Can't wait any longer so buying a Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by MTShipp, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. MTShipp macrumors 6502a

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    Since :apple: is taking their sweet time shipping me my new iMac w/ 4850, I have decided to get a Mini. The specs I am after are the 2.26 w/ 4 GB.

    My question is on the keyboard and mouse.

    How well does standard USB keyboards and mice (multi-button Razer) from my "PC" work with the Apple OS? Should I go ahead and get the Apple K/M? I also plan to use my existing Viewsonic 19" LCD and wonder if that would be OK too?

    I do plan to Bootcamp into XP Pro.

    Kind advice appreciated.
     
  2. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    In my opinion you are better off buying a low end iMac than a mini due to the better specs. Personally, I know waiting sucks, but to go from a 24" iMac to the mini is a huge difference in performance. It sounds like you wanted a great graphics card so at least get the GT130 ifyou can't wait any longer.

    As for the keyboard, I have never used a windows keybaord with a mac, but I highly recommend the apple keyboard.
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    Yes to keyboard and mouse and monitor.
    You may have to get an adapter for the monitor (MiniDisplayPort to VGA/DVI or miniDVI to VGA/DVI) and if your keyboard has special media/function keys, they might not work on Mac OS X.
     
  4. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a

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    I disagree with an above post. Buy the high-end Mini at 2.26 w/4gb RAM. You won't be stuck with a display you'll never be able to change (iMac), with the new Mini extremely quiet, small, versatile, and as fast as any latest iMac.
     
  5. MTShipp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks to all. I am still planning to get the iMac but without a working PC, I am tired of waiting for it. I was going to have BOTH.
     
  6. OldMike macrumors 6502

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    I like your way of looking at a problem... ;)

    I think this is a solution we can all agree with!
     
  7. spacecadet610 macrumors 6502

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    i saw buy the low-end mac mini and upgrade yourself.

     
  8. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    You shouldn't have any problems. I bought the low end Mac Mini for my daughter and hooked up her wireless keyboard and mouse and they both worked great. The Mac Mini comes with a Mini-DVI to DVI connector which we used on her 19" LCD monitor. The Mac Mini recognized everything perfectly.
     
  9. jnc macrumors 68020

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    For someone impatient enough to buy a Mini while they wait for an iMac, do you think they'll be happy to then wait for the Mac Mini, then a third party vendor to deliver the RAM/HD, THEN install it themself? :p
     
  10. MTShipp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    LOL! Yea, it's just money. :p
     
  11. cwedl macrumors 65816

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    You're quite right! I've been over a month without a Mac and I'm probably going slightly insane waiting for it to arrive (if I wasn't anyway)
     
  12. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    2 GHz is plenty fast enough compared to the 2.26 GHz version.
     
  13. The Hammer macrumors regular

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    I'd still go for the 2.26 just to squeeze out every bit of speed I could.
     
  14. jnc macrumors 68020

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    I want it good as it gets from the get-go. Can't exactly change it later....
     
  15. math macrumors newbie

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    By the time 260 MHz makes a difference, I think you'll be in the 'new computer' territory anyways. It's pretty negligible in my opinion, although I recall nitpicking over an Intel Pentium 233 MHz vs. a 266 eleven years ago.

    How times have changed!

    I'll second the suggestions to get the 2 GHz model and upgrade the RAM yourself. I have a previous gen Mac Mini decked with 4GB RAM, and the only bottleneck is the video card.
     
  16. The Hammer macrumors regular

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    So your saying that a mini can function as a users primary computer as opposed to a secondary one? Most reviews I 've read suggest it is best suited as a secondary machine due in part but not entirely due to the 9400m graphics.
     
  17. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a

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    It's my one and only primary computer and functions beautifully. The graphics card is top notch. People here have reported that the current Mini is fast, zippy, and performs as well as their latest iMacs. So I'm not sure where the myth comes from that because it doesn't have a monitor tethered to it, that it's somehow a poor performer.
     
  18. The Hammer macrumors regular

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    Jackintosh did you upgrade to a 7200rpm drive?
     
  19. Omni Geno macrumors regular

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    I just wanted to reiterate this. Chris is right: the Mini comes with a mini-DVI to DVI adapter. With all the talk before about Apple no longer providing adapters for their somewhat nonstandard ports, I just totally assumed this was the case when we bought our Mini last month. I didn't think to check the specs page. We bought an adapter from Monoprice and since the Mini came with one, I have an extra mini-DVI to DVI adapter that I have no use for.

    Pretty stupid of me. But you know, I'd rather have two than none, eh?
     

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