Apple Mac Mini M2 Pro (2023) review

It might look the same, but underneath it all Apple's new Pro mini PC is an entirely different beast

Mac Mini M2 Pro on a wooden desk
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Mac Mini M2 Pro is ideal for anyone wanting a small form-factor device for everyday use, but one that also packs a serious amount of power. If you are a photographer or content creator who needs a lot of storage, memory, and most of all raw power, this M2 Pro Mini is undoubtedly the best option to get. The addition of the two extra Thunderbolt ports, which now support 8K output, will also be a big pull for anyone regularly working with high-res imagery.


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    Blisteringly fast performance

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    Excellent value

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    Extra Thunderbolt ports


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    Only configurable to 32GB

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    Same design

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Just when you think Apple can't top a device, it somehow manages to go above and beyond. And it's done it again, last week announcing two new Mac Minis – an entry-level one equipped with Apple's latest M2 chip, and a souped-up model with an all-new M2 Pro chip. You'll need a monitor for Mac mini, as it doesn't come equipped with one – but this is what helps to keep its price down.

To look at it, you wouldn't know the Mini was any different. It's the same size, weight, and shape as the previous version. But trust me when I say there is much more than meets the eye to this simple-looking device, so much so it's set to take a top spot in our pick of the best desktop computers for photo editing. Let's take a closer look at exactly what it can do...

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Header Cell - Column 0 Mac Mini M2 Pro
GeekBench 5 Single-core CPU score1,958
GeekBench 5 Multi-core CPU score15,198
Cinebench R23 Single-core CPU score1,646
Cinebench R23 Multi-core CPU score14,768

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Kerrie Hughes

Kerrie Hughes is editor of Creative Bloq, the leading website for digital and traditional artists, web designers, graphic designers, 3D artists. Kerrie was staff writer for 3D World magazine before joining the Creative Bloq team in 2012. Since then she's written regularly for other publications, including ImagineFX and Computer Arts magazines.