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Apple Mac Mini (2014)

While its sealed-case limitations will turn off power users, Apple's least expensive Mac delivers a solid OS X experience in a compact box with similar performance to the entry-level MacBook Air and iMac models.

By February 11, 2015

4 stars Editors' rating February 11, 2015
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Best desktops of 2015

The PCs in this list represent what I consider the current best examples in computing design, and they're more than just the sum of their parts.


Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac

Integration with Mac OS X Yosemite and a fair price make Parallels Desktop 10 the best Mac system virtualization option, despite a confusing installation process.

By August 27, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating August 27, 2014
Editors' Take

Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

From new Continuity features to smaller, useful tweaks across core apps, Mac OS X Yosemite is a must download for Mac users.

By October 16, 2014

Pricing not available

Editors' Take

Apple Photos for Mac OS X Yosemite

Apple's Photos for Mac OS X Yosemite combines an iOS-like interface with advanced editing tools familiar to desktop users. CNET takes a closer look at the developer release.

By February 5, 2015

Coming to OSX Yosemite


Apple Mac Pro

Apple radically re-imagines the professional desktop with the new Mac Pro, featuring a design that looks fantastic and offers genuine breakthrough advantages. But, consumer-level Apple enthusiasts should note that this product isn't specifically targeted at them and DIY upgraders will lament the loss of traditional desktop tower flexibility.

By December 20, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating December 20, 2013

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

As it's a free upgrade that gives you more apps, improved features across the board, and better performance, there is really no reason not to get Mavericks on your Mac.

By October 24, 2013

4.5 stars Editors' rating October 24, 2013

Apple Mac Mini with Fusion Drive

With or without its new Fusion hybrid drive, Apple finally has a Mac Mini that competes well against mainstream Windows PCs in the same price range.

By November 9, 2012

4 stars Editors' rating November 9, 2012
Editors' Take

Apple Mac Mini (fall 2012)

New Ivy Bridge chips come to Apple's tiny desktop

By October 23, 2012

Pricing not available

Editors' Take

Apple iMac with 5K Retina Display (27-inch, late-2015)

The 27-inch iMac line from Apple gets 5K displays and new CPUs on every model.

By October 27, 2015


Apple iMac with 4K Retina display (21.5-inch, 2015)

The smallest Apple iMac trades up to a 4K display, and jumps to newer, but still not the latest, processors. While the design hasn't changed, newly crafted accessories with rechargeable batteries and Lightning connectors add flair and convenience.

By October 13, 2015

4 stars Editors' rating October 13, 2015