M2 Pro Mac Mini Review: Game Changer!
The M2 Pro Mac Mini
- The M2 Pro Mac Mini is a powerful, efficient and tiny computer at a great price.
- Processor upgrade from M1 chip to M2 chip with 5 nanometer process and blazing fast shared memory
- 4 Thunderbolt ports and small exhaust fan with active cooling
- Price lowered to $599 US
- Dramatically better than Intel chips with ludicrous performance numbers
- Now outperforms M1 Pro and M1 Max in the CPU department
- Option of 10 gigabit ethernet and HDMI 2.1
- Great overall everyday performance and high multi-core performance ceiling
- Better performance per dollar than M2 Pro MacBook Pro ($1999) with same system on a chip
- Mac mini now slots in really nicely underneath the other Mac products, and saves you $700 if you don’t need the display built in.
- Sustainability features include recyclable aluminum and plastics, as well as ability to continue using same display and swap out displays when needed.
- 2012 Mac mini and upgrades cost $1,759, but the new M2 Pro Mac mini has more power for less.
- Recommends getting the base M2 $599 Mac mini if you need an upgrade from an older machine, and considers this a better purchase than the iMac (which is still M1 and provides a non-removable display for $1299).
- Linked MacBook Pro M2-generation laptops are excellent for computing on the go, and M1-generation laptops are recommended if you can find them at a discount.
- Differences between M2, M2 Pro, M2 Max, and M2 Ultra are GPU power – CPU performance remains similar, but if your workflow will take advantage of GPU power bump it up.
- Price for performance makes the Mac mini a huge winner – don’t need removable memory and makes massive media machines feel “middle”.
- Student discount of $100 is available.