Intel does the Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jayducharme, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. jayducharme macrumors 68030

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    Well ... sort of. People chastised the Mini because you had to bring your own keyboard, mouse and monitor. Well, with Intel's NUC, you not only need that but also memory, a hard drive, a networking card and and OS.

    http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/23/intel-nuc-review/
     
  2. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Somehow I don't think Apple is known for selling computer parts that the user assembles. Actually, Apple seems to be known for the opposite: selling computers that have a single cable and can't be opened. They're completely different products, targeted at different people.

    In other news: Toyota makes fun of Ford dealership for not stocking Prius'.
     
  3. Omnius macrumors 6502a

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    And to complete your analogy - Ford points to their speedily selling Focus which is aimed at people who want to drive a car that doesn't look like a poorly made children's toy.
     
  4. Luap macrumors 65816

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    So, according to the review, once built up to a working computer, the price comes in at almost exactly $600.
    Price of base MacMini = $600.
    And the specs of the mini are for the most part at least as good.

    Where are those bafoons that proclaim Macs are nothing but overpriced PC's again? ;)
     
  5. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    Or alternatively, maybe the Intel is overpriced too.
     
  6. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

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    i3 = no.

    i5 should be the minimum with i7 preferred.
     
  7. RoastingPig macrumors 68000

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    i hate those people macs are only a a tad bit more than pc's
     
  8. SoCalReviews, Mar 23, 2013
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    The Mac Minis are currently the better deal. The advantage of the NUC is that it is designed to be the basis for a user built Mini computer. The NUCs will significantly drop in price in the future as Intel ramps up production. Mini systems are the future of computing. Full sized desk tops are giving way to Mini computers of all types.

    Apple may not know they have been sitting on the gold mine of the future. What Apple should do is plan to make it's Mini line premium compared to whatever any other company does with much more powerful discrete graphics options and more models in different price ranges. They may be competing against their own line of Macbooks and iMacs but their own model lined will be replaced with someone's Mini systems of some type anyway.

    What's the point of an iMac with built in everything when you can attach a Mini computer to the back of the monitor? Future upgrading of the entire computer means you don't have to replace the monitor. The Mini size means added flexibility whether it be used in a home media environment, a powerful work machine or as a space saving server or a desktop. Apple better be making the next generation of Minis as good as they can because here comes the outside competition and they will be going to compete against the entire Apple OS X non-mobile line of computers. With the iPhone getting heat from Samsung and other smart phone manufacturers and the Macbook line feeling pressure from smaller and cheaper mobile alternatives Apple might have to turn the Mac Mini into a more high profile product line in the future.
     
  9. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    "What's the point of an iMac with built in everything when you can attach a Mini computer to the back of the monitor?"

    Revenue. A LOT more "revenue"….
     
  10. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    the cpu is garbage. really slow compared to a base mini 2.5 i5
     
  11. Ice Dragon macrumors 6502a

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    I love this attitude!
     
  12. Luap macrumors 65816

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    Not that there is much point, when a base Macmini is also $600, but i've read the NUC does make for a decent Hackintosh..
    i5 version of the NUC on the way too.

    I kinda like them, but again, they don't exactly compare well against a Macmini. So not much point to it for most of us here I would think.


    Im not sure that it is really..
     
  13. SoCalReviews, Mar 24, 2013
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    SoCalReviews macrumors 6502

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    Here comes the "other" competition in the future battle of the Minis. This is what Apple, Intel and Microsoft should really fear...

    The $60 multi core processor Android Mini

    http://liliputing.com/2013/03/ug008-dual-core-android-mini-pc-with-ethernet-wifi.html

    ...with wifi, Ethernet port, microUSB port, a full-sized USB port, a microSD card slot, HDMI port, AV port, power jack, and power button.

    ...and how about the $75 AMD C-60 x86 processor based raw built it yourself Mini-ITX board with most of the desktop input and outputs, bells and whistles to boot...

    http://liliputing.com/2012/10/more-small-pc-boards-with-x86-processors-for-75-or-less.html
     
  14. oldhifi macrumors 6502a

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  15. Luap macrumors 65816

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    I'll say more. Read thread. Then post ;)
     
  16. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, the MacMini is insanelly more powerufull for basically the same price, and on a better looking form factor
     

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