Getting a Mini.. perfect solution to no Firewire on Macbook?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Borjan, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. Borjan macrumors regular

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    Hi there.

    Here's my thinking.

    Okay, so I know the new Macbook doesn't have firewire. I probably don't need it all the time, but still, it would be nice to still have firewire benefits from time to time.

    Plus, I don't have the cash right now sadly.

    So, I'm thinking, buy a second hand mini to tie me over, as I currently am Mac-less at the moment. I 'could' splash out on a brand new one, but there's always the chance they will get updated soon. Besides, all I will be using it for once I do get the Macbook is to media serve.. which I would probably have done anyway, since you can't keep everything you want on a Macbook! so I don't need anything special. Oh, that and occasionally video capture using Firewire of course! :D

    I'm thinking... Intel C2D? The current ones can play HD correct?

    Thoughts? I'm liking this because I still get firewire, and a media server, surely the best option!
     
  2. stukdog macrumors 6502

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    Not a bad plan at all. My guess is the next mini won't have firewire either.
     
  3. durija macrumors 6502

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    There's something wrong about Macs not having firewire. I have two externals connected to my iMac (chained inline) via FW800...very fast.
    And how are you supposed to use target disk mode without firewire?
    For $700 more (base models) you could get a MacBook Pro with FW800. How much is the Mini going to cost?
     
  4. Borjan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ah.. should have mentioned, the Macbook being smaller is a real plus for me.

    Sure the MBP is a lot nicer featurewise... but I was used to the 12inch iBook, everything else feels a bit riduclous now!

    Hopefully, I can manage to get one for less that $700 (or the £ equivalent!)
     
  5. Borjan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi again.

    I have found been offered £225 for an intel mac mini 1.66 Core Duo..

    How are these things speed wise versus the current crop? I was used to a 1.33 G4 iBook previously, so I know I am in for a treat, but I will be down the Apple store tomorrow and I can see how the current Mac Minis are speed wise..

    And if someone could let me know how the two would compare in real world use, that would be great!
     

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