mac mini vs. iMac

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

  1. think.different macrumors newbie

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    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

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  3. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    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

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    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

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  6. urkel macrumors 68030

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    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)

    iMac:
    + 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)

    MacBook
    + 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

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    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

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

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  10. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    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

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

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

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    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

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    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

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    That seems reasonable. Thanks!
     
  16. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Mac mini +Snow Leopard + x2 Dell 22" IPS LCDs. :D
     

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