Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a full-blown Apple setup to reap the benefits of using a Mac computer. If you’re not sold on the entire Mac aesthetic, already have a keyboard, monitor, and mouse, or don’t have the resources to invest in a strictly Apple setup, you always have the option to fall back on the alternative: purchasing an Apple Mac Mini.
If you want to try it out, pick up the refurbished Apple Mac Mini Intel Core i5 on the Popular Science shop. For a limited time, it’s on sale for 44 percent off. Not everyone is aware of this fantastic product on sale right now, as it’s not as heavily marketed compared to the rest of Apple products, but it’s basically a headless computer that you hook up to any monitor you have, turning that display to a Mac computer.
Just because it’s refurbished doesn’t mean it’s a reject from tech stores. The product is listed “A,” which means it’s in a near-mint condition and has very minimal flaws. In short: the Mac Mini works just as great as a brand new device. It’s compatible with pretty much any external monitor via the built-in HDMI video port, and delivers a solid computer speed and performance with its 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processor. The Mini also has Wi-Fi connectivity so you won’t have to tether it directly to your router, and its generous 500 GB hard drive can store all your essential files and media. Plus, with a portable 7.7-inch width, it only takes up a small space on your desktop.
If you want outstanding computer performance without having to deal with the hefty Apple price tag, this refurbished Apple Mac Mini Core i5 is an excellent option. Snag it on sale for only $329.99 — 44 percent off the usual retail cost of $599.
Prices subject to change.