M2 Pro Mac mini returns line to four Thunderbolt ports

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 17
Countering the chief criticism of the original M1 Mac mini, the new M2 Pro model has improved connectivity with four Thunderbolt ports, at least on parity with the 2018 Intel model.

The M2 Pro configuration returns four ports to the Mac mini
The M2 Pro configuration returns four ports to the Mac mini


Despite all of the radical improvements that moving to Apple Silicon brought to the Mac mini, AppleInsider argued that its connectivity was potentially a reason to hold off buying. Specifically, where the 2018 Intel Mac mini had four Thunderbolt 3 ports, the 2020 M1 model had a pair of USB4 ports, which are compatible with Thunderbolt 3.

"For those 'Pro' folks driving a 2018 Mac mini, we say wait," said the review. "[Wait] until the first inevitable chassis redesign ... and you'll get a bit more maturity in the hardware."

Obviously, there isn't yet a chassis redesign, but the maturity remark stands.

Now the new M2 Mac mini comes in an M2 Pro configuration that restores four ports -- and each is Thunderbolt 4. And, that model supports three monitors, with two on the Thunderbolt ports, and one on HDMI.

The previous limitation is one of the reasons why there are countless Mac mini docks, like the Satechi Thunderbolt 4 Dock. At least for M2 Pro Mac mini users, there should be little to no need for such accessories.

Read on AppleInsider

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 4
    anomeanome Posts: 1,487member
    Dammit, Apple. Sneaking this out while I wasn't paying attention.

    Just ordered one of these, the lack of ports on the M1 has been causing me some problems, but I've struggled by so far. I'm more excited about seeing what the M2 Pro can do.

    I'd also say having 4 TB 4 ports doesn't really remove the need for hubs and docks. I still have more USB peripherals than there are ports on this thing, especially taking into account that I need one of the TB ports for my second monitor, and the other one for TB storage. Anyway, I have at least until the 8th of February (I upped it to 32GB RAM) to force Time Machine to back up the M1 before it arrives.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 4
    entropysentropys Posts: 3,793member
    I plan to use this m2 pro mini velcroed to the back of my Dell Ultrasharp 4K 27 inch display. It has ports galore in a built in dock which combined with this should be more than I need (dangerous statement I admit) but keep everything tidy.
    My 27 inch M2 pro iMac!
    edited January 17
  • Reply 3 of 4
    eriamjheriamjh Posts: 1,410member
    anome said:
    Dammit, Apple. Sneaking this out while I wasn't paying attention.

    Just ordered one of these, the lack of ports on the M1 has been causing me some problems, but I've struggled by so far. I'm more excited about seeing what the M2 Pro can do.

    I'd also say having 4 TB 4 ports doesn't really remove the need for hubs and docks. I still have more USB peripherals than there are ports on this thing, especially taking into account that I need one of the TB ports for my second monitor, and the other one for TB storage. Anyway, I have at least until the 8th of February (I upped it to 32GB RAM) to force Time Machine to back up the M1 before it arrives.
    Same here.  Tempting as i can drive three displays with an M2 Mini, now, except my third display still requires thunderbolt, not HDMI.  Can HDMI drive dual-link DVI (30" cinema display)?
  • Reply 4 of 4
    djmikeodjmikeo Posts: 180member
    eriamjh said:
    anome said:
    Dammit, Apple. Sneaking this out while I wasn't paying attention.

    Just ordered one of these, the lack of ports on the M1 has been causing me some problems, but I've struggled by so far. I'm more excited about seeing what the M2 Pro can do.

    I'd also say having 4 TB 4 ports doesn't really remove the need for hubs and docks. I still have more USB peripherals than there are ports on this thing, especially taking into account that I need one of the TB ports for my second monitor, and the other one for TB storage. Anyway, I have at least until the 8th of February (I upped it to 32GB RAM) to force Time Machine to back up the M1 before it arrives.
    Same here.  Tempting as i can drive three displays with an M2 Mini, now, except my third display still requires thunderbolt, not HDMI.  Can HDMI drive dual-link DVI (30" cinema display)?
    I believe there is a thunderbolt 3 to thunderbolt 2 adapter that should let you still use the monitor that requires thunderbolt. 
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