Looking for a cheap Mac mini? eBay is a great place to find second hand Mac minis:
If you’re looking for a small, sleek desktop computer, Apple has you covered with the Mac Mini. It’s ideal for anybody looking to move from a PC or an older Mac, but already have a monitor, keyboard and a mouse lying around. Starting at £529, it’s also the cheapest Mac that Apple currently offers.
The most notable feature of the Mac Mini is it’s tiny form factor – it measures just 19.7cm square, and 3.6cm thick. Despite the size, you should find its dual-core Intel Core i5 can easily cope with most tasks.
It also sports a good selection of ports, including: Gigabyte Ethernet, Thunderbolt, USB 2.0, and unusually for a Mac, HDMI which allows you to hook the mini up to an HD TV and enjoy all the benefits of Mac OS X on a huge display.
While the latest Mac Mini has pretty good specifications, you do have very little room for expansion, it can’t quite compete with Apple’s other portable and desktop Macs in terms of performance. The latest models also lack a built-in disc drive, making them somewhat limited as a media center device – despite the HDMI capabilities.
You can still find older second hand Mac Minis with built-in optical drives on eBay, and you can of course add an external one. Otherwise, you might find that the iMac offers better value for your money – especially if you need to add a display, keyboard, and mouse to the final price.
Depending on the age and condition, you can expect to pay between £400 – £1000 for a used Mac mini.
Before you bid, follow these guidelines to increase your chances of finding a great used Mac mini at a great price: