|Mar 26, 2013, 05:40 PM||#1|
2011 Mini worth it?
I have a 2007 iMac 20" that I was planning to replace later this year when haswell comes out with probably a 13" rMBP. I have the patience, but I want to be prudent with cost. I like the idea of the mobility of a laptop, but since I currently am "surviving" with an iMac, getting the mini doesn't concern me too much.
For these purposes, I want to compare the 2011 mini to a new mini.
I found a way to get a 2011 i5 2.5 Ghz with 4 GB ram and 500 GB hard drive for $400 new. I know I'm giving up the usb 3.0, but it still has thunderbolt. Is there a good reason to wait for Haswell other than the usb 3.0 (which I know is available now, too)? For $400, I might just pull the trigger and do the RAM and SSD upgrade myself.
My needs are basic. Web, Office (I am on excel quite a bit), the occasional handbrake of my DVD rips (which is excruciating on my iMac), and tinkering.
I have a screen. Heck, I could probably still sell my iMac for as much on craigslist.
Last edited by ToomeyND; Mar 26, 2013 at 06:03 PM.
|Mar 26, 2013, 08:53 PM||#2|
one of the most touted features of Haswell is power comsuption/management. Other, not so touted is the advantages of new architecture in the chips. No more raw power per se. Or too faster chips, for this case. So, unless you really wants/needs the USB 3.0, you will do well with the 2011 mini, based in your description of uses, IMHO.
Mac Pro 2012 3.06 Westmere version, 12 Core 64 GB RAM, 4 TB , iPhone 5 (black), Moto G 8 GB (black)
|Mar 27, 2013, 10:34 AM||#3|
Unless you're really pressed for cash, the 2012 i7 Mini might be worth the extra $$$.
The USB3 is a -BIG- improvement -- the single greatest improvement for 2012 in the entire Macintosh lineup.
Conversely, Thunderbolt is still the "most underwhelming" Mac technology of them all...
|Mar 27, 2013, 10:43 AM||#4|
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