How many Mac Minis have you owned?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Micky Do, Nov 13, 2014.


How many Mac Minis have you owned?

  1. None, and never will

    8 vote(s)
  2. Not yet, but probably will

    8 vote(s)
  3. Just one

    43 vote(s)
  4. Two

    32 vote(s)
  5. Three

    35 vote(s)
  6. Four

    19 vote(s)
  7. Five

    10 vote(s)
  8. 6 to 10

    13 vote(s)
  9. 11 to 15

    1 vote(s)
  10. Heaps - more than 15

    3 vote(s)
  1. Micky Do macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    Just two for me, the 2005 original, and now the early 2009.

    I am still using the 2009 Mini. With an upgrade to a SSD, and maybe more RAM, I guess I will be for a few more years…… If and when repair or upgrade is no longer cost effective, it will probably be replaced with another Mac Mini.
  2. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I've had one, I think it's an '09 model, but I could be wrong about that.
  3. gtlodger00 macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2013

    My first one was a refurbished early 2009, 2.0GHz. Slowly got my wife to start using it, then upgraded to the 2010 2.4GHz model which has been our main desktop and iTunes/Apple TV server. Just recently grabbed a refurbished 2012 2.3GHz with a 256GB SSD which I'm going to start transitioning to in the next few weeks, love the speed of it so far.
  4. scottsjack macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2010
    Early 2009 2.26GHz with 4GB RAM and a WD 72k RPM Caviar Black (hot stuff at the time.

    Late 2009 2.66GHZ ending with 8GB RAM and same model WD HDD.

    2012 2.3 quad with 16GB RAM and a 960GB M500 SSD, currently has two 1TB OEM HDDs running Windows 8.1 exclusively.

    2012 2.6 quad with 16GB RAM and two 960GB M500 SSDs.
  5. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030


    Jun 12, 2011
    If used ones count, 3. One 1.5(?) GHz 2005 G4, One 1.66GHz 2006 Core Duo (both bought used), and One 2012 2.5GHz dual core i5 (bought new, using as Media Computer in Den).
  6. Micky Do thread starter macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    Yes, used ones do count. Any Mac Mini owned at some stage. How acquired, and still owned or not, are both irrelevant.

    Small whoops….. included 10 twice. Was thinking of finishing with more than 10, but added the 10 - 15 option; should have been 11 to 15.
  7. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I've fixed that up for you :)
  8. tibas92013 macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2013
    Costa Rica
    Last year I bought a Refurbished Mac Mini 2012 basic model from the Apple Store with 4GB Ram and 500 GB Hard drive with Apple Care and it has been a very good purchase for all of my computer needs.
  9. jkeekij macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2011
    Early '05 1.25GHz G4
    Late '09 2.53GHz C2D Server
    Mid '10 2.4GHz C2D
    Late '12 2.5GHz i5
  10. Forever Bored macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2007
    Eastern Iowa
    Early '05 1.25 G4 - Used
    Mid '06 1.83 Core 2 Duo - Used
    Mid '12 2.5 i5 - New
  11. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    My minis:

    Late 2005, 1.33 GHz PowerPC G4, 1 GB RAM
    Mid 2010 Server, 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM (HTPC)
    Late 2012, 2.5 GHz i5, 4 GB RAM (General Purpose/Server)
  12. 808? macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2011
    Hong Kong
  13. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2007
    2009 2.0GHz [sold]
    2011 i5 6630M [current]
    2012 i5 (bought in Feb 2014) [current]

    Love(d) them all. Loved getting in and swapping bits and pieces, home made Fusion and the like.

    Good fun machines - and very capable too.
  14. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    The illegal citizen: the 1.5Ghz G4
    The late 2009 2.26
    The Radeon one.
    Might be trying to get a 2.6/2.3 quad before they are hard to get.
    Off course all were improved DIY. The G4 had a ram upgrade, The 2009 runs as media center now and got the RAM of the 2011 with a new 7200rpm HD, the 2011 got 16GB, 256GB SSD and 7200rpm HD.
    I sold the G4 for 100€ last year, and bought back a G4 iMac with speakers for 70€! Mini's kick ass on resale value!
  15. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    I have a 2010, 2.4GHz Mini maxed out with 16GB of ram and a 480GB SSD. Although its processor is pretty outdated, its GPU is nearly on par with HD 4000 (at least this is what gfxBench says).
  16. stukdog macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2004
    I've owned about 12 minis. I've purchased about 5,000 minis. :) One of the perks of my job is the new Mac smell a few times a day.
  17. Droppy macrumors newbie

    Jun 3, 2014
    1, mid 2011 or 12, simple one, but changed ram memory to 4, looking foward to buy more ram
  18. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009

    1. 2006 Core Solo 1.5ghz (upgraded it to 1.83ghz Core2Duo) - No longer have
    2. 2006 Core Duo 1.66ghz (upgraded it to 1.83ghz Core2Duo)- No longer have
    3. 2009 Core2duo Server 2.53ghz - No longer have
    4. 2011 i5 2.3ghz - No longer have
    5. 2012 i7 2.3ghz quad
    6. 2012 i7 2.3ghz quad (bought refurb just a couple weeks ago)
  19. cfedu Suspended


    Mar 8, 2009
    I was addicted to buying used computers when I lived in Calgary. The used market there was so great for buyers so I would buy any mac and use it for I while.

    these are the mini's I have had

    2007/2008 core 2 duo
    early 2009 2.0 ghz x 3
    early/late 2009 2.26 ghz x1
    late 2009 2.56 ghz
    late 2009 2.56 ghz server
    2010 2.4 ghz x 2
    2010 2.66 ghx server
    2012 2.3 ghz quad
  20. jdphoto macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2014
    Got 3 of them:
    Late 2009 Server (no front disc drive)
    Mid 2010 (Unibody with disc drive)
    Late 2014 (Currently a server for my small business)

    These little guys are awesome!
  21. Micky Do thread starter macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    One day in (to a 14 day poll), and 63 respondents, folks here seem to like / are loyal to the mini Mac concept. About 2/3 have owned more than one Mac Mini, and over half have had three or more. From the comments it seems quite a few have more than one currently in use.

    There are a few who have never owned a Mac Mini and never will, but none left a comment. Of course the Mini is not for everyone; it would be interesting if some could say why.
  22. Oujmik macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2012
    I still own both of mine, an early 2009 and the 2012. I didn't realise it until I ready the 'what was your first mini?' thread but basically these two machine (and the 2011 perhaps) are characterised by being at least as powerful as the contemporary iMac - in CPU terms at least.
  23. gixxerfool macrumors 65816


    Jun 7, 2008

    1.2008 Core2Duo. It ran great for years with 2Gig ram and 120Gig HDD, but just started to get slower and slower. I added 4Gig of ram and a 1Tb hybrid drive. This really woke it up. It still runs Snow Leopard and a lot of my legacy software.

    2. I just picked up a 2012 quad core. The 2008 is now a server for my house. The 2012 will be getting a ram upgrade and maybe a possible fusion drive.
  24. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    Three for me!

    1. 2009 mini that I used as my main desktop for four years until I got a used 2011 iMac to replace it.

    2. G4 mini that I used as my home server for about a year until it was recently replaced by #3

    3. A 2012 that I got for $300 at best buy a couple weeks ago to act as my home server. Holds all my media, hosts my website and email, and all of my machines back up to it.
  25. Micky Do, Nov 19, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2014

    Micky Do thread starter macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    Five days in and nine to go……..

    Just over 90% of respondents have owned a Mac Mini, with about 2/3 of them having owned more than one, and half have had three or more.

    Among those who have not owned a Mac Mini, half anticipate owning one. The the other half never will……. I'd be interested to know why; none have made a post.

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