Macbook Air if no updated Mini soon

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by psymac, Apr 18, 2016.

  1. psymac macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2002
    Really need to upgrade my home and office with a Mac that can run a 4K display (Dell P2715Q), which the 2015 MBA reportedly can at 60hz.

    For about the same price as a mid range $699 Mac Mini, which may or may not be updated by June, I get nearly the same Geekbench 3 score and 4K video out with a lightly used 2015 MBA at about $700 (ebay).

    Let's hope WWDC in June won't be a big dissapointment.
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I wouldn't expect to see a re-designed Mac Mini until October or November at the earliest.

    Hopefully, I'll be proven wrong...
  3. ignatius345 macrumors 68010

    Aug 20, 2015
    That doesn't sound like a terrible plan. If it was me, I'd house it in one the nice aluminum docks that are out (Twelve South, I think?) and then just use an external keyboard and mouse. Huge side benefit: you can just grab the computer and take it on the road if you want.

    Maybe someone else here can speak to the issue of whether or not heat build-up is an issue if you run it in clamshell mode (closed all the time).
  4. supermegaarbuz macrumors newbie


    Jul 3, 2015
    I've been running a 2013 MBA in clamshell mode in a dock for the last two years (95% of the time in the dock). I even played Mass Effect 3 from start to finish (in BootCamp) on it and while the fan ran at max speed, I didn't notice any negative side effects. Maybe except the charger cable is now shaped like a hook right at the magsafe connector, because my dock is vertical so the cable has to go up and then do a 180 to connect (it's this one:

    There are sometimes issues with waking the computer from sleep with an external keyboard, but it's not too annoying.

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