Has anyone mounted their Mini under a desk?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Mikel30, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. Mikel30 macrumors member

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    I live in a small apartment where space is at a premium. So I'm considering mounting my Mini under my workspace. Just wondering if anyone has done this, and if there are any heat / airflow concerns? My Mini doesn't get too hot, but it seems like it uses the large metal top as a heat sink, and I would be concerned about the effect of the desk directly above that. As well as the proper way to make sure the vents are clear.
     
  2. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    My 2012 mini has been under my desk on a shelf since I purchased it new.
    It has never given me a moments concern, in fact just the opposite, I feel guilty for ignoring it.
    I needed to use a flashlight to get the photo, pardon the dust, as I mentioned it has been ignored. 2015-06-03 16.25.58.jpg
     
  3. myrtlebee macrumors 68000

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    I've considered what you're saying for my newly-purchased mini, although I haven't done it. jbarley's solution looks like what I would do if I were to go that route. You want to make sure that you have a nice air gap around the entire machine and the way he has the back of his facing forward instead of up against a wall of the desk is probably the best idea for air intake. I actually find the mini beautiful (even if it is just an aluminum box with an Apple logo!) so that would be why I haven't yet tried this. My home desk is super small though, so this would be nice to free up some space.
     
  4. jbarley macrumors 68030

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    Mounting it 'rear facing forward' makes for very easy access to all the connections also.
     
  5. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    I have mine sitting on a shelf under my television - in a space about 3" high along with a DirecTV DVR, a SlingBox, and an AppleTV. It's been there for several years and never experienced any problems.

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