Mac Mini for school?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by toonshorty, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. toonshorty macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2009
    My dad has an unused Mac Mini in his office after he had to make a few people redundant due to recession and so I was thinking about buying the mini off him.

    The current school computers take about 20 minutes just to load the start menu and Microsoft Word alongside Internet Explorer overloads the system and makes it crash. Underfunded high school ftw?

    I was thinking, I'll just bring the mac mini, keyboard and mouse then when I'm in the lesson I'll sit down and remove the VGA cable from the PC and put it into the mac mini.

    I'll install Windows XP on VM Ware and then the stupid teachers (trust me, they wouldn't notice the big silver thing on the desk) would think it was legit.

    Is it a good idea; is it worth it?
  2. Beaverman3001 macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2010
    Just get a Macbook lol, even if it is just a old refurb. Your plan sounds painfully annoying to do.
  3. kozlosap macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2010
    Northern California/Apple Country
    I sent my daughter off to undergrad school with a macbook which lasted her 4 years. She bought a new mac book pro with the "9" hour battery in the fall and she loves it. She is now in law school and that long battery life is a great. Even the cheaper macbooks have the good battery now. Can't go wrong with a macbook!:rolleyes:
  4. toonshorty thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2009
    OK, my dad said I could buy the mac mini :D

    I was actually expecting him to say no.

    Hopefully he'll come back with a good price somewhere below £200.
  5. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
  6. toonshorty thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2009
    It's the older Intel model I think.

    The one with VGA port.

    It's the first Intel model I think.
  7. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    Personally I think it's worth getting, but not worth attempting to use it at school. Most likely the school will have an issue with you bringing your own kit in and plugging it into the network.
  8. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    The Rev a and Rev b minis came with a DVI port, not a VGA port. :)
  9. toonshorty thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2009
    I've got an adapter at home - not to worry ;D

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