A Portable Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Bioguy35, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. Bioguy35 macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2011
    Hello everyone. I was wondering if anyone has tried to use the mac mini as a portable computer.

    I'm a teacher about to purchase my first mac, but I'm not sure if mac is right for me since I work in an environment that is heavily PC. I was thinking of purchasing a mac mini to carry back and forth to school for a trial period to see if I can make mac work in my pc world (I would have to find, and possibly purchase, mac versions of email, mark manager, smartboard and report card programs that are used in my school board). I currently have two sets of peripherals (one at home and one at school), so all I would be carrying is the mini and powercord.

    I would use it for lesson planning; internet researching; music; and very light gaming, photo, and video editing. Buying a mac for $579 at the education store seems like a minimal investment to get me started. Eventually, if things work out, I would make the mini a permanent desktop at home, and buy a MBP to carry back and forth. If things did not work out, the mini would make a pretty nice home theatre computer.

    What are your thoughts?
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
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    It won't kill the mini and tbh it's goin to be alot more robust than a MBA or mbp due to the lack of screen.
  3. MJL macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    I know someone who is travelling a lot by plane, got fed up with having his laptop squashed in the overhead luggage. Now carries a mac mini (mid 2010) as hand luggage, uses the hotel's TV (HDMI), carries a wired keyboard and trackball in his checked luggage. He reckons it has given no issues and less problems than when he used a laptop. I suppose the Panasonic Toughbook may be a better option but at what weight penalty and then screen size is another option. (Just like myself he has eye problems, I suspect from staring at a computer screen too much)
  4. porkchopwes1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2011
    well as a teacher, it would be great as a portable but unless you get tired of having to set it up to a monitor and power supply every time this is a good choice
  5. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    If you're worried about the PC world - you can use bootcamp to start the machine just like a PC, or you can use Parallels and run Windows within Apple OSX at the same time.

    So I wouldn't be too concerned with that aspect.

    While the Mac Mini is cheaper - I'd suggest getting an Apple laptop in the first place. If it turns out you don't / can't use it - you'll likely recoup most of your $ by selling it.

    I just can't see having to plug / unplug the power, keyboard, mouse, screen, audio and what not every day. Connectors wear out, especially ones that were never intended to be cycled several times a day.

    That said, to each their own, good luck with whatever you go with.
  6. adnoh macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2010
  7. neko girl macrumors 6502a

    neko girl

    Jan 20, 2011
    I guess I don't understand this. The mini is no more durable than the laptop. Both have unibody construction. What exactly was the problem he was having, and how did the Mac Mini solve this problem?

    Also, wireless keyboard and trackpad seems better for what he's trying to do.

    Seems like a lot of inefficiencies rolled into your friend's decision.
  8. alq macrumors member

    May 6, 2011
    Popping in here, I have another question concerning mobility of the Mac Mini:
    Does anybody know a case/bag specifically for the Mac Mini?


  9. adnoh macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2010
    see here
  10. MJL macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    Agree on the wireless keyboard and mouse.

    However I suspect you may not have travelled a lot on planes where the other passengers use force to push their luggage in soft bags in the overhead compartments. I have on a number of occasions had my laptop damaged as a result - there are people who do not care about someone else's computer.
  11. alq macrumors member

    May 6, 2011
    @adnoh - thanks for the link, unfortunately only the Waterfield bag is available and in my opinion it misses the Mini's dimensions.

    @MJL - I know exactly what you are talking about, I hate those ignorant kind of people :confused::mad:
  12. graphixgeek macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2015
    Here's a new and possibly easier way...

    ...to use a Mac Mini in a portable fashion. Duet Display is an iPad/iPhone app that allows the use of an iPad (or an iPhone) as a second monitor. Generally, it's being marketed as a two-screen option for the MBA and the 13" MBP. I dug a little deeper into the FAQ section of the site and found that it can be used with a Mac Mini (with some setup beforehand) to make the iPad the single monitor for a portable Mac Mini setup.

    I am aware that there are hacks all over the web to accomplish this and there are also USB monitors...but, if--like me--you happen to already have an old iPad (I have an iPad 2) that you can upgrade to at least iOS 7 and a Mac Mini to run it, why not?

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