Help: Looking for reasons not to get a Mac mini...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by notamacguy, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. notamacguy macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2009
    As per the username, I am not a mac person and I need some help to sort out whether the mini (the base model with 1GB ram) is suitable for the purposes outlined below.

    The mac would be for prepress/press work, i.e., receiving, proofing on screen then outputting to a small digital color press artwork from clients who work in the mac platform.

    The software would on the machine would be along the lines of Photoshop, Indesign, Quark and not necessarily the latest versions. I've checked the Adobe website so I know that the mini does meet the mininum specs for the current version of Creative Suite. However, I'd like to know if these are realistic based on people's actual experience. For example, would a ram upgrade from 1GB to 2 be recommended?

    In terms of file sizes for images, the output would be tabloid size at largest, at 75 lpi halftone. So, not massive RAW files. Although, the total file sizes for for a complex publication could be fairly large.

    HD size is not an issue, as files will not be accumlating on the machine itself.

    The reason for not going with an iMac is the suitability/quality of the screens for this kind of work. Firstly, the lower quality TN panel on the 20" model seems to rule that out for work that would require color matching/calibration. While the 24" has a better panel, the forums indicate there is inconsistent quality of the backlighting (the gradient problem).

    In other words, based on the above requirements, could you suggest why it would not be suitable to get the base model Mac mini, upgrade the ram if needed, then get a decent 24" or larger IPS/PVA screen from Dell (they seem to have good screens and a good return policy on them)? Costwise, it would be about the same as the 20" iMac.

    So, to sum up, does the Mac mini have sufficient horsepower for the work outlined above? If not, then do I take my chances with the 24" iMac? Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. airjuggernaut macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2007
    I think this setup would be perfect for your use.

    Definitely buy a Dell display. They make high quality displays, at a nice price.

    But as always, upgrade the RAM completely (DO NOT GET IT DONE BY APPLE), to have a nice snappy workspace for all your apps.
  3. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    Mac mini will be more than adequate. I run Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks (all CS4) on my CoreDuo MacBook with 2GB of RAM and it handles them fine. It slows down occasionally, and I've had a program crash here and there, but by and large it's fine. The new mini is leaps and bounds ahead of my MacBook, so it will be absolutely fine, especially if you plan on running an older version of CS.
  4. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Yeah a DIY Ram Upgrade should make this an ideal fit...
  5. notamacguy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2009
    This has been helpful. Thank you for your replies.

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