Mac mini 2018 hands on: Big charm in small package

We feared the Mac mini was dead. Left for years without the merest glimpse of an update, Apple’s smallest computer had somehow shrunk even further, eclipsed by the iMac Pro and promises of a bold new Mac Pro still to come. Now, though, it’s time for the 2018 Mac mini to have its moment in the spotlight, and it’s hard to argue with what Apple has done.

At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking this was the same computer. The darker Space Gray finish is the first giveaway that this is 2018’s machine, though. Still no optical drive, but the same flexible form-factor that’s both at home on a desktop – or in a drawer, for that matter – or stacked together into a mini server array.

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