Mac Mini isn't mini at all.

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by I WAS the one, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. I WAS the one macrumors 6502a

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    I own a lot of Macs. Recently I bought a use Mac Mini from 2012. I need to tell you that my 2008 iMac it's slower and clunky if I compare both in speed and productivity.

    People underestimate the Mac Mini because of the price but I really thinking in buying news Mac Minis for the next years to come. As soon I get rid of my iMacs and MacBooks I'm pretty sure my house will be full of Minis soon.
     
  2. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    Don't get me wrong, since I own a 2012 Mac Mini and love it, but your comparison is kind of obvious.

    I would hope a 2012 Mac Mini with a Core i5 or i7 CPU and HD4000 graphics would blow the doors off a 2008 iMac with what - a Core solo or duo CPU and 4 years older graphics technology.
     
  3. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    True, but it's also true that for most tasks, the 2012 i7 Mini is faster than the 2012 i5 iMac.
     
  4. Mal67 macrumors 6502a

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    I jumped to the wrong conclusion with this thread title because
    I'm hoping that Apple won't go even thinner or min-nier with the mini. However while I have always thought they hold up pretty well for most tasks representing value for money it's just that now it's time to upgrade it or at least drop the price if it's going to hang around for a while longer.
     
  5. Rodster macrumors 68040

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    I don't see that happening for quite some time when they sell out in a matter of days on Amazon and they still to this day hold their value on ebay.
     
  6. sonicrobby macrumors 68020

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    I agree, the mini is huuuuuuuuuuge! They should make it the size of a sticky note!

    But seriously, the Mac Mini is great. It is definitely better when compared to a 4 year old machine; when compared to the base model of all the current ones, it doesnt really hold its ground.
     
  7. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

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    The mini is actually pretty large by today's standards, using the Intel NUC as a reference. The current Mini case was originally designed to contain an optical drive, which means now Apple can make it much smaller.
     
  8. squirrrl macrumors 6502a

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    It drives me crazy when people compare these two. Please take into account the power brick which is INSIDE the mac mini and OUTSIDE the NUC.

    if apple put the power supply OUTSIDE the mini, then it would be smaller... it has little to do with the fact that there used to be an optical drive in the mini and now there isn't. Maybe they didn't change the design drastically since it was easier to just remove the optical drive and keep the rest of the mini in a similar (but flatter) configuration, but the volume it takes up is due to the power supply being inside the box.

    So if you are going to compare the two, compare the volume of the NUC + power supply to the mini or gripe about how they should move the power supply outside the mini to make it smaller (which I don't think they should do, btw).
     
  9. Count Blah macrumors 68030

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    Which is exactly why it will be gimped in some major way.
     
  10. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    Good point.....also, all the reviews I've read of the NUCs say that the fans are audible pretty much all the time whereas the Mini's fan is only audible if you're doing real CPU-intensive tasks (think video conversions).
     
  11. Hieveryone macrumors 68020

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    The Mac Mini is the most under promoted product IMO.

    I never considered one because I didn't even know what it was until recently. I almost assumed it wasn't good.

    When I did some research I found that in fact it's a really good computer.

    I think Apple should advertise it more. I'd prefer it over an iMac because I'd rather buy an awesome screen I can use with any computer in the future.
     
  12. mojolicious macrumors 68000

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    A monitor, keyboard and mouse *do* come in handy for most domestic applications, though...

    It's a tough sell. Have no idea if they're displayed in Apple Stores, but if they are then they're almost certainly paired up with Apple Thunderbolt Displays which makes the sticker price very unattractive to the 'casual shopper'.

    They need to be displayed with both:

    a) A ~$150 23" third party monitor with DisplayPort, demonstrating that you don't actually need to use a $1000 display, and

    b) A grubby old VGA CRT monitor, with the most horrible 90s PC-branded keyboard and mouse they can find, demonstrating that it can be used with any old cräp.
     
  13. squirrrl macrumors 6502a

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    Have you ever stepped inside an apple store? That will never happen. It's comical just imagining apple displaying a CRT in their stores. And stores typically don't display things they are not planning on selling.

    Also, you are really underestimating the average electronics consumer if you think they can't even imagine a mini using a different display. People can also open their mouths and ask the question as well.
     
  14. mojolicious macrumors 68000

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    Apple Stores might not; other retailers use all kinds of props. I think a 'turn of the millennium office' set, complete with nasty desk, chair, partitions, carpet tiles etc would be a bloody excellent idea.
     
  15. squirrrl macrumors 6502a

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    I guess one man's good idea is another man's silly nonsense.
     
  16. mojolicious macrumors 68000

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    Don't worry, squirrrl. We can't all be visionaries.
     
  17. squirrrl macrumors 6502a

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    lol... i guess not. :p
     
  18. kolax macrumors G3

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    A CPU from today is faster than a CPU from 2008? Who would've thought it!

    Don't be fooled by size.
     
  19. I WAS the one thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Please tell me you aren't serious… For less than $700 a powerful Mac brand new with 1 year of applecare it is a STEAL. just plug itin your old keyboard and mouse and your monitor. (if you don't have those extras go buy it cheap)
     
  20. theluggage macrumors 68030

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    Yup, that's pretty much what happens, except that the sticker will be just for the Mac Mini, maybe with the display price in slightly smaller print.

    Also true. On the other hand, stores don't like punters wandering off to look at displays in other stores, lest they also buy their computer there, too.

    The real problem at the moment, though is that the Apple Thunderbolt Display is old and overpriced. If they'd updated it with the new iMac-style design and screen, plus USB3, a year or so back then it would still be credible as a MacBook accessory - but the docking features have limited appeal if you're using it with a Mac Mini, Mac Pro or even as a second screen for an iMac.
     
  21. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    People wanting to keep really old monitors and such are not going to be looking at a computer that starts at $600. They'll be looking at the $350 PCs grudgingly paying that price. That $350 PC with a Pentium G3220 and 4GB RAM is more than powerful enough for the vast majority of people and will last them several years.

    They most definitely won't see any additional value to the tiny compact design of the Mini. Frankly, I don't see it either. It's a desktop, unlike a laptop, making it small and light adds no value to me. I'd rather it be $450 and full sized.

    The only reason I can see why it sells as well as it does. Is that it is the cheapest Mac available. So someone that wants a Mac enough or is completely fed up with Windows. Can at least choke down the $600 for a Mini perhaps being upsold to the $800 model due to the longer useful life.
     
  22. mojolicious macrumors 68000

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    I agree with all of that bar the last sentence: I'm not sure that there's any significant costs attached to making 'laptop scale' components these days, is there? But I'd be delighted to pay the same price for a double-height Mini which had better cooling and easier access.

    Hmmm. Of the half dozen or so Mini owners I know, I don't believe any of them have been motivated by price. Factors involved are dislike of all-in-ones from a 'if one thing fails it all goes in the bin' perspective, dislike of the glazing, wanting to use both Mini and other computer with a single display, the thought that at some point down the road an ageing headless Mini might be extremely useful in a server role. I think the most significant of those factors is the iMac's glazing: it is absolutely loathed by a great many people, myself included.

    I truly believe that given the choice of a $1100 base iMac or an $1100 Mini Pro (triple height; decent quad processor and discrete graphics card; a PCIe slot; easy access to drive bays and memory slots) then *all* the Mini owners of my acquaintance would still go with the Mini.

    The reason such a Mac doesn't exist, of course, is that it would *destroy* the base Mac Pro market.
     
  23. nixiemaiden macrumors 6502a

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    My reason for getting a Mac Mini is because I could not justify a $2500 laptop and I wanted to try out Mac. The Mac Mini can be repurposed as a media server which I like because I have a lot of movies on iTunes. So if I like it, I can make the decision to save up for a macbook pro, if I don't like it, it is a very expensive media server :)

    I don't really see people using regular desktops anymore. I swapped out my PC desktop a few years ago for a laptop. The portability is just so much nicer! When I go to Best Buy now, all I see on the floor are laptops and all-in-ones.

    I am still not totally sold on the Mac yet so I am glad that so far it is only a $700 investment. If it was $2500 I think I would be forcing myself to like it regardless. My only gripe really is the games. The only game I play is The Sims and I read a lot about it and read that it worked fine, saw some video and it looked good etc. When I went to install it, it took like 3 days of non stop errors and uninstalling and reinstalling before it finally started working during which time I read that they basically put a wrapper around the game that was developed for Windows so it is basically like running in a Windows vm on top of the Mac. And that it is extremely buggy so you should install Windows on your Mac. I don't want to install Windows on my Mac! I feel like that completely defeats the purpose.

    Also, I have never been fed up with Windows. I just want to use Xcode and learn some objective C.
     

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