My review of the 09 mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mmoran27, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. mmoran27 macrumors 6502

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    I just purchased one for my kids.

    Upgrading RAM was easy, just need a putty knife and a small magnetic phillips screwdriver.

    It took me about 15 minutes total.

    Performance is about the same as the previous generation.

    The Superdrive is crap as others have stated, some Optiarc crap. It's noisy as hell (Like an xbox 360 drive).

    It only makes noise when you use it though.

    The 9400m is a plus.
     
  2. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    LOL. Optiarc crap? It's only Sony. :)
     
  3. nuckinfutz macrumors 603

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    Still crap. I like that it's a low profile slot loader but frankly I rarely use my optical drive and I would have rather had another SATA drive bay.

    I'm looking forward to buying another mini. The faster graphics will be great. It's a bummer that you can't upgrade the cpu like in the GMA 950 models. I think I may buy a another used mini...yank the optical drive and plug in a MCE Optibay HDD and use it for Snow Leopard server.

    The 4GB of RAM is important as well. My guess is if you wanted to you could put in 8GB of RAM but at roughly 600 bucks it's the same cost as the mini itself.
     
  4. lamerica80 macrumors 6502a

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    Wow you really spent a lot of time on that review didnt you? ;)
     
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Nope. OWC tried and failed. Its capped at 4GB. http://www.123macmini.com/news/story/1155.html
     
  6. nuckinfutz macrumors 603

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    Ha! :p
     
  8. dubhe macrumors 65816

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    Reading this thread made me realise I haven't actually used my SuperDrive yet! Maybe I should just rip it out and replace with a 500 GB media drive (once I have installed Snow Leopard).
     
  9. mmoran27 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The review is Mini just like the Mini

    I wanted it to be a mini review.
     
  10. lamerica80 macrumors 6502a

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    More like a Ireview Nano. :)
     
  11. Wheaty macrumors regular

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    Its not that noisy

    Had my Mini since March.

    As for the CD drive.. It can be a bit noisy compared to some, but it depends allot on the read speed and the quality of the CD, and what its trying to do..

    Stuck a 2nd Hand 1990's CD in to rip to iTunes and apart from the occasional index squeak it was very quit.. but Other CD's & DVD's have made a huge din.

    So Occasionally noisy would be my verdict.

    But otherwise, I bearly notice any noise coming from my mini other than the occasional "pop" which as yet remains unidentified. (mRoogle other threads for the pop)

    I thought the drive was a pioneer? not Sony
     
  12. bigbird macrumors 6502

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    Exhaustively comprehensive and thorough review leaving nothing to question.
    Thanks.
     
  13. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    No, that would be an iReview Nano. ;)

    I don't actually use my Mac Mini's HD very often. I digitized my content so I don't need to use DVDs anymore.
     
  14. Saladinos macrumors 68000

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    I'd love to wait for the next model with even better graphics, but I'm going to the US in August. In the US, the base model Mini is $599 = £360. In the UK, the base model is £499 = $815. That's a 27% saving.

    It doesn't look like Apple will update the Mini before August, so I'll have to do with that.
     
  15. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    That would be a long wait considering the last one had the GMA950 for 3 years.
     
  16. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    We won't be seeing a Mini update until at least January, forget about August.
     
  17. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

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    The 9400 is the top of the line integrated gpu at the moment. It's like the ION that all the netbook/nettop/HTPC are waiting for in the second half of 2009. Nvidia hasn't announced the next upgrade but they are already 1-2 generations ahead of the future Intel integrated graphics. This graphics card will be with us for at least 6 months or years. Dell is currently selling their 10" Miniv for $300 with the Intel 950 which the first Macbooks had in mid 2006.

    Buy now, when you come to the states :)
     
  18. lamerica80 macrumors 6502a

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    People are starving to death in africa and you are worried about a noisy DVD drive while burning illegally downloaded episodes of Weeds for your girlfriend so you can get that OMG THANKYOU!! and rejoice in the fact that this huge gift cost you close to nothing, plus it made you feel like a computer expert AND a master of the universe that can score anything from tv show episodes to mp3s for FREE!
     
  19. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

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    Anymore agreement w/ this? My cousin wants a mac mini and I'm trying to help him figure out if he should get current generation or previous generation. He wouldn't be doing anything "heavy." I've come up w/ the following scenarios:

    - for $549 w/ education discount, a new bottom of the line Mac Mini (2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo/120GB/1GB memory/120GB hard drive/8x double-layer SuperDrive/NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics (not sure how much better the $799 model is)

    - wait for a refurbished 2009 Mac Mini to show up - guessing price is $500?

    - go for a previous generation one on craigslist (my guess is that he could get for under $300 from someone who bought late last year and still have a 6 month+ warranty)

    - Go for current generation 2009 Mac Mini from someone who bought a few months ago and selling for whatever reason. Est price.. sub $400?

    Any thoughts?

    I myself bought a 1.83ghz C2d Mac Mini from the previous generation off of craigslist earlier this year and paid $375 for it. The unit I bought had upgraded 2.5gb RAM and an upgraded 200gb 7200 rpm HDD. I wish it had the orig HD though because I don't really need the space and the newer HD makes the unit loud as hell (the seller kept telling me he'd send over the orig HD but still hasn't). The original owner broke the airport/bluetooth card though (which applecare won't cover) so I'm just using ethernet - which isn't a big deal.
     

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