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If you want Apple’s latest M1 processor tech (and already have a display and keyboard), there’s no cheaper way to get it than the Mac mini M1. Now, it’s possible to pick up the 512GB model with 8GB of RAM at a price that matches the best we’ve seen so far, $ 829 – or $ 70 off.
That’s a good deal for a compact desktop PC that is way over its weight, so to speak. The M1 chip delivers performance similar to high-end desktop processors, even in demanding multimedia applications such as Final Cut Pro X and Photoshop. At the same time, the Mac mini M1 won’t take up hardly any space on your desk, and although it has a fan (unlike the MacBook Air M1), it’s still a very quiet machine. If you plan to run games or large apps, the 512GB option is a good choice.
However, B&H and Amazon are also offering the Mac mini M1 for $ 649 with 256GB and 8GB of RAM, the second lowest price we’ve seen. This $ 180 difference is considerable, so you can get more storage for less money by purchasing an external drive. The Mac Mini has two high-speed Thunderbolt / USB-C ports on the back that could provide a few terabytes of storage and leave you with money. For either device, keep in mind that the 8GB of RAM may limit the software you can run (and cannot be upgraded), but the M1 processor pulls a lot more from less. RAM than Macs or x86 PCs.