What you want in the new mac mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Jimmieboy, Sep 2, 2006.

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    Jimmieboy

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    With rumours of an updated mac mini coming soo I thought it would be interesting to see what others think the mimi will have or what they want the mini to have. Heres mine:

    Intel Core Duo 2 with speed bumps
    Ability for 5.1 channel surround sound
    Support for a 30" apple cinema display (awesome but not likly)
     
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    Chundles

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    1. Cheaper
    2. Cheaper
    3. Cheaper
     
  3. macrumors G3

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    - Discrete graphics
    - Dual-link DVI
    - 3.5" hard disk
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    Want..

    Quad 3GB Core 2 Duo
    16 MBytes memory
    FX4500 graphics card
    2 TB HD capacity
    Superdrive
     
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    generik

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    I'd go with cheaper, I don't mind it not having discrete graphics and stuff, all I need is basically:

    1) Core Duo
    2) 2GB of ram
    3) make the base config cheap!
     
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    Chundles

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    Awesome idea, keep it cheap by skimping on the RAM. Only 16MB - genius. ;)
     
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    miniConvert

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    It just needs to be cheaper. The existing Core Duo model is already blisteringly fast for such a dense machine. Just keep making minor improvements and drilling away at the price, Apple.
     
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    Got to cut costs somewhere...
     
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    Scarlet Fever

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    -cheaper
    -more HDD capacity
    -no core solo
    -a media centre model
     
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    Jimmieboy

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    Yes. I agree with cheaper. It's a pity that all the prices of macs have been pushed up since the transition to intel. I would have thought that since windows based PC's use intel processors they would have been cheaper. They must cost more to manufacture or something.
     
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    Chundles

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    They do, well, the Core chips do (I know Yonah isn't a Core chip but you get my gist) but Apple went with new and good rather than old and acceptable. Prices will fall again as production ramps right up.
     
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    emptyCup

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    Cheaper is something Apple only does when a) its costs drop dramatically or b) it has nothing else to do. I would be surprised to see Same but Cheaper heading into the Holiday season.

    Which would you rather have: Same specs, Cheaper price or Same price, Better specs? My guess, not that I am good at this, is that we will get a faster processor with, perhaps, better integrated graphics.
     
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    Chundles

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    Same specs, cheaper price. Definitely.

    Our Mac mini prices went up considerably with the Intel models, $1250 for the Core Duo model is just a tad too much...
     
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    Cheaper, easier to open, lose the Core Solo model and a faster HDD inside it.
     
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    clevin

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    same specs, cheaper, hands down
    "Core2Duo"? should be called "get this one, pay me for for something you don't really need"
     
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    Josias

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    I hope they make one model, just like with the MacPro's. Also, there is no Core 2 Solo;)

    What I think it will be:
    1.83 GHz Core 2 Duo (BTO 2 GHz)
    512 MB RAM (1x512 MB)
    80 GB 2.5" HDD (up to 120 GB)
    Intel GMA/965 64 MB DDR2
    8x DVD+/-RW DL
    $599

    What I want it to be:
    1.83 GHz Core 2 Duo (BTO 2 GHz)
    1 GB DDR2 RAM (2x512 MB)
    160 GB 3.5"HDD (up to 500 GB)
    Ati Radeon X1300 64 MB GDDR3 (BTO 128 MB+DDL)
    16x DVD+/-RW DL
    $599
     
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    freebooter

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    I have a ppc mac mini. It's been fine but....
    I want something like an iMac without the screen. i don't care if it costs more than a mini, and if they have to make it bigger (a midi cube?). Right now, I'm finding the 1.42 too slow in CS2 and it has trouble processing some video codecs. So, I want speed, cpu and gpu (and maybe dual screening).
     
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    Better graphics (ATI or Nvidia).
    Merom.
    7200rpm hard drive as standard.
     
  19. macrumors member

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    quoted for ****ing truth
     
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    clevin

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    $899
     
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    Fedge

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    1. Cheaper base configuration ($499 was a good price point)
    2. 3.5" HDD.

    I could care less about graphics. If you're buying a $499 mac to play games, you need to re-think your strategy. But the ability to put a full size, 3.5" (750GB!) HDD in there would be AWESOME. The possibilites as a web server, or a media server would be endless.
     
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    i'd like to stop right here the use of the term "midi cube." MIDI is Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It is used to interconnect things in the "music sphere." So I would like to start a coalition to abolish the use of the term "Midi Cube" as a reference to a mid-size Mac.

    (Plus, I had a MIDI class in college and I hated it and I would like not to be reminded of it in a place that I love so much.)
     
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    clevin

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    mac mini now is incredibly over-priced. Apple is ripping people off on this. So next step obviously should be the lowering of the price to $450/$600 level.
     
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    kered22

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    I have one of 1.6Ghz core duos and I really like it, doesn't need a whole lot more given it's market.

    But at the same time... I'd love to see the Cube concept brought back, maybe expand it into a slightly bigger enclosure. Put a Conroe in there, 4 RAM slots, room for 2 hard drives at least, upgradeable PCI express graphics card. I'm guessing it won't ever happen, but if Apple did put a system like that out, at the right price point, it'd sell great.
     
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    srf4real

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    It would be nice for the new mini to come with a built in mind reader so I didn't have to type so much. And a transporter like on Star Trek!
     

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