Mac Mini Server 2011 Review : MC936LL A
I finally upgrade my 2008 standard Mac Mini (not a server and run with OS X Snow Leopard to this Apple Mac Mini MC936LL/A with Lion Server (NEWEST VERSION), Mac Mini Server 2011.
My reason for buying this MC936LL A Mac Mini Server 2011 was because when I compared the price with the non server Mac Mini, I found that the additional cost is another extra storage and extra memory I needed. (got it at $899.99 )
Appearance wise, MC936LL /A is a nice form factor, smart looking, and it includes all OS X Lion’s all features as well as huge range of server functions.
I am using it mostly for hosting, setting up VPN connection, etc. This MC936LL A Mac Mini Server 2011 manages all of those jobs quitely and beautifully.
The built in screen sharing feature as well as the “Remote Server” Tools are helpful features to run this machine headless.
Furthermore, I could also host a website that uses PHP, MySQL and Apache, also setting up Windows Server which uses Parallels.
You will be able to enjoy these two worlds by running this MC936LL/A Lion Server.
Performance wise, MC936LL A Mac Mini Server 2011 runs great with some programs like Photoshop, or Lightroom, even if you want to work with big raw files.
Just like when you own a standard non-server Mac Mini, you will still need to have an extra keyboard or mouse and of course a monitor. To some people, this might be a minor letdown, but to me, it is a big advantage.
Because I can use some other devices which fits the capability, I can easily use my preferred mouse, monitor and keyboard instead of Apple’s products.
If you already have your peripherals, you can just use this MC936LL/A and keep using the existing devices.
In this MC936LL/A, you will have dual 500GB Hard Drives with 7200RPM speed,so it will be 1TB Hard Drive total, which is very nice since many computers comes with slower hard drives at 5400 RPM.
MC936LL A Mac Mini Server 2011 is not perfect of course, at $899.99, this machine is quite pricely, but you will get a machine that others can’t beat, especially about the look, plus it can work very silent in your room.
Mac Mini Server 2011 – MC936LL A Specs
- Processor: 2.0GHz Intel Core i7 quad-core
- Intel HD Graphics 3000
- Dual 500GB Hard Drives (at 7500RPM)
- 4GB DDR3 RAM (1333MHz)
- Connectivity options: Wireless-N WiFi wireless networking; Gigabit Ethernet wired networking, Bluetooth 4.0
- Ports: 4x USB 2.0; 1x FW 800; Thunderbolt port; HDMI audio video output; SD Card Slot
- Size: 7.7 x 7.7 x 1.4 inches
- Weight: 2.7 pounds
Mac Mini Server 2011 Summary
In summary, if you are an average computer user, and you don’t need a server, I recommend to stick to the standard Mac Mini for instance, MC815LL/A the newest Mac Mini, because you will need to handle the additional server tools, but of course, you can still use it as you use the standard Mac Mini as a normal computer.
This MC936LL/A Lion Server is differently configured than the standard Mac Mini, for example, you will only have your administration tools on your dock, and the part of iLife (iWeb and iDVD) is not included.
But if you need a server, even if you also want to run a Windows server, this MC936LL A Mac Mini Server 2011 works great.