Best Mac Mini Deals: Save $120 on Latest M2 Models – CNET

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The Mac Studio might be the best Mac around but the Mac Mini is a real powerhouse for people who don’t need the very fastest that Apple has to offer. And with speedy chips, plenty of RAM and gobs of storage, there are some very capable configurations on offer. And you can even get a deal on some of those configurations, too.

The 256GB model starts at $599, while the more useful 512GB model starts at $799. And both are available at a solid discount right now — $70 off for the baseline model and $100 off for the 512GB model. The new upgraded model that features a Pro-level chip starts at $1,299. You can save $100 on the step-up M2 Pro Mac Mini that has a 1TB solid-state drive.

B&H is just about the only retailer offering discounts right now, but there are some benefits that come with paying full price at Apple. Shopping at Apple directly allows you to customize the machine and add more RAM or a higher-capacity SSD, while the models sold on Amazon and other retailers are fixed configurations. And unlike in most other desktops, the Mac Mini’s RAM is not user-upgradable. Apple’s M2 system-on-a-chip integrates the CPU, GPU, RAM and other components for greater power and efficiency, but the downside of this integration is the lack of DIMM slots, which would allow you to add additional RAM after purchase.

Apple’s student discounts and refurbs

It’s worth noting that the Apple Store offers students an educational discount, where you can save $100 on the price of a new Mac Mini. Some upgrades are discounted, too. For example, doubling the RAM to 16GB costs $180 with the student discount instead of the usual charge of $200. 

Also at Apple, you might find a refurbished Mac Mini on the Certified Refurbished Mac page, but it’s too early to find an M2 refurb, and we’d caution against buying an older Intel-based Mac Mini. And an M1 refurb would need to be priced substantially less than the new M2 models at their lower starting prices. Still, it’s worth keeping an eye out, however, because you can lock in substantial savings. Apple refurbs are a great way to save some cash, and are often just as good as new.

Keep reading to see the best US prices currently available for Apple’s Mac Mini. We update this page regularly and give prices that are accurate at time of publication, but note that they fluctuate.

Mac Mini discounts, compared

Model w/CPU, RAM and storage capacity List price Best price (current) Best price (all time)
Mac Mini w/M2, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD $599 $529 $499
Mac Mini w/M2, 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD $799 $699 $679
Mac Mini w/M2 Pro, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD $1,299 $1,299 $1,149

Note that “all time” means the best price we’ve seen at an Apple-authorized retailer in the product’s lifetime.

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The baseline Mac Mini features Apple’s new M2 chip, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. It supplies two Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a headphone jack. It lists for $599 at Apple, which is already $100 less than the M1 version, and right now you can get it at a $70 discount at B&H where it’s only $529. We’ve not seen it for less. 

A close up of the silver Mac Mini on a wooden desktop.

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The step-up Mac Mini bumps the storage up to 512GB, an increased capacity that most people will benefit from, as 512GB is about the smallest SSD we’d recommend for any desktop. It already lists for $100 less than the M1 version, and right now you can save $100 at B&H. Though we have seen it up to $120 off in the past.