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More people should be getting the M2 Mac mini instead of a MacBook

Published May 1st, 2024 11:46AM EDT
M2 Mac Mini (2023)
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Apple’s MacBook lineup is super popular, and for good reason. The latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops have powerful M series chips and killer battery life. I personally have a MacBook Air, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. That being said, not everyone who actually gets one of Apple’s great MacBook laptops actually needs one.

If you’re looking for a new Mac that you don’t actually plan to travel with, why spend $1,000 or more on a MacBook? Instead, you should definitely check out the M2 Mac mini. It packs all the power of a MacBook into a compact little desktop computer. And best of all, the M2 Mac mini costs so much less money — especially right now while it’s on sale starting at just $499.

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Read BGR’s Mac mini M2 review, and you’ll see how truly impressive this new desktop computer is.

Apple’s M2 chipset marries an 8-core CPU with a 10-core GPU in the Mac mini. That gives you power and performance like you’ve never seen before in a Mac mini. Apple’s compact desktops have always been impressive, but the Mac mini M2 really takes things to the next level.

In addition to impressive power and performance, the newest Mac mini also offers plenty more. You get two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. You’ll also enjoy Wi-Fi 6E for blazing-fast wireless connectivity, as well as Bluetooth 5.3 and gigabit Ethernet.

All that starts at just $599, which is very impressive. As I noted, though, the Mac mini M2 with 256GB is on sale at an all-time low price of $499 right now. That’s likely the lowest price we’ll see all year for this model.

What if you want more storage, you ask? The larger-capacity 512GB model is currently on sale with an even bigger discount. You can save $109 and get it for $689.99, which is the lowest price I’ve seen so far this year.

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If you want Apple’s latest and greatest, but you really do have a genuine need for a laptop instead of a desktop, I’ve still got you covered.

As noted in BGR’s big guide on the best Apple deals available now, the new M3 MacBook Air is on sale right now starting at $989 for the 13-inch model. That’s the biggest discount ever for this new model. It’s also the all-time low price for this model, obviously, so you can rest assured that you’re scoring a great deal.

Or, if you want the cheapest Apple laptop deal on a model that’s still powerful, you can pick up the M2 MacBook Air on sale for just $849 instead of $999. Benchmark tests show that the M2 chip is nearly as powerful as the M3, so you’re getting a ton of bang for your buck.

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Maren Estrada Deals Editor

Maren Estrada has been the Editor of BGR Deals since it launched in 2013. She has more than 20 years of experience testing more than 1,500 products, and reviewing a wide range of consumer electronics including mobile devices, smart home products, computers, and home appliances.

Previously, she was a leading consultant specializing in copywriting, product development, and new product launches.