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UNCMo96

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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.
 

PowerGala

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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.
 

willentrekin

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I tried specing it out and it seems like it would be more cost effective than say buying a mb pro.

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.
 

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Yvan256

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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.
 
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willentrekin

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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.

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.
 

sunapple

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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.
 

zandorf

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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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