mac mini question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by budugu, Oct 31, 2005.

  1. budugu macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2004
    Boston, MA
    Hi i am trying to decide between two mac minis. Both refurbs.

    1) 1.25/40GB/256MB - 379$
    2) 1.42/80GB/512MB/Airport/Bluetooth - 519$

    the jump of 140$ seems to be a bit too much there.
    the speed difference is not that much
    if i replace the the RAM with 512 MB i can still use the 256 in a desktop
    80GB is really huge space
    Airport extreme is good.
    Bluetooth since it is BT 1.0, i already have a BT dongle. I donot use it that much.

    the real interest for me between the two are airport extreme (thinking of a dongle 19-50$) and the extra 40GB. Do you guys think it is worth the extra 140$-150$(with additional tax)?
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    If you want Airport then the 1.42 for sure - no question.
  3. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    Go with #2... you're probably going to want to upgrade the RAM to 1 GB anyway, so that's not even a factor. But you'll appreciate the extra HD space, CPU speed, and the Airport and Bluetooth... they're certainly worth the extra $140 all told.
  4. pionata macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2005
    Depends what are your needs, but Im going to get a maxed out mini this week, 1 gig of ram and superdrive. I think its worth it, at the edu store here they install 3rd party ram about twice cheaper. 256 is realy not enough to run smoothly.

    The apple processor are not like pentiums, I had my 800mhz Ibook loading levels faster in games than my 1.6ghz p4. So 200mhz on apple is comparable to the difference between a 1.6ghz and a 2ghz pentium. And with luck you'll get the 1.5ghz models.

    + airport, twice bigger hd for only a small fee.
  5. budugu thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2004
    Boston, MA
    Thanks for your input. I was actually looking it as a cheap portable workstation. I keep running matlab and other simulations a lot on my powerbook (12") and it fairly quickly slows down (even with a Gig+ ram) and gets really hot fast. I was thinking of using this computer connected to powerbook (adhoc using ethernet/ firewire or Airport (preferable!)) and run those time consuming and large applications on it. So that i will have fast access to the machine ( use to use VPN + VNC etc ... but it is just too painful - connection /speed! and donot get good wireless at most of the places) And use the powerbook for the usual word/web/movies etc. So i was looking at it more as an accessory to my powerbook than a whole desktop in itself. I ruled out BT because it is just too slow a 10MB data file takes arround 6 mins!!
  6. russed macrumors 68000


    Jan 16, 2004
    i would say it is a bit of a no brainer, particuarly if you want airport - go for the faster one.

    also, i dont think you can install JUST airport can you?
  7. barneygumble macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2005
    Get the xtra hard disk space whatever you do, i only have about 1.5GB left on the hard drive, i so have to put that music on an external drive, all the others are just bonuses

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