2012 macmini vs 2012 mbp help please!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by davpet, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. davpet macrumors newbie

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    HI.

    I'd really like to buy a new MacBook Pro, but I just don't have the funds right now, but my 2009 laptop is dying & I need something to work on when I have to be out & about.
    I'm running pro tools, logic9 & ableton & I'm looking at either a Mac mini i7 late 2012 or a mid2012 13" MacBook Pro i7 2.9GHz both with 16g memory & 500g flash drive.
    Any thought on which option is best or is this a terrible idea??
    I've not gone the used mac route before so would really like to hear from anyone who has...

    Thanks for your time people.

    Pete
     
  2. MRrainer macrumors 6502a

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    Actual budget?
    The MBP is non-retina and with after-market SSD, I guess?
     
  3. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    How much are those two machines you're looking at, and are they significantly cheaper than a brand new machine?

    It might not be what you want to hear, but since you asked for opinions here's mine: I can't justify any way of purchasing a 3 1/2 year old machine at ANY price and making it my primary computer because the one I already have is giving up the ghost. I would save up and buy a new one. But that's me.
     
  4. davpet thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    yes, this is exactly what I want to hear!
    My main machine is a Mac Pro which is fine.
    I used to work away a lot, & I always used to buy high end new machines, last time 2009 a mbp dual 3.06 17"
    Now I rarely work away, so my next big purchase will be a new Mac Pro, probably next year.
    In the meantime, I do sometimes have to do bits & bobs on the road, and my current mbp is not holding up, so I need to upgrade. I was feeling somewhere around the £600 would be great, but I'm edging closer to £800 (ex-VAT) - £700 for the mm & £820 for the mbp.
    both machines have 3 month warranty & new memory & new SSD

    Thanks for the helpful reply!!
    Pete
     
  5. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000

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    It's a non-comparison. One is portable, the other is not. Your needs for mobility will guide thee.
     
  6. LiveM macrumors 6502a

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    The Mini is actually more portable than the MBP.
     
  7. MRrainer macrumors 6502a

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  9. MRrainer macrumors 6502a

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    Of the MacMini.
    The MBP has a display.
    Portability(MacMini + Display) < Portability(MBP)
    :)
     
  10. LiveM macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think anyone is planning on bringing a monitor in this case.
     
  11. davidg4781 macrumors 68000

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    What kind of portability does OP need? If he needs to open up and work on something at Starbucks, a MBP is what he needs to purchase. If OP's just taking it over to the parent's to work on something, they can plug into the parent's display.

    I don't see what the issue is here. I was in a similar situation and found a good deal on an inexpensive mini so that's what I went with. Portability wasn't needed and, at the end of the day, I'm really waiting for a MBP with all the new things every other Mac is getting (USB C, external 5k support, good price!).
     

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