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Apple Mac mini, Late 2012 (MD387, MD388, Z0NN, Z0NP)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1380 reviews of Apple Mac mini, Late 2012 (MD387, MD388, Z0NN, Z0NP). The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Comments about the design and size are overall positive. The reliability and price are also mentioned favorably.

usability, price, reliability, size, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac mini, Late 2012 (MD387, MD388, Z0NN, Z0NP) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Apple Mac mini, Late 2012 (MD387, MD388, Z0NN, Z0NP)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 108 user reviews of Apple Mac mini, Late 2012 (MD387, MD388, Z0NN, Z0NP) from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The price and usability are also appreciated. Many are negative about the reliability.

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97% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Mini (Dual-Core i5 2.5GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB, HD Graphics)Apple Mac Mini (Dual-Core i5 2.5GHz Processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500GB, HD Graphics)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Apple Mac mini, Late 2012 (MD387, MD388, Z0NN, Z0NP)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 878 user reviews of Apple Mac mini, Late 2012 (MD387, MD388, Z0NN, Z0NP) from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviewers really like the design and reliability. The size and price are also appreciated.

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93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Mini MD387LL/A Desktop (OLD VERSION)Apple Mac Mini MD387LL/A Desktop (OLD VERSION)

Dec, 2018

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Mac Mini 2012 review


The entry-level new Mac Mini gets a performance boost

Good performance ; Portable ; Value packed

No DVD Drive ; Expensive upgrades

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Apple Mac Mini 2012 review


Apple's seamless aluminium slab looks stunning – but is its beauty just skin-deep?

Beautiful to look at, and the best in its mini-PC class – but the top-spec model just doesn't offer enough tech for your money

Jun, 2013

Expert review by : Ian Morris (

Apple Mac mini (Late 2012)


Sitting here looking at our Windows-based desktop and, next to it, the Mac Mini, we're starting to wonder if the full-sized desktop is running toward the end of its lifespan. Sure, gamers want a big powerful machine with loads of cooling and a...

Stylish, good connectivity, more than powerful enough for most tasks, cheapest Mac you can buy

Could have a better graphics system, HDMI output bug will annoy until next OS X update, still quite expensive really

Intel graphics issue aside, we've enjoyed our time with the Mini. It really is powerful enough for most computer use. You could use this as your work PC all day, and never struggle with slowdowns or crashes. It's also prettier and smaller than almost...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by : Ian Osborne (

Apple Mac mini review


Apple's small form factor Mac takes a step forward, but not a giant leap

Excellent new processors ; USB 3.0 ; Better integrated graphics ; Faster memory

No optical drive ; No discrete graphics ; No media centre software ; SD card reader awkwardly placed

Nov, 2017

Expert review by : Paul Monckton (

Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) with Fusion Drive review


It's PCMark 7 score of 3286 points was beaten only by Chillblast's Fusion NUC. However it's important to note here that the latter is using purely solid-state storage – and there's only 128GB of that included. The Mac mini's Fusion Drive provides over...

Beautiful, minimalist design combined with wonderful build quality make the slick Mac mini a highly attractive proposition. It’s also capable of class-leading performance when fitted with the quad-core here, although it will be harder to keep cool. It...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : Matt Egan (

Mac mini vs iMac comparison review


Let's deal with the elephant in the room: the Mac mini and iMac are very different products. We're comparing them because some potential Mac purchasers are confused as to their relative merits, and a visit to the Apple website explains why.

Two very different types of product, both the Mac mini and the iMac offer decent performance and excellent build quality. If you simply want a basic Mac to pair with an existing display or even TV, the Mac mini is for you. Choose the iMac only if you...

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Paul Monckton (

Apple Mac mini (Late 2012) review


Apple's tiny but perfectly-formed Mac mini makes no claims to be a media centre PC. It requires a little work to setup as a media centre, but its minuscule dimensions, minimal power consumption and flawless design make it more than a little tempting to...

If you’re prepared to do a bit of software setup and buy extra accessories, such as a TV tuner, optical drive and remote control, the Mac mini’s impeccable hardware makes it a very attractive choice as a media-centre PC. It’s the most lounge-friendly...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by : James Galbraith (

New Mac mini review (2012)


The Mac mini's body sits on a round, quarter-inch high black plastic disc that, when rotated half an inch, can be removed to expose the two RAM slots. Both the £499 and £679 standard Mac minis come with two 2GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM modules (for a total...

The new Mac mini continues to build on the solid foundation set by the 2011 model. If you prefer a Mac desktop computer to a laptop, and/or you don’t want to be confined to the glossy 21.5- or 27-inch displays that come with the iMac, the Mac mini is a...

Nov, 2012

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New Mac mini preview (2012)


The 2012 Mac mini offers quad-core computing in a tiny box with very little power draw. Here's our new Mac mini preview.

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Karen Haslam (

Mac mini (2013) preview - what features can we expect when Apple updates the Mac mini?


Apple last updated the Mac mini in October 2012 so we're expecting an update soon, we'll add more info to this preview as we here it

Apple last updated the Mac mini in October 2012 so it's been a whole year now since it was last refreshed. It seems likely that the company will soon update its low priced Mac. We will update this preview with information based on our Mac mini review...

Oct, 2013

Product Specifications


Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold


Chassis Type:Desktop / NETTOP
Colour of product:Aluminium / Black / Silver
Placement supported:Horizontal
Water cooling system: No


Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 5000
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)


Internal Memory:16 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM


Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 100,1000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 10000
Operating altitude:0 - 10000 / 0 - 3000 / 0 - 3048
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35 / 50 - 95
Relative humidity:5 - 95
Storage relative humidity (H-H):-40 - 116 / 5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 47

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No
Optical drives quantity:1

Other features

Built-In Microphone: Yes
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.11a/b/g / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U, IEEE 802.3ab
Cooling type:Passive
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35 / 50 - 95
Power requirements:100-240V AC
Power supply type:AC
Speakers: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Bundled software:- iPhoto\n- iMovie\n- GarageBand\n- Pages\n- Numbers\n- Keynote\n- Maps\n- iBooks\n- Safari\n- Mail\n- FaceTime\n- Messages\n- Calendar\n- Contacts\n- Reminders\n- Time Machine\n- iTunes\n- Game Center\n- Preview\n- Notes\n- Mac App Store / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nMac App Store / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\nMaps\niBooks\nSafari\nMail\nFaceTime\nMessages\nCalendar\nContacts\nReminders\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nPreview\nNotes\nMac App Store / Mac App Store, Safari, Mail, Messages, Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Notes, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, Game Center, iTunes, iLife, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, OS X Server
Cables included:AC
Display included:No / Yes
Drivers included: Yes
Handheld remote control:N
Keyboard Included:N
Keyboard supplied: No
Manual: Yes
Mouse included:N / No


Password protection: Yes
Product Type:Mini PC / PC
Remotely operated: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in:No / Yes
Line-out: No
Microphone in:No / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4


Power Supply:85
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 220 / 100 - 240


Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):23 / 25
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Number of Processors Installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:2.7 / 3.1 / 3.3 / 3.6
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i7
Processor frequency:1.4 / 2.3 / 2.5 / 2.6
Processor front side bus:1600
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:I5-3210M / i7-3615QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1023 / BGA1224
Processor threads:2 / 4 / 8
Stepping:E1 / L1
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):No / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Y / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:64900 / 65708
Processor code:SR0MP / SR0N0
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes


Bundled software:iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nMac App Store
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite / Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SDHC / SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 256 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA III
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1 / 2
Number of storage drives installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:256
Solid-state drive interface:SATA
Storage Media:Fusion Drive / HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 256 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Height :3.6
Weight:1.19 / 1.22 / 1.3