Mac Mini + iPad2 for Uni, Good idea?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Mirai 11, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. Mirai 11 macrumors 6502

    Mirai 11

    Aug 3, 2005
    Now then,
    I'm finally going to get rid of the aging iMac ive had, which will be 5 years once i'm at Uni, i've been offered a place at Manchester Met to do Business iT :)
    So this has made a great excuse/use for a new Mac setup
    So this is the idea:
    By the time its Uni, iPad 2 will be out, and will be using that for lectures, notes, library, assignments and the like, and saving it all to Dropbox too
    Mac Mini, connected to the tv, which will be in the Dorm, so once i'm done with lectures, i sync iPad, do whatever i need to there on the Mini
    Whats the opinion?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Buy a laptop and do all your work on one machine.
  3. Mirai 11 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mirai 11

    Aug 3, 2005
    I can't justify £1500 for a Macbook Pro, even with the education discount, the price is insane, and i know i can get a cheaper model, but for a laptop, i'd only want the intel i series
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    MacBooks start at £849.00 and MBPs start at £999.00 before the education discount. Either should suit your needs quite well.
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Well that doesn't really make sense since you're willing to settle for an A4 in the iPad and the C2D in the mini, but whatever floats your boat. Buying two devices at the same time just means you'll need to upgrade them at the same time a couple years down the line. Neither seems to fit your needs very well, either. But that's just my opinion.
  6. Mirai 11 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mirai 11

    Aug 3, 2005
    lol, i think your right the more i think about it now.
    Why not just have one thing instead, one thing that i can carry around, take notes on the pro and do the assignments on the same thing.
    Point proven, i was talking bollocks lol.
    As my sig says, getting rid of the first Intel iMac won't be easy, and i reckon i'm not gonna get anything for it now, £3.50 i say..
    i may as well give it away to family.
    But as i said, for a pro, i'd want it to be 15 inch with the i5, but i'd like to have something to dock it into when i get back to the campus, and maybe something to connect it to the tv still.
  7. Mal67 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2006
    West Oz
    Why would they have to upgrade in a couple of years time? They seemed to have made their imac last 5 years.
  8. Mirai 11 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mirai 11

    Aug 3, 2005
    No 'they', just me :)
    Well i remember when i bought the iMac, about a week later the 24 inch model came out with core 2 duo for the same price, and i was gutted. So this time i do want to make sure i have the latest chip at least, but i'm sure by the time i purchase a Macbook Pro next august the new core-whatever's will be in.
    I'd give the iMac to family as a spare i reckon, and in the meantime look round for good docks and cases. Any recommendations?
  9. Airforcekid macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    United States of America
    I am against this what if this one laptop fails all your notes etc gone for a week if your lucky get a base Air and Mini or iMac if you can afford it. Sync the devices with dropbox etc and this ensures you always have a working computer.
  10. Phatpat macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2003
    Cambridge, MA
    If you just have a laptop and you sync via dropbox, and your laptop fails, you can just grab your notes from the dropbox website anyways.
  11. Matth345 macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2010
    What do you want a dock for? Also you could connect the mbp to the tv using a mini dp to hdmi cable, this is what i do.
  12. Mirai 11 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mirai 11

    Aug 3, 2005
    ive got this idea of just having the macbook and placing it in this dock in the dorm, so it connects right away to the power adapter, monitor and speakers, with some extra usb's for anything else
  13. opera57 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2009
    Sounds like a great idea to me, I have a mac and and an iPad - it's a great combination. The iPad with its huge battery life is great for taking notes in lectures etc, if you forget to charge it one day it probably wouldn't be a problem! [​IMG]
  14. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    MBA is same price as mini + iPad and more useful for your setting.
  15. Mirai 11 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mirai 11

    Aug 3, 2005
    no no, macbook 13 inch seems alright now, i can take it round whenever i can, and just dock it at the dorm. and i can sort my iphone out if anything happens too.
  16. Mirai 11 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mirai 11

    Aug 3, 2005
    Well after thinking about it, i'm going to stay to the original plan. At the end of the day, i need a mac to just work, and i don't mind if its core 2 duo or i5, long as it works, and at the end of the day, a system from this year or next year, will definitely be faster than the iMac i have now, and for me, thats enough :)
    The iPad will be the 2nd gen, saving for it now, and hopefully, it'll be announced in a month's time, so im looking forward to that :)
  17. rnelan7 macrumors 6502


    Nov 9, 2009
    Another vote for just a MBP, I'm in College right now and that works the best for me. What happens when you need to meet in the library with a group and show them your slides, work, etc. It will be so much easier on a laptop than an iPad.
  18. panda bear macrumors 68000

    panda bear

    Apr 5, 2010
    I have a mini, iPad and a MBP. I use the MBP the least out of the three, if that helps.
  19. MrXiro macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I have a 2008 mbp connected to my 40 inch tv in my bedroom with the magic mouse and wireless keyboard set up to use from my bed. I have my iPad with me at all times. Watching tv in the living room or just around the house. I was going to go with your same set up but sometimes you may need your computer to go mobile too. How about the white MacBook and an iPad?
  20. Barnzee macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2010
    Oak Harbor, WA
    By next August Sandy Bridge processors will be here :D
  21. silentnite macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2009
    Outer sight.. Outer mind
    I just got an ipad 16 GB wifi 3g & I use it along with my Mac Mini more than ever... my 13"mac book pro annoys me and seems heavier now it's much longer to turn on. My ipad gets me where I need to be quick and fast.
  22. rk1991 macrumors regular

    Dec 10, 2009
    True. Or what if you would like to work on a paper elsewhere like the local coffee shop or the library at 12:00 in the night. neither the ipad nor the mac mini would help. Also Im not sure if it would be easy and efficient to take notes on an ipad compared to a laptop.

    Also anyone who has a computer should have some kind of backup so the argument of losing ones data due to a laptop fail is a non issue. Also i currently use dropbox for all my school documents so even if my macbook fails i do not lose my data.
  23. vistadude macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    Use a pen and paper for notes, and get whatever computer fits your entertainment needs (It will easily fulfill email and powerpoint needs).
  24. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    ok one question, when are you planning to buy it by? i assume the summer right... well the MBP line is going to be updated soon so maybe youll see the SB i processors! wait on it, dont buy as soon as iPad 2 comes out! you never know!!!
  25. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

    Sep 15, 2004
    i(am in the)cloud
    The mac mini although not an i series processor is still a good machine. I use mine to run as a media server. Works really well when hooked up to a tv with plex and front row.

    The ipad 2 will be a far better machine. I still think that the iPad 1 is crippled in terms if what it should be.

    More Ram and a camera are just no brainers. A better processor and connectivity with a better screen will be a bonus if the eventuate.

    For you I would think about a mac laptop- a better option for uni.

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