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Apple Mac Mini (Early 2006) MA205 / MA206

Apple Mac Mini (Early 2006) MA205 / MA206
alaScore 86

110 reviews

May, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 110 reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Early 2006) MA205 / MA206. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and price. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably. Comments are divided on the reliability.

usability, design, price, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Mini (Early 2006) MA205 / MA206 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple Mac Mini (Early 2006) MA205 / MA206

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Early 2006) MA205 / MA206 from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the price. The usability is also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

usability, price

89% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

May, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple Mac Mini (Early 2006) MA205 / MA206

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of Apple Mac Mini (Early 2006) MA205 / MA206 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. Comments about the size and price are generally positive. The usability and design are also mentioned favorably, but there are some negative opinions about the reliability.

design, usability, price, size

reliability

69% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

May, 2019

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Apple Mac Mini 2006 review

 

The Mini is here to remove the main barrier to widespread Mac adoption – high prices. Is it a revolution or just clever marketing?

The Mini’s specs are fine for the casual user but, even with upgrades, gamers and intensive media workers should look elsewhere

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Russell James (pcplus.co.uk)

PC Plus review: Apple Mac mini

 

As pretty as the Mac mini may be, until it includes a PVR, it can't be seen as a real alternative to a Media Center PC.

May, 2006

Expert review by (pcworld.com)

Apple Mac mini/1.66GHz

 

Includes Front Row software with Apple Remote ; Decent dual-core processor performance ; Analog- and digital-audio input and output ; Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0 ; Gigabit Ethernet

Not enough built-in RAM ; RAM is difficult to upgrade ; Integrated graphics reduces available RAM ; Not suitable for gaming

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Chip Taylor (pcworld.com)

Mac Mini Gets Ready for the Living Room

 

The Intel-powered desktop adds media-center features.

Apr, 2006

Expert review by : Troy Dreier (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Mini (Intel) review

 

Apple's Mac Mini Core Duo The littlest Apple received a makeover that includes more than just the widely publicized move to Intel processors. True, the Mac Mini line now features two Intel-based models: an entry-level, single-core Mac Mini Core Solo...

Inexpensive; good choice for budget shoppers or people adding a second computer; Front Row media software and new ports make it more useful as a home-theater PC; easy to connect with an entertainment system; can run Windows via Boot Camp; attractive...

Video output to televisions shows poor image processing; Apple software still catching up to Intel processors; small hard drive; remote control has limited functionality; few upgrade options.

Apple packs more media-specific features into the Mac Mini to make an inexpensive and useful entertainment-room computer. It's tremendously easy to use, although it surprised us with poor image processing.

Mar, 2006

Expert review by (pcworld.com)

Apple Mac mini/1.5GHz

 

Analog- and digital-audio input and output ; Four USB 2.0 ports ; Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0 ; Front Row software with Apple Remote ; Improved performance in many native applications ; Gigabit Ethernet

RAM is difficult to upgrade ; Improvements over G4 Mac mini not as dramatic as Core Duo model ; Unable to play HD video without dropping frames ; Integrated graphics reduces available RAM

Mar, 2006

Expert review by (pcworld.com)

Apple Mac mini/1.25GHz

 

Adequate memory ; Fast enough for basic tasks ; Excellent design ; Small and light ; Decent value ; Good video-out options

No audio-in port ; No DVD burner, not even as a build-to-order option

Aug, 2005

Expert review by (pcmag.com)

Apple Mac mini (Intel Core Duo)

 

Apple is targeting first-time computer buyers, as well as anyone who is looking for an additional media PC for their house. And because the Intel Core Duo is found inside, this mini should be just as appealing to traditional Windows-based PC users as...

Airport Extreme (802.11g Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR now standard. Compact, sleek, quiet, and low-priced. Can use accessories from previous generation Mac mini. Four USB 2.0 ports and an audio input (finally). Intel Core Duo processor

No TV tuner. 512MB of RAM is good, 1GB would be better. Core Duo means some incompatibility with older software (such as "Classic" apps running OS 9.) No keyboard or mouse included ; Watch the Apple Mac Mini Video Review

The new Apple Mac mini has the Intel Core Duo processor, and adds Front Row, wireless 802.11g, and Bluetooth. It's a good fit as a media extender or a second system for living room or bedroom use.

Expert review by : Consumer Guide (howstuffworks.com)

Apple Mac mini desktop computer Review and Prices

 

Apple's Mac mini looks less like a home computer and more like a case to hold your CDs. Weighing in at less than three pounds and only two inches tall and 6.5 inches square, the Mac mini is the ultimate in Apple's desktop streamlining efforts.

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Ted Gibbons (pcworld.co.nz)

Mac Mini Intel Core Duo

 

Desktop computer It's still a source of wonder that you can pack a fully functioning desktop computer into something the size of lunchbox - and now that tiny body packs a whole lot more punch. Just a year after its initial release, the Mac Mini has...

The Mini still ships without a monitor or input devices, and you now have a choice of either the Core Solo, with a 1.5GHz single-core processor, or the Core Duo, with a 1.66GHz dual-core processor. Other significant improvements under the hood include...

Jun, 2006