3. Apple Mac mini – BEST ALL-ROUNDER
Here is an all-rounder from Apple. The bring your own keyboard, mouse and display is still Apple’s cheapest option for anyone wanting to hop on the MacOS system. Measuring no more than 19.7cm square finished in brushed aluminium, the Mac mini is becoming an icon for its consistent look and style. Configure your Mac mini with ultra fast 1TB PCIe SSD drive, bucket loads of memory (16GB) and the fastest Intel Core i7 3.0GHz processor in the range and you are flying with a very powerful small form factor machine. Unfortunately, that will also burn a big hole in your pocket.
The most cost effective way to get a Mac mini is to go with one of three pre-configured set ups. The cheapest entry level Mac mini comes with 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB memory and 500GB hard drive. The mid-range pre-configured model comes with a respectable 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8GB memory and 1TB Hard Drive. But, our favourite is the 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8GB memory and 1TB Fusion Drive model.
The Mac mini is also the most versatile when it comes to connectivity and ports. It is jam packed with a variety of ports including two Thunderbolt 2 ports each capable of daisy-chaining up to 6 peripherals. If that is not enough, you have four USB 3 ports, an SDXC card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, Microphone, and Headphone sockets and HDMI port.
It will support up to 2 displays at 2560 x 1600 via the Thunderbolt (with the right adapter) and HDMI ports or one 4K UHD+ resolution display via HDMI port with multi-channel audio output.
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