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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2013
Bought the 16GB-RAM version of this guy a few weeks back to replace a Dell Linux server which was noisy and bad. MacMini just as if not more fast than the Dell it replaced, and is whisper silent which is awesome. More than capable of running multiple linux server VMs for additional applications.
Easy to administer from the command line of course but it's nice to have VNC remote desktop as an option as well.

Only major thing to be aware of going in is that the filesharing services only service SMBv2. Windows clients will not have trouble with this but it will break (for now) requests from Linux samba clients, until the maintainers of the linux cifs client project incorporate support SMBv2. Backwards support for SMBv1 would have been nice, but the speed boost with SMBv2 is very noticeable and it's really on the linux developers to get their cifs client caught up to improvements in the technology.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2013
I just want to point out the pricing of this product. For an additional $240 over the MD366LL/A model here at Amazon you get an extra 1TB drive and the $20 Server application. Assuming you are buying this for server use, thats $220 for a 1TB drive. You will undoubtedly need external drives for more capacity anyway, so ask yourself is $220/1TB worth it?

I don't have this model, but bought and continue to use the original Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server. Back then the $1000 price got you the second hard drive instead of a DVD drive over the mid-price model, but Snow Leopard Server OS cost $500, so you were only paying $500 for the hardware! Apple reduced the price of the server $480 but didn't lower the cost of the system at all.

These minis work well as server computers, but I'd recommend buying the "regular" Mac mini and Server app separately to save money.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2013
The Mini is not so mini anymore, it's about 8" square; but that said, it packs a powerful punch. I added 16 more gigs of DRAM and hooked it up to a Thunderbolt Display, and it's a pretty darn good computer. I can run Photoshop, InDesign, Safari, Mail and other programs at the same time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2013
Best Mac mini money can buy!
Outperform latest iMac! Great for professional it home use. Recommending 8GB Memory or above (supports up to 16GB).
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2012
To tell you the truth, I am still getting used to my Mac Mini so this may not be the best review, but as a 20 year PC user, I finally made the switch.
Is it different? Yes.
Is it confusing? At times it is, but the more I use it, the better I like it.
I do like the processing speed for movies and graphics. I was finally able to covert the two hours of HD video from my in-laws vacation into a movie, although I had to buy a Samsung DVD writer ($29 on Amazon) because there is no optical drive. My son, who has an iPhone and Macbook pro, is helping me with a few things and the interconnectivity of all the Apple devices is cool. I guess my next phone will be an iPhone.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2013
Apple server works well out of the box. Clean packaging easily configurable Server.

Server OS is included, but it could also be purchased for $20 in the App Store.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2012
Ordered for the price and am very happy with this ordering method over buying direct from Apple.
Saved money on tax. Thanks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2014
It's the best computer I have ever invested in. It will run both mac os and windows, I love it.
jack
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2014
This was sold as "Apple Mac Mini MD389LL/A with Lion Server" and it actually came with Mavericks Server on it, saving a couple versions worth of upgrades to get to a contemporary version of the OS. Being that Mavericks is less than 5 months old it shows that Apple isn't letting this model lie dormant.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2013
I had been using a quad-core hackintosh to edit video with Final Cut Pro and wanted an inexpensive way to migrate to Apple hardware. I was skeptical about the power of the Mac Mini simply because it's so small. However, the Geekbench scores on the 2012 quad-core Mac Minis are fantastic, so I gave it a shot and have been VERY happy with this little machine.

While the included hard drives are not the fastest, I haven't had any trouble working with lots of 720P and 1080P video. Scrubbing through hours of footage on the Mini is easy and the system doesn't break a sweat during editing sessions. The two areas that you can see Final Cut Pro X tax a computer is during initial clip analysis and also while exporting video. I was wondering how the Mini would deal with the high CPU loads during these intense operations. As it turns out, the system does get a bit warm to the touch and the fan starts kicking out some warm air, but the system handles that fine.

And, the Mini is fantastic at all of the other everyday tasks that I have thrown at it. E-mail and Internet surfing are a breeze. Playing 1080P video on YouTube can also get the fan to kick on in the Mini, but the performance is lag free and video always plays perfectly smoothly.

I immediately upgraded to 16GB of RAM, so I don't know how the system would perform with 4GB.

As a bonus, this system uses only 10 watts of power as I write this... so it's a great green computer.
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