If you’re looking for a Mac under $1,099, turn to the Mac mini. And now on Amazon you can get a Mac mini with an M2 chip, 8 GB of memory and a 512 GB SSD for $679, which is a 15 percent savings, or $120 off the regular price of $799.
This Mac mini is the mid-range model in Apple’s line-up. The company offers a cheaper, lower-end model with the same processor and memory, but with a 256GB SSD, which Amazon sells for $499 — that’s $100 less than the regular price. But we prefer the mid-range model and the larger SSD.
The Mac mini’s M2 is a great processor for everyday use. It handles web browsing, email, productivity apps, video streaming, and FaceTime smoothly. And it’s powerful enough for creative work in iMovie, GarageBand, and Photos.
You need your own monitor, keyboard and mouse/trackpad, which are not included with the Mac mini. The computer comes with two Thunderbolt/USB-C ports and an HDMI port for displays; input devices can connect via the two USB-A ports, the Thunderbolt/USB-C ports, or Bluetooth. To connect to a network, use the built-in Wi-Fi or the gigabit ethernet plug.