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Old Jun 9, 2014, 04:32 AM   #326
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I just bought a new i5 Mac Mini on eBay brand new for 359, also ordered the wireless trackpad and keyboard which I managed to get for under 90 combined which isn't too bad.

I wouldn't worry about iLife, I believe you can download them from the Mac App Store for free when you buy a new Mac?
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Old Jun 11, 2014, 08:52 PM   #327
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Seems slow

I just brought home my refurb 2012 i7 4 GB mini. My stuff was migrated over at the store. It seems very slow booting. I had to connect a monitor using HDMI, a wireless/USB mouse, but couldn't get the keyboard to work as I had to use a USB/PS2 adapter. So I never got past the login screen, but still it took what seemed like a long time to boot up. Is that something that might speed up once I have the proper hardware (ordered) connected?

If a new mini is really going to come, I hope it's SOON...
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Old Jun 12, 2014, 10:44 PM   #328
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I just brought home my refurb 2012 i7 4 GB mini. My stuff was migrated over at the store. It seems very slow booting. I had to connect a monitor using HDMI, a wireless/USB mouse, but couldn't get the keyboard to work as I had to use a USB/PS2 adapter. So I never got past the login screen, but still it took what seemed like a long time to boot up. Is that something that might speed up once I have the proper hardware (ordered) connected?

If a new mini is really going to come, I hope it's SOON...
I assume you are using a HDD to boot up? If so that is really the limitation that makes the computer slow compared to other macs that are flash based. If you put an SSD in your computer, it should only take around 10 seconds to boot and feel much more responsive.
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Old Jun 13, 2014, 08:00 AM   #329
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I assume you are using a HDD to boot up? If so that is really the limitation that makes the computer slow compared to other macs that are flash based. If you put an SSD in your computer, it should only take around 10 seconds to boot and feel much more responsive.
All the more reason to keep watching the 14 day return period. IF there really is a silent update to the Mini along with the iMac update that MIGHT happen next week, I'll just start fresh. I've ordered a wireless Apple keyboard, a Blu-Ray burner, a magic mouse, etc. from OWC and those will work with the new one just as well. I really thought the HDD would be fast enough, but it's not much faster than this old PPC booting off Firewire. Hmph.
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Old Jun 13, 2014, 10:47 AM   #330
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I really thought the HDD would be fast enough, but it's not much faster than this old PPC booting off Firewire. Hmph.
A 5400rpm HDD is just plain slow. Especially if you've used an SSD based system...

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So I ordered a refurb i7 mini the morning of WWDC for in-store pickup and brought it home a couple days ago.

Sat down last night to install the OWC data doubler and Crucial m500 SSD and find out I'm one of Lucky Ones with the stock drive installed in the upper bay.

Any ideas how common that is? In talking to OWC it sounded pretty rare.

So no joy on doing the upgrade; I ordered the alternate kit and am returning this one (more cost effective per the OWC rep than ordering the parts difference).
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Old Jun 27, 2014, 08:51 PM   #331
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Lightbulb Another MacMini on it's way...

Just ordered the mini w/CPU upgrade. Expect delivery the day before my country sends up fireworks.

I certainly have "seen the light" (in more ways then one) this holiday!
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Old Jun 29, 2014, 04:32 PM   #332
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Mine Got Here Last Monday!

My new Mac Mini arrived last Monday, June 23, 2014. It replaced my old Mid 2011 Mac Mini. That Mac Mini was broken last summer when I damaged the IR port while replacing the hard drive. The Mac Mini slowly got worse as time went on. So I replaced it. The specs of the new Mac Mini are:
  • Late 2012
  • 1 TB Apple Fusion Drive
  • Intel i7 Quad Core Processor
  • 16 GB RAM

This machine is absolutely wonderful.
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Old Jul 1, 2014, 09:26 AM   #333
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This machine is absolutely wonderful.
Congrats!
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Old Jul 4, 2014, 07:11 AM   #334
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I just brought home my refurb 2012 i7 4 GB mini. My stuff was migrated over at the store. It seems very slow booting. I had to connect a monitor using HDMI, a wireless/USB mouse, but couldn't get the keyboard to work as I had to use a USB/PS2 adapter. So I never got past the login screen, but still it took what seemed like a long time to boot up. Is that something that might speed up once I have the proper hardware (ordered) connected?

If a new mini is really going to come, I hope it's SOON...
I really urge you to use the free application EtreCheck and yes it to find the services that are running and annually delete those services that are not compatible with your version of OS X. This should help your situation.
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Old Jul 10, 2014, 04:14 PM   #335
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I just picked up an Open Box Mac Mini at Best Buy. It's the i7 with 1TB version. The salesman told me they had open box computers 1/2 off so after the 50% off the open box price I picked it up for $401 after taxes. I wish I would have bought the other one that was on the shelf but when I went back it was already gone, and I found out that the Mac's weren't supposed to be a part of that sale. So I can't complain. I have spent all of about 5 minutes on it as I left the next day to go back out of town for work.

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Old Jul 19, 2014, 11:29 AM   #336
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Just ordered a refurbished mini 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 with OS X Server, 8GB RAM, 2x1TB drives. I'll be swapping one drive with a 128 GB Samsung 840 Pro that I have hanging around. Or is that 840 wasted in a mini as I also have a 120G PNY SSD9SC120GCDA I could use.

Primarily to be used initially for an iTunes server (library on large external USB3 drive), file storage, maybe it will drive a large TV (1080p HD capable), TM backups...
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Old Jul 20, 2014, 08:03 PM   #337
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Just ordered a refurbished mini 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 with OS X Server, 8GB RAM, 2x1TB drives. I'll be swapping one drive with a 128 GB Samsung 840 Pro that I have hanging around. Or is that 840 wasted in a mini as I also have a 120G PNY SSD9SC120GCDA I could use.

Primarily to be used initially for an iTunes server (library on large external USB3 drive), file storage, maybe it will drive a large TV (1080p HD capable), TM backups...
Go with the Samsung!
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