Mac mini Impressions

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by BWhaler, Feb 13, 2005.

  1. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    Well, Apple shipped my Mac mini a few weeks early, so I wanted to share some initial impressions from a salty ol' Mac guy like myself.

    In no particular order:

    1. Beautiful and small. It is small in the way the 30" is a "big display."

    2. Runs almost silent. No random fan blasts like the Powermac. Only real noise is when the SuperDrive is spinning.

    3. Great speed for iLife and MSOffice.

    4. I definitely notice the speed difference with only 512MB of memory, but if you are not used to using a Mac with 1Gig+ of memory, it is more than acceptable. I think I am spoiled with my other machines. But, looking at the benchmarks, if you can swing the 1 gig or don't mind opening the case, go for 1 gig.

    5. Airport reception is excellent.

    6. Snappy and responsive. Like many products, the specifications belie the user experience. I wouldn't use Final Cut Pro on it, but for normal office or family use, I think most people will be pleased.

    7. Drives a 23" Alu display very well.

    Overall, at 700 bucks ($600 + BT/AE option) I think it is a very solid purchase.
  2. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    Mini is a beautiful little machine. Apple is quality. You can see it in their products before you turn them on. I love the little blue led and the clean aluminum styling. The apple keyboard vs microsofts saved me a ton of desk space and the little JBL Duets match the computer and sound great. The 1.42 seems fast enough and the ati 9200 still manages Halo and UT2003 with candy turned down. I also came off a gig of memory on my powermac to 512 on the mini so a 1 gig stick may be in my near future. The mini runs near silent and thats terrific. Sucking all my info from my old machine saved me a ton of time & aggravation. 64 video would make this machine Perfect. Congratulations BWhaler on a fine little machine.
  3. BLINK macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2004
    Think we will ever see a Mac Mini price drop? I think that would be neat. Probably not for a year though.
  4. AliensAreFuzzy macrumors 68000


    May 30, 2004
    Madison, WI
    I'm going to be ordering mine within the week. I'm really excited.
  5. rasp macrumors regular


    Jan 13, 2005
    Easthampton, MA
    I don't see that apple would want to make the mini any less expensive, $499 is nice pricepoint with regard to the perception of value to most consumers.

    What would be nice to see is 512 as standard ram in the macine.
  6. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    Here is a picture of mine :) Its a sweet machine.

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  7. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Still clinging on to that Alienware with the mouse mat ;) :p

    Looks good :cool:
  8. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    Very good ,you noticed :D anyone else it would have gone right on bye! that Apple mouse glides real nice on it. I think ill keep it. ;)
  9. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    That setup is screaming for a wireless mouse/keyboard :D
  10. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

    Jan 23, 2005
    Or at least a wireless mouse!


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