iMac vs Mac mini: Which Mac is right for you?

iMac vs Mac mini
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You're facing the question of iMac vs Mac mini if you're looking to buy a Mac desktop for mid-tier creative work. Obviously, the Mac Pro exists as well, but that's far beyond mid-tier. For the majority of creatives, these two machines house enough power to get your work done quickly, and for a great price – but there are some important differences between them (beyond the obvious fact that one has a screen and one doesn't).

Both are leading products in their category, and are priced really well when compared with the Windows competition. And now, both the iMac and Mac mini offer the choice of going with either Apple's cutting-edge new M1 processor, or with Intel processors. This is a really important choice, and one that we'll walk you through in this article. 

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Matt Bolton

Matt is Managing Editor at, and previously worked on T3, MacLife and MacFormat. He's been testing technology for over a decade, working in specialist Apple publications as well general technology and creative journalism, and has charted Apple’s ups and downs since his student days (but still hopes to hear “one more thing”). By day, you can find him covering TV, audio, smart home gear and more at, as Home Tech Editor. By night, he's probably updating or pairing or installing some new piece of technology in the quest for the perfect setup.