Mac Mini 2014 vs. iMac 2012 21.5"

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by iJny9956, May 13, 2015.

  1. iJny9956 macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2012
    Mac Mini 2014
    2.6 i5 x2
    8gb ram


    iMac 21.5 late-2012
    2.9 i5 x4
    8gb ram
    5400 rpm drive


    iMac 200 in price difference

    I want to use this for home audio, Logic Pro 9 and Reason 7 - is the 2.6 enough? i want to save as much as possible but want a decent computer.

    i've been using a 2011 2.2ghz i7 quad mbp with 8gb ram, sdd, no problems. but i got married and it sort of became a family computer.

    please help!
  2. zaphodbb macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2009
    mini vs imac

    For audio, the mini should work just fine, especially if it has an SSD boot drive. It should feel pretty fast. If you plan on processing stuff (video/audio/etc.) then you'd be better off getting the quad-core processor iMac.

    Ideally, I'd buy a mini with standard drive and nice monitor and make it the 'family' Mac and keep the laptop for your audio recording.
  3. iJny9956 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2012
    benefit of the laptop is that it is mobile, where for music something stationary would work fine.

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