Current minis arent worth it are they?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by daneoni, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    A friend was considering getting a mini as a small Desktop computer and had a display/KB/Mouse.

    A respectable config..1.83/2GB/160GB comes to around £756 with HE discount but i just felt it was a little too much for what you were getting and an iMac would be a better bargain.

    Is that a fair analysis or im just hallucinating?
  2. macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2006
    Carlisle, Up Norf!
    It depends really. I had the same sort of situation, however due to the fact I could upgrade my display in the future as I wished, I went with the mini. The Minis are very expensive for what you get compared to the new C2D iMac... But it depends what you want to do in the future. It's so small and funky as well, whereas I'm not to fond of the 'chin' on the iMac... Personal thing tho
  3. macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    Depends what you want to do, if your not a gamer and have no need for a video card and have no need for expansion its perfect. Mac OSX cant be beat in my view. Hardware wise Mini is overpriced, but for style small size and ease of use there is nothing that touches it. Now if you enjoy those games or need those slots then stay tuned for my mini review of a dell e521.
  4. macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    It'd be nice if there was something in the mini's spec that made them a little more attractive in the current Apple lineup, but I still think they're worth it. You're paying for the form factor and I personally think the mini is the most desirable computer form factor on the planet. You just want to... *touch it*.

    I'd love to see the price come down some more so a lot of people can try a Mac who are currently priced out of the game, but there you go :D
  5. macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2006
    The minis are overpriced. They're supposed to be a low end and the high end is only $200 away from being a full desktop computer.
  6. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    The MacMini is squeezed into the tiniest possible space, and you pay a price for that unless you go for the absolute minimum. Yes, the iMacs are an absolute bargain. And if you were looking at the 1.83 GHz, have a look at refurbished iMacs at the Apple Store. You can get the old 20" model for under £800, and a new 17" for £699.
  7. macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    The Minis are really only worthy it if you already have a keyboard, mouse, LCD, and set of speakers that you want to use. :)
  8. macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2006
    Mini for music

    I just bought a 24" monitor for my PC, but I really want a Mac for music recording, mostly Garageband. So I bought a mini because it'll get the job done.

    There's only two macs that don't come with monitors, the mini and the pro. Where's the mid-range, you turkeys?!?!?
  9. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    San Francisco
    nah, not even then. Compare to the core 2 duo iMac. If you configure the mini so that it has equal HD and RAM to the 17" iMac, it's $125 cheaper. In saving that $125, you lose:
    .17 Ghz
    Core 2 duo
    17" monitor
    keyboard and mouse
    dedicated graphics

    The mini is just a bad deal, no matter how you figure it. Even if you have a KB/mouse/screen the iMac is STILL a better deal. Apple really should address this, either by giving the mini competitive specs or, preferably, dropping the price significantly.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2003
    My new MacMini is hooked to my Sony LCD TV and works a treat, wireless network, used the Bluetooth KB & M I already had and bingo!

    An iMac maybe better value but would look stupid next to my TV!:D
  11. macrumors 603


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    That may be true for you, but I think you're missing the point. The Mini isn't supposed to have high specs. Its supposed to be low specs. iMacs may be better priced with the same specs, but If you want the specs of an iMac, why are you buying a Mini?

    I think a lot of people think the Mini is a bad deal, becasue they're looking for iMac specs at a Mini price, and the Mini wasn't meant for that.
  12. JAT
    macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    No, it's a bad deal to you. And that's fine. But maybe you should look around, you aren't alone on the planet.

    Don't need any of that list. The Mini is the only computer that fits into my needs, so comparing it to an iMac is pointless. Mine is plugged into my home theater, my TV is the screen and I have wireless keyboard/mouse needs. The screen I especially don't want attached. There are plenty of people who don't need all that stuff. Dedicated graphics, geez....get a life people. That's the most common complaint around here, yet they are only needed for high-end video applications and games. (and if you are considering a Mini for those uses, you have other problems) I'll bet 80% of the people whining about integrated graphics never even approach maxing out the Mini's graphics capabilities with what they do, they just think they need better.

    Sure, it would be nice to have the Mini be cheaper, that's a short conversation. But it was mentioned above, it costs to fit all that stuff into a small package. And there's only about 2 computers on the planet that fit into my needs, and only one has OSX.
  13. macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    I has two choices, a 24" iMac and a Mac Mini. I wanted the 24 but couldn't get it ordered with the discount I was going to get, not to mention I knew I would have to pay another $200 for Leopard and iLife '07 next year. So my solution was to wait on the 24 and get a Mini till then that I woud sell to my dad for his TV or on eBay if he decides he doesn't want it.

    Got a 1.66 Rev. A Core Duo Superdrive refurb for $649 + a Canon Printer and a $100 rebate, add a Bluetooth Keyboard (already had mouse) and 2GB RAM from OWC and I am all set.

    Now the RAM is arriving today and I have to say with only the stock 512 in there, that Mini is still a sweet little machine and zippier than I expected.

    For me there would have been no point in getting a 17" iMac in the interim. I already have a 19" LaCie Electron Blue and I am not downsizing my screen.
  14. macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2003
    Don't forget you also get Speakers, built in iSight Camera with the iMac.

    The 2GHz Core 2 iMac is only £80 more than the 1.8 ghz Mac Mini with 1GB RAM and 160GB hard drive in the UK.
  15. macrumors demi-god

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    Yeah, that does kind of put it in perspective. Although personally I wouldn't get the 160GB hard drive option on a mini. If I were looking for a mac in the price range of a well specced mini + external display of my choice I think I'd pony up the extra cash for a 2Ghz Core 2 iMac and *still* get a separate display. Unless space was an issue.
    I think the Minis could be updated at the same time as the MacBooks to Core 2 Duo and improved Intel graphics which will hopefully make them a bit more reasonable in pricing.
  16. macrumors 65816


    Jan 11, 2006
    Round Lake, IL
    I use my G4 1.25 Ghz Mini more than any of my other 3 computers. It cost $499 at the time compared to the $599 base price of the Intel Mini's, and I didn't bother to get the wireless/bluetooth upgrade since I planned on using it with an existing USB keyboard and mouse. All I wanted was a small simple computer for surfing the 'net and to handle my iTunes purchases with, and it fits that role perfectly. The Mini is small enough to fit beneath my LCD monitor and handles: web browsers, iTunes, iPhoto, and DVD playback with ease.

    I do think the $599 base price for the Intel Mini's is $100 too much, though. It kind of defeats the purpose of having a low-cost system to get people to dip their toes in the Mac world, when the cheapest iMac is only $400 more. When you consider the value of having a display, keyboard, and mouse out of the box, it doesn't make the difference in price seem all that much.
  17. macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    Nope, they're not worth it at all... and I'm saying that as a (G4) mini owner and a potential Intel mini buyer. The low end is priced well, and is pretty decent power wise but has no SD option. The high end machine is nice, but priced to high.

    The last revision high end in the refurb store (1.66 CD, 512mb, 80gb, SD) for $649 is a pretty good price, though. I'm debating between one of those and waiting till either a) the next revision of mini (hoping for C2D, x3000, and 1gb RAM) or at least till iLife 07 and Leopard are out so I can get those "free".
  18. macrumors 68000


    Feb 8, 2006
    looking for trash files

    personal preference i guess. for the 'do it yourself' crowd, the core solo refurb (or ebay) and a retail core 2 duo processor is a great way to go. not for everyone i agree, but my mini with the 2ghz C2D is faster than my 2ghz CD imac on everything except games, and it cost me around $800 to build/upgrade. since i already had a the monitor/keyboard/mouse/speakers, it was a good value for me. runs 24 x 7, is silent (i can't tell it's on), and takes up less space than an external drive. very sweet indeed.
  19. Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    It's not a great deal when you consider the upgraded iMac line or the cost of Apple displays.

    However, the mini has two things going for it: inexpensive 3rd party displays and the ease of upgrading the processor.

    I can get a 20.1 inch Samsung display at 1680x1050 for $299 in contrast to $699 for the Apple display. If I'm not worried about a professional graphics application, the less expensive display is fine.

    While the iMac is a great package, if something goes wrong with the display, everything is in for repairs, just like a laptop computer.
  20. macrumors 65816


    Sep 19, 2005
    South of the border
    mmmmmm. touching it now...

    if i had a longer ethernet cable i'd be clutching it to my bosom.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2006
    Redlands, CA
    I really like what the mini has built in and the tiny form factor. But I too have felt that ever since they switched it to Intel processors and upped the price points it was no longer a good deal. My family has the 1.42GHz mini for $599 and I think that was a great deal. If they were to bring back the $499 and $599 (or $699) price points then that would be fantastic.
  22. thread starter macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Told him what i thought and he is gonna wait til MWSF to see what the product line is then.
  23. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    San Francisco
    Is there a reason you had to be rude about disagreeing with a perfectly valid hardware comparison? :rolleyes:

    Well, the RAM upgrade is mandatory IMO. An intel mac with integrated graphics will beachball you to death with 512 RAM - I speak from experience. So you're looking at $875 before tax. That's not expensive, but it's not cheap, either. Yet it is, as you said, low-end. Mid-range price for low-end specs is a bad deal as far as I'm concerned. No iMac comparison needed.
  24. macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    I'd like to see the next generation mini with 3 options:
    Core Solo 1.5 (unless the Core Duo 1.66 is TRULY the same price to Apple)
    512mb RAM
    60gb HDD
    Combo drive (no upgrade option)
    x3000 GPU

    Core Duo 1.66
    1gb RAM
    80gb HDD
    Combo drive (option for SD)
    AE, BT

    Core Duo 1.83ghz
    1gb RAM
    100gb HDD
    AE, BT

    I think these would be a good value, and compare well to the iMacs in terms of price to performance. Keep the lower clocked CD (not C2D) chips to control prices, bump the RAM on higher end models (makes them better buys in store with no CTO), use the new integrated GPU which shouldn't add any/much cost but will add some performance and therefor value. Strip out features on the low end JUST to get the cheapest Mac ever. Put something between the high and low end too, the $200 spread between them now is just a bit much, especially when the low end starts at $600.

    I'm still holding out that Apple will put the 17" WS LCD from the iMac into a iPod styled case, take out the FW/USB hub and ideally add an iPod dock - $249. I'd like to see some bundling from Apple as well. Put a keyboard, mouse, 17" LCD in a single box for $279 and offer it in stores. Give away a shuffle if you buy a mini+LCD/keyb/mouse in the same purchase. That's a full system, with iPod, for <$700-1000, which makes it compete with the iMac, but not so much that you wouldn't look at the iMac for the 'real' GPU, faster HDD, bigger screens, faster C2D CPU.

    OK, enough time wasted thinking about this. :p
  25. macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2003
    OK, I've said this lots of times, It's nearly 2007, for the prices Apple charge for hardware, they should not be selling combo drives in ANY computers. The superdrives should be standard.

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