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Apple Mac Mini MD387LL/A Desktop (NEWEST VERSION)

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  • 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB L3 cache
  • 4 GB (two 2GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 memory
  • 500 GB (5400-rpm) hard drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
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Processors Intel Core i5 3.1 GHz Intel Core i7 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 3.3 GHz Intel Core i5 1.4 GHz
Operating System Mac OS X Mountain Lion OS X Mavericks Mac OS X Mountain Lion OS X Mavericks
Storage 500 GB 5400 RPM Storage 1 TB 5400 RPM Storage 2 TB 5400 RPM Storage 500 GB 5400 RPM Storage
Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 4000 processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel HD Graphics 5000
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Screen Size24 inches
Screen Resolution1920x12000
Max Screen Resolution2560 x 1600
Processor3.1 GHz Intel Core i5
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Hard Drive500 GB
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 4000
Wireless Type802.11A, 802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 4
Brand NameApple
Item model numberMD387LL/A
Hardware PlatformMac
Operating SystemMac OS X Mountain Lion
Item Weight4.8 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H7.76 x 7.76 x 1.42 inches
Color Aluminium
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeSDRAM
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive TypeNo
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Power SourceAC
Voltage110 volts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #312 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 23, 2012
Warranty & Support Return Policy: You may return any new computer purchased from that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellableRead more condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.

Product Description

The Apple Mac mini packs even more power, thanks to the latest dual-core and quad-core Intel processors. It also comes with integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, Thunderbolt, USB 3, and OS X Mountain Lion--the latest release of the world's most advanced desktop operating system.

Mac mini front
The powerhouse Mac mini (view larger).


Mac mini rear
Plenty of ports, including USB 3, HDMI, and Thunderbolt (view larger).

This version of the Mac mini (model MD387LL/A) features a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 dual-core processor as well as 4 GB of RAM (expandable to 16 GB) and 500 GB of hard drive storage (see full specifications below). It also comes with the iLife software suite, which includes the latest versions of iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand.

Key Features

Small Footprint, Excellent Versatility

The Mac mini features a precisely constructed unibody enclosure that even houses its own integrated power supply into the 7.7-inch square aluminum enclosure (that's also 1.4 inches thin)--eliminating the need for an external power brick. Additionally, the Mac mini helps contain your environmental footprint with a 10 watt power consumption.

Despite its smaller size, the Mac mini offers a full range of ports for connecting to your existing peripherals--from keyboards and mice to external hard drives and displays (via the Thunderbolt and HDMI ports). And when you're ready to add more memory, the Mac mini's bottom removable panel makes the upgrade process a breeze.


Revolutionary Thunderbolt Technology

Developed by Intel with collaboration from Apple, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O (input/output) technology delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second of transfer speeds in both directions. Built into the Mac mini, the Thunderbolt port allows you to connect to new Thunderbolt-compatible peripherals as well as existing USB and FireWire peripherals using simple adapters. You'll be able to move data up to 20 times faster than with USB 2.0 and more than 12 times faster than with FireWire 800, and you can daisy-chain up to six high-speed devices without using a hub. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI, and VGA displays.


With USB 3 built into the Mac mini, you can connect your external hard drive and transfer large files in seconds instead of minutes. Every Mac mini comes with four USB 3 ports--with speeds up to 10 times faster than USB 2--and you can connect all your USB-compatible devices, including your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or digital camera.

Intel HD Graphics 4000

Intel HD Graphics 4000 delivers up to 65 percent more pixel-pushing performance than the previous generation of integrated graphics. So the video you watch and the games you play are smoother and more responsive. Flipping through photo albums is a breeze. And you've got all the power you need to edit your HD video into a film worthy of a red carpet premiere.


  Apple Mac mini (model MD387LL/A)
Processor 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz) with 3 MB L3 cache
Storage 500 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)
Memory 4 GB (two 2GB) of 1600 MHz DDR3 memory (maximum of 16 GB)
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000
Video Thunderbolt digital video output (native Mini DisplayPort output); compatible with DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI output using optional adapters
Audio Audio line in minijack (digital/analog); audio line out/headphone minijack (digital/analog); HDMI port supports multichannel audio output; support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone; built-in speaker
and Expansion
  • Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps)
  • FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
  • Four USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
  • HDMI port
  • SDXC card slot
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Audio in/out
  • IR receiver
Communications 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking (802.11a/b/g compatible); Bluetooth 4.0; Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
Size and Weight 7.7 x 7.7 x 1.4 inches (WxDxH); 2.7 pounds
mac mini display
Just add your own display, keyboard, and mouse (display and peripherals not included; view larger).

What's in the Box

Mac mini, HDMI to DVI adapter, power cord, printed and electronic documentation

Note: The Mac mini does not come with an optical drive, however OS X Mountain Lion offers the convenient DVD or CD Sharing feature, which lets you wirelessly "borrow" the optical drive of a nearby Mac or PC. So you can install applications from a DVD or CD and have full access to an optical drive without having to carry one around. Additionally, you can connect an optional optical drive (such as the Apple USB SuperDrive) via one of the USB ports.

Limited Warranty And Service

The Mac mini comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a 1-year limited warranty, which can be extended to 3 years with the AppleCare Protection Plan.

Installed Software

OS X Mnt

At the heart of every Mac mini--and every Mac--is OS X Mountain Lion, the world's most advanced desktop operating system. Since the software built into every Mac is created by the same company that makes the Mac, you get a fully integrated system in which everything works together perfectly. OS X works with the processor in your Mac to deliver the best possible performance. Power Nap even takes advantage of the Mac hardware to keep the entire system up to date while it sleeps.

OS X Mountain Lion Mac App Store, Safari, Mail, Messages, Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Notes, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, Game Center, iTunes, and more

iLife helps you do more with photos, movies, and music than you ever thought possible. In iPhoto, you can browse, edit, and share your photos in stunning new full-screen views. Create epic Hollywood-style movie trailers from your home video in iMovie. And GarageBand gives you everything you need to make a great-sounding song--including tools for keeping your song in perfect rhythm and guitar and piano lessons.

Apple iLife suite iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand


AppleCare Protection Plan

AppleCare Protection Plan

Because Apple makes the hardware, the operating system, and many applications, the Mac is a truly integrated system. And only the AppleCare Protection Plan gives you one-stop service and support from Apple experts, so most issues can be resolved in a single call. Extend the complimentary service and support on your Mac to 3 years from the original Mac purchase date with the AppleCare Protection Plan. You get direct telephone access to Apple experts for technical questions, and you get global repair coverage--including both parts and labor--for your Mac and select Apple peripherals.


Optional Accessories and Related Products


Thunderbolt Display

Apple Thunderbolt Display
The world's first Thunderbolt display doesn't just give you more pixels. It gives you more possibilities. Built-in Thunderbolt technology lets you connect as many as six devices through a single port and transfer data up to 20 times faster than with USB 2.0.


Apple Wireless Keyboard

Apple Wireless Keyboard
Incredibly thin and streamlined, the Apple Wireless Keyboard lets you type on your desk, on your lap, or anywhere within range. Wherever you put it, the keyboard will take up minimal space. Just like your Mac mini.


Apple Magic Mouse

Apple Magic Mouse
Magic Mouse is unlike any other mouse you've ever used. The Multi-Touch surface lets you use gestures to swipe through photos and scroll down web pages. And the entire mouse is the button, so you can click anywhere.


Apple Magic Trackpad

Apple Magic Trackpad
Magic Trackpad is the first Multi-Touch trackpad designed to work with your Mac desktop computer, and it supports a full set of gestures. Click, scroll, swipe, and rotate to control what's onscreen. Use it along with your mouse or as an alternative to one.


USB SuperDrive

Apple USB SuperDrive
Compact and convenient, the Apple USB SuperDrive connects to your Mac mini with a single USB cable and fits easily into a travel bag. It lets you install software and play and burn both CDs and DVDs, including double-layer DVDs.


Time Capsule

Time Capsule
Time Capsule is the revolutionary backup device that works wirelessly with Time Machine in OS X Leopard or later. It automatically backs up everything, so you never have to worry about losing important files. It also doubles as a full-featured 802.11n Wi-Fi base station. Choose from 2 TB and 3 TB models.

Product Description

2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
4GB memory
500GB hard drive1
Intel HD Graphics 4000
OS X Mountain Lion

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The computer is very fast.
Dan Brinton
I would highly recommend it if you already have a screen or just want to find a cheaper mac!
Ben Flick
Works great as a home media server for netflix/plex/sickbeard etc!

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172 of 178 people found the following review helpful By C. Panza on December 10, 2012
Format: Personal Computers Verified Purchase
First off, I'm a high school student. I'm using this computer for word processing, web browsing, some gaming, and I'm learning programming.


-This computer looks excellent. The Mini's body hasn't changed since late 2010- and for a good reason. The desktop is tiny, fitting right under my monitor with room to spare. It's sleek and looks good anywhere.
-It's very simple, it's just a box. The removable cover on the bottom is a soft rubber (the same as the panel with all the ports). Due to the removable cover's height and size, the computer appears to be floating about 1/3 an inch above the desk.
-Looks great anywhere and feels nice as well.
-Removable cover makes the RAM easy to upgrade and also gives you more access to the inside so you can clean it out.

-The ports on the back (i.e. headphones) are a bit difficult to access- you have to lean over to look behind the computer or move it.
-The monitor does occasionally flicker during active use (about once a day), but Apple and Intel are aware of the problem and are releasing a fix. It's not very bad.


-The 2.5 GHz i5 is pretty speedy. I've had 15+ tabs running with music playing and a game running (Bastion) and it doesn't slow down.
-Write speed for the HDD is pretty good. 5400 RPM isn't ideal, but it works well for the price.

-4 GB of RAM is a little lacking, but it is easily upgradable. For $85.00 you can get 16 GB of RAM and easily install it yourself:
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117 of 123 people found the following review helpful By David Shaheen on December 3, 2012
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I purchased this computer along with a Chromebook S 550. They are a perfect compliment. I have wanted to buy a mac computer for a while because of the good things I have heard and my past experience with Apple products (ipods). But, they always seemed too expensive for me. But, with this comp, it was a perfect fit because I already had a keyboard, 19 inch digital display, and mouse. I did an extensive analysis on comps for several weeks and you know what, even when you compare the mac mini to several other desktops, it is NOT more expensive for what you get. I thought the price would be premium. That DOES seem to be the case the the imacs, but not the mac mini ($599 late 2012 edition).

My first impressions: Everything was so simple and user friendly from when I first booted it up and walked through registration. It seemed to run very quickly. I upgraded the ram when I first got it to 8gb from the standard 4gb, because of all the reviews on how easy it was to upgrade ram in this comp and the price being very inexpensive. I paid about $40 for 8gb of ram compared to $100 to upgrade through Apple. Installation was super easy.

Also, my wife is a performing artist and needed a quick demo video for a conference she was being considered for. Sadly, we have limited footage of the type we needed. But, one of the reasons we bought the mac was for ease of video editing. It was time to put the new mac to the test. The only footage I had was on a DVD. I had serious doubts about the mac and imovie being able to "rip" footage from a DVD to the comp easily without downloading some complicated software. All I did was insert the disc into the external DVD drive that I already owned. And an import bubble opened immediately to easy capture the footage into imovie!
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152 of 167 people found the following review helpful By LJ on November 1, 2012
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This upgrade to the Mac Mini makes it sufficient for everyday computing. The only task that this computer would not be good enough for would be gaming, otherwise the integrated Intel 4000 graphics work well for other tasks. The addition of USB 3.0 is great for faster transfers with newer hard drives, and the Thunderbolt port can be used for a second display. I was able to play a Blu-ray and 1080p YouTube video on two different 1080p monitors simultaneously without any stutter or dropped frames.

It only comes with 4 GB of RAM, and I would recommend upgrading to at least 8 GB, which is a very easy upgrade (no tools required) and is only about $50 currently (I got 16 GB for $90). The one downside of this computer is the hard drive, because Apple uses a 5400 rpm Hitachi for this model. For basic web browsing and other everyday tasks this is fine, but upgrading mine to an SSD greatly increased performance for my more demanding use. Upgrading the hard drive is more difficult (and probably voids the warranty). I did add a second internal hard drive to this model, but this was a lot more difficult (basically everything has to be removed from the case) and requires the purchase of a hard drive cable and mounting hardware.

No major changes have been made from the previous version, but the internal upgrades make the Mac Mini a much more powerful computer that is powerful enough for most users, but professional applications and tasks like video encoding will be limited by the processor and integrated graphics.


Apple has finally released a firmware update that appears to have fixed the HDMI flickering issue that was experienced by many users, so there are no longer any major problems with this computer.
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