Mac Book or Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by pers0n, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. pers0n macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2014
    I'm wanting to get a Mac to use some software only available for Macs (affinity, sketch), etc, because of my profession and wanting to use newer, faster and possibly better tools than on Windows. (Please no flame war about this, I still plan to use my PC for other things).

    Anyway, which is the best one to get? Which is more upgradable (I know this usually isnt the case with Apple :( )? Used or New? Apple hasn't announced any new laptops or a mac mini yet, but I know that might change in September when they have their next conference, but nothing has leaked out yet to make me think that will happen yet.

    Is the 2012 Mac Mini upgradable to the point that its worth forgoing a Mac Book or Mac Book Pro? Is the Mac Book Air only good for portability? I really dont need portability, sure its nice, but its not neccessary, just looking for power, speed to run graphic programs and that will last few several years. I'm not considering and iMac, mostly because I don't need another monitor but maybe that is a better choice?

    Thanks in advance
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Well a mini is your cheapest way into macs, the 2012 mini has upgradeable ram and hard drive but rubbish HD4000 integrated graphics. However the new ones have soldered ram and a more difficult upgrade path for the HDD.

    Your best bet is probably retina MBP second hand late 2013 model, try for 8gb and as big an SSD as you can afford. No upgradeability at all though.

    This'll give you a great screen and good port selection, including HDMI thunderbolt 2, it's thin light has a great battery life and works well as a desktop replacement for less demanding usage.
  3. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    If you don't need portability, then why pay extra for it? Just get an iMac.

    If you want speed to run graphic programs and a machine that will last a few years, I would definitely skip the 2012 Mini. Four-year-old computers are not particularly upgradeable, at least not to more current specs.

    If you're really averse to buying an iMac, you would be well off with a MacBook Pro, but you will be paying a bit of a premium for portability that you say you don't really need.

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