Update 5:30 p.m. ET:B&H again allows buyers to verify after observing Shabbat.
We don’t generally recommend buying Intel Macs, but this offer is too good to ignore. B&H is selling the 2020 Intel Mac mini for $ 429, a whopping $ 370 off the original MSRP and a real bargain for a previous generation Mac.
This Mac mini features an 8th Generation Intel Core i3 Quad-Core 3.6 GHz processor, 8 GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 RAM and a 256 GB PCIe SSD. For ports, it has four Thunderbolt 3 ports, HDMI 2.0, a pair of USB Type-A, an Ethernet port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. In our 2018 4-star review, we called the Mac mini “an intriguing combination of performance and value” and a “no-brainer” upgrade from the previous model.
Now that the M1 Mac mini is here and the M1 Pro model is probably on the way, we don’t recommend buying it for everyday use. On the contrary, it would make a fantastic media server or Plex file server using the built-in features of macOS Monterey. There’s also macOS Server (coming soon to Monterey), which offers a more powerful tool for managing multiple Macs, iPads, and iPhones. Plus is one of the few Macs that lets you add more RAM after you buy it.
So if you want to boost your home office, this Mac mini is a fantastic way to do it without breaking the bank.
Michael Simon has covered Apple since the iPod was iWalk. His obsession with technology dates back to his first PC, the IBM Thinkpad with the pop-up keyboard to replace the reader. He’s still waiting for it to come back in style.