First time buying a Mac

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by RonHC, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. RonHC macrumors 6502a


    Apr 27, 2010
    I've had windows all my life and never got the chance to use/buy a Mac because of its price and at the time i didnt have a job

    So now that i have nearly $850 ready and set, i set my eyes on the Mac mini
    reason is that i already have dual screens on my desk and buying an iMac will be a bit too crowded. and not a MacBook because i dont like laptops as much as i do for desktops

    So i read some articles stating a refresh for the Mac mini might be in the works so i can wait
    but other than that, what else do i need to know before i make my big move
  2. Tilpots macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2006
    Carolina Beach, NC
    If you let us know what you plan to do with the Mini, we may have some good suggestions.
  3. Bacong macrumors 68020


    Mar 7, 2009
    Westland, Michigan
    Don't buy a magic mouse unless you're absolutely sure it's comfortable for you. I bought one and my wrist went through hell for the few weeks I struggled to force myself to use it. Back to my old microsoft mouse I went.
  4. opeter macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2007
    Slovenia, EU

    Apple Stuff (keyboard + mouse) is not ergonomical.
    Where are the good old times, when you had the Apple ADB Keyboard and mouse?

    The older Apple Pro Keyboard was OK, but the new flat alu is simply awfull.
  5. kyleh613 macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2010
    The Apple Keyboard is fantastic, but I agree that that magic mouse is not for everyone.
  6. bkspero macrumors regular

    Dec 19, 2009
    Some other things to consider

    Think about how much RAM you will want eventually, and whether you feel comfortable opening up the Mini yourself. The good news is that 4 gigs in the higher end model is probably enough for almost all uses. Also, you can get the lower end model upgraded to 4 gig by someone like MacMall at the time of ordering for about $150 (to do it yourself would cost about $100 for the RAM, and you could probably sell the old 2 gigs for about $35).

    Otherwise, if you do it yourself, it can be disconcerting for several reasons. First, you are doing something that was not designed to be done by a consumer; second, the "cracking" sound that the tabs make when releasing sounds like you have just destroyed at least the case of your brand-new toy (probably not, but it sounds that way); and, third, because if you make a mistake and damage anything, the damage is not covered by warranty. If its the logic board, the cost will be at or near that of the new computer.

    Second, don't expect BluRay support from OS-X. Even with an external drive. OS-X doesn't support it, and none of the rumors preceding the WWDC are suggesting that will change. You can install Windows and it will support BR, but if you're doing that, and the small size of the Mini is not a critical issue, you can spend less money and get twice the computer by getting a PC.

    Consider getting an external drive to use as a Time Machine backup. It works great and gives you hands-off data security with little or no performance impact.

    I too had issues with the Magic Mouse when using it for a home theater PC (alongside me). When I moved it to a desktop computer my hand position was not painful as it had been. The functionality is nice. I agree with the recommendation that you spend some time with one first.

    Good luck with your purchase
  7. thefaceless macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2009
    England, UK
    The magic mouse is definitely something that you'll need to try before buying. Some people seem to love it, others... not so much.

    The keyboard you may or may not like depending on what you think of flat laptop keyboards. Personally I'd been using nothing but for years, so the full size Apple keyboard is fantastic for me. Just be prepared to air it when you get it, because it smells absolutely horrible out of the box. Or at least mine did, and there's a whole thread of other people who had the same issue.

    Other than that, not sure what you 'need to know'. Can't really comment on specs until we know what we're dealing with after the refresh.
  8. Ballis macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
    I love the magic mouse so Id definetly go with that.
  9. bobr1952 macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    Yes, but would the OP? Hard to tell without using it for awhile. I use a Razer and am in no rush to try the Magic Mouse. I guess best advice is to try it in the store and decide if there is any possibility you can get used to it--or like it better than a conventional mouse.

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