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If the Mac Mini with Apple’s M1 chip has been on your radar as your next desktop machine, it’s worth checking out the latest deal on the system. The base model with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM is once again available for $600 on Amazon. That’s $100 off the regular price. The discount includes a $49 coupon that’s automatically applied at checkout.
The Mac Mini is perhaps the most cost-effective way to get your hands on an M1-powered system at the minute. The M1 is a powerful chip designed by Apple that can handle most day-to-day tasks with ease and speed. The chip boasts an eight-core CPU (with four performance and four efficiency cores) and an eight-core GPU. There’s also an 16-core Neural Engine to handle machine learning tasks.
The system runs on macOS Big Sur and you’ll to the latest version of the operating system, . On the connectivity front, there are two Thunderbolt ports and a pair of USB-A ports, along with HDMI 2.0, WiFi 6 and gigabit Ethernet support. There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack too.
Unlike with an M1 MacBook or iMac, you’ll need to connect your own display, keyboard and mouse, which might not leave a lot of space among those ports for other peripherals. You won’t be able to upgrade the storage or RAM either. However, the base Mac Mini should still be capable enough for many users.
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