Advise on getting a Mac just to test out web pages?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by georgecc, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. georgecc macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2005
    I'm considering buying a Mac for the sole purpose of testing out webpages in it for compatibility (ie: CSS, JavaScript etc). With that in mind, just wondering, what's a good system to get? Should I get a Mac with Panther or Tiger installed? How fast is fast enough? Ideally I want a machine that reflects the majority of Mac users today, and can at least handle one upgrade to the future most popular version of OSX (ie: if present is Panther, than Tiger in a few months).

  2. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    Buy me a Quad G5 and I'll send you screen shots of what the websites look like, that way it will even cut down on your work!

    If you want a new-ish one, go for a refurbed Mac Mini. That should be nice and cheap.
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Agreed - go to and click on the red SAVE tag. Any Mac you can buy there will suit your purposes. An eMac might actually be your cheapest bet, all things considered, depending on what you already have in terms of monitor, etc.
  4. georgecc thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2005
    But would you work on weekends too though? If so, sign me up!
  5. GorillaPaws macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2003
    Richmond, VA
    Get a mini and a kvm (keyboard, video, mouse) switch. hook it up to your curent setup so you can just leave 'em both running. Do your stuff on the pc, then flip the switch and check it out w/ safari on the mini. That's probably your best bet. Out of curiosity, you have 0 interest in using your mac for anything else? What about using iPhoto to manage your pics? or any of the other great iLife apps? I mean if you're going to get one, you might as well mess around w/ it a little bit at least, right?
  6. georgecc thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2005
    Thanks, that's a good idea actually. I'm a newbie when it comes to KVM switches- are there any security issues when connecting two PCs using it, similar to networking? Lets say I have two PCs hooked to a KVM, and one of the PCs gets a virus. There's no way that virus can migrate to the other PC by itself right (without some sort of user initiated interaction like copying files btw the two)? Also regarding degradation in performance, is that only experienced on the PC that's being remotely controlled, or do both PCs suffer?

    Hmmm honestly I can't think of much. I'm so used to the Windows environment and existing software I use, I don't see using a Mac for anything other than testing things out on it.
  7. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"

    Fortunately, if you are using a Mac, you won't have a virus concern!

    I think you will fall in love with your mini and Tiger before its all over.

    Woof, Woof – Dawg [​IMG]
  8. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Get a Mac Mini. If it won't run on a mini, you probably have a bad design*.

    Get the latest OS (Tiger). And get a machine with 512MB of ram.

    *Bad design - too much java, java script, flash or some other crap you've pushed down to have the web browwser run.
  9. GorillaPaws macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2003
    Richmond, VA
    You are correct, there are no security issuse related to a KVM switch. All it's doing is allowing you to essentially plug in your keyboard, monitor and mouse to two computers simultaneously without having to physically unpulg and replug them in, so I can't see how this would create problems for you. As far as the mini goes, I think the small form factor would be a nice plus for your purposes (especially if you decide to go the KVM route). It'll pretty much stay out of your way. Anyways, best of luck with your purchase, and welcome to the mac world.

    -Oh, and if by-chance you actually do use your mac for anything other than your stated reason, this community can be a great resource for any questions/issues you may have. There's a specific sub-forum for web-development here as well as great people who just like helping helping others out.
  10. pulsewidth947 macrumors 65816


    Jan 25, 2005
    The cheapest way would be to use iCapture which generates a screenshot of what your site looks like on a Mac. There are other alternatives, some clever googling will find them for you.

    But you really dont need a good Mac to do this, look at a second hand iMac or eMac and that'll sort you out.
  11. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    If you want a new Mac, get a Mac mini. However, you can probably find an oldish Power Mac G4 that will be cheaper. Of course it won't be as fast, but even the oldest Power Mac G4s can run Tiger, and they're fine for just previewing websites.
  12. hyperpasta macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2005
    New Jersey
    Refurb Mac mini and KVM Switch.

    As a bonus, it makes a nice test-out-a-Mac second computer, ready for second computer tasks.

    A majority of Mac users use Panther, followed by Tiger. Jaguar is dissappearing fast. I'd guess the #1 Browser is Safari 1.x (Panther and Under), followed by Safari 2.x (Tiger).
  13. georgecc thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2005
    Cool, a refurb mac mini sounds like the best route. Does anyone know if I can still use to make a purchase if I'm in Canada (and there' Only the former offers refurb goods.
  14. nichos macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2004
    Jacksonville, Fl
    I don't know how advanced your website is/will be, etc. But why not just follow standards by testing with a validation service: If your site conforms to standards, and doesn't render fine in, ie, firefox, safari, acme browser, that's their problem and it will likely be fixed on a future release. Just a thought.
  15. peterparker macrumors regular


    Mar 12, 2005
    Sounds very familiar. This is how I got hooked to Macs!

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