How Thrilled Are You About the 2014 Mac Mini

How Thrilled Are You With the 2014 Mac Mini?

  • It's Awesome!! Take my $$

    Votes: 14 5.7%
  • It's Acceptable... I'll end up with one eventually

    Votes: 49 20.0%
  • What a letdown - Any 2012 dGPU or quad core mac minis for sale?

    Votes: 182 74.3%

  • Total voters
    245

reardoma

macrumors member
Original poster
Nov 20, 2006
32
0
Hi all,

Just curious how many were disappointed with today's mac mini update versus how many were pleasantly surprised and finally those that will probably buy one simply b.c the 2012 versions are a bit harder to find.


Give Apple some feedback!
 

cornerexit

macrumors 6502
Sep 11, 2014
456
231
I was until everyone pointed out the no quad core deal. Now I'll skip it and wait. Was hoping for an improved mini and I was going to buy, but don't think so now.

Same for Ipad. Was hoping for Ipad Pro 12.9" but meh. Guess everything is on chinzer mode until the new chips are ready to go.
 

blairh

macrumors 68040
Dec 11, 2007
3,745
1,250
Well..........the good news is that the Mini got an update to begin with.

The bad news is that they gimped the base model.

Honestly I expected SSD across the board.

I really don't need anything powerful. Hell even the 2014 base model will probably satisfy my needs. I just expected a better update in some regards.
 

qtx43

macrumors 6502a
Aug 4, 2007
658
16
At this point putting together a small linux machine is looking more attractive for my purposes.
 

squirrrl

macrumors 6502a
Sep 11, 2013
853
258
San Diego, CA
It had everything I wanted except for the quad core.

I need to replace this old pos Dell at work anyways so I'm in for a dual i7 model. It should blow away what I'm working with now, but I use a program that would have been very fast with the quad core so it's disappointing that quads are not an option.

For my use at home, I might buy an old 2012 model and install an SSD myself.

Such a rollercoaster ride... i was elated once the mini was revealed, but when the quad-core option was nixed, i became very sad. :(:(
 

Dont Hurt Me

macrumors 603
Dec 21, 2002
6,056
6
Yahooville S.C.
After looking at these updates I'm thrilled to still be using a mid 2011 model......Yawn....though i guess its nice for a new buyer but very little to be really excited about. Jobs said they had reached a plateau years ago and he wasn't kidding.
 

Bah-Bah

macrumors member
Jan 28, 2013
71
11
I'm very disappointed.

I've been waiting for a newer model mainly because of the better on board graphics but Apple gave with one hand and took away with the other. A Quad core machine with the new graphics would have been a done deal but now I've given up.
 

Larry-K

macrumors 68000
Jun 28, 2011
1,855
2,311
It had everything I wanted except for the quad core.

I need to replace this old pos Dell at work anyways so I'm in for a dual i7 model. It should blow away what I'm working with now, but I use a program that would have been very fast with the quad core so it's disappointing that quads are not an option.

For my use at home, I might buy an old 2012 model and install an SSD myself.

Such a rollercoaster ride... i was elated once the mini was revealed, but when the quad-core option was nixed, i became very sad. :(:(
Me too, I was thinking I'd replace my old 4-core with something faster.
 

Yvan256

macrumors 603
Jul 5, 2004
5,032
886
Canada
If the base model had a 128GB SSD instead of a 500GB HDD, I would be more tempted to upgrade. After all, doesn't even the 1.4GHz i5 have hyperthreading, making it "four cores" as far as the software is concerned?
 

AppliedMicro

macrumors 6502a
Aug 17, 2008
599
39
I'd bet one it having lost one (upgradeable) SATA drive and soldered RAM, losing quad-core has already been confirmed...

So in two words: Utterly underwhelming.

On a positive note, this makes for at least another good year staying with my 2012 quad-core (incl. SSD, 2nd HDD and 16GB RAM). So in a sense I'l still be happy - and so will be my wallet.
 

poematik13

macrumors 6502a
Jun 5, 2014
727
298
I was expecting a baby-mac pro with a small black cylinder body, iris and iris pro graphics, and quad i7's come on.

they really gimped it, probably because the biggest clients for these machines are crappy public schools who use them for libraries and you dont really need any power for web browsing
 

itsOver9000

macrumors 6502
Mar 29, 2013
350
285
B.F., KS
Glad I bought my 2012 quad core Mini back in January. So not worth the wait. If the Mini is dual core only from here on out I'll probably be looking elsewhere when it's time to replace mine in a few years.
 

now i see it

macrumors 601
Jan 2, 2002
4,018
8,021
Only place the Mini can be is be at the bottom of the heap, performance wise, compared to all the other Macs. That is where apl wants it.
The only way the Mini is going to significantly move forward is if ALL the other Macs leap ahead first. Then the Mini will follow their lead, as the slowest little dog it was always meant to be.


But WTF?
Title of "Special Event" was "It's been way too long"
Too long for what?
Nothing spoken about in that event justified that title except the sort of updated Mini. And Phil gave it a quick 45 second overview. End of show.

Odd.
Very Odd.
 

squirrrl

macrumors 6502a
Sep 11, 2013
853
258
San Diego, CA
I guess the one bonus is that I'll be able to run my three crappy monitors with

hdmi to dvi
and 2x displayport to dvi cables

without having to go through USB.
 

ZipZilla

macrumors regular
Dec 7, 2003
158
28
I am happy with what was announced.

As long as I can pop open the thing and replace the HD with an SSD and max out the RAM to 16GB, I will be ordering 2 base models.

I don't need the graphics or the super-fast CPU. Just light computing machines. It will replace two aging 2006 Minis 1.83ghz core 2 duos
 

ktecac

macrumors regular
Oct 16, 2014
153
298
Displays / Monitors

Hey everyone,

Avid follower of macrumors - been trying to keep up ever since I bought an iMac in 2009 two days before the upgrades :mad:

Didn't do it this time thanks to MacRumors:D

I don't have much to spend (saving on school) and I have no problem with having a separate monitor. The gf and I seem to always get house sitting gigs so i'm living for free at various places for a few months at a time and until that stops I just need something that is easy to move around.

I do lots of work involving spreadsheets, comparing 4 or 5 open windows at a time. Actually about 7 or 8 various multiple windows. Can't do split desktops for this stuff either - need full page wide data.

A tear came to my eye when I saw the new Mac Mini - looks like it has HDMI and two Thunderbolt Inputs. I thought I could have 3 monitors !

But then I saw the specs and now I'm not so sure. Apple says 'supports up to 2 displays.'

Two monitors is barely sufficient (which is what I have right now with my old iMac) and I was really hoping I could get a cheap alternative to the iMac and still run my triple monitors.

I've seen some videos on youtube of people running Mac Mini with 3 monitors... but not sure if its a huge task or not.

Can someone please let me know if the new Mac Mini can support up to 3 displays? If so - how does one do it? I only need these for internet windows / spreadsheets - no gaming.

After that I shall be able to answer how thrilled I am!
 

squirrrl

macrumors 6502a
Sep 11, 2013
853
258
San Diego, CA
My impression would be that you can run 3 monitors... two monitors through the 2 thunderbolt ports, and one through the HDMI port. In the old minis, you could do that too but you had to use the USB port for the third monitor and it was very laggy (so I've read).

Also, the lagginess of the display will probably depend on how high your resolution is on your monitors.


Hey everyone,

Avid follower of macrumors - been trying to keep up ever since I bought an iMac in 2009 two days before the upgrades :mad:

Didn't do it this time thanks to MacRumors:D

I don't have much to spend (saving on school) and I have no problem with having a separate monitor. The gf and I seem to always get house sitting gigs so i'm living for free at various places for a few months at a time and until that stops I just need something that is easy to move around.

I do lots of work involving spreadsheets, comparing 4 or 5 open windows at a time. Actually about 7 or 8 various multiple windows. Can't do split desktops for this stuff either - need full page wide data.

A tear came to my eye when I saw the new Mac Mini - looks like it has HDMI and two Thunderbolt Inputs. I thought I could have 3 monitors !

But then I saw the specs and now I'm not so sure. Apple says 'supports up to 2 displays.'

Two monitors is barely sufficient (which is what I have right now with my old iMac) and I was really hoping I could get a cheap alternative to the iMac and still run my triple monitors.

I've seen some videos on youtube of people running Mac Mini with 3 monitors... but not sure if its a huge task or not.

Can someone please let me know if the new Mac Mini can support up to 3 displays? If so - how does one do it? I only need these for internet windows / spreadsheets - no gaming.

After that I shall be able to answer how thrilled I am!
 

wlossw

macrumors 65816
May 9, 2012
1,057
946
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
I am happy with what was announced.

As long as I can pop open the thing and replace the HD with an SSD and max out the RAM to 16GB, I will be ordering 2 base models.

I don't need the graphics or the super-fast CPU. Just light computing machines. It will replace two aging 2006 Minis 1.83ghz core 2 duos
Soldered ram. No aftermaret upgrade. Dont know about the drive yet...
 

Micky Do

macrumors 68000
Aug 31, 2012
1,823
1,360
An island in the Andaman Sea.
Indifferent

Good to see the update, but nothing that makes me want to acquire a 2014 Mac Mini poste haste.

Updating my early 2009 Mini with Yosemite, and swapping the HDD out for an SSD sooner or later looks the more cost effective option for now. Maybe I'll up the RAM to 8 Gb (from the current 5 Gb) as well. It should continue to serve my needs for a while, probably until the next generation of Mini, at least.

Just yesterday I replaced the monitor I got with my first computer, the original 2005 Mini. I picked up the last Samsung S22C300 LED monitor in the shop, discounted by 1/3 to about $US93.00. I guess it is as "obsolete" as my computer must seem to some, but to me its a worthwhile improvement to my system right now.
 
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xheathen

macrumors 6502
Aug 5, 2010
300
17
I was so excited to see that it got updated and literally was floored by no way to upgrade to quad core. It just seems so weird to me that it isn't even an upgrade option whatsoever.

I built a hackintosh when the last disappointed mac mini release happened, figuring the worse that could happen was I just kept using my 2011 mini if it was bust. This release reinforces the decision once again.