Stupid=buying a Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by thumper, Mar 12, 2006.

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  1. thumper macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2003
    Under the Sea
    Mac Mini

    1.66GHz Intel Core Duo
    1.66GHz Intel Core Duo processor
    2MB L2 Cache
    667MHz Frontside Bus
    512MB memory (667MHz DDR2 SDRAM)
    80GB Serial ATA hard drive
    Double-layer SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0
    Apple Remote



    17-inch : 1.83GHZ Intel Core Duo
    17-inch widescreen LCD with 1440x900 resolution
    1.83GHz Intel Core Duo with 2MB shared L2 cache
    512MB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    160GB Serial ATA hard drive
    Slot-load 8x double-layer SuperDrive
    ATI Radeon X1600 graphics with 128MB GDDR3 memory
    Built-in AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0


    Now is it just me or would you be stupid to by a Mac Mini
    when for $500 you get double your Harddrive, a faster Intel chip
    a pimped out SuperDrive, a graphics card which could play almost ALL
    new games on the market and a 17" flat screen monitor!!!!!!...

    ... oh ya.. and an iSight camera..

    oh oh and an Apple Mouse and

    does this make sence to anyone???

    id like to get a little mini mac.. but the cheap one is useless
    and then the higher end is just too much money for getting nothing.. really..

    i think the Mac Mini's are over priced!!!
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    It makes sense for all those who already have a good monitor, already have a keyboard and mouse, already have an iSight, don't play games, and don't need the extra storage/speed.

    ...or those who have a limited budget. (I know this may surprise some people, but $500 can make a big difference in some people's budget.)
  3. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
  4. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    exactly, this the same reason apple sells a 1gb nano and shuffle. Not everyone can shell out $400 for a video iPod
  5. technicolor macrumors 68000


    Dec 21, 2005
    It is?
  6. QCassidy352 macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    the OP is right; the imac is a better deal. But $1300 may just be an impossible number for some people while $800 isn't.

    It's all about what a particular buyer wants/needs. If a person doesn't need/want an isight, a graphics card capable of playing new games, or a new mouse/keyboard/monitor, then the imac isn't a better value; it's paying $500 for features that are useless to that particular buyer.
  7. d_saum macrumors 6502


    Jun 14, 2005
    Also....You cant jam a 17 inch iMac in the dash of your car!!! :D
  8. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Well, I've been looking to replace a dead PowerMac and I considered the new Mac mini but it doesn't seem enough machine but then, the new iMac has the built-in monitor and all. It's a good deal but I don't like the idea of being stuck without a computer, if there is a problem with the monitor.

    I was thinking about getting by with the Mac mini. Then, I was thinking that I could get an iMac for a "little" more money. After that the PowerMac refurbs didn't seem so expensive.

    I think that you can talk yourself into anything but if you don't have the money, you'll have to buy what you can afford.
  9. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    If it's not to you then consider yourself lucky. $500 is $500 :rolleyes:
  10. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    It's a hell of a lot to me.
  11. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Wow... of course you are right. I mean. How could anyone possibly have a use for a Mac Mini if the almighty thumper can't figure out how the Mac Mini might be useful.

    I have a PC and a PowerMac both sitting under my desk and I flip between them w/a KVM. I'm looking to replace my PC w/a Mac. I don't need the PC replacement to do any heavy lifting 'cause that's what the PM is for. I just need the basics to be covered (internet, Word, e-mail, etc.,). Now, in my situation, can you care to explain to me why an iMac would be a better choice? Or does my situation just not make sense to you?

  12. donga macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2005
    yeah, $500 is a lot. maybe that's why the macmini and the imac are two different computers. just some food for though.
  13. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    I like the Mini, it is not like for that extra $500 I can get an iMac with a 20" display (which I already have), and don't tell me about dual monitors, since it will look butt ugly with a small 17" iMac besides a black framed 20" LCD monitor, plus I couldn't spare the desktop space.

    My only complaint about the Mini is it is damned difficult to open, that's all.
  14. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Hmm... a Mini has been working fine for me as a database server for 9 months. Maybe I should scrap it tho' because I was stupid to buy it over the iMac. :rolleyes:
  15. iHeartTheApple macrumors 6502


    Feb 13, 2006
    Boston, MA
    Exactly. For most, the iMac would probably stand out as the better deal when comparing hardware, but in the end, the user who knows that the extra power of an iMac will go unused is getting a better deal in the mini.
  16. Deepdale macrumors 68000


    May 4, 2005
    New York
    It is easy to be dazzled by all the eye candy that various models have, but many buy on the basis of looks and specs even though features substantially exceed all their needs for the forseeable future. If one is fortunate and the money is unimportant, get whatever makes you happy. For most, a $500 differential is very meaningful and will be a key factor ... for what it offers, the mini can be the smarter choice in certain cases.
  17. After G macrumors 68000

    After G

    Aug 27, 2003
    I think that it's harsh to say that buying a Mac Mini = stupid.

    At least the person was smart enough to buy an Apple :D
  18. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    I completely disagree. For starters, you always pay a premium for the smallest form factors.

    While the iMac represents excellent value it's still an all-in-one. It'd be a far bigger waste of money to pay extra for that integrated LCD if all you want to do is plug the output into your TV.
  19. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2005
    The poor section of Connecticut
    Buying a mini is stupid. That's a bit harsh. Not everyone could come up with that extra $500, and some people already own the periphials. Some people might say that buying an all-in-one is stupid, one thing breaks and you're out an entire computing system. I'm not one of those people. I would never say someones computing choice is stupid just because I might not agree with it. That would be...stupid.
    Officially sick of the word "stupid"
  20. miloblithe macrumors 68020


    Nov 14, 2003
    Washington, DC
    My friend already has an iSight and a mouse. He has never once played games on his mac. For $1300 he could get Mac Mini that would not be noticibly slower for anything that he does and get at least a 20" monitor that would be noticibly bigger than the iMac's. And then, in a few years when you replace your computers, while you can afford to upgrade to a 20" iMac, he'd be able to keep that monitor and get a PowerMac.

    For now, he'll have the better monitor. And in a few years, everything in his system will be better.
  21. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    i wonder where apple makes the most profit.
    given the spec's of the imac's compared to the mini's i guess apple makes a lot more profit (percentage wise) on the mini's.

    while i think there are many reasons to go with the mini i also think that it is too expensive.

    my two cents.
  22. liketom macrumors 601


    Apr 8, 2004
    The Mini fits so many peoples buying slots -

    Media center
    Switcher computer
    2nd/3rd Mac
    or even the first Mac

    for a price thats affordable to many more people then the iMac is
  23. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I'm not sure, but I thought the general impression was that Apple's more expensive computers had higher margins. I would think the iMac Core Duo has a higher margin than the Mac Mini. As very loose evidence of that, I'm pretty sure that, if you price out "comparable" (specs-wise only) Wintel computers to both, you will find that the cost differential to the Mini is smaller than it is to the iMac. But I'm lazy to do that, and I'm sure someone else will anyways. :)

    I think another things that contributes to the relatively low margins on the Mac Mini is that it has to use a laptop hard drive and other tricks to get its cost down. It has a small (volume-wise) hard drive, but it isn't necessarily all that cheap, since it's a 2.5" model.
  24. Aarow macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2005
    Yes. It is.
  25. w8ing4intelmacs macrumors 6502a

    Feb 22, 2006
    East Coast, US
    Actually, I think Apple makes more money percentage-wise on the iMac than the Mac Mini. Most of the stuff in the mini is notebook components. Desktop components are almost always significantly cheaper than notebook components.

    Anyone expect the Mac Nano to debut on April 1st? :)
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