Buying A New Mac Mini for Windows Only

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kevhui, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. kevhui macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2008
    I think I am insane.

    I like Mac but there is software that only available for Windows, and I am buying a Mac Mini for Windows only.

    The Win software I want to use is TVersity and Orb Live, I like using them with iPhone. I will make my Mac Mini always on because I trust Apple more than other PC makers – small footprint, quiet and safe electrically.

    Just don’t know how to face my wife because I have a 24” iMac already.
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    Was there a question there? If you're asking for advice, I'd say buy a PC if you're going to be running Windows anyway. No point in paying the Mac tax for a PC with an Apple logo on it.
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Why not just run Parallels/VMware on your iMac and run Windows in that?
  4. n6ac macrumors newbie

    Apr 7, 2009

    Try Sun's VirtualBox, it is FREE and does everything I could want for a windoze virtual environment. Along the way, learn to enjoy the features of the MacOS.
  5. instaxgirl macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    +1 Would go down better with your wife
  6. mags631 Guest

    Mar 6, 2007
    Please provide URLs to products without "Mac Tax" that satisfy the above requirements.
  7. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    Pretty much any and every PC on the market?
  8. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    In terms of small footprints, you could look at an ASUS Eee Box.
  9. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Yep; I'm going to go ahead and say that every PC that isn't a workstation falls under this criteria and has no unjustified tax.
  10. Eminemdrdre00 macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2008
  11. reclusivemonkey macrumors 6502


    Jun 2, 2008
    Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK
    There are no Mac alternatives to TVersity and Orb Live?
  12. MAC-PRO-DEMON macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2008
    Up north in Yorkshire :)
    I am afraid... that I have a "Windows" Machine... which actually happens to be an old iMac...

    It's this one....

    It runs Windows sweeter than any PC box I have used... :)

    However... It is only a windows machine... for guests... (Who don't use mac :O)
    I did not buy it specially for the purpose... I just had it left over...

    If I was in the market for buying a pc.... I would probably either buy a "Shuttle Barebone"... and place parts inside... As they don't look that bad.... would probably suffice...

    With a DVD Writer, 120GB HD, and 2GB it costs about £280... not bad for just someone... if they only wanted to run a couple of apps....

    In the uk.... at the Apple Store EDU (I teach radiology) it costs £460 to buy the base mac mini... now I wouldn't buy this... only to run windows on it... even if it was a bit faster.....

    Anyways... that is my opinion on it.... :)

  13. kevhui thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2008
    I found running TVersity within VMWare a bit jerky.

    Dell "oval" is more expensive than a Mac mini here in Hong Kong.

    There are Mac software like MediaLink for streaming but only within a LAN. I want to accesing my media with my iPhone on the go.

    The reason why I don't know how to face my wife because I had a Mac Mini ver 2008. But video output to my SONY 40" LCD TV was terrible.

    I am hoping the 2009 version has a better video quality (because the the DisplayPort and the new video chip). I hope this time it won't let me down.
  14. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    It won't. The NVIDIA 9400M runs 4x better than the GMA it used to have. Don't worry, the Mini will do fine for your needs.
  15. kevhui thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2008
    Just plug my new Mac Mini to the SONY 40" LCD TV.

    I would say the video quality is still terrible running OS X (all resolutions). The Desktop looks very un-sharp.

    Running Windows XP is OK only at 1366 x 768 resolution.

    Man I want 1080p quality.

    I tried tunning my TV to full pixel already :-(

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