After taking a hard look at the $599 Mac Mini, our OS-neutral assessment of the refresh is that its onboard features and performance benchmarks don't stack up to other budget PCs on the market, where you can spend $100 less and pick up a PC like the
Apple's push toward environmental efficiencies deserves a shout-out here. Both of the new Mac Minis adhere to Energy Star's stringent 5.0 requirements and achieve the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)'s highest "gold rating," where previous Minis only reached silver. We used our own Watts Up consumption tool, compared the Mini to a competing desktop, and found that Apple only uses 15.4 watts of power compared to the other system's 70.9 watts at idle.
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