Is Mid 2011 Mac Mini (MC815LL/A) still worth buying for HTPC?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Osamede, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. Osamede macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2009
    I am looking at a used Mac Mini mid 2011 entry level model (2.3 ghz i5, single hard drive) as an HTPC (VLC, Plex server and player, Squeezebox, slideshows - no gaming at all). Model (MC815LL/A). Is that model worth purchasing at this point, or is there any reason to think that buying a used or new version of the current model (2012) a better value?

    At the moment I have a mid 2010 (C2duo, 2 HDD, no optical) Snow Leopard server model which I use at HTPC in the living room. The new purchase would be to use a secondary HTPC in an activity room, or to replace the mid 2010 as primary HTPC/Server and I move the mid 2010 to the activity room.
  2. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    All Mini's from the 2009 and up are excellent as HTPC. With the 2011 you kind of drive a Subaru Impreza to the suburban shopping mall, but it will work. You just pay a bit too much.
  3. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    I use a Mini 2010 with this purpose. Don't know what can't be played at 1080p. I even use an external USB 2.0 DTV adapter through Windows and it runs well at 1080p. As I read in some forums, most broadcasters are still unable to stream faster than ~15-17Mbps per channel so USB 2 is still capable.

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