Mac mini vs. laptop?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by UNCMo96, Oct 31, 2018.

  1. UNCMo96 macrumors member

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    This may seem like a crazy question. However, given the new mini's size and since it has usb-c. Can it do USB-C PD? i.e. run around with the mini and portable monitor + portable keyboard and basically have a laptop? I tried specing it out and it seems like it would be more cost effective than say buying a mb pro.
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    Desktops are desktops.
    Laptops are laptops.

    And that's about all I've got to say!
     
  3. PowerGala macrumors regular

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    I mean, I guess you could do that, but it wouldn't be very portable. If you don't have a power outlet or some sort of giant heavy battery thing, you're not going to able to use it.

    If you need a desktop, get a desktop. If you need a laptop, get a laptop.
     
  4. willentrekin macrumors regular

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    Maybe new. But perhaps refurbished? Is it a question of budget? Because what you're describing seems like a really kludgy way of trying to accomplish computing on the go.

    Also, I don't know if you've seen a Mac mini, but I own one and it is not nearly as small as I had expected. I'd compare its size to a hardcover novel. Maybe not the same footprint, but in terms of thickness and weight.
     
  5. Yvan256 macrumors 603

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    If you can find a way to put all of this inside a neat briefcase of some sort and if it works for you, then go for it. But it won't be a laptop, it will be a portable desktop.
     
  6. willentrekin macrumors regular

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    I'm now picturing a big ole' steampunk laptop. Like in one of those trunks you see in old movies. Which would be kind of hilarious, if totally impractical.
     
  7. sunapple macrumors 68000

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    Small difference, it does not have a battery. Captain Obvious maybe, but it sums up perfectly why it's not a very practical solution.

    Anyway, you decide what you need.
     
  8. zandorf macrumors member

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    Putting the question another way: how does the new Mac Mini compare to a new Macbook Pro running closed-mode connected to desktop monitor? Not quite the same performance-per-dollar, but the Macbook Pro might save you an eGPU which closes the gap?
     

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