Take a tour of Mac mini
Note: This guide is for the current Mac mini with M1 chip and Mac mini with Intel processor. The illustrations show Mac mini with M1 chip. If you’re not sure which Mac mini you have or want to find information and documentation about other models, see the Apple Support article Identify your Mac mini model.
Your Mac mini is packed with advanced technologies.
Power button: Press to turn on your Mac mini. (Choose Apple menu > Shut Down to turn off your Mac mini, or Apple menu > Sleep to put it to sleep.)
Power port: Plug the power cord into the power port on the back of your Mac mini, then plug the other end of the cord into a power outlet.
Gigabit Ethernet port: Connect a router or modem to use the internet, or connect to another computer to transfer files without using Wi-Fi.
10 Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) port: If your Mac mini has the optional 10 Gigabit Ethernet port, it can use Nbase-T Ethernet technology, which supports multiple data rates for speeds up to 10 Gbps over standard twisted-pair copper cable up to 100 meters (328 feet) in length. Depending on the device you’re connecting to, the cable type and technology used, and the cable length, the highest link speed is automatically negotiated. For example, if the device you’re connecting to is 10 Gbps-capable and the cable can support that speed, the two devices negotiate the 10 Gbps speed.
See the following table for connection speeds and cable types. Speeds are for cables up to 100 meters (328 feet) in length, unless otherwise specified.
Up to 55 m (180 feet)
Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C): Transfer data at Thunderbolt speeds (up to 40 Gbps) and connect to a display, docking stations, and RAID arrays. The ports can also charge devices such as an iPad or a rechargeable keyboard, mouse, or trackpad. Mac mini with M1 chip has two ports that also support USB 4 peripherals. Other models have four ports without USB 4 support.
HDMI port: Use an HDMI to DVI Adapter or HDMI cable (sold separately) to connect your Mac mini to a TV or external display. See Connect a display to Mac mini.
USB-A ports: Connect an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, digital camera, external storage device, or printer. The Mac mini USB-A ports support USB 3 and USB 2 devices.
3.5 mm headphone jack: Plug in stereo headphones or speakers to experience high-quality sound while listening to music or watching movies. Or plug in an analog headset with a built-in mono microphone to make audio and video calls.
Status indicator light: If the light is on, your Mac mini is awake or in sleep; when there’s no light your Mac mini is turned off.