Contemplating a Mac Mini for University

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by JaHawk2009, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. JaHawk2009 macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2010
    I'm going to University in a couple of weeks and have a few questions about the Mac Mini.

    First: is it worth waiting for an upgrade or should I just buy now?

    Second: how is the Mac Mini (Base model) for video editing, as my Uni course will involve a fair amount of editing.

    Thanks in advance
  2. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Ice Dragon

    Jun 16, 2009
    I would recommend it yes and if you need it now, buy now. If you can wait, then wait. The mini could drop anytime this year or next year in the worst case scenario. D:
  3. cxc273 macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2012
    If time is on your side, I would wait to see what drops.

    If cost is an issue, I suggest looking at a refurbished late 2012 Mini from Apple's official store -- one of the souped up quad-core i7 machines. You should also look to upgrade the RAM on your own.

    Video editing takes a lot of processing power, so you should get the best machine you possibly can.
  4. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    Just get the current i7 Mini and buy a Vector or Samsung 840pro SSD. You can insert that yourself in the empty slot.
    The Haswell will mainly deliver improved graphics, but since it is as 22nm baked as Ivy, the heat envelope does not allow much more power. The raw CPU performance, most important for Video, will be similar to the current models.
  5. Giuly macrumors 68040


  6. JaHawk2009 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2010
    The only issue with a MacBook Pro is the funds available to me. I'm not gonna have much more than £500 cause I'm not exactly loaded, and my course requires me to have a Mac.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You'll need a monitor as well - make sure you have that accounted for.

    The Mac Mini is on par with a base 13" MBP so you should be ok, performance wise. Make sure you have sufficient ram, however - 8GB may be needed
  8. JaHawk2009 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2010
    Just gonna hook it up to my tv via HDMI until I can afford an Apple display. That'll work, right?
  9. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    It'll work, but don't get the Apple Display. When you're halfway saving the money, get the Dell U2713HM and thank me in 5 years.

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