Mac Mini and Air or just iMac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Airforcekid, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. Airforcekid macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    In my opinion, there are two main reasons to consider paying extra for an SSD - battery life and performance. Since a MBA isn't Apple's best example of a performance machine, it's probably there mainly for the sake of battery life. If that's the case, then in my opinion it isn't worth it (especially since you're paying more for reduced capacity).

    If 4 people are in the equation, you might consider getting the Mini and MBA just to cut down on peoples' wait time. It sounds like they both have enough muscle to do what you're looking for.
  3. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    In my opinion, NEITHER of the options you have chosen.

    The revB MBA 2.0, is the best way to go. It is an absolutely amazing computer, and it is a real fully functioning MAC. The MBA revA was a really slow, underperforming, and unMac like.

    The iMac is really due for a revision or at least an upgrade. The MBA revA is not worth half of that. And the MacMini is over 18 months old.

    Most people don't realize just how great the performance differences between the old MBA and the MBA 2.0. The new MBA is fully capable of driving a 30" Apple Cinema Display.

    Old vs New Comparison
    PATA Drive vs SATA-II (huge speed difference, the MBA 2 has a much faster HDD than the original SSD)
    Intel Graphics vs Nvidia GPU (the MBA v2 has four times the graphics performance - connect a 30" display, too)
    Overheating chip vs A real PENRYN 45 NM CPU (the MBA v2 has the same type of CPU as a MBP or MB + it has 6 MB L2 Cache)
    667MHz Memory vs 1066 MHz Memory (that's a noticeable difference)
    80 or 64 GB vs 120 or 128 GB (drive space is double with an SSD in MBA 2)
    Core Shutdown and Overheating vs One Powerful Fully charged MAC! (the MBA v2 is absolutely amazing).

    So, my advice is to consider buying a new MBA revB 2.0 and an external display. I would really suggest not getting the SSD in the revB and instead spend the extra money on a nice 24" LED Apple Cinema Display.

    Or, if you don't want a MacBook Air revB, 2.0, and you absolutely are stuck on your decision, WAIT. Wait it out to get an updated MacMini or iMac. I think that both are coming out between now and the beginining of March (based on rumors and the big wait).

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