Mac mini (2.7GHz Intel Core i7, Mid 2011)

The Mac mini (2.7GHz Intel Core i7, Mid 2011) is the build-to-order iteration of the Mac mini (2.5GHz Intel Core i5, Mid 2011) but with a faster top-class Intel processor. It’s a net-top in a cuboid aluminum casing with an internal power unit, a Thunderbolt port, a removable panel on the bottom to provide an access to upgradable RAM and no internal optical drive. The Mac mini (2.7GHz Intel Core i7, Mid 2011) features a 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7  (2620M) processor, 4 GB of RAM (PC2-10600), a 500 GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive (5400 RPM) and Radeon HD 6630M graphics with 256 MB of integrated memory. The net top has an HDMI video out and a Thunderbolt port, four USB 2.0 ports and one Firewire 800 port, a built-in mono-speaker, an audio-out mini-jack and an audio line-in/digital audio input. As for the wireless, the Mac mini (2.7GHz Intel Core i7, Mid 2011) has standard AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0. The cooling system is fanless. The Mac mini (2.7GHz Intel Core i7, Mid 2011) is shipped without a display, a keyboard and a mouse.

Mac mini (2.7GHz Intel Core i7, Mid 2011)

  • Introduced on July 20, 2011.


  • Processor Speed: 2.7 GHz.
  • Processor Architecture: 64-bit.
  • Processor Upgrade: Soldered.
  • Processor type: Intel “Core i7” (I7-2620M “Sandy Bridge”).
  • Cores: 2.
  • On-Board RAM: DDR2 4 GB, 1333 MHz.
  • Max. RAM supported: DDR2 16 GB.
  • Graphics: Radeon HD 6630M with 256 MB of integrated memory.
  • Dual display support: Yes.
  • Resolution Support: 1920 x 1200.
  • Storage: 500 GB, 5400-rpm Ultra ATA-100 up to 750 GB (7200 RPM) Hard Drive Supported.
  • Input\Output: 4 x USB 2.0, Firewire 800, SD card reader, built-in mono-speaker, audio-out mini-jack, audio line-in/digital audio input, HDMI and Thunderbolt.
  • Optical drive: optional external optical drive for an extra cost.
  • SD-card reader: Yes.
  • Internet \ Wireless connection: 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet, optional 56k V.92 modem, AirPort Extreme Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/ n, Bluetooth 4.0.
  • Preinstalled OS: X 10.7 (11A2061) “Lion”.
  • OS max. upgrade: 10.11.x “El Capitan” (requires 2 GB).
  • Dimensions: 1.4  x 7.7  x  7.7 inch maximum.
  • Weight: 2.7 lb.

How to Set Up with Setup Assistant

You can transfer information from another Mac or PC during setup. You can also use Setup Assistant to transfer information from a Time Machine backup or other disk. You may have to update software if the other Mac doesn’t have Mac OS X version 10.5.3 or later installed. To migrate from a PC, the user will need to download Migration Assistant for Windows. After you start Setup Assistant on your Mac mini, you can leave it midprocess without quitting, move to the other computer if you need to update its software, and then return to your Mac mini to complete the setup. If you don’t use Setup Assistant to transfer information when you first start up your Mac mini, you can do it later using Migration Assistant. Open Migration Assistant in the Utilities folder in Launchpad. For help using Migration Assistant, open Help Center and search for Migration Assistant.

To set up the Mac mini:

  1. In Setup Assistant, follow the onscreen instructions until you get to the Transfer Information to This Mac screen.
  2. Do a basic setup, a setup with migration, or transfer information from a Time Machine backup or other disk:
  • To do a basic setup, select Don’t transfer now and click Continue. Follow the remaining prompts to select your wireless network, set up an account, and exit Setup Assistant.
  • To do a setup with migration, select From another Mac or PC and click Continue. Follow the onscreen instructions to select the Mac or PC you want to migrate information from. Your Mac or PC must be on the same wired or wireless network. You can also connect another Mac by using a FireWire cable and then restarting it in target disk mode. To restart a Mac in target disk mode, restart the computer while holding down the T key. After selecting your Mac or PC, follow the onscreen directions for migrating information.
  • To transfer information from a Time Machine backup or another disk, select From a Time Machine backup or other disk and click Continue. Select the backup or the other disk that you want to migrate information from and click Continue. Follow the onscreen directions for transferring the information. If you don’t intend to keep or use your other computer, it’s best to deauthorize it from playing music, videos, or audiobooks that you’ve purchased from the iTunes Store. Deauthorizing a computer prevents any songs, videos, or audiobooks you’ve purchased from being played by someone else, and frees up another authorization for use. For information about deauthorizing, choose iTunes Help from the Help menu in iTunes. After you set up your Mac mini, check for updated software. Choose Apple Menu > Software Update from the menu bar and follow the onscreen instructions.

How to Set Up DVD or CD Sharing

For direct access to CDs and DVDs, you can attach an external optical drive to a USB port on your Mac mini. You can also partner your Mac mini with another Mac or Windows computer that has an optical disc drive and is on the same wired or wireless network. The computer with the optical drive can be a Mac with Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later, or a Windows 7, Windows XP, or Windows Vista computer. If the Mac has Mac OS X v10.5.3 or later, DVD or CD Sharing is already installed. You can partner with more than one other computer, but you can use only one partner computer at a time.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Model No: A1347 (EMC 2442.

Apple Order number: BTO \ CTO.

Discontinued: October 23, 2012.

Price: $899.


  • With an Intel Core i7 aboard, this Mac mini is an ideal choice for web-designers or video editors. It’s lighter and smaller than any laptop or Ultrabook, it can be plugged into wide format HD displays and TV for better image.


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