I want an Apple desktop...experience.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tomster2300, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. tomster2300 macrumors member

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    I've been a happy MacBook owner for two years now, and would like to add a desktop to my collection...or at least the experience of one.

    So, should I just buy a large lcd screen, mouse and keyboard for my MacBook, or should I get an actual desktop, like a mac mini (and all the peripherals)? Are the mac minis worth buying, or should I only consider an iMac and up? I have a desktop running Vista, and I used to share its lcd with my MacBook via a switch. I just got tired of having to move everything around on my desk to make room for the MacBook, and then plugging everything up was a chore. I'd kind of like a permanent, Mac desktop solution the more I think about it...

    With a mini I could use all the Vista peripherals and just change between the two via the switch...which wouldn't be too bad actually.

    I do audio / video editing, as well as graphic design work. I do my gaming on either my xbox 360 or my Vista desktop, so I'm not looking for a gaming rig.

    So, what do you guys think? Has anyone been in this situation?

    Thanks!
     
  2. applecultvictim macrumors 6502a

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    Buy it and you ll be one happy camper, I was in a similar situation with you (blackbook) and I am, literally, elated for buying a 24" white imac c2d.


    I would suggest you find yourself a nice used white imac to have everything there, 20" go for relative peanuts these days, they have a nice bright antiglare screen, you can move them around easily, they are just super for everything you want, the have a nice gfx card and better viewing angle and panel than the current aluminium imacs.

    The current ones are great too and I would suggest them, provided you don't care about the glare. I do so it's a no no.


    The mini with the new nvidia graphics is one mean machine, I cant speak enough highly of it, there's no reason to even hesitate buying it, it's super cheap at about the price of a netbook, less than the "brand netbooks" of sony etc, but it dwarfs by far a netbook in every single way. You get bored with it it's going to sell easily on ebay. Wanna travel, just take it along and hook it to a friends monitor. Hdd drives at 2.5 are growing larger and cheaper every day so you can mod it for even more drive space...or stick an ssd there and this baby will fly.

    Whatever your thoughts, do yourself a favour and get a mac soon. :D:D:cool::cool::apple::apple:

    And try not to locate it physically close to that vista machine, shame for it to be close to crap...just kidding.:)
     
  3. Mac1212 macrumors member

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    well, i don't know how much you want to spend, but i can tell you that you will be happy with an iMac.
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    iMac is fantastic computer but are you ready to spend ~1500$ on new Mac? You already have a MacBook so how about just buying a nice monitor and nice MacBook stand so it's not filling the whole table.
     
  5. BlackMax macrumors 6502a

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    My MacBook is my primary desktop computer. I have a 20" LCD monitor and a wireless Apple keyboard and mouse. It functions great as a desktop.
     
  6. jmpage2 macrumors 68030

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    Well, if he bought the 24" Mac ACD as well as the Mac keyboard and mouse he would be at $1000 anyway. $500 more and he gets a really nice high performance computer as well.
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    He doesn't have to buy ACD... You can get other brand monitor for less than 200$
     
  8. rwilliams macrumors 68040

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    Well technically, the Mini and iMac are laptop parts in a desktop frame, but I get what you're saying. You just need something stationary. I'm trying to justify the purchase of a Mini vs. a PC desktop with more RAM and more disk space for the same price or less, since I'd likely use either of them as a file server.
     
  9. jmpage2 macrumors 68030

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    Funny. I thought part of the experience of owning a Mac was getting a computer with an ultra high quality display.
     
  10. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Why does he need to get Apple display? Average consumer survives fine with lower quality display if it does its job. Only professionals need very high quality displays.

    And when talking about quality, I had to send two iMacs back because of dead pixels and my current one still has 2.... Is that quality? I think it isn't
     
  11. anamznazn macrumors regular

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    For some reason, the mac mini doesn't give me that desktop experience. It still feels like I'm connected to my laptop with an external display. Maybe it's just me....but an iMac would be a surer bet for that experience.
     
  12. yoppie macrumors 6502a

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    I used to hook up my MacBook to my HP monitor so that I could have the best of both worlds but unplugging/plugging everything got old after a while so I stopped. I just purchased a mac mini yesterday (to be delivered tomorrow) so that I wouldn't feel like I'm wasting my money not using my monitor.

    I suggest you try a notebook with a separate monitor for a while and see how you like it. It's really not bad especially for those time when you want to go portable. If it turns out, you don't like it (or tire of the unplug/plug dance) then add the mac mini (as a second mac!) for a much cheaper price.
     
  13. jmpage2 macrumors 68030

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    You find me a $200 PC monitor that has the display quality of any Apple display and we'll chat about the comparability.

    Only professionals need high quality displays? If what you were saying was true then Apple would never sell a display and PC manufacturers wouldn't bother making higher displays either.

    I have done amateur photography for years and have always limited myself to "consumer grade" displays and fought all of the challenges of crummy viewing angle, poor color accuracy, etc.

    I don't have any of these problems when doing photography on my iMac with LR2.

    I can think of plenty of other consumer uses for a high quality display as well, such as video editing of home movies, watching high quality HD content on their computer, etc.

    All manufacturers have problems with pixels out on their displays. $3000 professional units we get for major installations have the occasional bad pixel, so don't feel too picked on that your iMac has one.
     
  14. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

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    2209wa
     
  15. Hellhammer Moderator

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    BenQ E2200HD. Average consumers doesn't need ultimate high quality displays! I have BenQ E2400HD as my secondary monitor and okay, its colors and viewing angles aren't the best but it's fine for most people. I don't do photographing but I'm freelance web developer and I do some photoshopping as well. It's okay for my needs. When I bought it, I looked some 700€ displays as well but I couldn't see what makes them so expensive. Okay, their colors were better and viewing angles were awesome but why to pay 500€ more for things that I don't need. Apple displays quality is high I know (they use IPS panels, and they're more expensive than TFT panels) but why to pay a lot more for something you don't need. 700€ for monitor is ridiculous price, I can build quad-core PC for that money. If you have money to buy 700-800€ monitors go on, but I'm satisfied with my BenQ, it does its job better than fine. Also you can only hook up a Mac with MiniDisplayPort to 24" LED display, that eats lots of buyers
     
  16. zedsdead macrumors 68040

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    I say go with the best 24" iMac you can afford. You will not regret it. Amazing machines.
     
  17. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a

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    Mini is the way to go, a beautiful and elegant machine that does practically everything. And also exactly for the reasons you stated. As far as iMac, in my opinion, it's not worth limiting yourself to a permanent monitor for the life of your computer. With the Mini, you have a world of monitor choices, now and into the future.
     
  18. Feng Shui macrumors regular

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  19. wilnis macrumors newbie

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    Hi-I was in the same situation and bought the new Mini with 4g of ram, hooked up my 23" Samsung, creative speakers I had and a $12 WalMart Logitech keyboard and it's a great desktop experience for me anyway. I did look at the imac but I had the peripherals so this was the best for me. Good luck in your choice. Regards-Bill
     
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    Nice refurb iMac 24 2.8 with ATI 2600 is only $1199. Mini with the right upgrades is close to $750 (base plus 4GB & 320/500GB HD) plus a decent monitor at around $250-$300 and you've almost bought that iMac which has a faster GPU, and more disk space and a very nice 24" display.

    Of course I do love my little mini. It's completely silent and works great. But I still want an iMac. O' the joys of owning Macs.

    Cheers,
     
  22. arcadeforest macrumors member

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    I couldn't agree with you more on that point.
     
  23. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Did you mean faster CPU? iMac with GT120 costs 1799$ and Mini is around 1000$ with upgrades and monitor.
     
  24. bex753 macrumors newbie

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    Apple need to go back to providing a proper tower IMOP that you can had hardware to without loosing your warranty

    With the mini base only coming with 1gb of memory and not being (officially) user upgradable I for one would never consider it
     
  25. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    The 2600 being better than the 9400m in the mini.

    Cheers,
     

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