Mac Mini vs Zino HD

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by smartbot, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. smartbot macrumors member


    Jun 15, 2009
    I'm thinking about getting a small form factor PC for my dad and the two I am looking at are the Mac Mini and the Dell Zino HD. He isn't really tech savvy (so I want to get him something that is simple and easy to use).

    Here are the specs for both machines:

    Mac Mini ($699)
    Intel P8600 - 2.4 GHz (Passmark: 1,609)
    2 GB 1066 MHz DDR3
    320 GB (5400 RPM)
    Nvidia 320m

    Zino HD ($499)
    AMD Athlon II X2 P340 - 2.2 GHz (Passmark: 1,428)
    4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3
    500 GB (7200 RPM)
    ATI HD 5450

    The specs are pretty similar for both, but the Zino HD has the price advantage. I think the Mac Mini with OS X would be easier for him to use, but I don't know if I can justify the $200 price difference. What do you guys think?
  2. rprebel macrumors 6502


    Aug 22, 2010
    Where the bluebonnets bloom
    Think about how often he'll be calling you for tech support if you get the Dell. Now think about how often he won't be calling you if you get the Mini. Imagine the constant frustration you'll be saving him. Is that worth $200?
  3. speedwaygirl macrumors member


    Apr 30, 2010
    I got the Dell Zino with the upgraded processor, video, and RAM. I returned it. It was a nightmare. Hop on some of the home theater forums and see how many people had overheating problems, etc with the Zino.

    Very satisfied with the Mac Mini purchase vs. the Zino. Yes, I'm a Mac Girl, but when I bought the Zino I really wanted the Blu Ray. I spent more for the ZIno that bought (about $600, as it was maxed out with everything), but I ended up spending a bit more for a Mac Mini and a freestanding BLu Ray player. Think I got the best of both worlds that way.

    Good luck in whatever you decide!
  4. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

    Sep 24, 2008
    Boon Docks USA
  5. Epsilon88 macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2009
    If you have the cash, go for the Mac. The Zino is a pretty good value tho.
  6. Karnivore macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2010
    Bingo. Not dealing with Windows is alone worth $200 premium IMO.
  7. shibu8 macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2010
  8. feeth macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2010
    As noted above, just get the mini and be done with it.

    I used to be a dell fan boy and wondered what all the apple hype was about.

    See my sig and soon we will add a mini to replace the last dell in the house. All will be well. :D
  9. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    What about installing Ubuntu on the Zino? It's come a long way and acts more or less like Windows.
  10. raysfan81 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2009
    North Carolina
    Yes because thats a brilliant option for those who aren't tech savvy. :rolleyes: Don't get me wrong I have been using Ubuntu for a long time and its great, but some non-technical users could have issues with it.
  11. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    If the Zino comes with Windows Live Essentials and you install Firefox or Chrome, they're essentially the same thing, only one is gonna cost you a few hundred more.
  12. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

    Sep 24, 2008
    Boon Docks USA
    I need a form factor of the Zino or the mini but need a 2tb drive. The mini with a USB attached drive sucks. Anything out there have this?
  13. milbournosphere macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    I would go for the mini and get him a web cam as a Christmas present. There's no tech support like using iChat to control his screen and video chat if you ever need to help him out with something. I've done this with my mom and grandparents and it makes the process mostly painless while allowing me to be hundreds of miles away. That alone is worth the price premium (to me at least).
  14. richmlow, Nov 12, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2010

    richmlow macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2002
    Go with the Mac Mini. =)

    It's rock-solid, reliable, energy-efficient, small, and quiet. People always seem to criticize it for being under-powered and too expensive, but I love my Mac Mini. I use it for web-surfing, website design, word processing, playing games, Mathematica programming, typesetting research articles (LaTeX/TeXShop), etc. I expect that my current Mac Mini system will last for many years. When it's time to replace it, I'll get another Mac Mini! =)

    Richard M. Low

  15. archipellago macrumors 65816

    Aug 16, 2008
  16. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    I was going to say go with what ever OS he has been using in the past instead of making him learn a new one.

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