How does the Mac mini compare to my MacBook Air?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Ghost31, Jan 1, 2016.

  1. Ghost31 macrumors 68000

    Ghost31

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    I have been using a 2012 MacBook Air for awhile and am interesting in getting the Mac mini. How does the base model compare in speed?
     
  2. Altis macrumors 68000

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    For the most part it's almost identical.

    The real drawback will be the hard disk drive versus the solid state storage in the MacBook Air. The SSD makes everything much faster.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Something I can tell you with assurance:

    You DON'T want the "base level" Mac Mini.

    It has a platter-based hard drive, only 4gb of RAM, and you will find it to be VERY slow.
    (I realize that "perception of speed" insofar as computers are concerned is a personal matter).

    What you DO want in a Mini is at least the "midrange" model, which comes with 8gb of RAM and a better GPU. You ALSO want the 1tb fusion drive upgrade (which contains both a 120gb SSD and a 1tb HDD).

    Buy the base model Mini, and you'll be back here asking, "how can I speed this thing up?"
     
  4. Cape Dave macrumors 65816

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    Hell is a base mini as your only computer with no upgrade possibilities.
     
  5. datars macrumors newbie

    datars

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    If you find this Mac Mini 6,2 i7-3720QM, you'll be very happy with it. I was very lucky to get it for $500
     

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