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If you wonder which Mac to buy with the M1 chip, it doesn’t matter as the performance is about the same. In my opinion, the MacBook Pro 13-inch vs. Mac mini vs. iMac 24″ M1’s, are the same, just different exterior look and feel. I didn’t have a positive experience with the Mac mini M1, as I had Bluetooth issues, and it kept crashing, as noted in my last review here. I like the new iMac 24″ M1 in green design, but I cannot get past the fact that the border is white. I feel that the white screen border would distract me after long hours of reading/writing code. That leaves us with the last option. As you would have guessed, yes, I upgrade to the 2020 MacBook Pro 13-inch M1. 

 

Performance

 

The performance is about the same as the entry-level Mac mini M1 I previously owned. It is everything I’d expect a Mac to be. It’s fast, reliable, and the best part of all is, it’s a portable computer. I can take this anywhere. I am planning on traveling, so this is perfect.

 

The ports, or lack thereof

 

#DongleLife

 

Yes, I have officially joined the #DongleLife. It is not ideal, but I am learning to live with it. The only drawback of this hub is Xcode not recognizing iPhones or iPads when they are connected. They need to be plugged directly into the computer’s USB-C port, not through the hub. Other than that, it seems the USB-C hub has solved Apple’s issues of not providing us with enough ports to use the computer.

 

Touch Bar

 

After experiencing the touch bar for the first time, I fell in love with it. I like how we can listen to YouTube and pause/play while using another app. We can adjust the screen brightness, slide through the duration of videos and songs quickly, and so many other cool features you have to experience yourself. All these small features help users stay productive throughout the day. 

 

Does Apple Provide Power Adapter with MacBook Pro?

 

Yes! I am glad Apple still provides this power adapter. Unfortunately, they gave up on including one for new iPhones as I recently bought a new power adapter separately from the latest iPhone. I had this same question as I was deciding which Mac to purchase. The answer is yes, it does come with a power adapter.

 

For future iPhones, please provide power adapters to your customers, Apple. Thank you.

 

List of my accessories

 

 

Conclusion

 

No matter which M1 Mac you buy, I’d personally get one that is either an iMac or a MacBook Pro. Both of these are all-in-one computers. The Mac mini M1 is just as fast, but I think my external monitor was causing the Mac mini to crash for some odd reason. Apple has done a fantastic job at optimizing its software to work beautifully with its hardware. That is why I’d stick with either an iMac or MacBook Pro moving forward. The MacBook Pro M1 has been everything I expected. The only headache is we only have 2 USB-C ports available. 

Mac mini

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The brand new Mac mini that is packing the M1 (Apple Silicon) chip has finally arrived. I have to admit, I was very skeptical about this thing’s performance before placing the order. I have only owned 2 Mac computers previously; one was an iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013) and the other Macbook Pro (13-inch, Early 2015) with 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel i5 CPU. The iMac had a hybrid fusion hard drive, and man, that was slow. Reminded me of the dial-up internet days. So, when I upgraded to the MacBook Pro, I made sure it had a solid-state drive (SSD). I’m glad I paid extra for that SSD. Who knew that would be a massive difference in accessing data. Fortunately, the base model for the Mac mini includes SSD.

 

Mac mini Specs:

 

  • M1 (Apple Silicon). 
  • 8GB unified memory.
  • 256GB SSD.
  • Ethernet.
  • 2 USB-C / thunderbolt ports. 
  • 1 HDMI port.
  • 2 USB ports.
  • 3.5 headphone jack.
  • Built-in Speaker.

 

If you are worried if 256GB is enough like I was before placing the order, yes, it is plenty for most cases. When in doubt, external hard drives can always be utilized. I have about 159 GB free of storage after everything is setup. The 8 GB of memory seems plenty, just as my previous experience with the iMac and MacBook Pro. The built-in speaker is handy, but I wouldn’t rely on it when playing music as it does not sound good at all.  

 

List of my Mac mini accessories (for my curious readers)

 

 

Any issues running Intel-based software?

 

So far, I have not had any issues. Apple really did a great job ensuring the soon to be obsolete Intel works on the M1 chip. 

 

This may be a different story for gamers. However, for my purposes, it works beyond expectations. Microsoft Word, Android Studio, security apps, etc…

 

How does the M1 compare to the Intel chip?

 

The bootup and shutdown times are almost instant. You can think of it much like an iOS or iPad booting up. It amazes me every time. The Mac Benchmarks by GeekBench shows M1 outperforming the very expensive $5,999.00 iMac Pro and all other Mac Intel models. After owning the Mac mini for a couple of days now, I can tell you that it is definitely faster. It makes my MacBook Pro feel like an obsolete POS that keeps overheating and has battery charge issues. The Mac mini doesn’t heat up when using xCode, Safari with several tabs open, and playing YouTube videos for hours. It also doesn’t make any noise.

 

Should you upgrade to a Mac powered with Apple Silicon?

 

After explaining the significant differences, it really is a no brainer. I’m all into the latest tech, so you bet I can be a bit bias here. There is something that should be considered. Our Macs that run Intel could lose some value as more Apple Silicon models become available. However, this may seem obvious to some, but it is also an excellent reminder to those unaware. Upgrade and sell before the mainstream does.

 

If we dive deeper to compare this. Would consumers continue to buy Intel models knowing a base Mac mini using Apple Silicon is cheaper and superior? Would anyone be willing to pay a premium price for such a product?

 

Final thoughts

 

My experience with the new Mac mini has been great. I have no regrets. I love the performance this little computer has. It is definitely faster and helps me become more productive in my daily routines.

 

I can’t wait to see how a MacBook Pro or an iMac rocking the Apple Silicon will perform for 2021. 

 

What are your thoughts?