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

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

  1. Borjan macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2004
    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

    Oct 20, 2004
    Not a bad plan at all. My guess is the next mini won't have firewire either.
  3. durija macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    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

    Sep 28, 2004
    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

    Sep 28, 2004
    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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