the Mac mini - especially if we consider that monstrous power supply that the Mac mini lacks.

So, speaking of design, no - I'm not disappointed that Apple continues to use this same chassis and, on the contrary, I say that Apple can safely keep things as they are for at least another 2 or 3 years.

However, I confess that I would like to see it in a Space Gray version.


Let's move on.


The choice of ports is essential on a desktop PC, and Apple doesn't disappoint, on this front.

The M2 Pro model It sports a headphone jack, two USB-A ports, four Thunderbolt 4 ports, an HDMI 2.1 port and an Ethernet input. That's two more Thunderbolt ports than the basic M2 and M1 models. This is already a big step forward, as is the jump from HDMI 2.0 to HDMI2.1.

Think that you could even connect an 8K monitor or a 4K 240Hz display, if you wanted to. And thanks to the extra Thunderbolt ports, you can now power up to three monitors 4K at 60Hz. In short, you probably won't need an additional USB-C hub or a Thunderbolt dock, even if you're thinking of a respectable workstation.

The only small flaw, in my opinion, is the position of the headphone jack: it would be nice to have more convenient access, especially if you want to keep the Mac mini hidden in the back of the desk.


Here's a problem I just can't digest: SSD performance in Apple Mac M2. As if that were not enough, Even the Mac mini is afflicted.

Listen here: if you plan to buy the basic M2 model with only 256 GB of memory, get ready for read and write speeds that border on snails.

It will still be pretty quick, but one can't help but mention it.

In any case, do yourself a favor and configure yours Mac mini with the amount of memory and storage of which really you need it, because once bought, no upgrade.


So, let's talk about the Mac mini and its performance with the M2 Pro.

Guys, this chip has a decidedly improved graphics, with a GPU that reaches up to 19 cores. There's also a 16-core option to save 300 dollars, but with two fewer CPU cores.

The configurations between M2 and M2 Pro are different: the M2 offers 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of memory, while the M2 Pro model From $1,299 it starts with 16 GB of RAM and can go up to 32 GB. You can also add up to 8 TB of memory.

Ah, the Mac mini is cool and quiet, a treat!

The performance is attractive, this M2 Pro compares well with the M1 Pro in the 14-inch MacBook Pro. Cinebench R23 says that Is 17% faster than the M1 Pro.

And the performance is almost identical to the MacBook Pro 14-inch M2 Max. Not only that, the Mac mini manages temperatures better and makes less noise.

But the exciting thing is the graphics of the M2 Pro in the Mac mini.

Okay, the M2 Max and M1 Ultra are stronger, but the Mac mini isn't messing around. In Premiere Pro tests and in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the Mac mini really shows its muscles.

It's not a gaming monster, but for the price, it's pretty impressive.


Now the question of questions.

Nand is it worth it?

Yes, it's worth it

The Mac mini M2 It is a gem of compactness, performance and convenience. With the M2 Pro, the Mac mini becomes a perfect mainstream option for creators, with more graphics power and better thermal performance than MacBook Pros. The basic configuration unto €729 makes the Mac ecosystem accessible like never before.

No, it's not worth it

However, some may find the Mac mini M2 less attractive due to the basic configuration with slower SSD and the impossibility of DIY updates. In addition, Apple's offering has no shortage of competitors, such as the Mac Studio, which may be a better choice for some users.


Among Macs with M2, this Mac mini might actually become my favorite.

The M2 isn't a huge jump from the M1, but in the Mac mini it doesn't seem to have the same thermal problems as the MacBook Pro. And with the M2 Pro on board, it's perfect for creators, especially if you appreciate that extra graphic power. Cooler and quieter than MacBook Pros, if you already have a nice monitor, choosing it is a breeze.

Of course, the Mac Studio has its role, but theM2 Pro In the Mac mini it's a more 'mainstream' option, a great starting point for content creators.

Good Apple at offering a cheaper option with the basic model from €729.

But pay attention to limited memory and storage. For the right audience, it's a bargain considering the speed of the M2.

It has never been more convenient to enter the Mac ecosystem, I assure you.

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