I'm getting a Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by igotswings, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. igotswings macrumors newbie

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    I am pretty sure I want to buy a Mac Mini. I am currently on Ubuntu because XP went to hell a while back. Viruses is a big reason I have yet to install Windows again.

    It seems like a decent desktop for light work, all I do is browse the web and listen to music.

    Any buying tips or recommendations on keeping the Mini running for quit a long time?
     
  2. Mini Me macrumors member

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    Buying wise check out the Refurb store - assuming your country has one.

    Keep the air vents at the back clear and she'll run happily for as long as you want :)

    Enjoy.
     
  3. brendu macrumors 68020

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    if your hardware savvy at all, max the ram out yourself, otherwise just pay the apple tax and have them max it to 4gigs... aside from that it should last you 4+ years with its current hardware for your usage...
     
  4. The Hammer macrumors regular

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    I thought it can now handle more than four?
     
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    After EFI Firmware Upgrade 1.2, all Early 2009 minis and onward can support 8GB. OP probably won't need more than 2GB.
     
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    Buy the 2.53GHz model and you'll never have to open it because of your needs.
     
  9. Kenzembo1 macrumors 6502

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    Check the refurb store first...they have some really amazing deals! :apple:
     
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    All you need is air ventilation. Also, make sure your MacMini has the specs you need; upgrading RAM and the hdd can be tricky.

    Habitus :apple:
     
  11. igotswings thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is it usual for minis to be out of stock in the refurb store?
     
  12. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Very. Use www.refurb.me to let you know when they are in stock. They usually sell out within an hour or two of coming in.
     
  13. gazzamac macrumors member

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    i've had my mac mini for two and a half years and use it for web browsing and light document work. I can see I will keep it another two years at least providing I have no hardware issues. Good solid kit.....
     
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    Do those refurbs come with a 1 year warranty and can you get Apple Care on those also?

    EDIT: They do come with a 1 year warranty, but can you get Apple care on those?
     
  15. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Yes and yes.
     
  16. student_trap macrumors 68000

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    the minis are wonderful computers, and have plenty of power for your intended usage. I wouldn't bother upgrading anything at this stage, although you can always do so at a later date.

    I see no reason why the mini shouldn't last you (assuming your usage doesn't change) for years.
     
  17. igotswings thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Which one do you have, 2gb/4gb?
     

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