Mac Mini or Old iMac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by brianr19, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. brianr19 macrumors member

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    Hi all. I have already had the new 24 " iMac with the 9400m and did not like it because I couldn't focus on text and it was just hard on my eyes (yes I turned the brightness down lol). I exchanged it for the white macbook and I do like the macbook a lot better but I can't see myself using this small of a screen all the time, and have found no real use for a laptop. The screen has bad viewing angles and is just not as good as other displays. The clarity is ok though.

    A am wondering if I should get a mac mini with an external display (preferably matte) or a old iMac with the 2600 pro. I just don't have much space to have a laptop and an external display. I have found I mainly use my computer as a desktop computer. Any ideas?
     
  2. iSaygoodbye macrumors 6502a

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    i dont know. id say laptop and external but thats just me
     
  3. Airforcekid macrumors 65816

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    Why not just keep the laptop and get a display and keyboard mouse etc?
     
  4. kindablue09 macrumors regular

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    +1 for buying an external monitor, keyboard and mouse for the mb.
     
  5. brianr19 thread starter macrumors member

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    Hmm well I do have a 19 inch samsung tv I can use as a monitor but I tried vga cable and its really stretched. The native res is 1440x900 so I think I need mini dvi to dvi adapter and dvi to hdmi cable.
     
  6. txnoob macrumors 6502

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    Just pick up a 19-22" display for less than $150. Then you have the portability when you need it, and the same performance or better than the Mini.
     
  7. brianr19 thread starter macrumors member

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    The thing is, the only way I can do this is putting the laptop in clamshell mode and I do want the thing to burn up. I know it gets quite hot. I do a lot of recording with Garageband and Logic.
     
  8. txnoob macrumors 6502

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    You could install smcFanControl and turn up the fan speed when running that way to keep it from overheating. Just a thought. I wasn't aware the new MB got so hot.
     
  9. Moocher macrumors regular

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    I don't see any reason you shouldn't get a mini.


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