Anyone have a Mac Mini in their car?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Chris Rogers, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. Chris Rogers macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not trying to get all pimp my ride or anything but my lady and I are trading in our cars for an SUV...I'm sure you're not interested in the rest of the back story...anyway the packages with a DVD player for the back seat start at about $1,500.

    For that price I could get a Mini and several screens to run Plex and still come under that number. If I did this, I could do OS updates via Wifi if needed. I am certain that this is the best way to go. Anyone have any experience in this area?
     
  2. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    It is my goal one day to put a Mac Mini into a car of mine. That would probably be the coolest thing ever.
     
  3. lostime macrumors regular

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    yea that's my goal one day when I retire my mini from htpc service. Updates and media loading could be done in the driveway via wifi. Touchscreen of course.
     
  4. jhsfosho macrumors 6502

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    Would a :apple: TV be better than a mini? I would think that automatic syncing every time you drive in the garage and a quicker start up would be more user friendly. You have a simple onscreen interface that is easily browsable using the apple remote.
     
  5. spice weasel macrumors 65816

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    But no ability to toss in a DVD. All movie watching would have to be pre-planned and pre-encoded and synced. With a mini, a last-minute DVD grab won't be a problem.
     
  6. lostime macrumors regular

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    plus the ablilty to run gps and be on 3G internet. Though the AppleTV would be quieter.
     
  7. andrew0122 macrumors regular

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    I agree completely. It is slightly more expensive than an :apple:TV, but you get more benefits. Mainly DVD, but with kids it would be smarter. As for the user experience you can setup an :apple: Remote to go to Front Row just by hitting the menu button.

    I connected an :apple:TV to my home theater, but only because I already have 3 other "DVD capable players" connected to my TV. (Blu-Ray, Xbox 360, and HD DVD player)
     
  8. gcmexico macrumors 6502a

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    WOW that is nasty...makes me think of getting a SUV again...never thought of that
     
  9. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Correct me if I'm wrong or not in the know. But having a Mac in a car is a bit overkill for just using Front Row isn't it? And for GPS, how do you control it? Touch screen would seem completely necessary and the use of a keyboard seems dangerous. And still it seems like it'd be a PITA.

    My idea of putting a computer in a car is to increase functionality without increasing distraction. A car computer should be seamless for a driver to use without/minimal possibility of taking your eyes off the road. I already think Car GPS units barely achieve this (but my experience is limited with these so I can't totally say).

    Having music/movies in a car is great but if I really wanted this I think I'd be capable of piecing together a cheap DVD-Head Unit combo and wire up a few monitors for less hassle than putting a Mini in a car. I just don't see it being efficient, and in the long run an overall headache or useless (i.e. too much of a burden to use it often).
     
  10. gotzero macrumors 68040

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    I considered it, but then I got a Pioneer AVIC-F700BT instead. The Pio was ~$500 after all necessary parts including the ipod cable. I believe that it has an output for other video screens (although I never use mine for video).
     
  11. shiseiryu1 macrumors 6502

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    What about heat?

    I don't know about you guys but my AppleTV runs really hot. I'm thinking that it'll probably get baked when you park your car on a hot summer day. :confused:
     
  12. Chris Rogers thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Safety of course would be my primary concern. No way would I configure it to be ran (assuming I'd go along with the idea) by anyone in the front seat or even be able to be viewed. I would also hope that anyone with this idea has the same train of thought.

    Personally, I don't want to touch the head unit. I just thought of the idea yesterday and it seems really cool to do but I suppose it may even die down a bit for me by the time new car time comes.
     
  13. sven- macrumors member

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    You could also put minis in a bus

    Here in Holland some company decided to put a LOT of Mac minis into a bus / touringcar. Have a look at the video below :cool:

    Oh, and for those who don't understand the language, it's dutch ;)

    http://vimeo.com/2565059
     
  14. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    I dont have a mini but I do have a small pc that I run on my car.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Chris Rogers thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    NICE

    Are they saying anything important in the video?
     
  16. CarlsonCustoms macrumors 6502

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    Back when I was younger I had a full PC with gps, car data logging and troubleshooting software, rearview camera, music movies etc on a 7" touchscreen. What I've learned is in the end its just not worth it.

    Now I have a decent headunit and a nice ipod integration and a seperate Garmin gps unit. I hardly use GPS since I dont go to unknown places too often. My headunit also is a dvd player for which I used to have a 7" screen in my console but I took it out.

    Maybe if I had kids it'd be different but since I don't I find my situation right now is alot easier to deal with.
     
  17. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    This is kind of what my point was in my post. That in the end, its just too inconvenient to try and use a PC in a car. A car requires a particular type of interface to make it "not" a headache.

    What kind of Headunit do you have Carlsons? I have a Pioneer 590iB with the iPod cable connected, it does the trick but scrolling through Artists/Albums is a massive PITA.
     
  18. CarlsonCustoms macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure the model number but its a JVC head unit. I am pretty pissed becuase the ipod touch's don't charge with the cable like the other ipods do. I dont use the head units interface becuase its harder to navigate. I control the ipod just like i normally would but just the cable carries the audio signal to the headunit.
     

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