Does The Mac Mini Have A Built-in Mic, and is the harddrive loud?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by brobson, Jul 30, 2006.

  1. brobson macrumors 6502


    Aug 13, 2004
    I'm considering purchasing a Mac mini soley for Garageband purposes.

    Does the Mini have a built in Microphone so I don't have to purchase my own? And if so, is the system loud? I must know this so that if I get one, the machine's noise doesn't interfere with my recording. Any suggestions from owners would be useful.

    My other option is a used 12" POWERBOOK G4 867 MHZ/40HD/640 RAM/DVD/AP/BT FOR $650 (is this a good deal?)

    There's no warranty.

    The Mini is reasonable $515 refurbished but can I use any monitor or does it have to be an apple display?

    (age 15)
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    It does not come with a built-in mic, but it runs virtually silently. I can't hear mine from a foot away.

    Any monitor (DVI or VGA) will work. I connect mine to my HDTV.

    The 12" PB is a good system, but the mini is probably better for you, as it's faster. However, I recommend a minimum of 1GB for GarageBand work if at all possible.
  3. baby duck monge macrumors 68000

    baby duck monge

    Feb 16, 2003
    Memphis, TN
    I will also advise you that if the Mini isn't an Intel I don't believe it will not have an audio-in. I am not at the house right now so I can't double-check that, but it's something to keep in mind. It is basically silent, though, so that's a plus.

    As for the PowerBook, I don't think that price is a terribly great deal for that machine. You could almost certainly do better with a newer PowerBook or even an iBook at that price.

    Just my $0.02 USD
  4. bradc macrumors 6502

    Mar 17, 2006
    Canader eh
    I just bought a Mini Core Duo 1.66ghz w/1gb RAM and it's barely audible. I have the 80gb harddrive and sometimes there is a 'click' but other than that, extremely quiet.

    So far I'm really impressed with the Mini's speed, but the best part is obviously it's size and barely noticeable noise/sound register. You wouldn't want to use any computer's built in Mic if you're serious about recording though.
  5. brobson thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 13, 2004
    Thanks guys, I am glad to hear it. I'd like to get something with applecare anyway.

    Where can we get an inexpensive monitor? The price is inching up.
    Can I use my old imac G3 keyboard and mouse?
    (David's mom)

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