The 2018 Mac mini is now available with big savings in Apple's refurb store

Photo is of a Mac mini (2018) taken for iMore Mac mini review
Photo is of a Mac mini (2018) taken for iMore Mac mini review (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • The Mac mini is now available in Apple's refurb store.
  • Prices start at $599.
  • All machines are tested and cleaned before shipping.

Apple's 2018 Mac mini is now available for order via Apple's online refurb store. The base model starts at just $599 and offers a 3.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. That's a saving of $200 on the price the same spec sold for new.

Of course, Apple recently refreshed the Mac mini by doubling the SSD size. With that in mind you can get the same specification, but with twice the storage, for $799 right now.

Apple's refurb program is a great way to get a more powerful computer while saving some money and there are few downsides, too. Apple says that everything goes through the tests and is cleaned before being sold as well.

Every Apple Certified Refurbished product completes a rigorous refurbishment process that includes full testing that meets the same functional standards as new Apple products. Your refurbished device is truly "like new," with special savings of up to 15%.

We were big fans of the 2018 Mac mini even at its normal price, with Rene rounding things out pretty simply.

Bottom line: This is a Mac mini that will appeal to the biggest section of the Mac mini market — pros who don't need it for everything, but do need it for very specific things, and find its usability and utility more than justifies its price, especially when it comes to the software it can run and the uptime it can keep.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.