Apple's 256GB Mac mini returns to its best price for Cyber Monday

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)

Cyber Monday is a great time to pull the trigger on a new Mac as it is one of the rare times in the year where significant discounts hit Apple products. For example, right now you can pick up Apple's Mac Mini (opens in new tab) at a $120 discount at Amazon. That scores you the 256GB model with 3.0 GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 processor for only $929. That's a match for the lowest it has ever gone there and it's a deal that is also being offered at B&H (opens in new tab). You can score the entry-level Mac Mini (opens in new tab) there at a steep discount too.

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Now $170 off, this 2018 Mac Mini can get you into the Apple ecosystem for less than most other options. It features 8GB RAM, a 3.0 GHz 6-core Intel Core i5 processor, and a 256GB SSD.

The Mac Mini is one of the most affordable ways to get in on the Mac ecosystem. This version of Apple's Mac Mini features 8GB RAM, a 3.0 GHz Intel Core i5 Six-Core processor, and a 256GB SSD. Its memory can be upgraded to 64GB, plus it includes several Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI port, two USB-A ports, and Bluetooth 5.0, along with Intel UHD graphics 630. This model supports the newest macOS Catalina software.

Next, you'll want to make sure you have all the peripherals needed to use the Mac Mini; it stays affordable by leaving them out, after all. You can really go with any Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, though Apple's Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2 are some of the best choices (opens in new tab) to pair with it. You'll also need a monitor (opens in new tab), and there are plenty of inexpensive options on Amazon to ensure your setup stays below $1,000. As well as making excellent desktop machines, there are tons of creative uses for a Mac mini outside of day-to-day computing that might make you want to pick one up even if you already have a main desktop or laptop.

Check out our review of the newest Mac Mini for all you need to know about it. If you would rather snag a laptop deal this Cyber Monday, there's currently one hell of a deal on Apple's 2017 MacBook Air going on right now too.

Adam Oram is a Senior Writer at iMore. He studied Media at Newcastle University and has been writing about technology since 2013. He previously worked as an Apple Genius and as a Deals Editor at Thrifter. His spare time is spent watching football (both kinds), playing Pokémon games, and eating vegan food. Follow him on Twitter at @adamoram.

  • I cannot believe you are promoting this lemon. I had an old Mac mini I loved, and when it came time to replace it, I got another. Within a week, it was clear that it was really glitchy. Unfortunately, I was not in the US so I could not take it back to Apple easily. Then I saw Internet forums on my issues - lots of people knew about the same issues before I bought my machine. When you plug something into the USB ports, your wifi and USB are pretty much unusable - some kind of signal interference. I have a USB dongle and am hard-wired into my wifi extender now so my new machine is usable. But Apple sold me a machine it knew had problems and has never responded to my questions.
  • What? WiFi and USB do not have “signal interference”. One is radio and the other is a cable. “ I have a USB dongle and am hard-wired into my wifi extender now so my new machine is usable” But you just said when you plug in a USB cable, the WiFi and USB are unusable. So how is the USB dongle working when you plug it in?