Is your Mac Mini your main computer?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by MacMini2009, Sep 19, 2009.


Is your Mac Mini your main computer?

  1. Yes

  2. No

  1. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    Hi everyone. I'm just wondering if you own a Mac Mini, is it your main computer? Many people just have them as a media center, but I use mine as my main computer. I wonder who else uses their Mac Mini as their main computer. Also, what monitor or TV do you have it connected too?
  2. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Whilst I don't do this currently I did have a 1.4GHz G4 mini connected to a 17" acrylic studio display and I absolutely loved it.
  3. ruku macrumors member

    Apr 26, 2007
    got the upgraded mini and a dell 2709w monitor which is 27 inches and an old 4:3 19 inch monitor for reading the net and making this post while i watch movies on the bigger screen.
  4. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    #4 2.0 Ghz Nvidia whitebook is my main machine = so I'd say yes as they are basically the same spec...
  5. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    My main computer is my Early '08 Mac Pro. I use my Mac mini (1.83GHz C2D, GMA950) as a file server (it has two Drobos connected to it), iTunes server, and I have an X-Arcade joystick connected to it to play some MAME games.

    Soon, I will try installing Windows under VMware Fusion and TVersity to transcode and stream videos to my Xbox 360. I hope it has enough horsepower to handle it. It sucks that the Xbox 360s' video codec support is so limited.
  6. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    It was for a year and a half until I bought my new iMac
  7. Flybye macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2009
    My Mini is my main here!

    He's connected to a HP/Sony 24" Widescreen CRT.
  8. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    It depends on how you define "main"; I used to use the mini more than any other machine, so would that have fit the definition? I always thought my laptop was my main machine, but I always found myself using a desktop more often.
  9. MacMini2009 thread starter macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    Yes, I would probably say your main computer is the one you spend the most time on or do everything on it.
  10. tofagerl macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    I bought the rev.A Mac Mini when it first launched in early 2005, and I used it as my main computer for about two years untill I gave it to my mom.
    Now I have it back, it's just sitting under the TV pretending to be a media center. (My PCH is far better)
  11. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2005
    My Mini was my main computer for the first two years after it was released. It was a 1.25GHz PPC, and it's still used by my sister today. It's a fantastically reliable (but slow) machine.
  12. jointsmoking macrumors regular

    May 21, 2009
    I have two mini's - one hooked up to a Sony Bravia and the other is hooked up to a cheapy monitor in the kithen.
  13. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    my mini is primary a media center machine to watch movies on Plex.
  14. hitekalex macrumors 68000


    Feb 4, 2008
    Chicago, USA
    Mini is the main home server - NAS/BitTorrent/iTunes Server/EyeTV DVR/Living Room PC. I use my Air for everything else.
  15. Krafty macrumors 601


    Dec 31, 2007
    La La Land
    It is now. I use my 2006 13" MacBook for doing work at school or using it outside my dorm, but I do work on my mini and decided to move my music to it since I have my Z-5500's connected and I wont have to disconnect everytime I want to take my MacBook somewhere. 23" Acer helps a lot.
  16. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I seriously laugh when people say stuff like this. I too used the 1.25ghz version of the Mini, and it was a great main machine. The previous generation mini totally blows it out of the water, and the current one smokes it.
  17. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    I've got a MM set up as a home theatre PC, but I would have no problem in using it as a main computer. For its size, it's surprisingly powerful.
  18. maghemi macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    I have been using mine as a tv unit for a while connected to a 26" Hisense cheapie tv.

    But I will be using it in the office for a while attached to a 22" samsung using windows under bootcamp while I do some autocad work until I can get a small PC with as much grunt as the mini.

    I was going to use it with VMware so that I could still have access to OSx but the vmware sessions run like an absolute dog on the mini. Not sure why. It used to run really nicely on my imac of less spec. Not sure whats going on there.
  19. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004

    Waiting for someone with a really old PPC mac to spruce it up with a SSD and tell us about the speed gains.

    As to the topic, yes, my mini is now my main machine, though I have come to the wise conclusion to never own only one Mac. Too scary if you have downtime.
  20. googdot macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2005
    Aotearoa...Land Of The Long White Cloud
    Since I sold my Macbook last year, my new 2009 mini is my main computer. I've got it souped up with 4gb of RAM and an SSD for the OS/Apps and it screams.

    It's connected to a Dell 2209WA...very nice setup IMHO :)
  21. optophobia macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2007
    Hudson MA
    my mini 2.0 c2d is my secondary to my early 08 MBP.
    The mini is connected to a 20" Apple cinema display, and I use it to stream my icam, music and growl to my iphone.
    Oh and I use the DVD drive on it too since the one in my MBP has died, and I am yet to get it fixed under warranty.
  22. evillageprowler macrumors regular


    Nov 5, 2007
    NJ, USA
    My 2009 2.0GHz Mini is my main machine. See my sig for the monitor to which it is attached. I use it to serve my primary iTunes library to two :apple:TV boxes. In conjunction with my iPhone, I use it as main web+email device. I opened the box up and upgraded the disk and ram myself (500gb, 4gb).

    My main gripe is that the cpu is too underpowered than I had realized. It really labors when using Handbrake. And, I seriously doubt it'd be ok if I were to run a guest instance under vmware.

    At some future date, I'd like to get a MP and drive two monitors, and use it for Mac plus run Linux and Windows under vmware. It's just occurred to me that I can probably get away with running vmware on my MBP. Hmm...

  23. Drewsky87 macrumors 6502


    Dec 5, 2008
    The mini in my sig is ONE of my main computers, I have it hooked up to a 19" Hannspree HF199H running at 1440x900. Hooked up to the same monitor, I also have a PC that I built. I switch between the two pretty regularly. You probably don't care about it since it's a PC but I spent about $400 total on it and it has an ASUS micro ATX Mobo, 2.5GHz Intel dual-core CPU, 4GB DDR2 RAM, nVidia GeForce 9500 GT 1GB DDR2 RAM @ 550MHz, 500GB Seagate Barracuda HDD and it's a dual boot running Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu. Oh, and it's filled with bright green LEDs :rolleyes: lol.

    I use my MacBook whenever I'm not near my desktops.
  24. Apocrathia macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2009
    University of South Alabama
    my mini runs as my home server/nas drobo and my media center hooked into a 46" bravia in my room. i use my iMac and my macbook more than anything.
    the mac mini is definitely an overcapable machine for what i do. I'm hoping it'll last a good 5 years at the least.
  25. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California

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