Mac mini and the environment.

Mac mini is the world’s most energy-efficient desktop computer. It’s also highly recyclable and has a tiny package for efficient shipping. All in all, that’s no small thing.

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Energy Efficiency

Mac mini is still the world’s most energy-efficient desktop computer.

Highly efficient, built-in power supply.

The power supply for Mac mini requires only 85W and is up to 89 percent efficient. Low power consumption reduces energy bills and lessens the environmental impact of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. A built-in power supply means no plastic housing, less weight, and less cable clutter. It also allows Mac mini to take up a tiny amount of space and fit into a tiny package.

Advanced power management.

The new Mac mini is a great example of Apple’s energy-efficient design philosophy. Even though it offers up to twice the processor performance and up to 65 percent faster integrated graphics performance compared with the previous generation, it uses less than 11 watts of power when idle.

And unlike a lot of Windows-based PC systems, Mac mini uses energy-efficient hardware components that work hand in hand with the operating system to conserve power. OS X spins down hard drives and activates sleep mode after a period of inactivity. It balances tasks across both central and graphics processors. OS X never misses a power-saving opportunity, no matter how small. It even regulates the processor between keystrokes, reducing power between the letters you type. That’s just one of many ways Apple manages small amounts of power that add up to big savings.

ENERGY STAR qualification.

Mac mini meets the stringent low power requirements set by the EPA, giving it ENERGY STAR qualification. ENERGY STAR 6.0 sets significantly higher efficiency limits for power supplies and aggressive limits for the computer’s typical annual power consumption. Mac mini doesn't just meet the ENERGY STAR requirements, it meets them with an 87 percent margin.

Eliminating Toxic Substances

It’s what Mac mini doesn’t have that makes it more environmentally friendly. It’s free of many harmful toxins like BFRs and PVC.

Fewer toxins.

One of the greatest environmental challenges facing the computer industry today is the presence of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in products. Apple engineers have worked hard to eliminate BFRs and PVC from Mac mini circuit boards, internal cables, connectors, insulators, adhesives, and more.1 And they’ve eliminated many other toxins that are a common part of desktop computer manufacturing.

Minimal Packaging

Apple designs Mac mini packaging to be as small as possible, so more products fit in shipping boxes.

More efficient transportation.

The Mac mini retail packaging and shipping box are also mini. Which is better for the planet and means a smaller carbon footprint. It’s one seemingly minor change. But it has a major positive impact on our environment.


Because Mac mini has an aluminum enclosure, it’s more likely to be recycled at the end of its long, productive life.

Recyclable materials.

Mac mini uses highly recyclable aluminum to create its incredibly compact enclosure. Just 7.7 by 7.7 by 1.4 inches, Mac mini is a fraction of the size of a typical desktop tower. Which makes it one of the most material-efficient desktop computers available.

  1. PVC-free AC power lead available in all regions except for India and South Korea.
  2. Four years of use for a Mac and three years of use for an iPhone or iPod.