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

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Costco Wholesale has for its 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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    • Price matches this Frontpage Deal from February that received +161 votes from the community.
  • Ratings/Reviews:
    • 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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Apple Mac mini
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In the Costco coupon book
8 core GPU
Price valid 5/19 to June 13 Deal still valid

https://www.costco.com/mac-mini-�...94159.html
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We just got our second M1 Mac. It's replacing a 2012 Mac. It's true that you cannot upgrade the RAM, so if you plan to keep one for a decade, or even a half decade, like we tend to do, get the 16GB model. You cannot easily change anything inside the machine, but we have put a 1TB NVMe Thunderbolt drive on our M1 Mac's - which we bought with 256GB of internal storage. The external drive is very fast, and can be attached to either machine as needed.
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The ones who have actually used them personally say 8 is enough for most people.

The ones who have never used it and are just guessing say it isn't enough.
Apple.com: $700
Apple EDU: $650
Apple Refurb: $589 (sold out)

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Very likely that this will only have 8gb of RAM, which might or might not be enough considering it is M1. There have been googlable discussions on 8gb not being enough for M1, causing SSD to wear more than usual

edit1 problem: https://bartechtv.com/m1-mac-ssd-...t-appears/
edit2 likely cause and "fix": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyMCoQmsv-I
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Apple.com: $700
Apple EDU: $650
Apple Refurb: $589 (sold out)
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Quote from ChronoTriggered :
Apple.com: $650
Apple EDU: $650 (weird that they're the same price)
Apple Refurb: $589 (sold out)
Apple.com is $699
(You might still in edu mode when you checked the price).
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Probably better off getting it with 16gb RAM from Micro Center now for $799
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Quote from SmilingHorn3826 :
Probably better off getting it with 16gb RAM from Micro Center now for $799
M1 isn't heavily reliant on RAM like many think. 8GB is pretty damn good
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M1 isn't heavily reliant on RAM like many think. 8GB is pretty damn good
So which answer is really true

Some say it is, some say it isn't
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So which answer is really true

Some say it is, some say it isn't
The ones who have actually used them personally say 8 is enough for most people.

The ones who have never used it and are just guessing say it isn't enough.
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I bought one of these from Costco with the $100 off $500 coupon. I wonder if they would price adjust the base price?

Regd. RAM, at startup, my RAM usage is 5.1 GB out of 8GB for those who want to know. But I just use the Mac Mini for browsing and documents. No gaming, etc. So it doesn't matter.
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At $499 (using $100 off $500), this would be an awesome deal. Will consider buying it.
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I bought one of these from Costco with the $100 off $500 coupon. I wonder if they would price adjust the base price?

Regd. RAM, at startup, my RAM usage is 5.1 GB out of 8GB for those who want to know. But I just use the Mac Mini for browsing and documents. No gaming, etc. So it doesn't matter.
My guess is probably not, as it would likely show up at the prorated price due to the coupon. My hulu gift card showed up as the prorated price when I got the email delivery for it. The worst they can say is no, but I wouldn't expect it.
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