If you’re upgrading from a Mac mini that’s several years old, you may find that the newest generation of Mac mini doesn’t include a lot of the ports you’re used to using. If you need to connect older devices and add some extras, we’ve got the best accessories to make that process easier.
|1||Mac Mini M1 Mount||9.7||Check Price|
|2||Satechi Type-C Aluminum Stand & Hub||8.7||Check Price|
|3||Hagibis Vertical Stand for Mac Mini||8.7||Check Price|
|4||USB-C Hub with Hard Drive Enclosure for Mac Mini M1||8.6||Check Price|
|5||HIDEit Mounts Mac Mini Mount||7.9||Check Price|
The Approach We Took for Testing
We started by testing the audio capabilities of each system. We used a 1/3-octave spectrum analyzer to measure both volume and frequency response. To measure volume, we set the output of each system to 90 dB, measured from our listening position approximately 10 feet away, on axis with the speaker.
A 90-dB speaker should be audible from that distance away in a room measuring at least 16 feet wide by 20 feet long (a living room or bedroom) or 24 feet wide by 30 feet long (an office).
To check frequency response and distortion, we played a constant tone through each speaker for 10 seconds, using pink noise generated in Audacity and streaming through an AirPort Express. For every speaker we measured:
We took measurements in three locations around each speaker: left (front), center, and right (rear). We also measured the Mac Mini’s internal speakers.
For all speakers except the Bose and JBL, I ran all tests using iTunes at 75 percent volume in Stereo mode with the Sound Check feature switched off.
Mac Mini M1 Mount
The IFCASE Mac Mini M1 Mount is our favorite dock of the models we tested. It’s sturdy, and it’s one of the least expensive options we looked at.
It’s easy to use and install, and it frees up desk space by holding the Mac Mini in a variety of positions. It’s made of hard aluminum alloy material, so it’s resistant to rusting and won’t scratch your device.
It’s also one of the least expensive dock options we looked at, and it comes with screws and drywall anchors at no extra cost.
Satechi Type-C Aluminum Stand & Hub
The Satechi Type-C Aluminum Stand & Hub is the first Mac mini accessory we’ve seen offer an integrated Type-C hub. It’s also the first of its kind to function as both a Mac mini stand and USB-C hub—all using a single Type-C connection.
The Satechi Type-C Hub offers the most commonly used ports: an USB-C data port (up to 5 Gbps), three USB 3.0 ports (up to 5 Gbps), micro/SD card readers (up to 104 Mbps), and a 3.5mm headphone jack port.
It’s also designed with built-in air vents to help regulate temperature and encourage air flow when connecting multiple devices to your Mac Mini 2018 and later. The Satechi Type-C Aluminum Stand & Hub is sleek, elegant, and feels like a natural extension of your Mac Mini.
It has an elegant, brushed finish and an all-space gray aluminum alloy design. As with all Satechi products, quality is a high priority, and the company offers a one-year warranty (two years if you register the product).
We’ve tested the Satechi Type-C Aluminum Stand & Hub with multiple Mac minis since summer 2018 and have found it to be reliable and robust. It should work with Mac minis since summer 2018.
Before you buy a Mac mini, check the model’s specifications to make sure that it has a Type-C port. We do not recommend this hub for Mac minis with USB-A ports (model years 2017 and earlier).
Also, we don’t recommend using the USB-A ports to connect an Apple SuperDrive or to charge an iPad Pro; we recommend connecting one bus-powered device at a time to the USB-A ports.
Additionally, the Satechi Type-C Aluminum Stand & Hub doesn’t include interior space for a hard drive or SSD.
Hagibis Vertical Stand for Mac Mini
The Hagibis Vertical Stand for Mac Mini is an elegant, minimalist solution for displaying a Mac Mini in a professional environment. Its sunken-in lettering and simple, elegant design make this model a better choice than models that have a more cluttered look.
Like other vertical stands, this one has a simple knob that allows you to adjust the width to accommodate the Mac Mini and other accessories. Because there are no screws involved, it’s easier to set up than stands that require you to screw things together.
This stand uses high-grade aluminum alloy, it is sturdy and looks gorgeous. The Mac Mini is held in place by a soft anti-slip pad, and the center of gravity is low, so the stand should be stable enough to use at a desk.
This model is significantly more expensive than our other picks, but it’s still an affordable option.
USB-C Hub with Hard Drive Enclosure for Mac Mini M1
The Elecife USB-C Hub with Hard Drive Enclosure has everything you need in a Mac Mini accessory. It has an internal 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure that lets you expand the memory of your Mac Mini, as well as a built-in SD and TF card reader, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, and a USB C port.
It also has a built-in fan that helps keep the hard drive cool, as well as two status LEDs to let you know when it’s connected to your Mac Mini and hard drive. The Elecife is the best option if you want to use your Mac Mini as a media server, since it has a built-in hard drive enclosure.
The Elecife is also the only product we tested that has a built-in fan to keep the hard drive cool.
It’s also the only hub that has status LEDs to let you know it’s connected to the Mac Mini and the hard drive. The only downside is that it’s not as compact or portable as other hubs we tested.
HIDEit Mounts Mac Mini Mount
If you’re looking for a Mac mini wall mount that’s easy to install, this one fits the bill. Just grab a Phillips screwdriver, and you’re good to go.
Like other HIDEit Mounts, this one is made from 16-gauge, cold-rolled steel, so it’s sturdy and able to support the Mac mini. We especially like the wrap-around design because it keeps the Mac mini securely in place, unlike other mounts that rely on only one screw.
In addition, the design is simple, so you don’t have to worry about getting it wrong. If you’re unsure about the installation, there’s a video on the company’s website that walks you through the process step by step.
The only downside is that this wall mount is a little more expensive than other mounts we tested. But if you’re looking for a Mac mini wall mount that you’ll be able to install without any hassle, this is a great option.
Considerations Before Making a Purchase
We researched the top-selling accessories from a variety of retailers and searched for top picks from trusted tech publications. We also looked at our guide to the best Mac accessories.
Using this research, we determined that most people want accessories that do the following:
Play Multiple Audio Formats
Most people want to be able to play all the audio files they have without having to convert them using software or buy new versions of those files in different formats.
Most models will play MP3s and some will also play AAC and other formats. The ability to play FLAC is a plus, but it’s not essential because many people don’t have FLAC versions of their music library.
Play Multiple Video Formats
If you plan on watching movies, TV shows, or video podcasts on your speaker or speaker system, look for a model that plays common video formats such as MP4 and MKV. If you intend to use your speaker with a media player connected to a TV, choose one that supports playback of high-definition video.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What accessories do you need for a Mac Mini?
To use a Mac Mini, you need a keyboard, mouse, and display.
2. What is the best mouse for a Mac?
There is no one “best” mouse for a Mac. However, some mice are better suited for Macs than others. For example, mice that use Bluetooth or USB receivers are better choices than mice that use a PS/2 connector, because most Macs no longer come with PS/2 ports.
3. Do you need a Display port to use a Mac?
No, you do not need a Display port to use a Mac.
4. Is a Mac mouse better?
There is no definitive answer to this question. Some people prefer Mac mice because they are typically more comfortable to use, while others find them difficult to use because they are not as customizable as Windows mice. Ultimately, it is up to the individual to decide which mouse is better for them.
5. Do Apple mice have better tracking?
There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on individual preferences and needs. Some people may find that Apple mice track better, while others may prefer mice from other brands. Ultimately, it is up to the individual to decide what mouse works best for them.