Mac Mini Alternatives

Mac Mini

Mac Mini is a small, affordable desktop computer manufactured by Apple Inc. It packs the entire Mac experience into the 2.7 pounds. You just need to connect your own display, keyboard and mouse, and you are ready to make big things happen… read more

11 Mac Mini Alternatives & Similar Software



PINE A64 is another SBC (single board computer) that was specially designed to compete with the Raspberry Pi in both price and power. It is powered by Quad-Core ARM cortex A53 64-Bit processor.

Banana Pi

Banana Pi is a credit card-sized SBC based on a low-cost concept for inner hardware and software development and school software learning including Scratch. Its first hardware design was introduced in 2013 as Raspberry Pi produced by a Chinese company named as Shenzhen SINOVOIP.

MinnowBoard Max

MinnowBoard Max is a powerful and affordable development board for both makers and professionals. It is also known as the developer’s program offering performance, flexibility and support of the standard for smallest of devices.

BeagleBone Black

BeagleBone Black is a low-power open-source SBC introduced by Texas Instruments in association with Digi-key and Newark element1. It is known as the community-supported development board for all the developers and hobbyists.


ODROID-C2 is a 64-bit quad-core SBC that is known as the most cost-effective 64bit development boards available in the ARM world. It is an alternative machine to Udoo x86 Ultra offers all the basic features in low price.


CHIP is a powerful SBC (single board computer) developed by Next Thing Co. released on Kickstarter and world’s first $9 computer. The board is best for all the hobbyist and developers.

HummingBoard Gate

HummingBoard Gate is a powerful single board computer that supports lots of different operating systems and best for both hobbyists and developers. It uses a dual-core i.MX 6 processor comes with 1GB of RAM has the same form factor as the Raspberry Pi and can run on both Android and Linux.


Lattepanda is a complete windows 10 single board computer and first machine that comes pre-installed with a full edition of Windows 10 Home Edition so you can easily run all the powerful tools including NodeJs, Visual Studios and Processing etc.


ODROID-XU4 is a new generation of a computing device with more energy efficient hardware and a similar form factor. It is powered by ARM Big.LITTLE technology the HMP (Heterogeneous Multi-Processing) solution.

Udoo x86 Ultra

Udoo x86 Ultra is a modern PC, known as the most powerful X86 maker board and an Arduino 101 compatible platform. On this PC you can run all the software available for the PC world from video streaming to gaming, graphical editor to professional development and all the software or Arduino 101 world such as libraries, sketches, and the official Arduino 101 IDE.

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is another powerful and next-generation computer board that is best for all the computer users who want to enjoy 3D games or create a software development. It is an amazing board that giant two upgrades.

More About Mac Mini

Mac Mini is a small, affordable desktop computer manufactured by Apple Inc. It packs the entire Mac experience into the 2.7 pounds. You just need to connect your own display, keyboard and mouse, and you are ready to make big things happen. This unique and powerful hardware device contains everything you want in a desktop with fourth-generation Intel Core Processors, a flash storage options that is more than 50% faster and wireless performance up to three times quicker than its predecessors. With its Intel Iris Graphic, it also delivers graphics performance up to the 90% faster than the previous generation. Mac Mini is one of the three desktop computers in the current Macintosh lineup, along with Mac Pro and iMac. This powerful minicomputer usually featured in the laptop to achieve its small sizes. It is also is known as the first consumer Macintosh desktop to have shipped without display, mouse or keyboard in the iMac era. Apple Inc. aimed the Mac Mini at users switching from the traditional Windows PC, who might already own a compatible display, keyboard and mouse. The most notable feature of this Mac Mini is its size, and the original designed measured only 2.0*6.5*6.5 inches. Just all the Mac hardware devices it also comes with photos, iMovie, Numbers, Pages and Keynotes, so you can be creative and productive right from the start. You can also get apps for email, surfing the web and making FaceTime calls etc. Mac Mini is one of the most stunning and desktop computers as compared to the others.

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