2012 Mac mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by virginblue4, Aug 11, 2013.

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    virginblue4

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    Hello, my girlfriend is looking into buying her first Mac, mainly for university.

    She won't be doing anything intensive on it, just word processing, powerpoint, iPhoto, iTunes, Mail, YouTube and general web surfing.

    Is it worth buying the baseline Mac mini now, or should she wait for the 2013 refresh? She doesn't need it urgently, however, it would be good for her to get used to it. I'm guessing the Haswell chip won't make much of a difference for what she'll be using it for, will it?
     
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    I'd say the current one is fine. I'd shoot for a Fusion Drive and RAM though...it would improve performance much more than a slightly faster processor would.
     
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    virginblue4

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    Fusion Drive isn't an option on the baseline model. I'll see how the RAM is before I upgrade it.

    In the future, if needed, I can add extra RAM and an SSD etc.
     
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    Get the base model and see how well it works. My 2012 runs 10.8 fine with 4GB RAM. Does all the tasks you describe and never beach balls. SSDs are nice but certainly not nessissary for a good experience.
     
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    phoenixsan

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    If that....

    2013 refresh occur and Haswell is coupled with better integrated graphics, that would help in power comsumption and better graphics. Otherwise, the 2012 with more RAM (you can upgrade it aftermarket) would do the trick....


    :):apple:
     
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    mr.steevo

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    That describes what my sister does on her 2007 Macbook.

    The base mini will be fine.
     
  7. APlotdevice, Aug 13, 2013
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    APlotdevice

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    Personally, after using an SSD for awhile, my standards for "good" have changed radically. HDDs just are so painfully slow in comparison.
     
  8. fig
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    I do more intense work than that on my '08 Macbook so...yeah.

    And on the SSD comments, it's not a necessity but that or the Fusion drive are relatively inexpensive upgrades over the life of the machine that make your day to day operations a much more pleasant experience.
     

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