Mini with Gechic On-Lap 2501M monitor?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Sarrova-Q, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. Sarrova-Q macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2013
    Hi I was thinking of this setup:

    Mac mini 2.6 i7
    Gechic On-Lap 2501M
    Magic Trackpad

    Would this work WITHOUT anything else?

    I know the mini wants it's main display to be connected to the HDMi port and this display has HDMi, has 6 hours battery time and is 15 inch.

    I'd like this option to work as it's very powerful (much more than a MBP for the same price) and very portable. I want to use the mini as desktop unit (with a much bigger display and more accessories) but thought about this setup for performing live (I don't need a big display or keyboard, only the power to run a large ableton live set). I first tried looking up the iPad + mini combination but that seems rather unstable if I read the forums.

    Mac mini + Gechic On-Lap 2501M would be awesome!
  2. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    That definitely isn't true.
  3. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Sure why wouldn't it work? Granted I think those that try to turn a mini into a laptop are just plain silly and would just be better off getting the right tool for the job (because in the end you will be annoyed carrying a mini+monitor+keyboard+trackpad and end up with a laptop). That's just an opinion of someone who's cobbled stuff together before and in the end bought the right (albeit more expensive) tool in the end...
  4. Sarrova-Q thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2013
    Okay let me rephrase: I know the mini won't accept it if you only have a USB monitor connected. Is that correct? You would need a main display to change the settings so the main monitor would be switched over to the USB display.

    So the mini expects it's main monitor to be on the thunderbolt (display port) or HDMi port.
  5. Sarrova-Q thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2013
    Well, the thing is I don't need a keyboard or trackpad. Even the monitor could be left away because I'm using a controller surface that tells me everything I need (PUSH). My scenario was to show up at a gig, turn on the mini (and make it launch my last live set at startup automatically) with all my stuff connected and start playing.

    Also, configuring a setup for the same price with macbook retina (or even macbook air) would mean a setup that is much slower. tells me the following:

    • mini i7 quad with 16 Gb RAM, 2600 MHz scores 12777 for 1618 euro (add the gechic and it's 1868)
    • mbpR i7 duo with 8Gb RAM, 3000 MHz scores 8569 for 1929 euro.

    Also, with the mini I would have 4 native USB ports without the need of an extra usb hub.

    I know why it sounds silly at first, but it just sounds very logical to buy a faster workstation for the same money, no? Also, when I'm home I would connect the mini to a thunderbolt display so it would be like having an iMac. Please advice, if this is a bad idea I would adjust my plans of course! Thank you, appreciate it.


  6. fortysomegeek macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2012

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