is the mac mini still worth buying ?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by macchiato2009, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

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    should we still consider buying the mac mini or is it already outdated ?
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    This is all subjective and depends on your needs, describing those and what you want your computer to do, as well as the price range will be helpful in assisting you.
     
  3. nicroma macrumors 6502a

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    The Mac Mini just got a refresh. My parents just purchased one and it will be their first Mac. They wanted something small and powerful enough for email and web surfing. It will be perfect for their needs.
     
  4. Kronie macrumors 6502a

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    I'm picking one up for an HTPC. Will be sweet for that.
     
  5. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    is the nvidia 9400M strong enough to decode 1080p HD video ?
     
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  7. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Its about as outdated as the current MacBook Pro.:rolleyes: Its great for the normal user.:cool:
     
  8. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Got mine as my first mac and i think its great. Using it as my HTPC etc. Perfect for the sitting room.
     
  10. dandeco macrumors regular

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    It may be my future replacement for my eMac, once I have the money and a Mac notebook for some time (probably the MacBook Pro)
     
  11. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, buy one now! My Mac Mini is my first Mac and it's great.
     
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    Definitely worth it. You get nearly the performance of a MBP for a fraction of the price. Its a great buy without a doubt.
     
  13. ClassicII macrumors 6502

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    Sure it is! They were just in the refurb store the other day for like $465!!!!!
     
  14. Gathomblipoob macrumors 68040

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    I purchased a 2.26 mini after the refresh as my first Mac. It's great!
     
  15. Undo Redo macrumors 6502

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    I've just downgraded from a Mac Pro to a mini and couldn't be happier. The mini handles everything with ease and after I sell the Mac Pro I'll have lots of money and space left over.
     
  16. mercuryguy macrumors member

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    not to scare anyone but I had a macmini die at me at work. Our tech guy thinks the motherboard fried or damaged and had to order another one. I hope this is not common with macmini's.
     
  17. bmstrong macrumors 6502

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    Absolutely. It's an excellent small computer.
     
  18. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    i guess that the price difference doesn't justify the bump from 2.26 to 2.53 Ghz ?

    better choosing the 2.26 ?
     
  19. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    I saw a reliability study on the Internet (can't remember where) which indicated that the Mac Mini is the most reliable Mac made (fewer reported problems and repairs)...by a significant margin. The methodology seemed reasonable (hundreds of responses for each model over time).
     
  20. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    that's what the CMAA near my home says

    during the last 5 years, the mini is the machine they almost never saw coming back for repair
     
  21. bmstrong macrumors 6502

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    The dilema that launched a thousand forum posts. If I had the money I'd always opt for the best machine I could buy. I always like future proofing my machines.
     
  22. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    If you don't need or want the more expensive model, then get the base. Most people don't need the more expensive model. I bought the base model and am fine with it. The only thing I wanted in the more expensive model was the additional RAM. For my needs, the processor spec difference and the hard drive difference are irrelevant and will remain so in the future. By the time the processor spec becomes important to me, it will be time for a new computer with a much higher processor spec than 2.53GHz.
     
  23. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    mmmmmm

    i tried on saturday to play a BR ripped into 1080p mkv file

    it wasn't smooth

    the mini skips some frames per seconds...


    i'm sure, the best video the mini could play smoothly is 720p
     
  24. ljonesj macrumors 6502a

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    What video card version do you have if its the intel 950 720p is it i have heard the 1gig and 2-4 gig of ram models with the 9400 play it 1080 fine. Not sure as i am suppose to get my mini tomorrow
     
  25. macchiato2009 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    i tried on the latest mac mini at the apple store
     

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