mac mini vs. iMac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by think.different, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. think.different macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2009
    Hi folks,

    I was pretty sure I would buy a mac mini soon after the upgrade .. but I am still a little confused :confused:

    This is what I use my mac for (I have a 20" core duo):
    * Photo editing with Aperture and a lil bit of photoshop
    * iMovie
    * Watching DVDs

    I am not able to decide between iMac 24" vs. mac mini (plus a 24" monitor - don't have one currently) Please help!
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
  3. michael.lauden macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    you can buy a faster iMac than mac mini - and the 24" iMac comes with a NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 w/256MB memory. and the RAM in the iMac can be upgraded more so than the mac mini due to the chipset differences (mac mini is a mobile chipset)

    i'm perfectly happy with my mac mini - but if price is not an issue i'd say go with the faster computer - which is, in this case, the iMac.
  4. j5045096 Guest

    Oct 27, 2007
    Do you know they actually make carrying cases (like nylon bags with handles) designed for the 20 and 24" iMacs? I only own laptops and have for years but I was really tempted to make the switch to an iMac not too long ago--couldn't you just see me roll into Borders and pull out my 20" iMac and plug it into their wall outlet?!

    I'd get the iMac. Call me easy to please but I think it's one of the coolest computers I've ever seen.
  5. think.different thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2009
  6. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    Mac Mini:
    + Slightly Cheaper (requires a few spec upgrades if using iLife/Aperture)
    + Uses 2.5GB HDD ($100 gets you 500GB)
    + More compact (Never understood this one. How small are peoples desks?!?!)
    + BYO Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard (Some Mac users still do think for themselves)
    - Upgrading isn't impossible but it aint easy either
    - Overpriced for what you get
    - Severely under-spec'd (1GB RAM/120GB HDD is straight out of 2005)

    + Beautiful LED screen
    + Better Value
    + Uses full size 3.5" HDD ($100 gets you 1TB)
    + Faster everything
    + Comes with Keyboard and Mouse
    - Disposable Screen (Computer dies, so does your monitor)

    + Just as powerful (if not more) than Mini
    + Portable and easy to dock when home
    + Easy to upgrade
    + Can handle up to 30" monitors for working at home
    + Infinitely cooler (both in style and temp. The new Macbooks are amazing)
    - More expensive

    I tossed in that 3rd option because it's my personal preference. I can work on my photo editing or whatever when on the road or couch, but if I need to do heavy duty work I just bring it to the desk and plug in my 24" monitor, external HDD's and fullsize mouse/keyboard. The Mini and iMac are nice and all but there's a reason why notebooks have been outselling desktops in the last few years. Portability changes everything.
  7. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I was not aware that they had changed the iMac display to use an LED backlight. I don't see any mention of LED in the iMac specs either. Are you sure about this?
  8. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    Good call. It's not LED I guess. That kinda stinks.
  9. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  10. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    imac, unless price is a big concern. You could get a mini + 24" screen (not apple's) for less than a 24" imac, but you're losing a lot of power.
  11. longball11 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2009
    wow not even LED for the iMac, seriously what changes were made to the iMac besides additional crappy graphics card?
  12. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    I would just keep your core duo. does it not do something you want it to do?
  13. relativist macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2009
    I would wait until SL comes out to upgrade, that way you don't have to pay extra for it.
  14. think.different thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2009
    I am happy with it in terms of it's performance .. but I would love to have a 24" for my photo editing.

    Pardon my ignorance, is the difference between the current iMac displays & back-lit LED displays obvious?:confused:
  15. think.different thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2009
    That seems reasonable. Thanks!
  16. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Mac mini +Snow Leopard + x2 Dell 22" IPS LCDs. :D

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