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Apple Mac Mini MD388LL/A Desktop (OLD VERSION)

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  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 6MB L3 cache
  • 4 GB (two 2GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 memory
  • 1 TB (5400-rpm) hard drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
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Product Description

Apple Mac mini (model MD388LL/A)


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 MD388LL/A) features a 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 quad-core processor as well as 4 GB of RAM (expandable to 16 GB) and 1 TB 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 MD388LL/A)
Processor 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.3 GHz) with 6 MB L3 cache
Storage 1 TB 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 Information

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Screen Size15 inches
Processor2.3 GHz Intel Core i7
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Hard Drive1 TB
Graphics CoprocessorIntel HD Graphics 4000 processor
Wireless Type802.11n, 802.11abg, Bluetooth
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 4
Brand NameApple
SeriesMac mini
Item model numberMD388LL/A
Hardware PlatformMac
Operating SystemOS X Mavericks
Item Weight4.5 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H7.70 x 7.70 x 1.40 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
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #3,490 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableOctober 23, 2012
Warranty & Support
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237 of 245 people found the following review helpful By Steve on October 27, 2012
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When this new Mac Mini was announced this week, I wondered if I should upgrade my 2011 Mini. However, when I saw that I could get a solid quad core processor in the mid-level Mini, I jumped. In terms of appearance, this year's Mac Mini looks exactly like last year's. The only differences are internal. Here are the big differences between the 2011 and 2012 Mac Mini: (1) the processors are faster (as you would guess); (2) the mid-level Mac Mini now comes with a very fast quad core processor instead of a dual core; (3) the USB ports have been updated to USB 3 (which is much faster than USB 2); and (4) all models of the 2012 Mac Mini come with an integrated graphics card; there is no option for getting a discrete graphics card like last year (more on this later).

Both the mid-level Mac Mini and the server version have the same quad core processor, but the entry level Mac Mini is still a dual core. Why stick with a dual core processor desktop when you can have one with a quad core processor? So I got the mid-level model because I don't need a server, and other than the server's two hard drives, the mid-level Mini and the server model are exactly the same (e.g., same processor and same graphics card).

More on the graphics card: as noted earlier, ALL of the Mac Minis this year come with an integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics card. This is a much better card than last year's Intel HD 3000 graphics card, although some might want a discrete card for gaming. One thing I noticed about the Intel HD 4000 card in this year's Mac Mini is that it gives you 512 mb of video ram with only 4 GB of RAM installed. To my knowledge, all other Apple computers need at least 8 GB of RAM installed to get 512 mb of video ram from the HD 4000 card. This is a nice surprise.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By P.K. Frary TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 25, 2013
My 2009 Mac Pro bought the farm--screw fell on the riser board--leaving an orphaned 27-inch LED Cinema Display. Since I owned a nice screen I didn't want an iMac and MacBook Pros were pricy for non-mobile use. So I ordered a Mac Mini with 2.6GHz Quad i7 processor, 4GM RAM and 1.2 TB Fusion drive.

SETUP: Easy setup is a hallmark of the Mac and my Mini was tweaked and operational in an hour. Installing the Crucial CT2C8G3S160BM, 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3-12800) CL11 SODIMM 204-Pin 1.35V/1.5V Memory Modules took 5 minutes: twist off the bottom cover, puck out old RAM, press in the new and replace the cover. I had a Carbon Copy clone of my Mac Pro HD on SSD and plugged it into the FW800 port of the Mini, using Migration Assistant to import settings, iTunes/Aperture folders, identity and apps. The apps transferred complete with serial numbers. My address books, email accounts and email were there, just like I left them on the old computer. Even the desktop looked the same, right down to the wallpaper and files I left out! A pro audio app with copy protection, e.g., Bias Peak Pro 7, needed to be re-authenticated. My work files were on external Firewire drives so I simply plugged them into the Mini. If you're okay with the supplied iWork apps you could be up and running in minutes.

I/O: Having four USB3 ports and one each of Thunderbolt, Firewire, HDMI and Gigabit Ethernet made for easy connection of new and legacy devices. Wish it had two Thunderbolt ports and/or an eSATA port but then there is a reason it's called a Mini. An integral SD card reader is included, albeit the rear panel is not a handy location.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Don B on December 19, 2012
A little background on why I chose a Mac Mini: In 2010, I bought a brand new 27" iMac. Two years later, I was already feeling ready for an upgrade--primarily due to the iMac's mobile GPU. I decided to buy a workstation PC for the long-term upgrade opportunities; after my experience with the iMac, that was my number one must-have feature.

However, being a graphic designer, I knew that I still wanted Mac OS to be a major part of my workflow. I considered a Macbook Pro, but didn't want to commit well over $2,000 to something with little to no upgradability. That brought me to the Mac Mini. I always knew about the product, but never took it seriously until I read some of the reviews for the latest 2012 model. After reading about its easily upgradable RAM and hard drive, coupled with the updated Intel graphics, I decided that the Mini would likely be the perfect partner to my PC and purchased the base $799 model from my local Apple store.

I could not be happier with the decision.

I immediately ordered the Corsair 16 GB RAM kit that Amazon recommended in the sidebar, and installed it (with zero issues) when it arrived the next day. I should note, though, that I did play around with the Mini a bit with the stock 4 GB of RAM. It was very snappy, and perfectly adequate for web browsing, e-mail, and listening to music. However, it got a bit sluggish when it came to chomping on Adobe CS6.

With the new RAM installed, however, this machine is lightning fast. A typical workflow for me consists of running (and simultaneously utilizing) a handful of apps: Sparrow/Mail, Safari, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Numbers, a text editor, and Pandora or Spotify. The Mini is absolutely making good use of the RAM, with about 4.
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