Mac mini w/ iPad?

n3092

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I'm currently sitting here pondering if I really need the power of my Macbook pro. Seeing as how its mostly used on the couch browsing, I'm thinking of selling it and getting a mini and an ipad. The mini would be for when I actually have to use the computer to accomplish something and the ipad would be for when I'm lounging basically. Anyone thing we are going to see a mac mini refresh anytime soon? Id hate to buy then one comes out with an i5 or i3. And give me an estimate on what you think I could get for my Macbook pro, its in my sig. Thanks
 

Kalison

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I'm currently sitting here pondering if I really need the power of my Macbook pro. Seeing as how its mostly used on the couch browsing, I'm thinking of selling it and getting a mini and an ipad. The mini would be for when I actually have to use the computer to accomplish something and the ipad would be for when I'm lounging basically. Anyone thing we are going to see a mac mini refresh anytime soon? Id hate to buy then one comes out with an i5 or i3. And give me an estimate on what you think I could get for my Macbook pro, its in my sig. Thanks
After my iMac issues I ended up going for a mini and ACD. I think my iPad complements this setup quite well. Sure it's not a monster machine but it gets everything done just fine. I bought my mini because I needed a computer I did think about the refresh...but I needed something now. I am waiting for my ssd to show up next week as my boot drive with a 1TB main drive.

If there is indeed a refresh I doubt i5s are going to be dropped in. Just i3s would be my guess.
 

Bacong

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Mac mini was just refreshed in October (and I own one :D) so there COULD be an update this year, but with how sporadic the refreshes have been (just two since 2007, so many before that haha) you never know. Also, I don't think there would be a new intel quad core chip in a new mini, apple needs to keep costs where they are. I would assume that the default mac mini next refresh would be 2.53 GHz, 4 GB ram, 320 GB HDD and the premium one COULD be an i3, but I don't know about that. I'd enjoy a mini refresh with a 3.06 GHz c2d with 4 GB of ram and an 80 GB SSD :D
 

Bacong

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Also, for your pro, I'm assuming you could easily get enough for it to cover the costs for a mini and iPad, assuming your pro is in good shape and depending on what model mini and iPad you want.
 

n3092

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Mar 3, 2009
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Yeah my pro is in fantastic shape, its practically perfect. It still has the incase soft touch case on it since I bought it. And I was hoping to get enough to cover the cost of a maxed mini (proc wise) and the basic 16gb iPad. So Id need about $1500 which I dont think is asking too much considering I paid about $2500 for it.
 

mdewberry

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After my iMac issues I ended up going for a mini and ACD. I think my iPad complements this setup quite well. Sure it's not a monster machine but it gets everything done just fine. I bought my mini because I needed a computer I did think about the refresh...but I needed something now. I am waiting for my ssd to show up next week as my boot drive with a 1TB main drive.

If there is indeed a refresh I doubt i5s are going to be dropped in. Just i3s would be my guess.
I am VERY strongly considering this solution as well.. Have you been happy with the 24 ACD? Some recent reports of popping noises from the monitor, have you experienced this? Thanks!
 

Kalison

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I am VERY strongly considering this solution as well.. Have you been happy with the 24 ACD? Some recent reports of popping noises from the monitor, have you experienced this? Thanks!

I love my ACD! It's just gorgeous! No popping sounds and the fan is very quiet! Best of all, the screen is uniform no tinged yellow...nothing! There is a slight light leak going across the bottom but I read that's pretty much all of them. It's a very thin bar across the bottom edge.