Hacker Ben Heck is back to fix the flawed Neo-Geo Mini

When the worlds of retro gaming and customized hacks collide, chances are, you’ll find Benjamin Heckendorn (better known as Ben Heck) standing by with a soldering iron. The finished product (right) and the source plastic shell (left). Ben Heck The “before” image. The retail Neo-Geo Mini’s worst element, arguably, is its use of an analog […]


Apple Mac Mini (2018) Review

Believe it or not, Apple’s Mac Mini is 13 years old, making it the second oldest product line still in Apple’s portfolio. It even outdates the MacBook Pro, which didn’t appear until 2006. Unlike the MacBook Pro, however, the Mini was neglected. A quick updated followed the original, but the third-gen didn’t appear until 2010. […]

Gears & Gadgets

iFixit tears down the Mac mini and MacBook Air

You can easily unscrew and remove the fan after opening the enclosure, revealing the innards. iFixit The RAM is enclosed in a metal cage, but this is removable after dealing with four screws. iFixit The RAM can be removed and replaced. iFixit The logic board of the Mac mini. iFixit On schedule as always, iFixit […]


Apple Mac mini (2018)

For four years, the Apple Mac mini had been the last true, egalitarian entry-level Mac. Since its last major rework in 2014, it came in configurations priced as low as $ 499 that scaled up from there. The 2018 reboot ($ 799 as tested, which is the entry-level model) rethinks the Mac mini’s innards but […]


Mac Mini vs. iMac

Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air, there are a lot of different Macs to choose from at Apple. We previously stacked the new MacBook Air against the MacBook Pro, but now it is time to turn attention to Apple’s desktop counterparts. In this guide, we now put up the specs on […]


Apple's New Mac Mini Kills the Entry-Level Mac

Macs are expensive. As if to reinforce this universal maxim, the last remaining bastion of Apple affordability evaporated into the crisp fall air today above New York City, where Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled a brand-new Mac mini. The old $ 499 Mac mini, a tiny desktop PC that is sold without a monitor or […]


Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic

Fujifilm makes a number of instant cameras that use its popular Instax Mini film format. But none are as attractive as the Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic ($ 179.95), which includes features like a rechargeable battery and fully automatic exposure, neither of which you’ll find in the entry-level Instax Mini 9. The Mini 90 costs […]

Gears & Gadgets

iOS 12 on the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Mini 2: It’s actually faster!

Enlarge / iOS 12 is the rare update that actually noticeably improves performance across a range of older devices. Andrew Cunningham When we tested iOS 11 on the iPhone 5S, it was clear that it was slower than iOS 10 had been but that the iPhone 5S’ hardware was fast enough to keep everything usable. […]


HP Z2 Mini G4 Workstation

Putting serious computing power into a mini desktop PC isn’t easy. Why? Desktop-class CPUs, graphics chips, and other components count on the support of large cooling fans and heat sinks that simply can’t fit into a small square box like the HP Z2 Mini G4. But HP has managed to fit an Intel Xeon processor […]


ECS Liva Z2 Mini PC

[unable to retrieve full-text content] The ECS Liva Z2 is a quiet, low-power mini desktop for niche use cases. It isn’t fast enough to be a main PC for most folks, but it’s an inexpensive option for digital signage, kiosks, and similar environs. Latest Articles

Gears & Gadgets

A new Mac mini and a Retina MacBook Air are imminent, report says

Enlarge / The 2014 Mac mini is pictured here. This redesign was seen by some users as a downgrade compared to its predecessor, and Apple hasn’t overhauled it since. Andrew Cunningham Apple plans to release a new replacement for the MacBook Air (and possibly the current MacBook) with a Retina display later this year, according […]

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Intel’s 10nm Cannon Lake chip gets another outing in new NUC mini PC

The tall NUC case from the front. Intel The tall NUC case from the rear. Intel The short NUC case from the front. Intel The short NUC case from the rear. Intel Intel has updated its range of small form-factor PCs that it calls NUCs. We’ve generally liked the systems in the past; with a […]

Emerging Tech

Monoprice Maker Select Mini V2 review

Research Center: Monoprice Select Mini V2 A couple years ago, Monoprice took the 3D printing world by storm with a the original Maker Select Mini: a 3D printer that only cost 200 bucks, and had all the bells and whistles we could ever ask for. Now, it’s back with version two of that revolutionary printer […]