Early 2020 Apple Mac Mini MXNF2LL/A with i3, 256GB & MXNG2LL/A with i5, 512GB Review

2020 Apple Mac Mini MXNF2LL/A & MXNG2LL/A 

Apple Mac Mini, early 2020

Early 2020 release new Apple Mac Mini (MXNF2LL/A) is offered in two versions of the Intel i3 processor & 256GB SSD or the Intel i5 processor & 512GB SSD. It was released only very recently on 18 March by Apple and is available for purchase at Amazon.com with the delivery times earliest by March 31 to April 3.

The cheapest version has the 8th generation quarter one of the 2019 release quad core Intel i3-8100B processor (6MB shared L3 cache) at 3.6GHz speed, 8GB DDR4 SDRAM memory at 2666MHz, the ultra fast 256GB Solid State Drive and the latest version of MacOS. Graphics card is the built-in Intel UHD 630 with a decent overall benchmark score.

Typical TDP- Thermal Design Power is 65 watts for the i3-8100B processor that is suitable for desktop computers. The average CPU PassMark rating is 6835 as a high-end processor with plenty of power. The more expensive option has the Intel i5-8500 processor (9MB L3 cache) with 3.0GHz that moves up to 4.2GHz with the turbo boost function. SSD storage on this one is also twice the size at 512GB. The memory is 8GB DDR4 SDRAM that offers plenty of multitasking power and can be expanded up to 16GB, 32GB or 64GB depending on your needs

Mac Mini MXNF2LL/A is compact and portable machine that weighs only 2.9 pounds and measures 1.4H x 7.7W x 7.7D inches. So you can take it wherever you go and use in your hotel room or apartment you rent. In the box you’ll get the Mac Mini and the power cord. Keyboard or mouse is not included and you need to purchase separately. Connectivity options include the 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet, 2 x USB 3 ports, 4 x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, 3.5mm headphone jack and an HDMI 2.0 output.

The new Mac Mini supports three 4K displays via the HDMI and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. Or you can connect a 4K screen through the HDMI and a 5K screen through a Thunderbolt 3 port. The built-in Intel UHD 630 has a videocard benchmark score of 1217 as a mid-range graphics card. And it lets you play the not so demanding games at acceptable settings and resolutions. For non-gaming purposes it offers a decent amount of power for daily multimedia tasks and sharp and clear picture. You’ll be able to output the video through the Thunderbolt 3 ports or the HDMI port.

New Apple Mac Mini, i3, 8GB, 256GB

It is quite a powerful machine overall for performing the industrial grade tasks like home automation, or acting as a live concert audio machine. You have the T2 security chip by Apple, a larger fan than before and expanded vents, a modern 150W power supply (100-240 VAC and 50-60Hz frequency), and an all SSD storage. You can connect to the peripherals like mice, keyboards or headsets wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.0. The updates for Mac operating system is available for downloading through the App Store free of charge. Warranty offered is limited one year by Apple and a 90-day complimentary technical support.

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