Mac mini vs MacBook Air: which is right for you?

Mac Mini vs MacBook Air product shots on a versus orange and blue background
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If you’re looking to get an Apple Mac without breaking the bank, the Mac mini and MacBook Air are your two best bets. Though the two devices are quite different, they are both excellent machines for creatives looking take advantage of the Apple ecosystem. And as of 2023, both of these are available with Apple's more powerful M2 chip.

That said, there are some areas where they can’t really be compared. The Mac mini lacks a display, internal battery, and camera, for example, so if you don't want to buy those features additionally, then the MacBook Air is the clear choice. Yet this comparison is hardly a foregone conclusion, and the Mac mini offers a lot that will appeal to creative users.

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Alex Blake

Alex Blake is a freelance tech journalist who writes for Creative Bloq, TechRadar, Digital Trends, and others. Before going freelance he was commissioning editor at MacFormat magazine, focusing on the world of Apple products. His interests include web design, typography, and video games.