In early 2023, Apple updated the Mac mini from the M1 chip to the M2 chip, and also introduced the option for an M2 Pro chip. Let's take a look at what the similarities and differences are between the 2 chip options, and see what that $700 price premium actually gets you to help you make a better purchase decision. 00:00 Intro 00:29 Design 00:58 Communications: Wireless, Bluetooth, and Ethernet 01:11 Audio 01:39 Ports: Thunderbolt and HDMI 02:25 Display Support 04:05 M2 vs M2 Pro Chip 05:55 Media Engine 06:17 Unified Memory 07:51 Storage 09:38 SSD Speeds 11:55 Should You Go M2 or M2 Pro?
If primary use is only for music library access, photos and internet movie streaming (No gaming, video production or editing, etc). Which would you recommend , basic M2 or M2 Pro) taking into account future growth and obsolescence?
Well at some point though having all these dongles, external drives, etc besides the extra cost takes a lot of extra space and makes for a less robust solution.
I mean 3 Displays is almost a must if you intend to do serious video editing and color grading, so that makes this a no brainer.
Fantastic review. A lot of consideration went into this.... and thank you for the efficient recommendation!
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Best comparison on youtube!
Nothing less than 32 gb memory.
I only need equivalent GPU power to an RX570 I use with 1 1080P/60Hz and 1 4K/60Hz display in my current 2012 3.46GHz 12-core Mac Pro. I mainly use DAW software and keep Steam games and DAW sessions on an external SSD so I know my storage needs from a boot drive are 256GB minimum because a bootable clone of my OS drive is under 130GB at present. I also know I can get by with 16GB RAM because I won't be using the boot drive for large bandwidth file transfers like editing 4K video or recording loads of audio tracks. I could get the base M2 with a 16GB upgrade and be 90% there for my daily usage but the 10% of my time where I'd need more GPU cores is still a factor. It's £849 for a BTO M2 with 16GB RAM and base storage from Apple but the M2 Pro still offers much better base specs for £1,277 at present if I bought it from Amazon. It's simply a matter of patience. Especially as the prices of refurbished M1 Max Mac Studios seem to be in the £1,500 range.
Insightful, Precise, & Detailed Comparison Review! ❤ Thank You 😊
wow! great review. i will use this information to decide which model to purchase. thank you.
The best video for people who don’t know the numbers. So helpful. I’ve now picked a basic Mac mini pro ;) thanks
This guy is good and explained it better than all the other nerd wannabes!
So nice to be able to understand someone on YT for a change
I was going to get a Mac mini m2 pro this month, but have doubts now after seeing the packet video. If you just use wifi, does the internet connection screw up too? I have a few other questions about it: can I just use a 1080p monitor? And if the power goes out, would it ruin the ssd drive? (Someone said it would). I had a dell desktop that went though many power outages, and it never ruined the HDD drive.
Great and thorough - data/test supported - review. Much appreciated! Thank you!
I started with an Imac mac in 1999. In 2004 I went over to Laptops, be course it is easier to move with a Laptop.Particular if you move from one country to another. But be course i do not have a tv and is tired of the laptop screen size and it is now 2023. My next Apple will be a Mini.
Best reviewer yet! Very concise break down