Mini is Expensive

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by polobruce, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. polobruce macrumors member

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    Why is the mac mini so expensive compared to a 20" imac?

    If you configure a mac mini with the 2.16 processor with keyboard and mouse your at 1,047.00 when for a faster imac 2.66 processor with a monitor... it's 1199.00

    Any thoughts? I feel like the mini should be priced at $349 for the lower end and $599 for the top of the line configuration.
     
  2. bry223 macrumors regular

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    Not to mention you get a bigger and faster HD and start out with more RAM. Mini should be starting out at $499 if you ask me.
     
  3. azdunerat macrumors regular

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    Well they are geared towards two differnt market segments. I would never buy an all in one for my primary system, maybe as a secondary computer. The mini does everything I needed it to day and I already had a key board and monitor.

    Also the mini makes one hell of a good little media server without taking up any space.
     
  4. polobruce thread starter macrumors member

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    Don't get me wrong.. I Love the Mini

    Don't get me wrong, I love the mini. I want to buy one to setup a server as well and love the small size. But it just kills me to pay $799 for a system when I can buy a dell starter server that has a faster processor, 4gigs of memory and 2 250gig hard drives for like $350.

    Granted I can't run OSX and the server is a large black box.... But you get my point.
     
  5. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Four words: In Gin Ear Ing.
     
  6. minik macrumors 65816

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    I have a 3.06Ghz iMac and 2.26Ghz Mac mini. When I configured the iMac last year, I didn't really look at the price tag. I meant it has a 24-inch stunning display, 3.06Ghz processor, and 4gigs of RAM. I moved up from a 17-inch studio display and PowerMac G5, the iMac was a better pick for me.

    With the updated Mac mini, that's a whole different story. Apple assumed that the buyers have their own display, keyboard, and mouse. Could it be the form factor? You think it will be much cheaper for such a compact sized Mac.
     
  7. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    These two are often inversely proportional, as is the case with the Mini (pun intended).
     
  8. Rondue macrumors regular

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    Qft

    This is exactly what the Mac Mini is marketed to, that exact type of person.
     
  9. LagunaSol macrumors 601

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    Smaller = more expensive. Check out the Dell Studio Hybrid. Also much more expensive than a Dell tower. It costs more to engineer all those electronics into a tiny box.

    Small - good - cheap. Pick two. :D
     
  10. minik macrumors 65816

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    I totally agree. IMHO, netbooks are expensive for what they do.
     

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