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Oct 17, 2005, 09:12 AM
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Yvan256
Oct 17, 2005, 11:59 AM
What? They include a 41" black FireWire cable and 41" black USB cable? That has to be a typo! :confused:

"On the front of the enclosure you will find a clear plastic WiebeTech logo. The logo lights up blue when the enclosure is turned on and flashes when the drive is being accessed."

Looks ugly (don't know why, but its look reminds me of '70s electronics) and has an ugly flashing lighted logo?

What happened to copying Apple's clean style? How about a tiny, round white led for power (and maybe another for the HD access, though the Mac mini itself doesn't have any)?

mkrishnan
Oct 17, 2005, 12:08 PM
Heh...yeah, 41" seems excessive considering you're supposed to put it directly underneath the Mini. Or else, for that price, they ought also to include a much smaller patch cable that was specifically designed for setting it right underneath the Mini.

The cosmetics are so-so too...the case seems to curve in at the top in a way that's jarring, making it look slightly smaller than the Mini, even though it doesn't seem to be at the bottom. And it's disappointing that the power supply is external, I guess.

But then again, I have no Mini, and am in the market for no USB/FW drive.

Although, last night, I was obsessed temporarily with the idea of buying a 2405FPW, VESA wall mounting it, putting a Mini in the mount behind it, and rocking a BT keyboard and mouse... but then I snapped out of it. :(

SiliconAddict
Oct 17, 2005, 12:50 PM
Although, last night, I was obsessed temporarily with the idea of buying a 2405FPW

Buy the 2405 anyways...you won't regret it. There is something obscene about having a computer monitor large enough to crawl through assuming it was a window. No one should have a monitor that big. :D

Yvan256
Oct 17, 2005, 01:33 PM
Although, last night, I was obsessed temporarily with the idea of buying a 2405FPW, VESA wall mounting it, putting a Mini in the mount behind it, and rocking a BT keyboard and mouse... but then I snapped out of it. :(

May I ask how you would've mounted the Mac mini? With velcro? :D

mkrishnan
Oct 17, 2005, 04:21 PM
Buy the 2405 anyways...you won't regret it. There is something obscene about having a computer monitor large enough to crawl through assuming it was a window. No one should have a monitor that big. :D

I think I just might... And you're definitely right! :D No one should...well, no one except you and me, that is.

Yvan, I was thinking that I would put a brace structure on the wall so that the VESA mount mounts onto it and it rests on multiple studs / wall members, and then wrap it in a C bracket on the brace structure...maybe just with rubber ends and friction mounting. But I hadn't worked that part out yet. It's *my* fantasy, after all. :p

nagromme
Oct 17, 2005, 06:09 PM
Although, last night, I was obsessed temporarily with the idea of buying a 2405FPW, VESA wall mounting it, putting a Mini in the mount behind it, and rocking a BT keyboard and mouse... but then I snapped out of it. :(

Can the Mini drive that display's native res?

I saw a 1280x800 digital flat TV (something over 20") hooked up to a Mini at Microcenter. Pretty cool--pixels were big up close, but perfect for sitting way back. Made the screen readable when smaller pixels would not be.

Back on/T, I don't like the tapering of the WiebeTech case, smaller top than bottom. A side-effect of the way it was molded I guess.

SiliconAddict
Oct 18, 2005, 09:23 AM
Can the Mini drive that display's native res?



It can but it hits the 32MB of VRAM pretty hard and makes things like Expose sluggish when you have only a couple windows open. If its true that Apple is shipping the same video card with 64MB of VRAM I'd fully expect the issue to away.

Here is a good disc of the issue:

http://www.anandtech.com/mac/showdoc.aspx?i=2328&p=6