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Costco Members: Apple Mac mini (Late 2020): M1 CPU w/ 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD EXPIRED

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Costco Wholesale has (for Costco Members), Apple Mac mini w/ Apple M1 Chip (MGNR3LL/A, Late 2020) on sale for $599.99. Shipping is free.

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Specs:
  • Apple M1 Chip 8-core CPU (4 performance cores & 4 efficiency cores)
  • 8GB Unified Memory
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • 8-core GPU
  • 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 & Bluetooth 5.0
  • macOS Big Sur
  • Ports:
    • 2x Thunderbolt / USB 4
    • 2x USB A
    • 1x HDMI 2
    • 1x Gigabit Ethernet Port
    • 1x 3.5 mm Headphone Jack

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    • Sale is valid through 2/24/21 or while supplies last.
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    • PC Mag gives the new Mac mini a 4.5/5 (excellent) rating
      • "With a new lower starting price and Apple's straining-at-the-leash M1 CPU, the Mac mini is far and away the most polished, potent tiny desktop in its class."
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The m1 uses unified memory so the ram, cpu, gpu and other components are part of the same chip allowing for much faster read/writes to memory. Don't think user upgradable is even possible here. Plus with how fast it is, I've read the 8gb performs as well as a 16gb machine in the x86 architecture. Remember apple ios devices have a lot less memory than the competition but apple devices always blow away the competition in performance.
As someone who currently own the MBA m1 (8G ram), I would highly recommend go with 16G ram. (Especially for those who would keep lots of tabs/apps open)
Why can't they at least put 16 gigs a memory in these things?

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New Mac mini with M1 is available in Costco for 600 with 90 day return policy and two year warranty

https://www.costco.com/new-mac-mi...94159.html
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Get it while its hot
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I have an M1 Macbook Air 8/256 and it is awesome. If the mini fits your use case and you don't need portability or a screen, this is a great deal. Costco returns / warranty is bonus.

A lot of the initial complaints like bluetooth issues and various compatibility issues have mostly been worked out with software updates. I haven't experienced any issues with mine. One thing to consider is that if you can spare the extra few hundred bucks, you can get the Macbook air and then just connect it to a monitor and wireless keyboards via USB-C hub and get the best of both worlds.
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Why can't they at least put 16 gigs a memory in these things?
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Why can't they at least put 16 gigs a memory in these things?
So you can spend more when they release the "upgrade".
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I have an M1 Macbook Air 8/256 and it is awesome. If the mini fits your use case and you don't need portability or a screen, this is a great deal. Costco returns / warranty is bonus.

A lot of the initial complaints like bluetooth issues and various compatibility issues have mostly been worked out with software updates. I haven't experienced any issues with mine. One thing to consider is that if you can spare the extra few hundred bucks, you can get the Macbook air and then just connect it to a monitor and wireless keyboards via USB-C hub and get the best of both worlds.
I think there might be a slight difference in the CPU on the air and there is no fan so thermal issues may slow things down under load. I would agree for most use cases the air is a better value.
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I think there might be a slight difference in the CPU on the air and there is no fan so thermal issues may slow things down under load. I would agree for most use cases the air is a better value.
You are correct (8 vs 7 core GPU and no fan on the MBA). Reviews pretty much across the board indicate that the difference isn't noticeable except under heavy and extended use cases (e.g. rendering a bunch of 4 or 8k video), and even then isn't a huge deal. There have been some big differences between 8 and 16gb performance on very demanding tasks, but means the difference between a 20 min rather than 10 min rendering times on 8k video. I do a lot of video editing with GoPro 4k 100mb/s footage and the 8/256 has done great for me. I do have an external usb-c SSD to store my footage. For 95% of people, the 8/256 Mini or Air are perfect options.

I really wish Apple would come back to reality on the component upgrade prices. You are over $1k if you opt for a 16/512 mini, and approaching $1,500 for an Air, which is pretty steep.
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Why can't they at least put 16 gigs a memory in these things?

The m1 uses unified memory so the ram, cpu, gpu and other components are part of the same chip allowing for much faster read/writes to memory. Don't think user upgradable is even possible here. Plus with how fast it is, I've read the 8gb performs as well as a 16gb machine in the x86 architecture. Remember apple ios devices have a lot less memory than the competition but apple devices always blow away the competition in performance.
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Has anyone had any experience with Costco's 2nd year warranty extension?
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599 on this vs an i5 desk or laptop 🤔 thoughts? I don't have any experience with Macs
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599 on this vs an i5 desk or laptop 🤔 thoughts? I don't have any experience with Macs
It entirely depends on what you plan to use it for. If you're not already deep into using Apple products / in the ecosystem then a regular Windows desktop will likely be better for you.
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Has anyone had any experience with Costco's 2nd year warranty extension?
I do, I have Costco credit card for years. They always protect customers and make you feel safe. They have a fantastic return policy too. I always go with Costco
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As someone who currently own the MBA m1 (8G ram), I would highly recommend go with 16G ram. (Especially for those who would keep lots of tabs/apps open)
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